Guess what happened last night.... (awkward silence)
It rained, did you hear what I said IT RAINED.
I know a lot of you in Indiana and all over the world have been praying for rain.
I also realize that a lot of times people say "pray for me", but they never say how that prayer turned out.
Well I want to give praise to God who answered this prayer.
About three days ago, I was filling some food for the sheep when I felt some rain on me.
This was the first time I felt it, but it was really just a mist. It lasted maybe 2 minutes and was gone.
I talked to Nissim and he said that this rain did not count because it was a small amount. So I did not blog
about it. Then the next night I was sitting in my house, here on the farm, and about 8 pm, I heard some more rain. This was louder and lasted longer, but according to Nissim not "blog worthy." So I kept praying and reminding myself that God will answer the prayer. So, this leads me to last night. Around 11 pm I was woken up by a loud and thunderous rain storm!! God had answered our prayers. And then this morning, I asked just to make sure, and Amir, Nissim's son, said, "Now that is rain." So I decided to blog about it and give you all an update.
Looking back I think it is funny how God made it rain more and more each day until I finally would write about it. It was almost like He was saying "is this enough" and "what about this." And then he made it pour so I would have no doubt.
Thank you, Lord.
And for all those that are praying please keep praying. One rain a year does not make grass grow, so please continue to pray for rain. Thank you prayer warriors for all your help and support!!
Talk to you soon,
Friday, October 28, 2011
*No I could not walk on the water, but I did have a great time. Most of the places I went in the Galilee region I would find where it was discussed in the Bible and read the story at the location. It really made the story come alive and helped remind me that God is more than a story and words on a page. He is not just a piece of history, but is alive in the heart of all those that believe. Enjoy the pictures =)
*The end of the pictures. I hope you liked.
|This is the first place I saw at the Sea of Galilee. |
So there are McDonald's where Jesus walked on water.
|This statue shows the shape of the Sea and the distance below sea level.|
Unfortunately, I took the picture when it was measuring, but the current distance
is 215.5 meters below sea level.
|There is me trying to walk on the water. But I fell in!!|
|This is St. Peter's fish. This fish only lives in the Sea of Galilee|
|A free water show on the Sea.|
|It shows some of the history of Tiberias. The town I stayed in.|
|The next morning this is what I woke up to. It is beautiful.|
|I decided to rent a bike to ride to the biblical spots along the Sea.|
|This boat was dated back to Bible times around 10 AD. This is|
most likely the type of boat Jesus rode in, and Peter and Andrew fished from.
|This shows the 12 different types of wood that were used on the boat.|
|A model of what it probably looked like.|
|This is the Church of Heptapegon which means|
"Seven Springs." It is built on top of the spot where Jesus
multiplied the 5 loaves and 2 fish to feed the 5000.
The following video is what I heard when I walked in.
(I do not know the language)
|This next spot is St. Peter's church near Capernaum.|
It was built on the spot that Jesus commissioned Peter at
the end of John. "Feed my sheep"
|These animals where running around the area and are mentioned|
three times in the Bible. Different names: coney, rock badger, hyrax.
Leviticus 11:5 is one of the places it is mentioned.
|The synagogue built on top of "Jesus Synagogue" described in the previous picture.|
There were also 5 disciples that came from Capernaum: Peter, James, Andrew, John, and
the tax collector Matthew. They lived and grew up here!! How cool?!?!
|After the Jordan river, I ran out of water as I was heading up to Korazim and|
the Mount of Beatitudes. This sign shows that I am going uphill. It was not fun.
At this point I was actually pushing the bike and not riding it.
|The road I was walking/riding up.|
|Korazim was an important Jewish town in Jesus's time. Along with Capernaum and Bethsaida, Korazim was condemned by Jesus for its lack of faith: “Woe to you, Chorazin! woe to you, Beth-saida!” (Matt. 11:21).|
They also gave me some water!
|More of Korazim|
|I finally made it up here.|
|A church built on the location of the "Sermon on the Mount".|
Mentioned in Matthew 5.
|Inside the church.|
|This is a picture inside of the Basilica where the annunciation is |
thought to have taken place.
|They had paintings and sculptures of Jesus and Mary from almost|
every country in the world.
|The US depiction.|
|Upstairs of the Basilica of Annunciation.|
|This is the church next to the Basilica. As it says, it is the|
Church of St. Joseph, and it is built on top of the house in which Jesus
grew up in.
|This shows the outlay of the church.|
The bottom level is the Grotto, and is thought to
be where the house once stood.
|This leads down to the Grotto and specifically where|
Joseph's workshop was.
|Some more of the grotto that we were not allowed to go into.|
|This is the well. It is the last place I visited and was one of the coolest.|
The water is still clean and fresh.
Posted by God-Fearing Shepherd at 4:32 AM
Monday, October 17, 2011
First point I need to make is that there is never a typical day when shepherding. That said here is the closest I can get.
05:20- 10:30 Wake up and get dressed. From here I have one of two activities depending on the day.
One: If it is a holiday or Shabat "Saturday" I go out with the sheep to pasture.
|The sunrise as I took the sheep out the other day.|
If I take the sheep out I am usually out with them until 1030. This time with the sheep allows
for the best quiet times ever! It helps me think, reflect, and discuss things with God. I can pray
for an hour or two and not even realize it. I usually bring 2 pieces of pita bread with peanut
butter and nutella for breakfast. Along with a thermos of hot water with some coffee a friend
|Thank you!!! Brenda White =)|
|This is Veeka. She is the best sheep dog and a big help to get the sheep where they need to go.|
So I provided some pictures below of mornings at the pasture.
|The sheep filling up on some yummy food.|
|This sheep gave birth at pasture so I called in reinforcements|
"Amir" (son of the host father) to take the lamb and her mother
back to the sheep barn. While I stayed with the rest of the sheep.
|Oh wait!! Amir come back. There is another one.|
|The next door neighbors give hot air balloon rides. So nice to|
see in the morning.
Two: If I do not go out to pasture with the sheep their grandfather comes out to watch the
sheep. If this happens I take the sheep out and then come back to the sheep barn to do
whatever job needs to be done. Feed the sheep that do not go out, fix gates, and clean up
poop (no picture provided). I do it all. The other day Nissim, Amir, and I built a fence.
|Feeding the sheep hay.|
|Building the fence|
|Adding some supports.|
|And we did it!!|
On the day of the video below we cleaned a sheep enclosure and put some new hay down. They
were pretty excited to say the least. They jumped and ran all over.
10:30-10:45 We milk the goats and bring the fresh milk to the house for breakfast.
10:45-11:45 We eat breakfast. Sorry no picture because I was to busy eating. It usually consists
of a lot of bread, hummus, salad (cucumber, tomato, onion, and olive oil), fresh goat
cheese, and sometimes eggs, if the chickens decide to lay any.
11:45- 2:45 This time is always up in the air. Sometimes we work, sometimes we rest, and most
of the time do a combination of this.
2:45-3:10 At this time we start the afternoon feed of the heard. They eat a combination of
barley and pellets that have tons of nutrients.
|We just filled the barley.|
|Barley for those who have never seen it. Which was me before|
I came to Israel.
|The food is put in the trough.|
Then the fun begins.
|They know it is time to eat. They push on the gate sometimes|
so hard I can't open it.
|And they are off to the food!!|
|When I see this everyday I ask myself. Am I this excited for the|
word of God? (my spiritual food)
|Now they are eating.|
3:15-5:30 I take the sheep out to pasture for the second time.
5:30-6:45 Dinner time!!!
|Cooking the dinner. They have a stove, but this is how we did it tonight.|
|Food is done and now time to eat.|
6:45- 9:00 Free time to shower, update blog, hangout with the host family, or whatever.
9:00 I am usually exhausted and fall asleep.
*This is my typical day. If you want to call it one.
Posted by God-Fearing Shepherd at 11:36 AM