It was a fascinating couple of days seeing firsthand what Bridges for Peace does here in Israel. We spent some time at their office hearing about their many different projects where they connect with the Jewish people and show the love of Jesus to them through their actions. Their website is www.bridgesforpeace.com/il/
Having an orientation in their beautiful Israel from 2,000 years ago room. One of the common sayings here is “we are called to be lights not loud speakers.” We are living in amazing times and God is doing incredible things in this Jewish nation. Bridges for Peace witnesses that every week.
The BFP Food Bank is very active in Israel. From groceries going out every week, to food drives being done continually, eating centers throughtout the country…the food that goes out of this place on weekly basis is phenomenal. Volunteers come from all over the world and work here for 1 week or 3 or 6 months or a year or more. There were a number of Canadians here this week.
The dots on this map shows where BFP centers are in Israel.
Incredible visual reminder of all the many different volunteers from many different nations who come to BFP and how we are all called to stand with Israel.
Bags of of food that get delivered every week
Celebrating Purim here too
We we had prayed around the food that was being sent out before hopping on the train to go to the Holocaust museum to be reminded of the horror of what happened to the Jewish nation in the past. The visits, gifts, and support that BFP gives to the Holocaust survivors who are in homes moved all of us greatly.
At Yad Vasham, the Holocaust museum
We also spent a couple of days at the WIZO community and family center. Here they have a vocational school for teens in grades 9-12 who have some emotional and learning challenges. What this school offers them through music, drama and movement therapy is astounding. These teens also leave school having gotten some training in cooking or hairdressing. The hands on approach and the incredible teachers who are like family to them changes the lives of these teens.
This mural was painted by some of our group while myself and Kimberly went to help in the preschool and did some precious painting as well.
The mothers in this center made a delicious meal for us showing their thankfulness to us spending our time working on these projects here for them.
After the new mural was complete, we freshened up this mural in the main stairwell that had been painted a few years ago by another group. It was a joy to work with the original artist Simon who has done great mural work throughout the entire school and center. To be able to bless the women and children who are in this place is such an incredible feeling. Their stories of where they’ve come from and why they’re here in this place are heart wrenching. We thank God for bringing us here.
Together with the artist
The two men in our group painted the radiators.
A joy to work together with Daniel and Jeanette from Bridges for Peace to bring some restoration on these walls, build relationships and show the love of Jesus through our actions.
We are all thankful for our time together and love the gift of these t-shirts given to us, reminding us to stand with Israel and build bridges together. God’s covenant with Israel are everlasting.
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you. Peace be within your walls, prosperity within your palaces. For the sake of my brethren and companions, I will now say, Peace be within you. Because of your house of the Lord our God I will seek your good.” Psalm 122:6-9