I will rejoice over them to do them good and will faithfully plant them in this land with all My heart and with all My soul. Jeremiah 32:41Did you know that bringing the Jewish people back into the Land of Israel is the only thing the bible says God is doing with His whole heart and His whole soul? He is passionate about this work of Aliyah, and I feel blessed to be part of it!
This year Israel celebrated 65 years of blessed statehood. On May 16, 1948, the modern State of Israel was born in, wake of the Holocaust. David Ben-Gurion, along with other early leaders, declared independence from the British Mandate, and Israel was granted full state status by the United Nations. The next day, this young nation was attacked by Arab neighbors, launching the War of Independence.
In Israel, we call this day, Yom Ha'Atzmaut (Independence day). As a nation, we celebrated in April this year, because this is when the date falls in line with the Hebrew Calendar. As a family, we celebrated with our Kehilah (congregation) in the form of a BBQ.
Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell... In blue and white.
These lovely cupcakes, blue and white, each with an Israeli flag.
Beverage table decor.
This was my favorite. Each star contained a scripture or interesting fact about Israel. I learned quite a few things. DYK: Israel has the highest percentage of engineers per capita, in the world.
There was a game of "lemon ball" with a lemon picked straight off of a tree.
Lots of grilling, Israeli style, which means lots of meat, and lots of men manning the meat.
Devin at work.
And if that wasn't enough meat, on one grill, here's the second.
I like to take craft supplies to group parties like this. It helps the kids stay entertained and its always fun to see what the adults come up with, too. Here's a few patriotic pieces Aviel and I made together. Blue and white, of course.
There was lounging in the grass. These guys are buddies.
And some spontaneous praise and worship with our friends.
A little shot of the three of us.