I was born with the name Kelvin Sebastian in the beautiful town of Cape Girardeau Mo, in 1953.  I grew up in a Christian family, and attended the Lutheran Church in Tilsit, a small town about 9 miles from Cape.  I have one brother named Keith.  Our great-grandfather actually helped build the church.  One of the advantages of the Missouri Synod is that they have a great emphasis on the Old Testament, and I was instilled with a love for the great stories of God's deeds at an early age.  My mother's Pentecostal background brought another dynamic to my over-all faith.

    I got the music bug from my mom, and started playing trumpet at age 10.  I eventually went to Southeast Mo. State University, and earned a bachelor's degree in music education. 

    In 1977, I came to Israel to volunteer on a kibbutz for a year.  I have been here ever since then.  I received permanent residence in 1985, and subsequently changed my name.  (It's a long story)

    During my years in Israel, I spent 20 of them teaching music and band directing, 5 producing CDs, and since 2002, have been the bureau chief of the High Adventure Global Radio Network.  I did some house renovations and carpentry work along the way to help make ends meet. 

    I have 4 adopted/fostered children.  Yoel (30 and from the Ukraine), Avigail (21 and from Romania), Yosi (18 and from a Romanian Gypsy background), and Israel (12 and Israeli born Ethiopian). 

    Yoel, Avigail, and Yosi have all finished their time in the army.  (The Israel Defense Forces)

    In 2010 I was divorced after 36.5 years.

    Shortly afterwards I met Regina Kuelling, and moved to Switzerland for the purpose of marriage.  We were married on July 2nd, 2010.

    During the years, I have been blessed to be a part of many wonderful aspects of God's plan for his chosen people and land.  I have also done many stupid things, and made many mistakes.

    Having said that, I'll share with you my 3 favorite passages:

    PRO 30:2-4, "Surely I am more stupid than any man, And I do not have the understanding of a man.  Neither have I learned wisdom, Nor do I have the knowledge of the Holy One.  Who has ascended into heaven and descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has wrapped the waters in His garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name or His son's name? Surely you know!"

    EPH 3:8-10, "To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ, and to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God, who created all things; in order that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places."

    PHI 3:13-14, "Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."

    I decided to write this very brief bio because I have been very blessed.  I have traveled to 32 states, and 18 countries.  I have met thousands of wonderful people.  Yet I know that without our wonderful Savior Yeshua (Hebrew for Jesus), I would neither be anybody, deserve anything, or go anywhere!

 

    May God bless each of you on your own journey,

    Yuval

 

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