Digging Together

We just completed a session of the Discipleship and Agriculture program. Three young Israeli men in their 20’s participated, along with me as facilitator. The participants came from different congregations in central and northern Israel. The 3 month long work- study program combines vocational and spiritual elements. Tents of Mercy provides oversight.

Some highlights were: studying passages from the book of Romans together, building a chicken coop, digging vegetable garden plots, hiking up Mt. Tabor, helping receive dozens of new baby goats as they were born on a nearby farm and … the delicious bonus of how rainy mornings extended our time in the Word and worship by the fireplace.

We interacted with the prophesied promises of the New Covenant: Not only collectively, but also individually, each of us has the full potential to know the Lord, and be taught by the Spirit.

… I will make a New Covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah … I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts … they shall all know me from the least of them to the greatest.” (Jeremiah 31:31-34)

And so we practiced – each guy daily digging a well for himself in the Word and then sharing with the group what he received.

This article originally appeared in Israel’s Restoration Newsletter, March 2016.