Isaiah prophesied that in the last days the Word of the Lord will go forth from Zion ...and it is! Incredible discoveries are being made in Israel that make it possible to understand the Bible more accurately than for almost two thousand years! And this new information is going out to the nations: To The Ends Of The Earth Ministries is making instruction and media available from Jerusalem to Asia to train pastors, missionaries, and ordinary believers.
The vision for To The Ends Of The Earth Ministries was born in Israel. Here founder Jeff Harrison was working as a Study Tour teacher, introducing Christians from around the world to the Land of the Bible. As he taught on the bus and from site to site, Jeff became burdened for the pastors in the Philippines that couldn’t afford to come to Israel. As a result, in 1994, God called him and his family to the Philippines to train pastors and other Christian leaders with instruction and multimedia resources from Israel.
At first, Jeff taught in traditional Bible colleges in addition to pastoring a local church (God's Promise Christian Center). But it soon became clear that most Filipino pastors and pastors-in-training were too busy and too poor to attend a traditional program of study. Some other way was needed to reach them with this exciting material from Israel.
In 1996, Jeff condensed one of his classes and began to present it as a week-long seminar, Jesus of Nazareth, to groups of pastors around the Philippines. This was the beginning of the Landmarks of Faith seminar ministry, which now also includes The Jewish Roots of Christianity, The Revelation of Jesus Christ to John, Great Discoveries of the Bible, and Evidence of the Creation. The next year, Jeff and his family began to share these same seminars during their visits back home to the States and in Canada, as well as in Taiwan.
During our time in the Philippines, we also participated in many other kinds of ministry. See a video of a missions trip to the Aeta people in 2001. Here is an overview video of our ministry in 2004, of Karen's outreach to Pooc children in 2004, and of our church members thanking our supporters for their support of our ministry.
In 2005, after the big tsunami struck in Asia, donations to the To The Ends Of The Earth Ministries dropped off causing Jeff and his family to return to the U.S. During this time, they led a weekly Bible Study in Medford, Oregon, called Deeper Walk Fellowship.
In 2007, God opened the door for them to return to Asia to teach in Taiwan. Currently, Jeff is teaching at Asia University and at the Glad Tidings Bible College in Taichung. Karen is teaching at the Jackson Five English School (a Christian school). On alternate Saturdays, they have an Israel-focused Bible study in Nantou (Keilat Adonai). On Sundays, they are starting a new church in Taichung. When they get the chance, they also visit the Philippines--as well as, recently, Singapore--to continue teaching Bible seminars there.
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The connection of the Harrison family with Israel runs deep: Jeff and his wife Karen met in Jerusalem; their eldest son David was born in Bethlehem. Jeff came to Israel to study at the Institute of Holy Land Studies in Jerusalem (now known as the Jerusalem University College). Here he completed two years of graduate level study with the Israeli archeologists Ronnie Reich and Gabi Barkay, together with other well-known scholars, both Jewish and Christian. He also worked with Dr. Bob Lindsey on his Comparative Greek Concordance of the Synoptic Gospels (volumes 2 and 3; order it on our Bookstore page).
While in Israel, Jeff taught for two years as a study-tour teacher with Dr. Jim Fleming's Biblical Resources Study Center. This introduced him to many enthusiastic Christians from around the world, some of whom later went on to become core supporters and team members of our ministry in Asia. Our Tours to Israel continue on a regular basis.
Jeff's educational background also includes an M.Div. and an M.A. in Biblical Literature (Oral Roberts University in Tulsa). He is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program at Trinity Southwest in Albuquerque. For more details on Jeff's professional credentials, see his Resume page.
While Karen was a believing Christian from an early age, Jeff came to faith during his college years. While outwardly successful as an honors student at a well-known Ivy League university, a lifestyle of drugs and immorality robbed all the meaning from his life. As a result of the testimony of Christian students on campus and participation in a theatrical production of Godspell, God began to reach into his heart with the saving message of salvation. That spring, in an evening church service, Jeff gave his heart to Christ and received a dramatic deliverance from drugs and other bondage. He has now been serving the Lord for more than 35 years.
To The Ends Of The Earth Ministries is a faith mission supported by the prayers and free will offerings of Christians that share our vision. Join us in taking the message of the Jewish Roots of Christianity to the Ends of the Earth!