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Saturday, November 01, 2008

And the trip goes on . .

Today we went to Matzdah and the Dead Sea. It has been quite a time these last few days. Today at the Sea one of our group had a very hard time in the water. She could not get her feet on the bottom and had to have someone help her get out. It was pretty scary. But thank G-d she is okay. Tomorrow we travel to the old city of Jerusalem to spend the day touring the Old City. Please pray for our safety each day. On Monday we go north to work in the homes of single mothers and widows, pray that we are open to G-d's direction in everything we do.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

We're Here!

We arrived in Israel Tuesday evening to sprinkling rain. It rained off and on Wednesday as we picked olives with the young people from the boys ranch. The usual olive picking technique is to put a cover under the tree and then hit the tree with sticks to make the olives fall to the ground. Then everyone joins in picking up the olives. Being novices at this job we were given bags and told to pick olives by hand. Our job didn't look nearly as fun as what the boys were doing but we did out best. One of the counselors told us the young people help pick the olives, then the olives are taken to a olive press and the oil is removed. They are paid by the weight of their product and this is one way they support the farm. Everyone takes part in the work. We arrived to help in the picking right as lunch was being served. We were invited to join them. They had chicken cooking on the grill and all kinds of salads to eat. The food was all donated by someone. They even brought their grill and catered the whole affair at no cost to the farm.

After we picked olives for a couple of hours it began to rain harder and we decided to head back to the hotel to dry off and clean the mud off our shoes and clothes. Driving back to Jerusalem we saw one of the hardest rains we've ever seen in Jerusalem. It may have slowed down our touring schedule but it was something to celebrate since Israel needs the rain so badly. Israelis get as excited to see rain as people living in Pensacola Florida do about snow.

This morning the sun is shinning and we are headed back to the boys ranch to tour the facility and to visit the Herodian, Herod the Great's castle that was built before the Messiah. Please pray for safety for us as we drive each day.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Another Work Day

Four of us spent the day Sunday painting an apartment of a Jewish believer in Jerusalem. She is a single woman who lives with her 96 year-old mother. It was an easy work day because the work space was all ready and prepared for us to start - not standard procedure here :) Everything was off the walls and all the furniture was moved so that we could go to work - it ended up taking us only half a day.

Since yesterday was the beginning of the holiday of Shavout (celebrated in the Christian church as Pentacost) - it is treated like a Shabbat and everything shuts down. The Jewish community stays up all night - studying the Torah - - as this holiday celebrates the giving of the Torah. It is one of the BIG three holidays where all Jewish males are commanded to go to Jerusalem if possible - so at daybreak we walked down to the Western Wall in the Old City and there were at least 30,000 people smunched together praying at the Wall. An awesome and moving sight to see.

Our last day in Jerusalem is tomorrow - pray for our safety and safe return to our families in the States and that whatever seeds we were able to plant will be nurtured and grown ad G-d wills it

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Leaving Haifa

Today saw the end of our last work day in Haifa. It was about 100 degrees so it was plenty hot. I think the two families were happy with our work. I thought the places looked very nice when we finished. Jean D'Anne and I did get about an hour on the beach in Haifa so that was a nice way to finish off the day. We went to Karmiel and had dinner with a friend of ours from America. Some of you may remember Danny Kerkivel. He now works with Bridges for Peace and was able to help us for a couple of days.

Tomorrow we return to Jerusalem via the Jordan Valley and the Sea of Galilee.

Continue to pray for us, we have one more work day on Sunday right before Shavuot.


Tuesday, June 03, 2008

First Work Day

Today was our first work day in Haifa. We split up into two work groups with each of the groups working in the homes of single mothers. The homes were in pretty bad shape with a lot of mold and peeling paint. We were able to get a good start with each house and will be back tomorrow and probably finish up on Thursday. We will head back to Jerusalem on Friday morning.

Yesterday was Jerusalem Day and it was quite an experience. We all went over to the old city to watch the parade, but the most interesting thing was watching the people passing by. Jerusalem in one of the most interesting places in the world. You can literally see the world pass. As we were going back to the hotel room a group of young orthodox men stopped traffic and and danced and sung for a long time, it was really something to see. Eventually a group of soldiers joined them and were singing and dancing. So as I said it like no other place on the planet.

Well must get off to bed and get ready for the coming day. Please continue to pray for us each day that the love of G-d will be evident in everything we do.


Tuesday, May 27, 2008

David and Jean arrived in Israel May 23rd just in time to enjoy the Sabbath with friends in Modiin. Sunday they drove to Haifa to check out the possible work projects to be done. The first place visited was a Russian immigrant and her 14 year old son. She lives in 2 rooms, she is a single mother. The bathroom has mold and peeling paint falling from the walls. The window frames in the kitchen have gaps between the wood and window panes allowing wind and rain to come in. All her doors and windows have paint peeling and will need to be sanded and painted. Her only work is a part time job paying minimum wage.
The second work site in Haifa is near the sea. Again it is a single Mother who immigrated from Russia. She has a son in the army with mental problems and at this time is AWOL. She has two small rooms with mold in the bathroom and kitchen. The outside wall on the porch is cracked allowing water to come into the apartment and security bars that are rusted and needing paint. Both women live in poor rundown neighborhoods.
Since these women are Russian they have a limited knowledge of Hebrew and speak no English. Please pray for us that we will be able to communicate with them and touch them spiritually, giving them hope for the future.