New Directors for Beit Bracha

Appointment of new Directors at CMJ’s Beit Bracha Guest House and Prayer Centre in Migdal in the Galilee

By Dr Garth Gilmour

CMJ Israel is delighted to announce the appointment of Jonathan and Alison Hatton as the new Directors of CMJ’s Beit Bracha Guest House in Migdal, overlooking the Sea of Galilee.

Jonathan and Alison join us from Banbury in England, where their experience includes planting and leading churches, and business administration and office management. They are gifted in the area of hospitality, and experienced in prayer and intercession. In 2015-16 they lived in Kakamega in Kenya.

Jonathan and Alison (r) will take over from Kent and Shawna Splawn (l), whose five-year term comes to an end in October. During their tenure Kent and Shawna have served tirelessly to maintain and build the reputation of Beit Bracha as not just a Guest House but a place of prayer, retreat and rest for visitors to the land and for locals. Their example and witness as followers of Jesus have been exemplary, and we are grateful for their faithful service.

Alison and Jonathan will move to Beit Bracha in September 2019.

Beit Bracha (The House of Blessing in Hebrew), situated in the village of Migdal near Tiberias, is an integral part of CMJ’s ministry in Israel. It has 12 en-suite rooms with accommodation for up to 30 people, a large deck offering spectacular views over the Sea of Galilee, and a Bedouin-style prayer tent in the garden. Sunrise over the Golan Heights welcomes guests to an Israeli breakfast enjoyed family-style in the main house.

The guesthouse is popular with Christian and other visitors to the region, and increasingly attracts local Israeli guests. It caters for individuals and small groups or families, and is ideally suited for larger group bookings, and tour groups.

The Directors are supported by a small local staff, and volunteers from around the world.

The Beit Bracha website is here:


Splawns and Hattons July 2019


Thank you for this news update. We love Shawna and Kent and have been privileged to Volunteer with them. love Joy and Den

Dear Joy and Den, I'm sure that you will enjoy Jonathan and Alison as well. I look forward to welcoming you back to Beit Bracha whenever you are able to volunteer again!

Great news. May the Lord bless Kent and Shawna for their years of service and guide Alison and Jonathan as they settle into their new role. Every blessing. Rufus

Thank you Rufus. Your sentiments are echoed by all of us here in Israel and who have been at Beit Bracha over the last five years.

Kent and Shawna are exceptional people who have paved a way in MANY ways for Jonathon and Alison! Our time in Beit Bracha was the best ever because of Kent and Shawna and the JESUS hospitality they showed and they have opened up a wellspring of new life there! They know the WAY of the SPIRIT!

Thank you Beverley for your kind comments. We will certainly miss Kent and Shawna, and our loss is someone else's gain. But it opens the way for the next phase of God's working there, and I am very confident that Jonathan and Alison will bring their own sense of purpose, vision and service to Beit Bracha. Come and visit us again!

We have been blessed to get to know Kent and Shawna these past few years and consider them friends! Praying blessing on their future endeavours and looking forward to getting to know Jonathan and Alison! Jeff & Sharon

Thank you Jeff and Sharon for your encouragement and support. We look forward to seeing you at Beit Bracha again soon.

I am impressed by the write up about beit bracha and Kent and shawna and what is going on there. I would like to visit beit bracha sometime hopefully bringing Maureen my wife.
With thanks
Simon and Maureen. Exmouth uk

Simon and Maureen, You are always welcome! Be sure to book well in advance, as Beit Bracha is a popular destination for visitors to Israel.

I never had the opportunity to meet Shawna in person. However, we exchanged many emails in my process of reserving a time to stay with you--coming soon in November. She was a wonderful representative of your organization. Although I regret never meeting Shawna, we look forward to meeting Jonathan & Allison instead. Shalom.

Dear Bryan
Thank you for this good report! I have passed on your kind words to Shawna, and yes, I'm sure you will enjoy meeting Jonathan and Alison when you come. I trust that your visit will be rich and fulfulling, a real blessing.

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