The last few days in Israel meant squeezing in as much as I possibly could to go and to do things I meant to do while there and didn’t find time for. The weather which had been hot and hazy with humidity, became more and more a dusty orange-brown haze in every direction until Thursday, October 25th when the skies darkened to dark grey just before the rain began. I had driven the rental car into the city near the King David hotel and decided to try to go to the temple mount not far away. As I began walking I passed the special place where Duane had proposed to me. I had forgotten about this place until I walked past, so I paused a bit thinking about how much the face of Jerusalem had changed in the years since our life was centered there and how Duane would see it now.
I arrived at the entrance to the temple mount at the same time as the dark clouds and huge thunder claps did. As I slowly passed through the security line, the rain began leaving big drops of muddy water on everything, then pouring down to wash away five months of dust in just five minutes. They the sun was out again with mostly blue skies by the time they opened the door to allow the large group to visit– with even more police and restrictions than my previous trips years ago. Thank you Lord, for the rain and the opportunities…
My last Shabbat was memorable. I got to do some of the preparation for a few Korean ladies to come to share Erev Shabbat with us. It was a wonderful time, in spite of my hostess’s lingering illness that disappeared again the next morning. I visited another familiar congregation in the morning and then spent the day with my friend in Abu Ghosh, praying and sharing ministry updates and then a quick kebab meal at our favorite restaurant there.
Rains had cleared much of the dust from the air so I finally saw the mountains of Jordan across the Judean hills from where I stayed. It had taken an entire month before they were visible and it was quite awe inspiring. Sunday I was able to help my friend with starting a blog site, then another amazing meal at a restaurant in En Kerem before attending the service at King of Kings where we enjoyed the music of Philips, Craig and Dean who were visiting with tour groups from their congregations in the states. They ended with the same song that I had chosen for Duane’s memorial service, the Revelation Song. How appropriate to end my time in Jerusalem this trip.
God is Amazing!
Thank you to all who prayed and supported me during this ministry trip. I will be sharing details of the things that God showed me and the on-going vision he has for this ministry in various venues in the near future. I look forward to sharing with all who are interested in hearing what God is doing in and through Horizon Ministries. So for now, Shalom!!!