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There and Back Again
This time is different from the others. I've been to Israel several times since my first experience in 2003. I even worked in Jerusalem for two years with the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ). But when I flew back to Israel in April of 2009, I came back to actually immigrate to the Holy Land. My husband is Israeli. We married just over two years ago and after living for a season in my home country, the US, we both decided to return to Israel and embrace the incredible life that this place has to offer. And let me tell you, there are far more than deserts, donkeys and dangers here.
If most of your information comes from the mainstream media, I suggest getting better acquainted with Travelujah. Israel is one of the greatest most diverse places in the world to visit. Though it is about the size of the state of New Jersey, it is possible to ski Mt. Hermon one day and drive a few hours and arrive at the lowest point on earth to have a little float in the Dead Sea. There are beautiful desert scenes here, but also fertile fields and beautiful vineyards. Then of course, there are the many extraordinary people with incredible stories just waiting to be discovered and told. But still the most significant thing to me about Israel is that it is God's own land.
Sure, God created the world and it all belongs to Him, but Israel is something special because God made it his own home and chose to reveal himself to the world through this little piece of land. God said through the prophet Isaiah:
I will make you [Israel] as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth. Isaiah 49:6
The apostle Paul wrote:
They are the Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises. To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Messiah who is God over all. Romans 9:4-5
Israel is the foundation and home of all that I believe and hold dear. Now it has become my home too. It is an extraordinary situation because I am neither Jewish nor native born. It is only through my marriage that I am able to obtain citizenship. I did not expect to stay in Israel for more than a few years when I came to volunteer, but I guess God had other plans. It was in this amazing country that I met and married the man I so dearly call my husband.
There is much to share with you about this country. On one hand it is an immensely spiritual experience and on the other hand life is very ordinary, though usually quite entertaining and full of color. I look forward to bringing you all the different aspects of what life is truly like living in the Holy Land.
Living life in the Holy Land