Shalom Family and Friends,
We had a very blessed week. It is very humbling to be a part of something bigger than ourselves and to be united as a family in this common vision and purpose. We’ve been chosen for such a time as this and honored to be a small part of this restoration taking place. We are here simply to serve and to bless the people, the small independent farmers in Judea and Samaria or otherwise known as the West Bank. We hold fast to the promise given by our Father; “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse those who curse you, and all people on earth will be blessed through you.” Genesis 12:3
Our 2nd week started by harvesting in the vineyards just outside our door on the Mount of Blessing (Har Bracha). It was a treat that we had all been looking forward to.
“Foreigners shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers.”- Isaiah 61:5
The day starts early around 4 am with worship and Scripture reading followed by breakfast and an inspirational message from Tommy Waller, the founder of HaYovel.
We make it out to the vineyards just as the sun is rising. It’s truly breathtaking. I reminded the children that the dirt was different from anywhere else in the world because it is holy. The fruit is holy.
What an honor to be standing on this holy soil and participating in the restoration of the Land and being a part of prophecy coming to pass.
We divide up into groups. The de-leafers go ahead of the group and remove the leaves to expose the grapes which makes the clipping process go quickly. We clip the grapes and drop them into baskets. A few young men come by and gather the baskets to dump inside a larger basket or dolev in Hebrew.
Orientation night was fun! We got our T-shirts! They incorporated Victoria’s design and theme from one she created for herself.
I am so glad I brought along their school books this year. Each day we make time for Scripture copywork and other learning material. Victoria has been transcribing for HaYovel projects and has had kitchen duty this week.
Our first tour was an early morning to watch the sunrise on Elon Moreh. It is the first place that the Bible names when Abram (later: Abraham) comes from his native country with his wife and family. God appears to him in the plains of Moreh, and he is told to build an altar to commemorate the event of arriving to the promised land on a mountain near Shechem (Genesis 12:5-8)
Afterwards we visited the community of Itamar. The children enjoyed the animals and purchasing organic goodies. We visited a very self sufficient farm complete with aquaponics, a variety of animals and fresh produce.
One afternoon we loaded into vans and headed to the other side of the mountain to have lunch and look out at the beautiful views.
Dinner begins at 5pm followed by a guest speaker or presentation. It’s a great time of fellowship and interacting with the Jewish people.
Interview with the kitchen crew for the week…
The highlight to our week was a visit to Jerusalem!!! The City of the Great King!! It was our 10th trip and it’s always as special as the very first.
Thankful that the guys will join us next week here in the Land.
We love to hear from you! I hope these updates are a blessing to you and help you to feel connected to this important work that is taking place here in the land of Israel. Let me know if you would like to be added to our Whats App list. I send daily updates of pictures and videos.
May the LORD bless you from Zion,
Stephanie for the Brumlow’s