Tishri 5780 Fall 2019
My Dear Friends:
“Wait and listen everyone who is thirsty! Come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Yes, come, buy priceless [spiritual] wine and milk without money and without price [simply for the self-surrender that accepts the blessing.]” Isaiah 55:1 Amp. Bible
First of all, how are you? It has been a long time! And…many of us have lost loved ones, or have suffered specific set backs in health. This year 6 dear friends have gone home; one a family member. It is never easy to say ‘good-bye’ but as Jay says; “Death is the final good-bye.” When loved ones know the LORD it makes such a difference even though we sense that loneliness… is this the ‘sting of death’?
Thank you for praying for me and writing and sending your prayers and love our way. For your gifts, I am always very grateful! My long delay in replying is because I was out of Israel for 4 months, being about the King’s business. We are working to simplify our lives; many changes are taking place. We were in Canada in August and sold Jay’s parents cottage. While packing up the few things we wanted to keep, we found an old trunk in the basement. It contained our 1968 wedding gifts of silver, china and crystal. In 1969 when God called us to Israel, we sent them home to Mom and Dad for safe keeping and forgot all about them. Now, 50 years later, we are in our Jubilee year and experienced this surprise blessing. “ For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace, and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.” Jeremiah 29:11 Amp. Bible
50 years ago this month we followed the LORD out of Canada. We still work to listen to His voice and be obedient, no matter where He leads us. We are excited this Jubilee year to revisit many of the places we have lived and ministered in around the world. Old friends are responding to this directive and doors are opening. Let us see what our God will do! If you want us to come to your home or fellowship, invite us! Way back then we were fishing for Jews to come to Israel. Aliyah continues to be one of the most important ministries in the world today and Israel has millions of supporters worldwide now. We were pioneers and in the 1970’s only the Jews heard our message to come home to Israel as written in our first book, Fishers and Hunters. The Church was not on board yet. We will never be antiques. Our sons are continuing on with outreaches inside and outside of Israel. Chris keeps the websites, Daniel makes films.
We have just celebrated the glorious Feast of Tabernacles here in our home and with Christians from 100 nations at the ICEJ’s Feast in Jerusalem! Our four sons and their families rejoiced with us in our Succah, our little temporary shelter for the feast. Four of our grandchildren were here, four were absent. The overflow of love was not only energising but absolutely joyful for each one of us! I personally believe that each one rested in the Presence of the Lord, experiencing His touch, which brought us all these days of heaven upon earth. See Deuteronomy 11:21
Every blessing from our home to yours.
Meridel Rawlings Box 84156, Mevasseret Zion, 9079097 ISRAEL