Israel 2010 ~ 26 Oct 2010 Departing for Israel with medical and jewelry supplies.

  
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Quick update to let you know that I am flying out in a few hours; couldn’t get out yesterday with a last-minute ticket.

 Three suitcases ~ shall I say Miracle Suitcases. Filled to the brim is medical supplies (lots of needles and tube extenders), jewelry making supplies and my personal luggage. Two of the suitcases weighed in at 70 pounds each and the third is 64 pounds. Add in my carry-on and I’m schlepping over 225 pounds. I did have to do some re-arranging of contents at the airport; probably needed a video of that. 🙂 On second thought, probably not. I am sure it was a show to those who watched me at the Delta check-in counter. The picture I attached is the medical supplies that came in yesterday for me to take to the land.

 
I had planned to use my airmiles  for this journey but thanks to a family here in North Carolina they sowed seed into this journey so I could buy a ticket and have a secure seat. You have no idea how reassuring that is since this journey only got confirmed last Friday. For all of you who have sowed prayers and support to me over the years my words seem very small compared to the honor it has, and is, to be the “pigeon” to Israel that Batya Segal so lovingly calls me.
 
I am assured quality Internet connection this journey as where I am staying is next door to the apartment owner. I should be able to send an update here and there.
 
Specifically this quick journey will include getting the jewelry making business to Israel and delivering medical supplies to Vision for Israel. I will also be doing something I committed to while I was on my last journey a few weeks ago. My, how quick I am to say “Oh I can do that” thinking that I want to be part of the restoration of “all of Israel”. I will be delivering a set of banners of the Twelve Tribes of Israel to the display of the Tabernacle in the Wilderness that is set up in the Negev. Like I said before hopefully I will have Internet access this journey to send you some notes.
 
Have to go ~ More later.
 
Blessings,
 
Cynthia (aka Madame Ambassador)
 
 
 

 

 Cynthia Hillson
www.TheFragrantBride.com
Precious Oils Up On the Hill
PO Box 2036
Cornelius, NC 28031
(704) 500-6240
PreciousOils@aol.com

 

 

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Yom Kippur ~ Jerusalem, Israel 2010

I wrote this on Yom Kippur. Due to my lack of Internet connection I was unable to publish.

 

 

Yom Kippur ~ Israel 2010

 

Dear Everyone, 
  
Thank you for your love, prayers and support of this journey to Israel. I arrived on Weds, 15 September and am settled in Jerusalem. I am sure that I will have many stories to pen during this journey, but today’s story was amazing. 
  
Friday night, 17 September, Yom Kippur began. I went to the Western Wall to join in the Yom Kippur prayers known as “Al Chet“. After a fairly good rest, I awoke Saturday morning and headed toward King George Street. Armed with my camera, I took photos of the empty streets and also a lengthy video where the prayer memorial for Gilad, the kidnapped solider continues. Gilad was taken hostage over 1500 days ago. I filmed and then headed toward The Great Synagogue.

 

On other occasions, when I have been in Jerusalem for Yom Kippur, I often sit way in the back for some of the prayers but didn’t feel the need to enter today, so off I went and made the journey home, well almost home. Most often where I am staying I walk a path that I like to follow (we all are all often like robots, taking the same path to run our errands and go to work, but there are times we go “off the beaten path “for a change of scenery”. Today was a divine appointment when I did). Oh, my goodness, I want to cry. This is sooooo awesome. 
  
I was only about a block and a half of where I am staying. As I was walking past a hotel I saw my friend Yishi talking to a security guard in front of a hotel. Divine, divine and More Divine! Yishi is a Jewish Believer. We greeted each other “Shalom” and then by name as we embraced. The security guard looked happy as we greeted one another. We began to talk and then Yishi told me that he and his staff were staying at the hotel for Yom Kippur. He then introduced me to the security guard. Yishi continued that we now have a “new friend” and then began to tell me that the guard was a “new Believer”. We chatted for a few minutes and I found out that this new Believer (whose name I have to omit because you never know who is lurking on your web site) would be at his post until 11 pm, which was good. I wanted to talk to my new friend before he left his shift as I felt he had questions. Did I tell you that he doesn’t even live in Jerusalem, but in another city in Israel? He had never worked at this hotel before and was only there one day, Yom Kippur. 
  
I returned a few hours later and spent over two hours one-on-one with him as we sat at his post outside the hotel.

It is amazing how Yeshua made Himself real in this man’s life. His eye-opening experience is a familiar story among Jewish and Arabs alike as Yeshua is appearing to them in their room and they instantly become Believers. My new friend said it has been 8 months since he met Yehsua Jesus and that he hasn’t been able to tell anyone. Today he was able to tell Yishi and myself his heart, and ask questions. It was an honor to show him the true love of our Lord. He was like many who I have encountered through the years . . . They say “I can see something different about you in your eyes”. I have his phone number and contact information. He has expressed his desire of a Hebrew New Testament and to visit sites in Jerusalem where our King walked and sacrificed his life, even the Garden Tomb. Our plans include for me to hire a private taxi and take him to Gethsaname and the Garden Tomb sometime in the future. And, oh yes, I will be giving him a New Testament on the day that I take him on his private pilgrimage. 

  
God is good and I am off to visit two Messianic families in the Negev who are “making the desert bloom and rejoice”. 
  
Thank you for your prayers and support.  
 
Blessings, 
 
Cynthia 

The Plan According to Isaiah

 

As a Gentile, (better worded “a non-Jew”) Scripture shares a message of our responsibility towards the Jewish people and what must be done for their restoration. As I search the Scriptures, and seek understanding, I believe this subject has been neglected to be taught to many of us. On occasion, when I’ve heard it taught, the emphasis is in the blessings and not the responsibility of the non-Jew.

As I’m preparing to write this article my eyes have been opened in the Word. Even with the looming chaotic world events upon us, the blessings of obedience to His Word will come to those who shema (hear). We must be active in removing the stumbling blocks, preparing the way and building the highway to prepare for the King of Glory and His Word to go forth out of Zion.

There is a two-fold restoration springing forth.  I also know that God really doesn’t need our help to accomplish His plan, but He delights in the prayers, gifts and resources that He has bestowed upon us to bring it forth.

Here is an excerpt from a hard-to-find book that I obtained in Israel that addresses this subject. This book helps bring understanding to the role of both Jews and Gentiles as the One New Man

The Plan According to Isaiah ~  G-d ‘s Assignment to the Gentiles

While G-d could obviously accomplish His purposes by His Spirit alone, in the case of Israel’s restoration He has chosen human agents to carry it out.  Isaiah tells us that the Gentile believers in Yeshua have a central role to play in this two-fold restoration of Israel.  If you are a Gentile who loves Yeshua, Isaiah says that Yeshua lifted on the cross is a signal to you to bring all the Jewish exiles home.

 The present Zionist movement sponsored by the Jewish community has been used by G-d to restore only a small fraction of the exiles.  Perhaps the time has come for a far greater Zionist movement: one to be initiated, coordinated and funded by the Gentile believers.  And Scripture (especially Isaiah) has more to say about the ingathering of Israel by the Gentiles than about that accomplished by the Jewish people on their own.

 According to Isaiah, Gentile believers will not only bring Jewish people to their Messiah, and give them a strong spiritual foundation; they will also bring them to the Land of Israel personally!  Then after the Gentiles get them here, they will take good care of them until they are independent: rebuilding their walls, caring for their flocks, and then contributing to their ongoing support.  Why?  Because of their Lord: the Jewish people gave Him to the nations, and now they are going to give Him back to Israel, along with a share of the fruit born in their lives by Him.  And in that giving, Zion as a nation will know that Yeshua is Lord.                 From My Law on Your Heart by Aryl Powlison

 For more information how this ministry is helping Israel, specifically Believers in Yeshua, please go to www.HereToTheNations.com   

In May 2008, we began a monthly commitment to needy, Messianic families at a congregation in Jerusalem. Thank you to all who contribute to this ministry. I know that we are sustaining families who have need. 

Blessings,

David and Cynthia Hillson ~ PreciousOils@aol.com

He Who Sustains One Life and He Who Teaches A Man to Fish

 

I would have thought packing for my three-week journey to Israel (Sept 14 to Oct 6th) should have been an easy decision. It wasn’t. As David (my husband) and I looked over the abundance of items that came in for me to take to Israel, we knew we had to make decisions; what I could take and what would be left behind. It became quite evident that the decision would be hard knowing that people in Israel were awaiting the items. The donations included medical, basic needs and a jewelry making business.

In the medical donations was something called “wound packs” that we understand are life-sustaining and are very costly (we were told over $500 each); we had 11 of them. The other medical supplies included gloves, tubes of all sorts and hip and knee replacement packs.

The basic need items of new towels, washcloths and toiletries are always appreciated in the storehouses that help the needy and new immigrants to Israel. I often visit the hospitals giving out small toys, crayons, markers and coloring books but began to see that these items weren’t as high on the list as other things.

The content of the jewelry-making business weighs over 120 pounds. It consists of gold and silver fittings as well as an abundance of precious and semi-precious gems and stones.  There is a family who is anxiously awaiting the supplies to begin a jewelry business.

As we prayed two sayings came to our hearts. The first a Chinese Proverb, the second a quote from the Jewish Talmud.

Looking over the items we saw that we were sustaining lives with the medical equipment and we had supplies so a family could “fish for themselves”. Oh my, what a very hard decision that had to be made with only a few hours before my departure. While thinking about how we can sustain Israel the last scene of the movie “Schindler’s List” came to our remembrance. For those who have seen the movie Oscar Schindler was given a ring. The ring was formed out of the gold from the teeth of the persecuted Jews and engraved with the above saying from the Talmud.

We opted to sustain lives, something my ministry does with the ongoing grocery voucher ministry that provide for Messianic families in Jerusalem, Israel. By choosing to first take the medical supplies, we believe that we are continuing to sustain lives. As a side note, I always like to share when I have opportunity to speak is that in the hospitals in Israel there is no such thing as a “people group” such as Arab, Christian or Jewish. Arab doctors and nurses take care of Jewish and other patients and Jewish doctors and nurses take care of Arabs and others. When in need of medical attention there is no cultural barrier. So sad that you won’t see that on your television.

After making the choice to take the medical supplies we set aside the other items knowing that God had a plan to get them to Israel at the appointed time.

I gathered three suitcases from the closet. My baggage allowance states that two bags are permitted for free and each additional bag is an additional cost. We felt the $200 additional baggage fee was a small price to pay so I could transport as many medical items as possible. We packaged some space bags with as much of the supplies that we could as they were light-weight, but bulky.

 

We packed every square inch of the suitcases and off I went to Israel. The journey was good. I’ll be posting some of the highlights of it in the future, so please check back to my blog.

Even with a good journey there was still a bit of feeling that I hadn’t completed my mission. I often thought about the items left behind; there was still the jewelry making supplies for the family. So upon arrival home I began to look over my schedule knowing that I needed to return to Israel soon.

“How soon” you may be asking? Well, soon . . .  like next week . . . like in three days. I was awaiting a few more things to come into place with the very busy life I lead. The last thing I needed to have happen, happened around noon today. So now I am “getting it together” as fast as I can so I can leave on Monday. Let’s just say that I will sleep on the plane.

Here’s the time-line of this trip; it’s going to be a quick one.  I depart on Monday, Oct 25th and will be returning on Nov 4th. This time with the “fishing supplies” for the family’s business to go forth as well as another mission that will have to wait for me to write about later. Many thanks for your prayers and support.

Getting the jewelry business to Israel is going to require three checked pieces of luggage so everything can be taken at one time. The family lives in the Be’er Sheva area and have been some of the persecuted Messianic Believers that you may have heard about.  (That’s a story for another time.)  As I packaged each gem and stone by color and shape I became overwhelmed how much was there. Oh my goodness, there are a lot of items. I was told about $5000 worth and it is very heavy, a “dense weight” heavy.

 

So, as you all know I’m not shy to tell you I need help. If there is anyone who is willing to help me with the costs of the additional baggage to get the jewelry to Israel? I also need finances for some of my misc. costs for the trip (like renting a car so I can take the jewelry items to the family in the Negev desert). If so, you can go to my web site for more information how to donate. www.HereToTheNations.com It won’t matter if you send donations while I’m flying and am in Israel, it will get to me, but I do have immediate need for everything to fall into place.

I wrote an article a number of years ago called “The Plan according to Isaiah” that I’m posting to this blog to help you understand the non-Jew portion of why we must be helping Israel according to Scripture.

If you have any questions/comments please e-mail PreciousOils@aol.com.  Once again I thank the Lord for the faithfulness of You, His Bride, through your prayers and support that allows my feet and hands to help Israel. I also thank God for my family who once again is allowing their wife and mother to go to Israel without much notice. At least this isn’t the first time, we’ve done this before. 🙂

Thank you to all who continue to help sustain lives in Israel and to those who help others “fish”.   Genesis 12:1-3

With Love,

Cynthia and David Hillson