Saturday, March 10, 2012

Update from Lilian Ma in Israel

It's freezing cold here in Israel.  I am actually writing this email in bed because there is no central heating and the apartment is quite cold. 

We work Sundays to Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with half an hour lunch in between.  The warehouse is bone-chilling cold and I have been wearing six layers of clothing every day since I arrived.

At the warehouse, we fill orders for needy families. We send out food packages and clothing and household items depending on their needs.

The Lord has opened up the windows of Heaven after years of drought and years of on-going prayers; and now since December, Israel is experiencing record breaking rain falls since 1937. 

Jerusalem has also received a new blanket of snow last week.  There is no bus services on Shabbat.  I share the apartment with a lady who is from California and we usually stay in, do laundry, cook, and take naps to recuperate from the week-long manual labour.  

Sundays after work, all the volunteers will drive together into Jerusalem to attend church at King of Kings.  We are about 10-15 minutes outside of Jerusalem.  Once a week on Mondays, we go grocery shopping in the area.  

Before entering any buildings or parking lots, cars and people are searched by security.  It's not unusal to see soldiers buying grocery with their machine guns hanging on their shoulders.

Please pray for God's protection over Israel and her people as rumours of war circulate. 

My return date has been moved from May 3 to April 24 after I found out that I shouldn't over stay the 3-month tourist visa or else the Israeli Government has the right to deny future entries. 

Will see you in two months.  Thank you for the prayers!


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