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Israel and France Mission Trip 2013

“Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west. I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’” – Isaiah 43:5-6

“Therefore, give the exiles this message from the Sovereign Lord: Although I have scattered you in the countries of the world, I will be a sanctuary to you during your time in exile. I, the Sovereign Lord, will gather you back from the nations where you were scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel once again.” Ezekiel 11:16-17

Kfar Sava and Re’ut

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I arrived Tuesday morning and was picked up by Nurit Amir, my dear friend Gali Kinel’s mom who lives in a Kibbutz about 30 minutes north of the Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, Kfar Sava.  “Kibbutz” is the Hebrew word for a communal establishment.  The first kibbutzim (plural of “kibbutz”) were founded some 40 years before the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948. Their founders were young Jewish pioneers, mainly from Eastern Europe, who came not only to reclaim the soil of their ancient homeland, but also to gorge a new way of life.  Overcoming many hardships, they succeeded in developing thriving communities which have played a dominant role in the establishment and building of the state. (CLICK HERE to Read More…)