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Jennifer is following Yeshua in a Hebrew way! Here's her story.
I grew up following Jesus, but not learning about Yeshua until a few years ago. Both of my parents were Catholic until I was about three years old. My grandmother on my father’s side is Jewish but nothing was taught. My grandmother was a very quiet sweet woman. My Dad’s father was a proud Italian and Catholic and so Catholicism was taught. My mom was also raised in a Catholic home. My mom’s youngest sister invited my parents, who were separated at the time, to an Assemblies of God church with her, where they were both saved.
My dad attended bible college there and I attended private school K-12 there. While there he studied under a messianic pastor and he discovered the importance of our Jewish heritage. I remember a few things about Passover and Jewish traditions as a little girl but not much.
A few years ago Abba began speaking to me about shifting my path out of the non-denom church I was at working in youth ministry, to the messianic path He wanted me to take. I was so fearful of the unknown and the thought of learning about my Jewish roots and Hebrew overwhelmed me! He gave me a constant vision of 2 paths: one was bright and it symbolized the church path I had been on. The other path was the messianic path.
It was a path less traveled, dark and a bit scary but in the vision He would speak I can either continue on the wide bright path I’m on without Him, or the scarier path He asked me to take and He would be with me. He wanted me to shift. I was very reluctant, being comfy and happy at my church, but over the months I was miserable. One day standing at the fridge eating my feelings I said “what am I doing? Jesus is not in the fridge!” Just then I heard a voice speak clearly “if you do not obey My calendar and follow my signs you will miss what I have for you”. I was filled with a holy fear and fearfully asked, “You have a calendar???” There was no answer, but the presence of Adonai was so thick.
I looked up online and saw God’s calendar!! And a lot of Hebrew! I sat down and studied for days. During that time I had a sudden urge to learn Hebrew for myself. To not study and take someone else’s word anymore about the Word, but to study it and know the truth for myself. I wanted to speak it, read it, know it.
Through a series of Divine appointments, Abba directed me to a messianic congregation in Atlanta where I took a Hebrew class but it wasn’t enough. I was starving for more. I found Holy Language Institute on YouTube and took advantage of all the free materials that Izzy posted. I listened at work all day and again at home. I thought the free materials were great but I can’t believe the treasure trove of blessing behind the subscription doors of HLI and the amount of work Izzy has put into the teaching and materials that I was missing out on. I wish I had known then what I know now.
That was about two years ago. I’m now Izzy’s assistant at Holy Language Institute and I LOVE it! The teachers, the materials, the Holy Language Tribe is amazing! No matter what level you are at, there is something for everyone! I personally love the studies on Hebrew prayer, Izzy’s teaching on the Lord’s prayer and Derek’s study on the book of Ruth. I love the Hebrew audio bible! The Heritage Library is unreal…I could go on forever!
Outside of studying Hebrew and being part of Holy Language Institute, I work full time for a civilian owned company doing interiors for the US federal government. I also partner in another ministry teaching messianic foundations to people in the church who are interested in learning more about the Jewishness of Jesus and Jewish roots of the Christian faith. I’ll travel to speak when asked. My hobby is photography, weight training at my gym, hiking and traveling!
You can read more about my journey at my blog site www.jennifercotti.com. You are welcome to connect with me via Facebook, Linkedin.com, or my email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
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