House of Peace(Beit Shalom)
February 15, 2020 Report
It was one week ago as I write, that Frieda and I left Prince George for a very different trip to Israel. We’ve traveled to the Holy Land(Israel & Jordan) six times before but those were either as members or leaders of a traditional tour which lasts from 7 to 10 days. A tour involves a group of people being transported to all the biblical sites in an air-conditioned bus with a very knowledgeable tour guide and staying at 3, 4 and sometimes 5-star hotels. As you can imagine it’s a wonderful experience.
This time we’re going to be living and ministering in the land for almost three months! Suddenly we have to learn to navigate not just unfamiliar streets but an unfamiliar culture and language. Buying groceries is a very slow process as we examine strange lettering on bottles, boxes and bags of products that almost look like what we have back home in Canada, but not quite.
As we shared in church before we left, our theme for this year is anchored in the idea of “bearing fruit”. We’ve been meditating and praying based on God’s call to us in Psalm 1:3 to “yield fruit in season” and also in Psalm 92:12-15 which tells us that the righteous will “still bear fruit in old age”. We discovered that our first full day here was “Tu BiShivat” – in English “The New Year of the Trees” – and we met Dalia, a woman who creates beautiful works of art using nail polish and featuring trees.
Our time so far has been filled with information as our friends Peter and Aires Robertson have done their best to train us and prepare us for the work we will be doing here. Our duties will include distributing funds to impoverished older widows, single-mother families escaping abusive marriages, “at-risk” abused and neglected youth and others. We’ve already met many of these people as we traveled around with Peter and Aires, as well as with Pastor Joseph who is our go-between in blessing some of these people.
Along the way we’ve also managed to visit a lot of biblical and ancient historical sites like Acco (a.k.a. Acre) a city that has been shaped by the Romans, Ottomans, Crusaders, Mamelukes, Byzantines, and British; Ma’ayan Harod which is where God sorted out Gideon’s soldiers by the manner in which they drank the water from a pool and the ruins of ancient Tiberias baths and amphitheater.
Some of our accomplishments include George driving the 8 passenger diesel van that Beit Shalom provides – without hitting anything, Frieda finding a curling iron that didn’t cost an arm and a leg and buying a Brita water filter to improve the water taste. It’s the little things that make life good.
A special blessing was attending Morningstar Messianic Fellowship Saturday morning and taking part in their wonderful worship and praise time. At least an hour and half of singing followed by another hour of preaching. What do you think Pastor Danny?
We’re very thankful for the modern technology that allows us to be in contact with all of you back home so easily. But it doesn’t replace being with you for the many family events happening in the coming months. We’re sorry to be missing the memorial for our dear friend Don Trudeau, Men’s Retreat and the launch of our Sunday evening service in early April. Feel free to contact us by WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to hear how you are doing!
Shalom from Tiberias, Israel!
George & Frieda Krahn