October 2018 Anonymous Family - Israel, Middle East Update

It has been a couple of months since we have moved to our new home/town. Looking back at those first days, and the emotions that encompassed those days, seems so long ago. One thing was clear when all else seemed unknown; God was faithful. I remember thinking I need to write down all these emotions, because we knew they wouldn’t last forever... even though it seemed they would at the time. I’m glad we did because looking back at those first days and weeks we can truly say we experienced Gods faithfulness.

We’re so thankful for the home that God has given us here. While we waited for our visa in Canada, we often spent time in prayer for our home. We asked that it would serve part of the vision The Lord had given us about it being a safe place of rest for people who are travelling or living in the land. This home surpasses anything we imagined! There is plenty of room for our family with rooms and bathrooms to spare! Thank you Jesus! This also allowed us to host our first Iris team for two days, inviting them into our home and in our city, and places of ministry. They were able to be a part of the first day of school! The principal was so blessed to receive prayer, she still thanks us!]

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[Early morning sunrise view from our rooftop.]

Getting settled is an ongoing process. In the first days, we survived off of corn flakes and pitas, until we ventured out and found a store. We lost sleep listening to the street dogs barking/fighting outside our windows and the continuous sound of fireworks every night. We received a lot of help in those days from a local taxi driver who quickly became our personal driver it seemed for a while. He showed us where to get fresh produce/eggs/meat/household items etc. One question we get asked a lot is, “Why are you here?” To the locals it seems we have ruined our lives to move from Canada to where we are living now. This opens opportunity for us to share our story of how God led us, that we love them and are here to serve them. Our taxi driver was that first opportunity to be able to share our story. Our neighbours were our second opportunity. In the Arab world the parents build a house that allows for their sons and un-married daughters to live with them, on different levels. So our first invite for tea with our neighbours led to us to share with their entire family our story of how God led us here (that God is a relational God) and how we love them and want to serve them. They have been so kind to us, driving us places when we didn’t have a car and continually knocking on the door making sure we are ok and inviting us for tea daily. Their little girl also has the opportunity to go to the same school with our oldest daughter, in the same grade. We are thankful for them and continue to pray that they experience Jesus whenever we have tea or interact together.

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[A fresh produce market.]

A big answer to prayer is our car! It is a bit of a messy situation buying a car here as a foreigner and trying to get all the proper documents and insurance for the area we live in. God has provided, and we are so thankful for it!

"-----" has entered into his new role as a grade 5 teacher. He has 24 kids in his class, 6 of them being girls. It has been a big change, but we have a community of international teachers that has been very encouraging and helpful during this new transition/job.

These past months there has been a lot of ‘new’ for our family. Our constant is Jesus; He fills our cup daily as we stay connected to Him. A psalm that has encouraged our hearts is Psalm 111. God has been faithful in the past, and He will continue to be faithful! May we continue to obey his commands!

“ May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13