Israel Day 4 / AM: Exploring Judea & Samaria
The purpose of our explorations is to scout unique experiences for a future King's Daughters Israel Tour. Our hope is to take a group to experience the "real Israel." Stay tuned for more updates or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in trip!
We spent the day exploring Judea & Samaria, where 80% of the Bible took place or was written. Significant events in the area include where Abraham was promised the nation of Israel, Jacob's well, Joseph's tomb, where Joshua won the battle against the Cannanites, and where Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman at the well...to name a few.
Brave Jews have moved into Judea & Samaria to take claim of the area God promised to them. This is a very volatile area where conflict between Jews and Arabs happens regularly. Though it is not the safest place, they are resolved to live and thrive in the land that God gave them as their inheritance.
FIRST STOP: The Tura Winery
Turah Winery, a family estate winery located in the village of Rehelim, was established in 2003 by Erez and Vered Ben Saadon. The winery’s vineyards, planted in 1997 on Mt. Bracha by the family, would later emerge as one of the finest vineyards in all of Israel. www.turawinery.com
We loved meeting Vered, who told us her fascinating story about settling in the hills of Judea & Samaria and starting Tura Winery. She is a bold woman of faith, following God's call on her life and claiming the land the Lord promised the Jews so many years ago.
SECOND STOP: Meeting Betya in Itimar
Betya left the city life of Tel Aviv to raise a family in the hills of Judea & Samaria. Betya has a deep appreciation for the history of the land in which she's living and loves to share her home and story with others. Her face lit up when she talked about leaving everything to be a part of Judea & Samaria's story. We so enjoyed meeting our new friend in Itimar!
View from Betya's house. It was very cloudy that day but usually you can see all the way to the Dead Sea.
THIRD STOP: Meeting the Goldsmiths of Itimar
Leah and Mosche Goldsmith left successful careers in NYC to settle in Judea & Samaria. Lea shared with us the strategic significance of Itimar, being situated in the very heart of biblical Israel.
"We are living in miraculous times. Everything that people ever said were impossible are possible and happening right here right now as the Land becomes more and more alive...[Israel] is in a state that has completely gone beyond logical dimensions. [But] We still have so many challenges ahead. This is not a time for indifference or remaining unbothered or unmoved." says Leah.
Fourth Stop: Praying for Israel
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: those that love her will prosper." Psalms 122:6-7 • What trip highlight to pray for Israel in the middle of Judea and Samaria. The village you see below is actually an Arab village, where many terrorists throughout the years have been born. We claimed the name of Yeshua (Jesus in Hebrew) over the entire area and prayed for peace in the land.
FIFTH STOP HaYovel Vineyards
Joshua and his family moved from the U.S. to Judea & Samaria to fulfill biblical prophecy in Jeremiah 31:5: "Again you shall plant vines on the mountains of Samaria." Ten years later, HaYovel has brought 2,000 volunteers to the region to harvest vines, supplying 1,800 tons of grapes to wineries all over Israel and bringing 22.5 million dollars to Israel's economy through wine sales.
They bring groups every summer to harvest the grapes and always need more volunteers! If you're interested in a truly unique Israel experience, check them out: http://www.hayovel.com/
What a day to explore Judea & Samaria! It is especially incredible to meet the people, be in their homes, and hear their stories. There really isn't a better way to experience a country and the faithfulness of our God to His people, up close and personal.