History of Baptist Village

The Baptist Village is part of the rich history of the modern state of Israel.  This history testifies to the love Baptists have for the Jewish and Arab people of this land.  The story began after World War II in Jerusalem, where in 1945 several Baptist Families started one of the first orphanages to care for children.  The George W. Truett Orphanage was moved to Nazareth in 1946, and that same year the first tract of land was purchased in the Plain of Sharon, near Petach Tikvah, for the establishment of a Baptist moshav (farming co-op).  The settlement would serve all believers in Yeshua (Jesus) as a place of refuge from religious persecution, as well as provide a way for them to make a living in agriculture.  Also, their dream was to bless all families in Israel by providing training in ways to make a living from farming.  The name of the settlement was “The Baptist Agricultural Institution.”  Worship services were held every Shabbat, including a Russian congregation.

After the War of Independence in 1948, the number of orphans in the new State of Israel grew substantially, and so did the Baptists’ effort to accommodate them.  More land was added to the settlement from 1948 to 1950, when the citrus farm was purchased in the present day location along the Yarkon River.  The settlement was renamed “The Baptist Village” (Kfar HaBaptistim in Hebrew).  In August of 1955, the orphanage was moved from Nazareth to its newly built, large facility at the Baptist Village.  The children learned new skills as they helped on the farm.  The volunteer staff labored greatly during those years, and life was not easy.  One resident at that time wrote, “The first rain of the season saw the waters of the Yarkon River rising to the edge of the foundations of the new buildings.  There was no grass and the first years were ones of mud, mud, and more mud.”

The Baptist Village continued to be a blessing to all Israelis during the 1960’s as the orphanage expanded into a boarding school.  The agricultural ministry added beef cattle farming and a dairy barn was constructed.

After the Six Day War in 1967 government orphanages were established and the need for the Baptists’ help in caring for orphaned children diminished.  As Israel’s needs changed, so did the ministry of the Baptist Church.  By 1972, The Baptist Village had become a central place of ministry where both Messianic Jewish and Christian congregations could meet for the purpose of religious instruction, worship, and discipleship.  Many families made fond memories at the Baptist Village as we share the Good News, have fun, and thank God for all He has done for us.  This is a special place.  We hope that all visitors here will experience the love of Yeshua.

Yeshua said in John 13:34-35, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”