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Thursday, November 03, 2011

Home again

We are sitting in the Philly airport, as the sun comes up, waiting for our next flight to Charlotte and on to Pensacola. If USAIR ever needs people to do commercials for them we are the ones to do it. Our flights to and from Israel were wonderful - more leg room, smaller plane and courteous service. Much less confusion than going through NY airport. So, as long as El Al remains too expensive we will be checking USAIR tickets.

We hope you have enjoyed following our time in Israel - a uniquely wonderful time. We look forward already to the time G-d allows us to go to Israel again - may it be soon.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Last wake up in Israel

Just getting started in our last morning in Jerusalem. It is a beautiful day. The time always goes quickly and you find yourself back at the airport.  We are going downtown for one last cup of cafe afook and sweet roll. We will spend the morning packing and cleaning up the apartment before leaving for the airport this afternoon.

This trip has been filled with many diverse experiences. Our time of working was one of the most rewarding we have had in many years and we feel, through our efforts, G-d has made a difference in their lives. One unusual thing that happened was how many people from our past we met just walking down the street, people we knew here 20 years ago we kept running into. This has never happened in past trips. It was a time of renewing old relationships.

Spiritually this has been one of our most rewarding trips. Many of these experiences will take time to digest fully and we will try to share them with you as they come clearer to us.  But truly G-d has spoken to us here. Generally they concern the body's need to be spiritually prepared and alert for what is to be in the future.

We are pleased at how well the group has worked together. Gene and Corinne will be traveling on the same flight with us today. We appreciate all the work and support they have given while we've been here. Hopefully Sheri is already in the USA and making her way to Pensacola and will begin recovering quickly.

Nearing the End of a Wonderful Visit

Tonight Sheri will be going to the airport to return to the USA. Tomorrow we will be doing the same. How quickly the time has gone by.  We just got a report from the family we helped and they are very excited about their newly painted apartment. It is the first improvements done to their place since her husband died.  It was an ordained time from G-d.  We are so pleased that they are happy with the work we did. I think it was one of the best work projects we have done in years.

Today we participated in the Temple Mount Sifting Project. What a wonderful time we had. We had to drag Gene to the car. He enjoyed it so much he didn't want to leave.  I will post some pictures from the morning of sifting. Our leader at the sifting project mentioned they sometimes have volunteers come to work for a week at a time in the summer and fall. Something to think about....

We went downtown for one last time of hummus and fallafel.  I don't think any of us should check our weight for at least a month.

Please pray for Sheri as she travels. She will be leaving the apartment at noon Pensacola time (7 pm Jerusalem time) and traveling alone back to Pensacola.  We certainly enjoyed our time with her. She is team person always willing to go the second mile and do more.  May G-d richly bless her for her efforts.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Sunset in Jerusalem

Pictures from the day

Pictures from Avdat and Mitzpe Ramon

This is what happens when David doesn't listen to Jean

Corinne is calling this the enactment of the fall of man. But seriously we are thankful that David is okay. We stopped on our way to Avdat at a cliffs edge to look off at the view.  David began walking down a steep slope toward the edge of the cliff when the gravel starting sliding under him. He fell face first, his head slamming into a rock. He has injuries on his arm and leg but nothing as bad as his face.  We found a Magen David station (first aid) and asked them to check him out but they said he should go to the hospital. Being of a stubborn disposition he refused. So, I drove for the rest of the trip while he rested. Since it has been four hours since it happened we pray he is okay and will recover quickly.

Other than this mishap it was a wonderful day.  Will post more pictures later.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Taking off early this morning

 Mizpe Ramon Travel Guide - VirtualTourist › ... › Middle East › Israel › Southern District

We are leaving early this morning to visit Avadat and Mitzpe Ramon. If you would like to see how beautiful this part of Israel is just go to this website and have a look. We are also going so David can get warm. 

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We are sure you wanted to see a picture of Corinne leaning on the ladder. You have to read earlier post to understand this statement.

Time is running out!

Our time in Israel seems to be flying by at an incredible rate. We returned the tools to storage this morning and drove to Beit Guvrin-Maresha National Park. The ruins here date back to the 2nd and 3rd century BCE (BC). It was inhabited until 12 century CE (AD) We looked at tombs and cisterns hollowed out by the inhabitants. In one burial cave appears an inscription mentioning Apollophanes, son of Sesmaios, leader of the Sidonian community of Marissa. The inscription and paintings shed light on the art, mythology and zoological erudition of the period, as well as the ethnic group of those interred (Edomite, Sidonian or Greek), family ties, burial customs and more.  David certainly enjoyed the warmer weather at the park. When we drove back up the hill to Jerusalem the temperature began to drop again.  It has been very cool most every day we've been in Jerusalem.

We plan on going out to dinner tonight to the Red Heifer Steak House for a last hurrah to celebrate our time here. Gene is certainly looking forward to tasting a little red meat.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Beautiful day in Israel

Sunny and cool this Sabbath morning. We are on our way walking to the Western Wall after a great breakfast of french toast and fruit salad - created by Gene and Sheri. By the way, those of you who know Gene - he has a new name he prefers.  When he returns to Pensacola please call him Ladder. While we were working in Ramat Gan the lady of the house told us he was like a ladder because he is so tall. Every few minutes she would call Gene to help her telling him she was small and he was tall - could he please reach something for her. So, he grew into his new name of "Ladder." He really likes his new name.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Shabbat in Israel

What a beautiful sunny Friday in Jerusalem. Temperatures were warm enough even for David.  The group spent time relaxing and recovering from working hard the last two days.  We also enjoyed coffee and breakfast downtown. As the sun was about to set you could hear the siren sounding to signal the beginning of the Sabbath.  Before the Sabbath began we enjoyed an afternoon of teaching from a local Bible scholar.  He had to rush off home to arrive before the Sabbath began but left us with study material and many questions to ponder.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

pictures from the day

Great Day to Be Working

Finished our second day of working with the family near Tel Aviv. It was such a wonderful day together.  We spent a lot of time before coming to Israel praying for a close connection with the person we were to work with. G-d definitely honored that request. It was such a special family and special time together. The woman is a widow with seven children. Her oldest son, 19 years old, is in the army. He came home last night so he could help us work. He helped us paint until he had to return today. The Mother, M, worked along side us both days and continued to paint when we left yesterday.

It was one of the best work experiences we have had. She was so pleased with the results. Nothing had been done to her home since her husband died. She has struggled learning to live without him and was touched by our efforts. She said it was the first improvements done to their apartment since her husband died.  Her family fled Iran in 1978 when she was a child to begin life again after persecution in Iran.

She cooked huge delicious meals for us each day which made it hard to continue working. A very generous woman.  M lives on a street that is the most narrow street we have ever seen in Israel.  Parking for cars is next to her building. The place was so small she volunteered to park our car for us. It was amazing to watch her negotiate back and forth until she got our car in the tiny parking place.

It was sad to leave today. She gave us hugs and said she was sure we would see each other again some day.  We thank G-d for the opportunity to serve the people of Israel and pray G-d blesses this family with joy.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Great Day to be in Israel

After spending yesterday changing dollars to shekels, collecting work supplies and renting a van we left Jerusalem at 6:15 AM. Yes for all of you that have been here on work projects before - I repeat we left at 6:15 AM for Ramat Gan to work. What a dedicated group we have! We arrived at the work place at 7:30 much to the shock of the residents. We worked hard, got a lot accomplished and made some special friends.  We had a fantastic lunch and after consuming it we had a hard time getting back to work.  We finished work at 4 pm and had a concert put on by the 11 year old son playing the cello and 6 year old daughter playing the violin.  We were greatly blessed in meeting this talented family.  All seven children in the family play musical instruments.  Tomorrow we return to the same family to continue working. Please pray for us as David drives us "quickly" thru Tel Aviv traffic tomorrow.

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Monday, October 24, 2011

What A Great Beginning!

As we planned our travel to Israel one person traveled by Delta and the rest of the group traveled US Air. WE all traveled approximately seven thousand miles with different stops and different departure times planning on waiting at the airport until we all arrived. As the US Air group walked off the plane the person flying Delta stepped out of the adjoining doorway. We were not supposed to arrive at the same time and could never have planned it so perfectly but G-d's timing is always perfect. What a fantastic surprise for everyone to arrive at exactly the same moment and our airplanes to park right next to each other. We arrived at our beautiful apartment and quickly went downtown to a local "very local" restaurant to enjoy a plate of hummus, salad, and soup. Then we made our way to the coffee and pastry shop so we would have the energy to walk up the hill to our apartment. Tomorrow we shop for food, get supplies and tools. Tomorrow we are off to forage for food and and accumulate our work supplies. Pray for us as we start our work on Wednesday.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Out The Door...Almost

Here we are, sitting in the Philly Airport waiting to go through one last security check before we fly to Israel. David, Jean, Gene and Corinne have Had great flights so far - all on time. We have not seen Sheri yet but hope her day is going well also. She arrives in Tel Aviv one hour before us. We hope to get some good food and a few hours of sleep as we cross the ocean. We can't wait to put our feet on "Holy Ground" and get started working and having a great time. Please pray for us while we travel.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Off we almost go. In a couple of days we will be in Israel with the help of G-d. We will be working in Ramat Gan near Tel Aviv. I will be blogging each day so please follow along. I am really excited about this trip as I believe it is a time appointed by G-d for us to be there and to be helping the people of Israel in what ever way we can. Please pray for us that we will be a true help to the people and that G-d's name will be lifted up. Shabbath Shalom to all of you.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

It is only a few weeks before we leave for our work trip to Israel, I would ask you to pray for us and the group going. We will be in the Land from October 24th-November 3rd. We will be working in the homes of needy Israelis. Our goal is to bless the people of G-d by meeting their physical needs as best we can. I also would ask you to pray about the coming few weeks and months as they pertain to Israel. This is a very dangerous time and Israel needs all the support they can muster. The entire Middle East is in turmoil, with many enemies of Israel gathering strength to unite against her. The news bears out the facts that Israel is facing an ever increasing threat to her very existence. My sources in Israel tell me that the chance of war is increasing by the day. All of us need to be in prayer about the coming months. I have in on good authority that Israel is calling up 40,000 reserves in the coming weeks to be ready for whatever may occur. I know all of us realize that the Maker of Heaven and Earth is in control of what will be and in that we draw comfort. Let our prayers be that His will will be done and Israel's foes will be defeated both in the practical realm as well as the spiritual. Shabbath Shalom to you all David Dorris

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Today Jean and I spent our day in the Old City of Jerusalem, especially in the Jewish Quarter. We went tot the Western Wall and had a wonderful time. It is always special but today was out of the ordinary. The power and presence of G-d was very strong today. Both Jean and I could feel that as we approached the wall itself. I thought of all the people that here and leave without considering where they are or who they stand before.

This will be our last blog before we leave tomorrow. I hope you who have read it have been touched by our daily musing. It has been a spiritually high time for us and one that we will always treasure. G-d has done great things in our time here and we look forward in h\His time to our return. Pray for us tomorrow as we fly.

Shalom from the Holy City of G-d.

David and Jean Dorris

Friday, May 06, 2011

A Day in the Judean Desert

Today was avery eventful day. We traveled with a group of about 20 people to a deep valley running from Jerusalem to Jericho. It is said to be the valley where Elijah was fed by the ravens. It was a beautiful site with a fast flowing stream, flowers all around and towering cliff faces. There was also a Monastery dating from the 5th century, and still in use. I will post pictures later. It is quite a site clinging to the side of the cliff. The day was beautiful, clear and cool. For those of you who like winding one lane roads you would have loved this trip. It was very difficult to pass another car and there were no guard rails, just my kind of road.

The most special time was a baptism service in one of the pools of water in the valley. Some friends of ours had a time for their two oldest sons to be immersed in the stream. It was very special and we felt honored to be part of it.

Tomorrow is the Shabbath, and also our last full day in Israel. It is always so difficult to leave, it never gets easier. Please pray for us these last couple of days. See some of you soon. David and Jean from the Holy City Shabbath Shalom

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Hot Day in Jerusalem

Yesterday was a busy day for Jean and I. We were in a meeting until about 10:30PM, then a bus ride home to our little apartment, sitting up talking until midnight. I think I am getting to old to stay up to midnight. The meeting was very productive for us and also a time to get together with friends. The weather was spectacular yesterday, with a high around 74 and last night was cool and clear.

Today is another story. It is hazy and hot. Here it is called a sharav, dry dusty and hot, not my favorite. We are going to walk and look at another two places where we might be able to house a group in October. It is two apartments of two bedrooms each. They are located in the same building so it might work. It is just a short walk to the middle of downtown which would also be nice. Another meeting after that and then dinner with friends tonight. Our time is going far to quickly with only a few days left before we leave. However it has been a very productive trip for us and one that I think will bear fruit in the future. Thank each of you for your prayers, I feel better each day and only have a slight cough remaining.

May G-d bless you all today with peace and mercy.


Monday, May 02, 2011

Yom HaShoah

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day here in Israel. Jean and I were in central Jerusalem when the siren was sounded. It is an awesome sight to see the city come to a stop for 2 minutes. Cars stop and drivers stand silently by their autos. There is no sound except for the wail of the siren. I would hope each of us would pray for the people still living who went through this awful time in world history. Their only reason for being singled out for murder by the Nazis was that they were Jewish. Never should this happen again in human history. We must be vigilant in our stand against such evil in this world.

n the midst of this somber day it was good to hear that finally Usama Bin Laden had been killed. Here in Jerusalem there was support and encouragement from the people and from the government of Israel. Americans are in no danger here, in fact there is a sense of commonality of focus and thought between Israel and America as we both deal with terrorists around the world.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Holocaust Remembrance Day has just begun in Israel. It is for the 6 million Jews that were murdered by the Nazis. This past weekJean and I renewed an old friendship with a lady in Hod HaSharon. She and her husband came to Israel in 1948 from the camps. They had no other family. It was quite sobering to sit and talk to her about those years and her time in Israel. I would pray that each of you that read our blog would take time to remember and pray for the people still alive from that time and that still struggle with the memories.

Today we also visited the home of Marcel. We painted her house a year ago and it was good to see her again. She is well and thanked all who came to help her.

Tomorrow Jean and I are visiting a few places that we may use as a base for our coming trip in October. Pray that we are open to the leading of G-d in everything we do each day. Shalom from the city of G-d.

David and Jean

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Shabbath in Jerusalem

Today is a rainy day in Jerusalem. The sky is overcast and the temps in the mid 60's. Maybe it is an appropriate way to lead up to Holocaust Remembrance Day. This is always a somber day as Israel remembers the six million who perished. The day will be given over to stories of survivors and programs to keep alive what happened 70 years ago. Today there are people who deny that it ever took place, I would pray all of us who have the ability would speak out against such lies. Jean and I are going to try to get to some of the events and take part in all we can.

Tomorrow we also visit Marcel the lady who has been in wheel chair for the last 27 years. Our group painted her apartment last year and she seemed thrilled to hear that we are coming over for a visit.

Please pray for me, I have had a nagging cough since we arrived and can not seem to be done with it. May G-d bless each of you with His love and mercy.

David and Jean

Friday, April 29, 2011

Our second Shabbath in Jerusalem

Today has been a special day in Jerusalem. Jean and I joined pretty much every person in Israel (or so it seemed) to do our Shabbath shopping in the shuk in Jerusalem. It was a really nice time, seeing shop owners that we had not seen in a year and getting those things we needed for the meal tonight. In a couple of hours the siren will sound here in Jerusalem to welcome in the Shabbath and we will light the candles. There is really no city on earth like this one. G-d's presence rested here and still rests here. It is evident as you approach Shabbath that this is no ordinary day. Jean and I pray for each of you His peace this day and rest in Him. Shabbath Shalom

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Today we moved into our little two room apartment. It is in the center of town which sounds wonderful (and it is) until you have to drive through Jerusalem traffic to get to it. I had to let Jean out with our luggage to sit beside the street until I could return the car and walk ( as quickly as possible) to get back to her and check in. The car return and walk taking about 30 minutes. After settling in we wen to the shuk to buy what we needed for the next few days. Our arms are for sure longer now than they were when we set out. To top it all off it rained today which is very strange for this time of year. Tomorrow we meet the daughter of Rosa to give her the money we have collected ($300.00). She it very excited about it. Rosa is still unable to cope with meeting people. After that meeting our goal for the day is to get whatever we need for the Shabbath, so I think our arms will get another workout. Please continue to pray for us, especially tomorrow when we meet with Rosa's daughter. G-d bless each of you tomorrow as you prepare for the Shabbath. Shalom, David and Jean

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Day in the North

Yesterday Jean and I went to Modi'ine to visit a good friend of ours and spent the night with her and her son. We had a great time visiting and stayed up until past midnight talking and checking up on how all our lives were going. Our discussions ranged from theological to the more mundane day to day. Food was great and the conversation was stimulating. We left at around 9:00AM this morning and stopped at our favorite cafe in Hod HaSharon. We sat and talked with the owner, a wonderful lady, for a long time. Her business is one of the ten oldest in Israel and was recently featured on Israel TV. After our time with her we went on to Caesarea to have a great meal at a seaside restaurant. Jean found a kitty to feed so she was right at home. The flowers in the North were beautiful today with poppies and holly hocks in full bloom. We check into our small apartment tomorrow for the remainder of our stay, our time is going much to quickly. May G-d bless you all each day. David and Jean

Sunday, April 24, 2011

We are approaching the beginning of the holiday marking the end of Passover. It begins in just a couple of hours. Today has been a day filled with soaking in the beauty of the Holy City of Jerusalem, unlike any other place in the world. The streets were filled with people getting whatever they need for the meal tonight and enjoying the beautiful weather. The sky was crystal clear with a view of the Dead Sea possible from the Mt of Olives. We were able to meet with old friends and have a cup of coffee at a little outside cafe on Jaffa Road. Tomorrow will be a quite day and then on Tuesday we travel North of a couple of days before returning to Jerusalem for the last ten days of our stay. When we return we hope to visit some of the homes where we have worked in the past few years. I look forward to seeing some of these friends again and to see how they are coming along. Please continue to pray for us during our time here that every minute will be spent just as the Father would have us spend it. Hag Samach to each of you. David and Jean from the eternal city.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Shabbath in Jerusalem

After 12 hours of sleep, Jean and I are off for our Shabbath walk. It is a beautiful day today, sunny and cool. Have a busy week coming up. We rent a car tomorrow to keep for a few days. We also are going to visit the woman who needs help and also some of the people where we have worked in the past just to see how they are doing. Our time goes so quickly here. I would ask you all to pray for us each day that we are aware of what G-d would have us to do, and how to use our times to the best. Off to walk will talk again tomorrow. David and Jean

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Jean and I arrive in Israel yesterday afternoon and were met by friends when we exited the arrival hall. The drive to Jerusalem was beautiful. The wild poppies and holly hocks were blooming in all the fields as we drove up the hill to the city. The weather is great. We left Pensacola with 85 degrees arrived here to about 55 degrees and low humidity. Today is taken with a meeting with the group that is our spiritual covering which should be very good. As my head clears I will write more. We went to bed at 9:00Pm woke up at 2:00AM, which if you are wondering is not a good thing. We will see how today goes. Pray for us as we have a pretty full schedule but are looking forward to what G-d will do. Shalom David and Jean

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Almost time

In just a few days Jean and I are off for a stay in Israel. We ask our friends to pray for us and the people whom we will impact. I will be posting a daily blog with G-d's help to keep you updated.