Report #1: Israel Team Report (Sent Wednesday)

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Mary Jane and I arrived in Israel yesterday by the good hand of God. The trip was excellent and although weary we are doing well. The city of Jerusalem was bustling with people in a joyful and celebratory mood. Not only was it the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles which is the happiest of the Jewish feast days but the crowds were celebrating the release of Gilad Schalit. Gilad Schalit is the IDF soldier in captivity in Gaza for five years. Although much of the city was blocked off making it hard to get to where we were staying, it is a delight to enter into the joy of these celebrations. Thank you for your prayers. We come with great hopes and expectations as we wait on the Lord for what He will do. Tomorrow we meet the group from the church in Florida.

May the richly bless you.

Doug and Mary Jane