Dear friends of the Ebenezer Nursing Ward Project,
Thank you so much for all of your prayers, support, and encouragement! We greatly appreciate and rely on your prayers.
We just finished celebrating the fall feasts here in Israel (Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot), when all government offices were closed, so the project was put on a standstill until after the feasts were completed.
We have reached a stage of lots of bureaucracy, and need patience. Right now, after these days of rest and recreation, being strengthened in the fellowship with our Lord, we go on in all faith and do our tasks to the best of our abilities.
"For there is hope for a tree, when it is cut down, that it will sprout again and its shoots will not fail through its roots grow old in the ground and its stump dies in the dry soil, yet at the scent of water it will flourish and put forth sprigs like a plant." (Job 14:7-9)
We have several trees growing close to our building. As you all might know, in Israel every tree counts, and we are not allowed to cut any tree without permission and permits from the local authorities, a rule that caused us much trouble with planning foundations and part of the required bomb shelter for the nursing ward. It even postponed the signature of the mayor of town for our project. Today at last we got information from our architects, agronomist, and municipality offices, that our tree issue has been resolved.
We came to an agreement that we will replant the olive trees to another site as required by the forest officer; three (3) other trees (cypresses) will remain in place, and we will change our plans a little so the roots will not be hurt and cut, and the trees will keep giving us their shade.
In Israel we try to preserve every tree and life as much we can so it is understandable why the authorities care about the trees in our city. In addition to that, we should be obedient to our rulers. like we are taught in Scripture: "Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained are of God." (Romans 13:1)
One day the whole desert will flower and be green again as God promised in the Scripture Till then we still have to work hard to accomplish the task ahead of us, building a nursing ward and renovating the seniors' home.
Off to work on the project….
In His service, David.