Israel Service Tour - Hesed

Mar 8-26, 2017

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Trip Blog Posts

Someone from Israel loves me

posted on Sunday Mar 26 2017 at 2:22 am UTC

It was our final day in Israel for our 2017 Hesed Project. We had already said goodbye to three of our teammates who had left early for home or had joined the Friends of Israel Up to Jerusalem tour. The day was bright and sunny. We joined together for prayer after breakfast and then went on our way...

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Friday, March 24

posted on Saturday Mar 25 2017 at 12:18 am UTC

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Thursday, March 23

posted on Friday Mar 24 2017 at 12:15 am UTC

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Wednesday, March 22

posted on Thursday Mar 23 2017 at 3:28 am UTC

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Israel's Past Present and Future

posted on Wednesday Mar 22 2017 at 12:49 am UTC

My day started out as any typical day. I met Rami as I had other mornings. As he would receive orders from different clinics for sterile instruments, we would hook up our electric cart to a stainless steel enclosed wagon and take it up to the clinic. We would pick up used dirty instruments in a different...

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Privileged to Support

posted on Tuesday Mar 21 2017 at 12:45 am UTC

The request was: write a blog about a day that will be assigned to you. And, what if nothing happens that day? My fear has been realized. How do I write now that I’m on the hook?​ ​Other than a few more of our group succumbing to physical maladies, today was quite routine. Sorry, Bruce, I’m changing...

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Sanctified in the midst

posted on Monday Mar 20 2017 at 12:15 am UTC

Sunday morning in Israel is much like a Monday morning in America. It’s the first day of the work week and most of us come dragging in after a short weekend. After a light work day on Friday​,​ most Israelis are only able to take Saturday off completely. So we arrived Sunday morning with plenty...

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Dwelling together in unity

posted on Saturday Mar 18 2017 at 10:08 pm UTC

The morning ushered in another beautiful sunrise in these Judean hills, where we are staying while volunteering with FOI's Hesed Project. Following another scrumptious Israeli breakfast, we journeyed to the Kehila ​(congregation) ​where we are blessed to worship while here in Israel. The opportunity...

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Invited In

posted on Friday Mar 17 2017 at 9:39 pm UTC

It seems that life in Israel, for seven of us at Kaplan Hospital this trip, is ALL about food​! ​We spent five days last week, scraping, cleaning up, serving or eating food. Ray and Annette are the legends when it comes to getting big, ugly, greasy pots clean, and you don't even want to see the...

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Sadness, joy and amazement

posted on Friday Mar 17 2017 at 12:58 am UTC

It's our fifth day at Kaplan Medical center with the Hesed project. I can say this journey so far has been the best and most fulfilling experience of my life. I'm humbled to think that Yeshua has chosen me to be a part of this life changing privilege to work alongside his chosen people. The staff...

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First Fruits

posted on Thursday Mar 16 2017 at 1:07 am UTC

This, for me, was the most memorable day of our journey so far. After our work at Kaplan we headed south, driving not far from the Gaza Strip, where we were invited to visit Bikurim, a school of the arts for underprivileged high school students. The school is located 2 1/2 miles from Gaza and is subject...

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Building Bridges

posted on Wednesday Mar 15 2017 at 12:47 am UTC

It was not an especially busy day today. Nathan and I spent some time putting supplies into bundles of 10, 40 or 50 depending upon the product, and helped pack up a couple of dollies for shipping to other parts of the hospital. Those are important parts of the ministry, but more important was the time...

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Gam ani!

posted on Tuesday Mar 14 2017 at 12:52 am UTC

"What do you do in the laundry department?," I'm often asked. My day starts with a hug from Ronen, a young man wearing a white uniform, kippah, tzitzit, and a big, welcoming smile. In fact all ​of ​the laundry staff greet us with smiles, pats on the back, and sometimes a snack. My teammate Pam and...

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Bring honor to the Lamb

posted on Monday Mar 13 2017 at 12:53 am UTC

Our morning started with Revelation 5:12, "Worthy is the receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing." H.G. Wells wrote, "Christ is the most unique person of history. No one man can write a history of the human race without giving first and foremost...

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Family - Ancient and New

posted on Sunday Mar 12 2017 at 3:27 am UTC

​Today I was up early and decided to take a long walk, meandering the hillsides of the Judean hills in which we are staying. The wind cut through fleece but was invigorating and reminded me of how wonderful and precious life is. My walk started in the Biblical Gardens of Yad Hashmona Inn, our lodging...

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Enjoying the Unexpected

posted on Saturday Mar 11 2017 at 12:03 am UTC

I have the privilege of telling you about my journey to Israel thus far. The journey really began more than two years ago with prayer. I've been studying the book of Isaiah with Kay Arthur and some amazing faithful women who love the Lord and the Jewish people. The book of Isaiah speaks many times...

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Up and running!

posted on Friday Mar 10 2017 at 1:00 am UTC

The Hesed Project 2017 is up and running. Fifteen of our team met at Newark Liberty International Airport. Some had their flights delayed due to high winds. Still, all made it safe and sound at Newark. It was good to see the familiar faces of Hesed veterans, and also to meet new ones who were joining...

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Preparing for Israel!

posted on Wednesday Mar 01 2017 at 11:21 pm UTC

We're finishing up our final preparations for this year's Hesed Project Israel service trip. Once we're on the ground in Israel, we'll post periodic updates and photos. Check back often or get update notifications using the subscribe options on this page. We'll be sharing our experiences online...

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