As I look out over the patio of our rental place here in Tiberius, Israel, I am seeing all the beautiful spring blooms, the green and yellow speckled hills, the birds, the clouds, and the Sea of Galilee beneath. As I see these things, my mind and heart reflects upon the bigger picture of Adoption that began here in the land of Israel. A picture comes to mind of children being adopted into the Family of God from all over the world. Just as our families are coming in on airplanes from all over the world, to be part of a family, the same is happening spiritually when souls come to find Jesus / Yeshua, and begin to follow Him.
|Our view of the hills and valleys and Sea of Galilee beneath|
How can it be, that we feel so at home here in a land so far away from our own? I feel this amazing sense of belonging here. It's hard to explain.
This verse comes to mind:
"Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh—who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands— that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God." ~Ephesians 3:11-13; 19
Wow!! I'm amazed as I think of the work that we are able to do with Adoption Airfare®. Many people don't know that we are also doing almost as much Missions Travel as we are Adoption Travel. It's such a privilege for each of our agents, and for us as the owners of Adoption Airfare, to see not only families being knit together, but also seeing members of the Family of God being grafted in from all over the world. We are so grateful, humbled, and amazed to be part of helping others to fulfill their callings of God. Each day we are able to be a part of a work far greater than ourselves (GTO).
I've said it before and I'll say it again, "Every time a soul is saved, the world loses one more orphan."
Sometimes the days are long and the sleep is short as we book tickets for missionaries, work on seat assignments, and do all of the little and big things we do each day. However, in the work we are doing, we can rejoice at the bigger picture of the gospel being fulfilled through the missionaries whom we are inadvertently helping to fulfill their mission and calling.
As we work to build another branch of Adoption Airfare® called Hineni Tours, we are excited to see how the Lord is knitting Adoption Airfare and Hineni Tours together in heart, mind, and purpose. Truly the work is intertwined. We are beginning to see how each branch will need each other and support each other as they grow together as one. It is our goal to be able to bring teams to Israel, to "Come and See" this beautiful land. We desire that our teams come not only to see the sights, but also to see the deeper need to bring back the broken branches (souls), to be truly part of the Family of God in the deepest spiritual sense of meaning, through Jesus Christ, the One and only Messiah of the whole world.
As the night begins the day here in Israel, and the day ends in the afternoon sun, so we believe that what is beginning in this season, will soon open up into a greater brightness as the days move forward. We are excited to see the Lord's unfolding and revealing of all that He has for us as we continue to step out in faith, and build what the Lord is leading us to build.
To God be all the Glory! May His Name be exalted, extolled, and be lifted HIGH as a result of all of our endeavors.
|Enjoying this day with Adoption Airfare® brochures in hand! :)|
|These sweet girls are enjoying each other! This is baby Ariella, Pastor Joe and Lisa's grand-baby (Holly and Chad's daughter). Their children were SOOOO precious!! Faith had a blast with them!|
|Faith and Justice, the Schimmel's grand-son.|
|Here we are fellowshipping all together around one table.|
The food was incredible, but the fellowship even sweeter!
|Faith playing with Eli and Ariella, wearing her Purim zebra face.|
In Israel, they celebrate Purim by having the children dress up.
|This was taken on our way to visit the Congregation to hear Pastor Joe.|