This week’s episode continues the story of Avraham the shepherd from Kfar Tapuach (trans. “Apple Village”). You will have the special opportunity to hear from Avraham’s heart as he tells the story of his family’s experiences in the land, and of the struggles and trials that have strengthened them over their years of living in Israel.
Avraham shares here how his daughter, along with her husband, were killed many years ago in a terrorist attack, leaving eight children as orphans. You will be strengthened to hear of the courageous spirits of Avraham and his family, as none of them gave up following this tragedy, but continued living in and building up the heartland of Israel, fighting evil with good, terror with rebuilding the ancient ruins in the mountains of Samaria.
Shalom to all, from the vineyards
As we hit the one week mark since the harvest kick-off, we are already seeing records broken – both with the unprecedented number of harvesters and also the amount of grapes coming in from the vineyards. Our previous one-day record was shattered as we brought in 26.952 tons on Sunday - all before noon!!
Spirits are high as the work goes fast with so many hands to share the load. Families join together in sweet musical and spiritual harmony, and the Father pours His grace out as we tune ourselves to hear His voice.
Group Picture on Elon Moreh
On Friday, the harvesters were able to go up for HaYovel’s now traditional sunrise breakfast and worship service at Elon Moreh, where God spoke to Abraham. We were able to enjoy the unfolding views as the mist lifted and we gazed over the surrounding landscape and down into the Tirzah valley, bringing new meaning to the words of Solomon, “O my love, you are as beautiful as Tirzah. . .” (Songs 6:4) This week, we have also been able to visit the holy city of Jerusalem, with the teams alternating between touring and vineyard days.
Avraham was born during World War Two in the heart of New York City. Growing up, he did not have a connection to the Bible or the Land of Israel, and was more interested in driving BMW motorcycles and Ferari race cars. When he was 23 years old however, he bought a ticket on a boat headed for Israel and landed a short time later in Haifa.
Today, he is living in the hills of Samaria shepherding sheep and goats, something that he’s been doing for the last 40 years! Be inspired by the next episode, Avraham Herzlich, in the Joshua and Caleb Report Series.
If you were inspired by the first episode with Erez Ben Sa’adon, this next edition will leave you hanging onto the edge of your seat. Erez’s stories of God’s goodness and faithfulness are encouraging and challenging for all!
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HaYovel is on a fundraising campaign to provide the supplies needed for Harvest 2014. You can become actively involved in building up the mountains of Samaria today!
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