(Left to right):  David, Stefanie and Kyle

Current volunteers at Immanuel Church when they are being angelic.


Those same volunteers when they are feeling a little mischievous!


Hi, my name is David Ma and I’m 18 years old. I finished high school in Summer 2020 and am now volunteering here at the Immanuel Lutheran Church. My parents are both originally from China, but I was born in Munich and grew up in the beautiful South of Germany (Black Forest).

My hobbies are making music, being outside, discovering the city, several fitness activities and photography, which I´m new to. Of course, the lockdown makes a lot of things, including church meetings and outdoor activities,  hard to do but I´m still very thankful for the opportunity to be in Israel and to serve. I´m excited about my work here and hoping to be a contribution to the church, for example in the area of social media.


My name is Stefanie Ristok. I am 19 years old and from Germany.

Back home, I just finished highschool. Next to school I trained a kids gymnastics group.

Now I am in Israel to work as a volunteer at Immanuel Church until July 2021.

I am thankful for the opportunity to come to Israel and serve here in this church.


Kyle Britton is a native of Springfield, Illinois. He graduated from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics. He first came to Israel as a child with his father and grandmother for a tour of religious locations. He came back in the summer of 2019 for a study abroad program as an undergraduate Astrophysics research assistant at Tel Aviv University. During this time, he first attended Immanuel Lutheran Church. After his service at Immanuel, he hopes to pursue a career in the aerospace industry and someday travel to space.

Kyle likes to cook homemade chili and play board games. He also enjoys wearing cowboy boots and singing the liturgy – although not usually at the same time. He listens to a wide variety of music from sea shanties to organ fugues, and his favorite household chore is washing the dishes.