The project is going well. The fence job is complete and looks attractive while serving it’s purpose as a barrier for the school. Blocks continue to go up on the laundry room and storage areas. The team was complimented on their work by a man in the building trade. He stopped by the project site and told us that their work was better than most professional block layers he has worked with.
Saturday we were able to go to Bethlehem and see the Nativity Church where Jesus was born. We visited the field where the angels appeared to the shepherds and also saw the fields of Boaz. It really makes the Bible come alive for all of us. On the way home there was time to do some shopping, which made the team very happy. Sunday was a special day. We walked down, down, down the hill and up, up another to the Local Baptist Church in Beit Jala where we enjoyed worshipping together with fellow Christians. We especially enjoyed singing together in two languages knowing that God hears and understands both at the same time. Our teens shared a couple songs and were invited back Thursday evening. We look forward to seeing them again.
Evening devotions continue to bring the team closer as we share testimonies and pray for one another. We were all happy to hear the Caleb has a new brother as we have been praying for little Gus and mom in our devotion time.
Thanks for your prayers.
So far throughout this trip to Israel I have changed so much. I have grown closer to God through devos and just seeing how the Israelis and Palastinians are so lost and just the conflict between them. I have also seen a lot of change in our team since we first met at boot camp. Now that we have been in the field and working together we have grown to know each other grow as a family. I am hoping by he end of this trip that we will all have grown closer to God and get to know Him better. Jerry DuBois
These last few couple of weeks have been pretty awesome, whether we have been trying to better ourselves at block laying or visiting historical places where Jesus once walked. I have to say, working here in Israel has been an incredible experience and even though we haven’t had the chance to verbally witness to people here we have been a great witness through our diligent work so far. So with that in mind, I want to ask that you would pray for us and that we would find the strength to continue in our work. Brandon Schmidt