Israel report – photos to follow

Monday, May 21, 2007

ISRAEL REPORT

Oh my goodness, what a blessing this trip has been!!!!! I cannot believe all God is showing me and doing while in Israel. I haven’t had a chance to speak with you for the past few days, there is only one computer in this hotel and it is hard to get on it.

I don’t even know where to begin, perhaps with today which ended at my most favorite spot in the Bible – the Empty Tomb – yep it really is empty, I have pictures to prove it! – Praise God.

Then we got back to the hotel and worshipped with some missionaries who moved to Israel from a place near our home town. They got an unction to move to Israel and have been here ten years reaching people for Jesus, but not converting, just enlarging the Jewish roots to include Messiah.  The ministry is part of Tikkun Ministries, P.O. box 2997, Gaithersburg, MD 20886. They gave such a powerful message.

I promise to share in depth when I get back to the states, but one of the other places we visited was the cave of the shepherds, a stone cave where those who were out tending their sheep heard the news about the birth of Jesus and came to worship. The man leading us spoke about some of the characteristics of sheep relating them to the 23rd Psalm.

At one point we went to look at the Eastern Gate and the dome of the rock – in order to get there we had to check all our religious items at the gate. They were disgusted I was carrying my Bible – I felt so vulnerable and the Holy Spirit showed us that at some time we may be faced with similar situations if we do not watch out for that. I also learned that at the top of the dome, where people cannot see it is written the words, “God has no son.” I was ever so happy to leave that place for more spiritual places.

I want to share that I put a prayer for you all in the Wailing Wall – both in the underground tunnel in a spot that is near where they think the Holy of Holies was, and I had someone put a prayer in the wall itself. I am not a stellar runner, so we prayed for the prayer requests in the bus and those who were younger than us ran to put them in the wall.

I was taken to a place that makes prayer shawls and purchased one, which got blessed tonight in our service inside the hotel. This conference room at the hotel has some anointing in it after two nights of praise and  worship. We also heard what all the missionaries are doing here. They keep the Jewish feasts and many of those who are secular Jews come to their church for they learn more about their traditions and faith, and they get a good dose of the Holy Spirit. We were so profoundly touched by the Holy Spirit this trip. People were crying, laughing, and being touched deeply by God.

Tomorrow we go into Jordan and view Israel as Moses would have seen it and go to the rock city of Petra the next day. I am so excited about this.

I keep praying for the peace of Jerusalem, knowing full well that God will bring it about at the time He desires, but I am so surprised about the division between the various cultures, and even the churches who have placed their edifices over the places Jesus walked. I found more spiritual fulfillment in the natural sites rather than the ones with massive cathedrals, and the best by far is the empty tomb.

Well it is late, and I need to get up at 5:30 this morning to start the long bus ride. Bus rides are fun though, for we sing, laugh, and have grown closer together as a family.

I praise God for His giving me this wonderful blessing of a trip of a lifetime.

Have a blessed night!!

Heather

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About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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