THE SABBATH. The common greeting is Shabbat Shalom (Peaceful Sabbath). Few cars are on the street. Families take Sabbath strolls. We love it. Did you know that according to Isa 58:13-14, “..if you call the Sabbath a delight . then you will find your joy in the LORD.”?
LIVING WITH TENSION. Pam and I shared a delicious lunch at Café Hillel yesterday. There, several years ago a suicide bomb ruined the day for a number of people – 7 dead, 50 wounded. Dr. David Applebaum and his daughter Nava, who had just ordered her cake missed the wedding the next day. The Psyche of Israelis’ is interesting. Like other businesses this café has a security guard and determination to continue on.
WAR? The directive has been renewed that every Israeli should have a government issued gas mask. 90% do. It seems the Israeli’s know if they destroy the nuclear ambitions of Iran they can “absorb” a counter-attack of 50,000 conventional missiles from Iran, Gaza, Lebanon and perhaps Syria. Tiny Israel cannot afford to “absorb” one nuclear bomb. There is a national cell phone alert for missiles. As much as half of the nation may need to go into secure places for one month
BELLA LIFE includes celebrating birthdays, early American history, games with magnets, sewing and swimming in the warm, choppy waters of Galilee.
WRITING. Steve is recording a powerful testimony of how little Gabi Bella was saved from a fire by visiting heaven. Look for it next week. He has also helped our new friend Netanel write up a vision statement for his group seeking to welcome the Orthodox into the Kingdom.
ORTHODOX ministry is challenging. There are obstacles on every side. Steve is encouraging Netanel so there will be more positive stories. There are sad ones. Yaakob, became a disciple of Yeshua and sought to be assimilated among Messianic believers. For two years he was hopped from congregation to congregation seeking accommodations. He went from temporary to temporary housing never finding a permanent place to rest, constantly frustrated. He was helped, just a bit, at each congregation but could not find a place to stay, help with deep discipleship or assistance finding employment. He felt like a beggar striving to survive. He was pursued vigorously by the Orthodox who wanted his soul back. It drove him crazy. He was admitted to a hospital where he committed suicide two weeks ago.
Moshe and his family have become fast friends with the Bellas. They love us dearly but we have not yet let them know we are Messianic. Pray!
HADAS is the woman who rents us a room. She is an opera singer who has sung Bach and Handel and other Christian music. She has a number of Christian friends and we are thankful to be among them. We have been delighted to share Yeshua, bit by bit. Steve was sharing verses in the Tanach (Old Testament) that she was not aware of. Eventually we were in the Hebrew New Testament where she saw, “God so love..eternal life”! She was very open but wanted to put away her Hebrew NT to not disturb her daughter. We had a delightful Shabbat dinner with her daughter Shira, son-in-law Shaul and daughter Rout. Steve asked then for Hebrew meanings for words in Zechariah that factor in the river of life. This morning Hadas served us breakfast and invited us to pray at the meal! We are grateful for open hearts!
MISSING HOME AND GLAD TO BE IN ISRAEL. Wish we could be stateside – to see Claire off to college, help Theresa with the house, visit Steve’s mom, who has had challenges with her ticker, and see friends and family. We are also anxious for the welfare of the USA. Thank God for the Catholics! See
BLESSINGS from the City of the Great King,
Steve and Pam
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Mosha in white
Siblings – Gali, Una, Doron
Making an volcano errupt!
Sewing with Eli
Main St. Jerusalem
A lovely flower
Getting vitamin D