Israel Mission of Encouragement: Update Day 4

Shalom Friends!Matt9-37-38

Thank you to all who are supporting me through prayer and especially those who have joined with my sacrifice through donations and those prayers that are a real sacrifice of their time and efforts. God is answering your prayers! God bless each of you!

This is Sunday, day 4 of the trip and already there is ample evidence of God’s timing and blessing. The first evening I was here we walked up to Ramat Rachel and saw a beautiful wedding taking place. The entire group of young men were dancing through the gardens with the bride and the bridegroom singing in Hebrew a joyful song of the bride and bridegroom, as the musicians scurried between bushes to keep up. How joyous! How festive! How beautiful! How prophetic! In the midst of tensions of war and an uneasy peaceful respite, true joy.

Day 2 we celebrated Shabbat with friends of my hostess. Each acquaintance seemed to be a divine encounter. We enjoyed great food and the presence of God together on a beautiful warm evening singing praises to God and sharing about God’s goodness in the midst of Israel’s crisis. It was a beautiful evening. Earlier that day I walked to the Shuk, Jerusalem’s Machane Yehuda Market, and back to Arnona with some fruit and honey, a good long walk an hour and 45 minutes each way. I had a chance meeting with our previous landlord and his family in the newly renovated park near their home. Many places in Jerusalem show signs of updates. There is a freshness in the atmosphere that is new to my senses.

Day 3 I visited the congregation we were associated with when we lived in Jerusalem. It was so good to connect with some old friends and meet new ones. Christine Sakakibara says hello and blessings to all those who remember her from her visits to Rochester. I had the opportunity to bring a word of greeting to the congregation and spoke of all of you standing with me to bring blessings and prayers on their behalf and for Israel. I had lunch with friends and a student new to Jerusalem from Germany at Aroma’s on Hillel Street. (We remembered you dear friend Jeanine!) Evening was a meal with more of my hostess’s friends in a quaint apartment in Nachlaot. To my surprise we sat and ate a wonderful meal on the table and chairs that used to belong to us when we had our apartment in Jerusalem. They had been passed from one friend to another and here I was sitting at them once again! I spent much of the time writing both of my books at that table. Isn’t God amazing!

Today I am catching up on computer correspondence and figuring out the bus system to get me to my destinations this week for prayer. How blessed I am to be here. Follow my twitter posts for random pics and thoughts throughout the week.

Lord, continue to bring the right people across my path as you lead my footsteps. I thank you for divine health that I walk in everyday. Thank you that my back and my feet suffer little pain and that I have such a comfortable place to retreat to. Thank you for the precious people that I have the opportunity to pray for and bless as I walk past them. Bless those like the precious elderly couple on the plane behind me and my hostess who have made such an effort to bless me. Multiply your blessings Lord to bring glory to your Name and draw men close to you.

Pray through Psalm 68 together with me friends over the next few days. And let me know other scriptures that the Lord may give you to pray at this time.

Published by ruthmayfield

We love the people of Israel, Jacob's descendants; and in today's nation of Israel, both Jew and Gentile alike. We pray for the salvation of all people who live in this land that belongs first and foremost to God. Ruth Mayfield is an author and minister who shares her faith, insight, and love of God in blogs, books, and through speaking engagements.

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