Day 6: Chutzpah.

by Alexandra Rutkowski

So much has happened in the past week and every minute has been so packed with life-changing experiences. It feels like we’ve been traveling for weeks while it’s only been a few days. We’ve been all over! Tel Aviv, En Gedi, Dead Sea, Qumran, Masada, the Bedouin camp, Sderot, the Judean Desert… everywhere. One thing that blows my mind away is the unity of the team. Every single person is part of this family. Praying, encouraging, and uplifting each other; the times of fellowship and worship are unbelievable. I can’t even begin to put it in words. God really planned and prepared the people going on this trip, knowing who needed who and what divine appointments would be met in our group alone. I know my life has already been impacted. 

We started the day at Independence Hall here in Tel-Aviv. It was HERE that one of the most incredible prophetic fulfillments took place. Here’s a quick video of one of the students, Kayla, summing it all up:

As you can see from the video, there was a public demonstration outside of Independence Hall of people protesting high rent.  These people were living outside, refusing to shower for days.  A bench outside the building was filled with a small handful of young people. They spoke to Michael and the rest of the students about their rights to protest and their misfortune.  We were shocked when we found out they were a group of high school students from Mexico visiting the country. We were so confused for a moment, but their hilarious laughter gave it away as they walked into the building, pointed fingers and laughed. I’d have to agree. It was pretty funny.

It’s pretty late so I’m just going to sum up the rest of this quickly. We went to the historic city of Joffa, near Tel-Aviv. Not only was the city completely beautiful, but it in itself was a beautiful clear picture of the fulfillment of God’s covenantal promise with His people.

Afterwards, we had a break for the afternoon, and while some chose to swim in the Mediterranean, Hadassah and I chose to shop at an open air market in downtown Tel-Aviv. And by ‘shop’ I mean humiliate ourselves with pathetic attempts at bargaining for a better deal. Ye, that didn’t work out like I’d hoped.

For Shabbat dinner, we met in the home of three Jewish women from the United States who spoke about their Aliyah to Israel and all the factors involved. It was such a blessing to have them welcome us into their home and spend the evening with us.

I apologize for the lack of fascinating information in this post. I learned so much today, but it’s too late to try to put it all into words. Just know that it was good. I’ll explain it all later. To make up for that, here’s a little treat:

Hope you enjoyed it! 
Shalom.

Alexandra.

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