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Exciting Volunteer Wrap Up in Samaria / West Bank Israel

Volunteer in West Bank Israel

We were blessed to walk out Jeremiah 31:5-6 yet again as we wrapped up the harvest this year in Samaria, the Heartland of Israel, or commonly known as the West Bank Israel. We wrapped up by planting a new vineyard!

“Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him who sows seed; the mountains shall drip with sweet wine, and all the hills shall flow with it.”  – Amos 9:13
Harvest 2013 was a smashing success. Baruch HaShem (bless the Name)! We succeeded in picking 420 tons of grapes, which will be made into about 273,000 bottles of wine!
We held a celebration in the vineyard, while one of our elders had the honor of snipping the last bunch of grapes for this year’s harvest. Cheers erupted as clapping and dancing broke out.

 

We also had the blessing of picking olives for three days. Young and old delighted in raking the branches and climbing into the trees to reach the highest fruit. The weather was cooler by this time as we worked, sang, and fellowshiped in the shady olive grove.
Several vineyard owners threw wonderful thank-you parties for our harvest family over the past few weeks. Wine, gourmet food, and speeches abounded as we realized that we are the ones being abundantly blessed – to have the honor and privilege of being a part of what God is doing on the mountains of Israel.
The last of the harvesters and the staff worked together to begin packing up the camp this past week – no small task! We also took time out to play “the edification game” with the volunteers before they left, bringing verbal and public thankfulness from the heart as to how each person brought unique giftings to add to the harvest community. Tears flowed as hugs and email addresses were exchanged before each left for the airport to make their departure.
In the midst of this, two Zion’s Sake speaking teams were sent out: one to New Zealand and Australia, and the other to South Africa, where they will articulate a fresh, positive, eyewitness account to these nations about the current prophetic happenings in the Land.
Now that only staff and a few days remain before we leave, we will complete the jobs of sorting, scrubbing, and painting. Everything in the camp has to be organized, cleaned and stored properly to await the pruners, who will arrive in just a few months.

“You shall yet plant vines on the mountains of Samaria; the planters shall plant and eat them as ordinary food.” – Jeremiah 31:5
Volunteer West Bank Israel

 

We were thrilled to help Nir Lavi plant almost 7,000 new vines recently, on the ground he has been preparing for his new vineyard. “We’re just being obedient to what HaShem has told us to do,” he proclaimed. How exciting to come back next year and see for ourselves how much these vines will have grown. In just four years, these vines will be ready to harvest – Baruch HaShem! What an encouragement to our hearts to witness new life in the ground as we go back to the nations. How thankful we are to have tasted, and seen, that the LORD is good!

 
 
 
 
 
 

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