Eleanor was born at the end of the second world war. Her mother and father were both orthodox Jews who lived in Germany. Her late father was the only member of his entire family to survive the Nazi concentration camps. He was chosen to live. Her mother managed to flee from Germany just as the second world war began. Her parents met in Lusaka, Zambia and married there.

When Eleanor was five years of age they moved to Bulawayo and she spent her childhood observing all the traditions of the Jewish faith. She joined a Jewish youth movement at the age of 12, which occupied a great deal of her time.

As a child she never questioned the multitude of customs and feasts that were observed throughout the year. She loved the Jewish festivals especial Pesach [Passover] which is at the end of March /April. This was to commemorate the passing of the Lord over those Israelite homes of which the lintels and doorposts were sprinkled with the blood of the lamb. In September the family celebrate the more serious and inspiring day of Rosh Hashana or the New Year. In the synagogue a shofar [ram's horn] was blown as a reminder of the ram Abraham sacrificed in place of his son Isaac. Exactly ten days thereafter the family fasted, together with Jews all over the world, on the Day of Atonement [Yom Kippur]. They abstained from food and water for about 25 hours. After the Yom Kippur the family celebrated the Sukkoth or Feast of Tabernacles marking a change from solemnity to joy. Such customs of gratitude and celebration were close to home for the family.

A Shofar or ram's horn

As a teenager there was always a searching, a questioning within Eleanor as to why we are born, why we have to die, what the purpose of life is and why there is so much suffering. These are questions she often wrestled with.

A Menorah
Eleanor was brought up in a synagogue, she knew nothing about the New Testament or what salvation was all about. When she was 13 years of age she attended Northlea High School in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. School commenced each morning with an assembly and it was at assembly that the scriptures were read out and they came to her mind repeatedly. Jesus said the words that I speak they are spirit and they are life. The headmaster of the high school had such a serene look of peace on his face that it made him stand out from amongst his staff.

This all left a marked impression on Eleanor and in her heart she believed that Jesus is the Messiah. Jesus was a Jew from the tribe of Judah and the bible says that he came to his own and his own received him not. But to as many as receive him to them gave he power to become the sons of God even to those that believe on his name. Most people observe a religion because they are born into it.

The Lord does not like religion. We need a personal relationship with Him. Eleanor started searching the scriptures and discovered that the God of the old testament is the God of the New, He is the same yesterday, today and forever.

Eleanor soon realized that there is no more atonement, no High Priest, no sacrifice or temple anymore. The Lord Jesus Christ atoned for our sins once and for all.
After Eleanor left high school she moved to Cape Town and at the age of 21 married an orthodox Jewish man who has since passed away. Three children were born of the marriage.

Many times before her conversion Eleanor saw the Hand of the Lord on her life. One such incidence is how an angel of the Lord was sent to guide her out of a dangerous Cape Town ghetto when she had hopelessly lost her way.

At the age of 29 Eleanor was attending a series of lectures and as she watched the lecturer speak she noticed a peace on her face that she had observed on her headmaster at High School. It was through her witness that she committed her life to the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus said to Nicodemus that Unless a man be born again he cannot enter the kingdom of heaven.

Years later she experienced divine healing from a back injury which left her paralyzed. Doctors gave her no hope of recovery and she lay bed-ridden for 6 months. While she was lying in hospital the whole room was filled with a brilliant light. It was dark outside and Eleanor realized she was witnessing the Spirit of the Lord. Eleanor could not walk for three years of her life. Her back injury started in 1985 when she was lifting heavy boxes. There was a gradual deterioration in her condition until she was bedridden. Miraculously as true believers prayed for her she experienced divine healing. She has retained her healing for eighteen years.

Today she exercises and leads a hectic life ministering for her Messiah and Redeemer.