Recap and Sad News

Statue of the Breastplate of the High Priest outside an art gallery in Israel.

As I write this, and how to begin a recap of our week, I must begin with sad news. Those of you who were at our National Conference in Orlando will remember Tom Simard, who gave a touching update about what he had been doing to get Baruch’s DVDs full of Bible teaching to prisons.

Tom passed away on Tuesday evening. Tom had spent over 25 years of his life working in Prison Ministry and had such a heart for the prisoners, many of whom are forgotten. I would ask that you pray for his wife, Jane. Baruch and I visited with Tom and Jane in their home and then Tom and Baruch went to a prison for Baruch to teach, while I had the opportunity to get to know Jane better. Please remember her in your prayers.

On Saturday nights, we hold a time of prayer and study at our study center. We also celebrate Havdallah. Michael, seen in the plaid shirt above, teaches the Parasha for the upcoming week. Then Baruch teaches our class, which currently is a study of the book of Romans. We just completed chapter 2.

Hopefully many of you have seen the new Biblically Inspired Life video I uploaded. In that Marriage Mondays episode, Baruch and I discussed the role of the wife, Part 1. We previously discussed, in 2 parts, the role of the husband. I hope you will watch the video, as I think it clarifies some misconceptions people have. I hope you will share it with your friends. If you have a topic you would like covered on a Marriage Mondays, leave a comment on this blog.

One of my favorite times of day is when I go for my daily walk. Israel typically does not receive any rain from the middle of May to October. It is almost always sunny every day during those months. As you can see, when I am near people I am still wearing the mask.

One of my walking routes takes me past some tombs (above right). Can you imagine regularly walking past tombs from the Byzantine period? It is hard to see from the photo, but there are 2 structures. The western structure (on the right) is dated to the mid-fourth – early fifth centuries CE, while the eastern structure (on the left) is attributed to the sixth century CE. 

Another one of our other weekly “meetings” is our Livestream, “Midnight from Jerusalem”. Because we’ve had some flickering of internet service, which would disconnect our Livestream, we have had to prerecord them and air them as simulated Livestreams. It actually works out for the best, because in the summertime, it would be difficult to get home from our study center and get ready in time for the Livestream.

Listening to the Livestream (and I am communicating live with those who are joining us on YouTube).

4 thoughts on “Recap and Sad News”

  1. You are so blessed to live in Israel! I would like to see that historical places. Maybe, one day, G-d knows…
    I love you all
    Lorena Tudor

  2. I love that you chat live with us on Midnight from Jerusalem. It is nice to connect and study the Word even half a world away. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Emilie! Yes, I feel the same way. Knowing there are others around the world listening and studying together is a great feeling! Blessings!

  3. We know that our loved one is in heaven and find so much comfort in that, but it does not mean that we do not miss them and that his place beside us is empty! I pray that Jane will cling to the L-rd in this time of loss and that He will strengthen His hold on her as well as her love, faith and trust in Him.

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