Tiberias and Galilee

After breakfast we drove to Capernaum. A boat was waiting for us. We had a worship, prayer, and sightseeing voyage on the Lake Kinneret. Michael spoke of Jesus and His miracles. He still calms storms today. Ours was the only tourist boat on the lake.

We’ve had beautiful, sunny, warm weather so far on this trip. Michael said it’s sunny with a side of rockets. In December it can be cool and rainy at times.

Right now we’re driving around to the “other side” of the lake. We plan to visit a kibbutz in the Golan Heights. They are hosting forty-seven displaced families from the north. Connection with believers paves the way for us to help here.

On the bus, Michael shared his story of growing up in the states. He felt the Lord calling him to serve in Israel. He later discovered his grandmother had been Jewish. He was able to become an Israeli citizen.

At the kibbutz, we heard about what they’ve been doing to help people. With support from FIRM, displaced families are being hosted here. Their location near the border makes their homes unsafe. For some, their homes have become military zones. For some, just outside the evacuation line, they’re not safe, but the government doesn’t provide housing.

They had a display of pictures and letters sent by children around the world.

After a pizza lunch from a local business, Moshe and Janette, residents of the kibbutz gave some of their story of living here. They are believers.

Our job was to paint a building that had brought back into service after forty years of disuse. The population of children on the kibbutz expanded tremendously. They are providing school options on the kibbutz. We ended up painting three buildings. They were quite happy to have so much done so quickly.

Meanwhile Ruby was at the “Kids Fun Day.” This was organized as a way of showing love and bringing sunshine and laughter to the dark experiences of life in a time of war. About three hundred children enjoyed the bouncy houses and other activities.

We helped with cleanup and headed back to the hotel.

By Andrew Zimmerman

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