Tuesday, April 13, 2010

From Israel...with love

Debbie and I can't believe we have been in Israel two weeks. We have been
fortunate to be able work with Stephen and Pat Apple at Calvary Chapel Tel
Aviv in serving the poor and homeless here in Tel Aviv.

There are many volunteers from all over who come alongside the needy here
and show them Christian compassion; CCTV has been doing that for the past 7
years. There are many languages spoken on the street and in the church and
that hinders communication, but somehow God works through the differences to accomplish His will. It is awesome to worship together and listen to His Word be spoken in English and Hebrew; how Jesus perfectly fulfills the OT
prophecies given to the Jewish people.

This first picture is of a couple on the worship team at CCTV, believe it or not, another 'Dave and Debbie'. You
can see God working in many ways here; a local messianic youth group does
hip hop and rap on the boardwalk on Saturday nights, attracting an
interested crowd, right outside our hotel. (we're on the left)

We were able to travel to Jerusalem on Easter afternoon and to northern
Israel. Israel has been at war ever since its birth; the second picture
shows one Israeli gunboat replacing another on constant patrol at the
Israel-Lebanese to prevent terrorist attack.

This last picture is of folks
being baptized in the Jordan River, just south of the Sea of Galilee.

This is an amazing land and people. We are blessed and privileged to be
here and want to deeply thank you for your prayers and support.

God is good, all the time!

Dave and Debbie
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Philippians 4:4

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