Wednesday, April 3, 2019

The Lord is Working in Tel Aviv!!

What an amazing day!  Everything in Tel Aviv has been on foot since parking is such a challenge.  Our first adventure began at the local organic cafe called Neroli.  The wraps, salads, and juices are amazing!  We took a seat outside on the very busy but cozy street setting with lots of beautiful green plants and a nice table with just enough chairs for us.  Somewhere during our meal, Kevin realized that we had been given the food for the table next to us by accident.  He began talking with the man, and they were laughing about it and mentioning how sometimes these things happen for a reason.  This opened up a really a good conversation about the Lord.  Funny how things like this happen to us as we are taking steps to share our faith with the people while we are here in Israel.  Divine providence for sure! 

This family lives in Switzerland, and were visiting Israel just like we are.  Kevin and the husband had a long talk about the Tanach, the New Testament, Jesus, and lots, lots more!  They are a secular Jewish family, and several times he mentioned the teachings that follow in line with the Kaballah that he adheres to.  He reminded me a lot of the "New Age" spiritual type of people in the Bay Area in California.  He was very open to hear from Kevin, which was really great.  They had a really great conversation.  Come to find out, they grew up very close together in the same neighborhood in San Jose, CA!  What a small world.  They were getting back on their flights to Switzerland, and we met them just before they were heading to the airport.  After our time with them, they took their suitcases and headed off to their flights home from Israel back to Switzerland.  The Lord was really working in that conversation, and seeds were planted for sure!  May the Lord water those seeds that were planted to bring forth much fruit! 

Our next stop was to pick up some bikes and electric scooters, to take some bike trails along the shoreline of the Mediterranean Sea.  This was so fun.  We had a chance to meet lots of local people on our day of biking and scooting around.  We are looking forward to sharing this great adventure with our teams when we are here in Tel Aviv!  When you come to Israel with us on one of our tours, remember to bring your walking shoes and biking gear and get ready for a really fun bike ride for those who would be up to it.  Bring your children too!  They will love it here in Israel!

Taking our electric rental bikes around Tel Aviv!

Faith got to ride on one of the really fun electric scooters!

Faith scooting along the trails.  Super fun!

Later on in the day, we decided to get some coffee and juice at an Aroma Cafe along our path.  When we stepped in and sat down, I was surprised to see Maria, the woman who helped us settle into our apartment, walk in the cafe!  I felt like this was too crazy to be a coincidence, so I piped up excitedly... "Hello Maria!!"  We were both surprised to see each other as this was quite a distance from where we met the day before.  She wanted to share something with me.  She told me, "Tabitha, thank you so much for that card you gave me."  (Princess gospel tract).  She came closer to us and started to elaborate.  She said, "The words of that were so precious and touched my heart."  She shared with us how she had not been sleeping for several nights, and was feeling very anxious.  Then just the night before, she decided to take a look at that card by her bed and read it.  She shared with us how as she was reading the words, it was talking about her life.  The words pierced her deeply to her heart.  As she was sharing this, she was very moved, with her hand on her heart.  She mentioned how that after she read that tract, she slept for the first time in such a long time.  God gave her peace.  She said something so beautiful.  "This is what I have been looking for my entire life." 

She expressed that she is a single mother and she is having problems with her 15 year old son, and sleep has not been easy.  Kevin and I were able to share with her about calling upon the Lord and asking Him to fill her with His Holy Spirit. 

We shared the verses with her:

“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. If a son asks for [e]bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” ~Luke 11:9-13

She told us that she is going to ask the Lord to fill her with His Holy Spirit.  What an amazing testimony!  I told her that I want to see her again before I leave, so we are meeting for lunch today.  I'm excited to see what the Lord has in store for this meeting. 

Meeting with Maria at the coffee shop

We are filled to overflowing just to see the work of the Lord's hand in Maria's life.  We are planning to connect her with local believers here in her area today.  She really desires this.  She kept telling us how she has been needing this her whole life, and how that when we share with her, she gets goosebumps all over and butterflies in her chest.  Truly Maria is experiencing a touch of the Ruach (Holy Spirit) in her life.  All praise and Glory to the great KING of her heart, Yeshua/Jesus!!  Let's be in prayer for Maria, that she will fully experience the JOY of following her King, and may she grow in her relationship with the Lord deeper and deeper in the coming months and years ahead.  Please also pray for her son Matthew, to come to salvation.  We are so excited to see what the Lord is going to do!

Visiting a street market in Tel Aviv

Spices here are amazing!

Spices, spices, and more spices!!

Street markets are so fun and great places to share your faith!

Faith shell hunting!

Lots of great restaurants along the bike path!

Wow!  Somebody ate their Wheaties! 

Kevin pointing at "Benny" the fisherman sign!

For the Gelato lovers -- this place has some amazing flavors!

Smoothies are our thing!  We can pass on the gelato, but give us a smoothie any day of the week and we'll take it!

Neroli is our favorite place in Tel Aviv for smoothies and salads.  Delicious food and great service!  Thank you Jesus!

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