About the Helm-Jovo Family

Helm-Jovo Family

Israel and Rachel, along with their children Tristan, Jocelyne, Selma and Logan, live and serve as missionaries in Xai Xai, Mozambique and Tarkastad, South Africa, with Unitas International.


For Rachel, the call came at the young age of 9 years old and she participated in several short-term missions trips to Jamaica, inner-city Chicago, and Cambodia while growing up in search of what God would have this to look like for her.

In 2004, she travelled to Mozambique on an exploratory trip and attended the first graduation for the Xai Xai Wesleyan Bible School, and during that trip received God’s confirmation on the call that she already felt to service in this area. In 2005, she moved to Mozambique and began her life and service in the community of Xai Xai.

All of her children with Jason Helm were born in South Africa, Tristan in 2007, Jocelyne in 2010 and Logan in 2013. Jason passed away in 2016 after a battle with cancer.


Israel, who lost his wife in 2016 as well, attended YWAM, as well as a Leadership Training through the Genesis Course and Frontier Mission. He has done mission work in South Africa, Indonesia, Mozambique, Swaziland, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Lesotho. Israel directs a Christian PreSchool in Vladimir, Gaza, Mozambique.

Israel and Rachel

Israel and Rachel met through their mutual interest in missionary work. Over time, they grew closer, until eventually they were married in July 2017. Israel has a daughter, Selma, who has integrated well with Rachel’s children, and the family works as a tight-knit unit.

The family has made their home in the Xai Xai and Tarkastad communities, where they live by example among the neighbors and friends that they serve alongside.

The focus of their ministry efforts is to minister through example and to instill ideas of sustainability, empowerment, and ownership into the members of these communities.


e-Mail: helmjovo2017@gmail.com

PO Box 170
Tarkastad 5370
South Africa

Quick Facts

Locations: Mozambique & South Africa
Family Members: Israel, Rachel, Tristan, Jocelyne, Selma, Logan
Birthdays: Israel (October 3), Rachel (July 25), Tristan (June 14), Jocelyne (Dec 17), Selma (June 12), Logan (Sept 18)


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