About us

JTK Bridge Builders


Our history

JTK Bridge Builders is a not-for-profit 501c3 aiming to build bridges between the Arab and Jewish people in Israel and to support the different communities through the work on the ground of Home of Jesus the King Church in Nazareth.

Home of Jesus the King Church was established September 20th, 2009 out of a prayer group started by Pastor Saleem Shalash, his wife Nisreen and other lovely brothers. The goal of the prayer meeting was to be a gospel center for our neighbourhood.

However, since God’s plan is different from our plan and His ways are different from our ways, God blessed the meetings and the people who came to the meeting increased to 20 people so the house became too small.

That’s when God gave us the vision to rent a house, next to our house, for it to be a place for prayer! In the beginning, we did not know if and how we could pay the rent, but the lord is trustworthy he predominated the need and blessed the number of people. We prayed in that house for 2 years and in that time we increased to 50-70 people. Again our place of gathering became cramped so we needed a bigger place.

The Lord gave a vision about a new place through Nisreen, pastor Saleem’s wife. He showed us a carpentry workshop, a carpenter was working in it. The place wasn’t suitable at all to become a church as it was missing a lot of things. For 2 months we worked together as a family and we fixed all the problems with the building like adding toilets and slabbing, stairs to the Sunday school, painting the place and adding a new door. It was a huge challenge for all of us, but God blessed the work, the Lord gave us a new place to worship Him, this is the current church building where we are holding our meetings.

Though we are incredibly grateful to God that He gave us this place, now that we have grown to over 100 members we have started praying into where to go next and we’re praying that it will be a place that we could own. For our current building, we pay 1200 USD rent per month, which is a big expense for the church. We have the vision to purchase our own building; with what we currently pay in rent, we could get a mortgage that we could pay off in 10 – 15 years.

Our vision

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the Captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed and to proclaim the favorable Year of the Lord.”

Luke 4:18-19

We are based in Nazareth, the city where Jesus grew up. There are a lot of places that remind us of Him, like the house He lived in, the synagogue he prayed at.

The vision of Home of Jesus the King Church is what makes God satisfied. And done his well and we are in Nazareth (look at the article about Nazareth) and it’s the city where Jesus lived and grew, and there is a lot of places that remind us of Jesus the lord like, the house that he lived in it ,and the place that prayed in it (synagogue). In the city of Nazareth there is a lot of challenges the number Christians are decreasing every year for some reasons and we are there the church to announce about the lord Jesus Christ and that he had a house in Nazareth and he will stay today tomorrow and until he comes back. In addition, this is why we called our church “Home of Jesus the King Church”. Although of all the challenges, we will stay and announce that Nazareth is for Jesus so he has called “Nazarene”.

Also to fulfil God plan that he mentioned in romans 11.

The gentiles will be light for the Jews and we want to be part of his plan and to share the gospel to the Jews through our projects showing the love of our lord Jesus Christ and not just for the Jewish people but also to all the people that live in Israel.

Goal of the church:
The church is not only a place for praying and worshipping but it’s a school that graduate servants and send them to share the message of salvation to the world so anyone who comes to the church has to discover the talent that god gave him to use it for his glory. In the church, we teach, train, establish, encourage and build people up for the service. And reach to the world with the salvation message and serving the community and helping the poor needy and praying for them and we believe that the church is to share the gospel, holy and do the purpose of God and it doesn’t only stay in a fish aquarium and enjoying these few fish and the sea is full of fish that need to be caught to the Christ we want to go out to the world and search for all those lose to come back to the Christ and share the gospel not only the Arab people but also the Jews because we are here in Israel gives us a chance to share the gospel to everyone who lives in the country Arab or Jews. And this is what the message of Romans asks us to do in chapter 11 that the Jews was a light for the nations and today the nations are the light for the Jews. So let us do the plan of God with the bible.

Dates of the church meetings:
The main meeting every Saturday from 6:30PM until 8:00PM the meeting of worshipping and the word of God.

Meeting of bible study and praying and worshipping every Wednesday from 6:30PM until 8:00PM and its alternate a week we do a bible study and a week we do praying and worshipping.

The women meeting every first week of the month at Thursday at 10:30AM.

Theology study on Friday from 5:00PM until 7:00PM (BA).

Visiting houses:
The pastor Saleem goes and visit the families of the church and newly created families daily and it could be two or three visits per day and this service is called “the church that is in your house” that the church make a lot of fruits with it.

Conference of the church:
The church makes a conference yearly outside of the church for 3 days the church gather in a hotel and the members study the word of God, worshipping, spiritual relationship like one family in Jesus Christ. And the church help the families by paying half of what it costs so they could come to the conference. Every year there are around 100 people that come to this conference and everyone get blessed by the blessing of Jesus.