Over a quarter-of-a-century ago, a newly-married Australian couple set off to see the world before they settled down. But once they reached Israel, they never looked back; and they are still there today, sharing the good news of the Jewish Messiah with all who will hear.
But before they left their homeland, Aaron Eime had an encounter that confirmed his faith in God as creator of the world he so loved to travel. He was already a believer, but had become somewhat disillusioned with things he was learning at university – until, that is, he attended a creation vs evolution debate.
He realised, through a presentation of the amazing process of blood-clotting by microbiologist Dr Michael Behe, that there was no way it could have come about through evolution. For it requires a sequential chain reaction of enzymes to bind up a wound when the skin is cut. Each one has a special duty but, if just one is removed, healing will not work. And yet it clots only the wounded area rather than the heart or brain, which would be fatal.
Aaron explains: “Evolution is the gradual increase of genetic information over time. But if all the enzymes are not present from day one, the blood cannot function and life cannot exist. Evolutionary theory provides no satisfactory evidence for how blood came about. It cannot possibly have evolved, so must have been created by a super-intelligent mind. This is why the Bible says that ‘life is in the blood’ (Lev 17:11).
“Behe’s argument totally floored me, and that was the precise moment I knew God was real. I knew then that a super mind (i.e. God) had created the world, and that he was intimately involved, even at the microbiological level, with his creation. And ever since then, I have been a firm defender of the faith against the lie of evolution.”
Born into a small-town farming community in Western Australia, where his dad was involved in the wool trade, Aaron moved to Brisbane where he studied psychology and social work, came to faith and got married to Michelle.
They duly took off on their adventures, exploring Canada, the United States and Mexico before coming to England where they hired a 1973 camper van and eventually drove all the way from London to Israel where a friend’s mother was a volunteer (the friend accompanying them on the journey).
After taking a ferry from Greece, they arrived at Haifa in 1998, and have been in Israel ever since. They had planned to drive back to London, return to Australia and live there happily ever after!
But everything changed after camping by the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, and accepting a dinner invitation from neighbouring Bedouins. Aaron and Michelle both woke up next day “unbelievably sick” and in desperate need for somewhere to recuperate and get cleaned up (so it was a low point for them too).
After consulting the Lonely Planet’s Guidebook (in the absence of Google), they found an advert for Christ Church, Jerusalem, boasting “nice gardens and clean toilets”!
Christ Church just happens to be the headquarters in Israel of the Church’s Ministry among the Jewish people. They have been established in Jerusalem for nearly 200 years and reach out with love and compassion to both Jews and Arabs there.
Aaron said: “We duly made the wonderful discovery of a community of Arabs and Jews who believed in Jesus. But they were desperate for volunteers to help them, and we said we’d pray about it. So, we drove up to Galilee and returned three days later fully intending to say ‘No’. But when we sat down beside then Rector, Ray Lockhart, I leaned forward to say ‘No’ and out came ‘Yip’!”
As Solomon wisely put it: “To man belongs the plans of the heart, but from the Lord comes the reply of the tongue.” — Proverbs 16:1
So the couple stayed, had all three of their children in Israel and became a fixture at Christ Church. Micah was born in Bethlehem (he was named after the prophet who foretold that Messiah would come from there – Micah 5:2) while their daughters Atarah and Tirzah were both born in Jerusalem.
Aaron subsequently enrolled at the Hebrew University to study the Bible further and was duly ordained by the Bishop of Bolivia, later engaging in regular study with rabbis, who told him: “We would love to have Christian input into our studies.”
As well as this, he now tours the world again (especially Canada, the UK and Ireland) sharing in-depth teaching on the significance of the Hebraic roots of our faith, which has blessed countless Christians over the years (including this writer).
It may surprise some that Leviticus is Aaron’s favourite book of the Bible. But he explains that this is because “it shows us the heart of God and why he is holy, and how we can become better disciples of Jesus”.
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