Update and some Q&A’s

Shalom my precious girls (and ladies!)!

I wanted to let you know that I have posted the long awaited update here on my other site One Girls Journey, which you can go read. Thank you so much for your continued prayers!

I wanted to also answer some of the questions that I recently saw on here. I had some email trouble, which I think is finally fixed, and so I just got some of the comments. I’m really sorry about that!

First, yes, the pictures were deleted…which I am really sorry about! I was using a third party for posting pictures on here, and they changed their policy, which meant unless I paid an outrageous amount annually, I would lose all ability to use their site to host the pictures.  Since I had been using them store my pictures since 2008 or so, I realized it would be impossible to go back through and re-add all of them back into the posts. Thankfully, I will now be able to use the actual hosting here to store them, so I think the problem has been resolved from here on out…prayerfully!

Also, someone else asked about how my sister and I handle double shirt wearing in the summer months? First, I want to clarify that although we may often like this look, it is not a must! Please don’t feel that you must copy us in how we dress! At times we prefer the look or simply like the looser look the second shirt gives, if the shirt below it is too tight for comfort. But for sure, you do not need to feel that you must wear double shirts!

But to answer your question, which I will answer for just myself (I’ll let me sister answer for herself, if she would like to). 🙂

As you all know, I am here in Israel, where we have already had some hot days (104+F). What I have found that works well for myself, is I wear 3/4 length shirts, preferably cotton, but not so easy to find here. But I try to stick to as high of a % of cotton as I possibly can. Since I can easily find solid shirts here, I prefer to dress it up a little bit, with finding thin flowery outer shirts…usually sleeveless or capped sleeves. These I don’t mind to have a larger neckline than I usually wear, as I have the shirt on underneath. But, I do this more for the look, than for modesty levels, on my looser shirts. But it also comes in handy if I have a shirt that is tighter on me, as the outer shirt is looser, making it more modest for me. I also usually wear a tank-top on under my shirts, if I don’t wear something over them, so either way, its about the same thickness. But the looser the shirt, the cooler it will be (obviously not super baggy, but just loose!).  I also try to find as thin of a shirt as I can, without it being see-thru.

But in all honesty, the coolest shirts that I have found, is my regular cotton (not knit) 3/4 button down shirts. But since I can’t always find them in the secondhand store here, I just make do with what I can easily find, and it works well for me. Also, you will find taking a cool shower in the evening, to really help in the hot humid weather. This is a routine I have become accustom to here. It’s a given no matter what you wear, you will be hot, but this is part of life in the summer, which I love my summers! If you do any kind of working in the hotter months, without being in AC, you will find yourself hot and even sticky. To me, this is just apart of life and doesn’t really bother me. But in the evening, after my work day is finished, I do enjoy cooling off in a cool shower, which makes me very comfortable in the evenings.

Hope this helps!

Love and blessings to you all!

Shabbat Shalom,

Samantha

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Ebenezer Background and Project Info

Shalom dear friends,

Please spread the word…

The Ebenezer Home – Haifa

Background

The Home was founded by Pastor M. Solheim and his wife in 1976. There was a need for a home for taking care of the aged and infirm elderly. A medical facility providing treatment for the new Jewish immigrants coming from the Diaspora back to their homeland was a must.

The name Ebenezer has a special meaning: it is derived from 1 Samuel 7:12, where it says: “Then Samuel took a stone and set it between Mizpah and Shen, and named it Ebenezer, saying, ‘Thus far the LORD has helped us.’” This name witnesses of God’s kindness, of our faith in HIM that HE will take care of us in the future as well, so that we will be able to say this verse each and every day.

Messianic Jews are those believing Jesus to be the promised Messiah, the Son of God, through Abraham, Moses, David and the Old Testament prophets. Messiah means “the Anointed One,” as Christ comes from Christos in Greek, which means the same in Hebrew. Jews just prefer the Hebrew term, which in origin is taken from the Hebrew/Aramaic language.

As mentioned, the Home in Haifa was established in 1976, and many of the believing community in Israel who were in need of medical care at their advanced age, found a home that took care of their needs. Many of the residents living at the Home were Holocaust survivors, with no family left to take care of them, as they perished in the Holocaust of WWII.

Ebenezer became home for a variety of people, each having a unique story: Jewish immigrants from the former USSR, and those who escaped from Arab countries around Israel and found a new life here. It is worth taking the time to listen to their stories, which will make you laugh and cry and fill you with a much deeper understanding of what the words of the prophet Jeremiah mean: “Behold, I will gather them out of all the lands to which I have driven them in My anger, in My wrath and in great indignation; and I will bring them back to this place and make them dwell in safety” (32:37).

We have Christian Arabs and non-Jewish residents as well; all have been saved by Yeshua our Messiah and have experienced the peace He provides.

God has kept His promise. He has helped the Ebenezer Home continually for more than 40 years.

Many of the residents cannot afford a nursing home, as they come from a poor socioeconomic background. This is often the case among Holocaust survivors and new immigrants. Also, those who served the LORD during their lifetime find this home a place of rest.

The budget of the Home consists of tenants’ payments of 30%, and 70% from donations. There is no government support. However, if our Nursing Ward is up to standard, government healthcare would provide about 3,500 USD a month for each patient in that section.

After 40 years at Ebenezer, we have come to one of the biggest milestones in the history of the home! The Ministry of Health, Ministry of Welfare, Fire Safety Department and Municipality have ordered that all facilities meet new standards and safety regulations. Buildings must be reinforced against earthquakes and comply with new medical service standards by 2018. It is required to have a building/renovation permit by then. If not, then the Home’s license will be revoked, which means: Ebenezer will be closed! All elderly-care homes in Israel must undergo this procedure.

What to Do

We need to keep the Home open for our brothers and sisters in the faith. We are the only Senior Home for believers in Israel that is also operated by believers. Many have medical needs and want to stay at a Home with Christian, biblical values, with the possibility to be taken care of by a staff of believers.

The management, together with medical care specialists, have this vision for the Home:

  1. The Home will be renovated and updated to meet all new required standards, in terms of the medical aspect and the building itself (e.g., updated to earthquake standard and fire safety regulations).
  2. It is our calling to take care of those who have served the LORD their whole life, and now are in need.
  3. A floor will be added to the building (which is allowed after reinforcing the building to meet the new earthquake standard).
  4. A 14 bed NURSING WARD will be built on one of the floors, to provide for the increasing need for nursing facilities for believers in Israel.
  5. We are required to meet new standards, in order to keep our license.
  6. With the construction of a Nursing Ward, we will be paid by the government—thus, more income for us and making us less dependent on donations to meet our yearly budget.

 

All this in hope and trust that our LORD will help provide the finances we urgently need to establish this project. The total projected budget for the project is approximately $7,597,872.

The Ebenezer Nursing Ward Project came out of the need to provide nursing care. Believers have prayed over the project for many years. Now doors have been opened in wonderful ways.

We have hired an architect specialized in nursing homes and hospitals, known and accepted by the Ministry of Health and Municipality. The municipality has been willing to help us till now in a very kind way in every detail needed; these are just a few aspects of how we can be thankful to God.

Now I turn to you: the Nursing Ward Project needs your prayerful support! It is a test of faith. I believe that the LORD will provide and send the right people in our path to help establish this much needed Nursing Ward. The project is to the glory of HIS name, so we can be a witness among HIS people Israel (who, by the way, are our people). Not a day goes by without someone hearing the Gospel, among those who come to the home: visitors, government health care inspectors, delivery personnel, just to name a few. Nearly everyone asks the same question: “What is different here in this home?” Or, “I can feel that there is something different here…” Some say: “It’s quiet and peaceful here.” These are the moments given by God Himself for us to share the Gospel; He is present. It’s not us; it is all through the grace of the One who redeemed us, our LORD and Messiah, Yeshua, the King of Kings.

Will you help us? If you hear a voice in your heart saying, “Yes, I want to be part of this project,” please don’t resist this voice; it’s for your brothers and sisters in Israel.

In Matthew 25:31-40 we read:

When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, He will sit on His glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate the people one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep on His right and the goats on His left. Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you took Me in, I was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and you looked after Me, I was in prison and you visited Me.’ Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You something to drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? When did we see You sick or in prison and visit You?’ And the King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.’

May the LORD bless you in your decision!

David Phillips

Maintenance & Project Manager

www.ebenezer.co.il

Email: tms1.dp@gmail.com

Coupon

Mail to: Midnight Call Ministries, PO Box 84309, Lexington, SC 29073

Phone: 800-845-2420  Web: midnightcall.com/ ? (Matias will make a link)

 

Yes, I wish to support the Ebenezer Home Project

? One time       ? Monthly        $_______

Name: _______________________________________

Address: _____________________________________

City: ________________ State: _____ Zip: _________

Email: _______________________________________

Card #: _________________________________

Exp.: ________ Phone: ____________________

 

Note: Donations for the project by check/money order should be made out to Midnight Call, and specify Ebenezer Home in the memo line.

April 2018 update for MCM

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Update and prayer request

Shalom my precious friends and family!

Wow…how the time keeps flying by! I realized as much as I had written an update awhile ago, I kept forgetting to actually publish it, as I wasn’t in a place where I could upload it when I first wrote it…and before you know it, we are already almost into April, and it’s totally outdated…again! For this, I am really sorry! But for all those who are wondering if I am still alive and doing alright, yes I am!!! I am absolutely amazed at all God continues to do in my life, all He continues to teach me, and just thank Him constantly for this amazing time He has so richly blessed me with!

The past months have found me busy serving, thoroughly enjoying my time here, and thanking Him for each new day He blesses me with! I was also greatly blessed with another extension to my visa for yet another year, for which we are praising Him for each new day He gives us!

The past couple of months have also found us saying goodbye to a couple of our precious residents, one of which was my adopted mom here in Israel. Heaven surely got a beloved treasure and there isn’t a day that passes by, that she isn’t extremely missed!! It’s still hard to believe that she is truly no longer with us and I so look forward to the day when we are reunited in His Kingdom once again! But in the meantime, I treasure each memory we made, each lesson she passed down to me, and each prayer! She taught me sooooo much and was truly an amazing woman of faith and prayer!!!

We have also gained another resident and soon to welcome yet another, for which we pray they will be greatly blessed and encouraged being here! It’s such a blessing being able to serve and care for each of them!! What a gift and a privilege we have been given and we ask for your continued prayers, especially for the Nursing Ward Project that we are in the process of raising funds for and working towards accomplishing, as we are in desperate need of this!  With each passing day it becomes more and more evident of this growing need, as our residents become older and the needs grow. I ask that you please keep this in prayer and seriously pray about helping us raise the funds needed, so that we can continue to meet the needs of these precious older saints! I’ve enclosed a .pdf document and ask that you please take a minute and spread the word! With His help (and yours!) we press towards the goal and vision He has given us and look forward to watching how He provides a way for us to accomplish this goal!

In the next update I will try to share our volunteer’s trip to Banias and our kayak trip down the Jordan, including pictures of the unbelievable landscape He has given us to enjoy!!!

Until then, may He richly bless you all and draw you all closer to Himself!

In His love,

Samantha

April 2018 update for MCM

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Previous Outfit pictures part 2

Here are some more pictures from past posts! 🙂

Nearly all our clothes were bought at a Thrift store and mostly ranged anywhere from 50c to $3 but a few were a little higher at around $4-$6. 🙂

This bright turquoise and royal blue rayon skirt is fun to wear. I was wearing my pink blouse and white long-sleeve under it. I forget what brand the purple wrap, that I held my nephew in, was. :/

Navy blue polyester stretch short sleeve over a white long sleeve shirt, and red tiered skirt. -July 2015
This was actually a very cool outfit to wear in the summer time. 🙂

White long-sleeve T under a pink striped half-length sleeved shirt, with a raspberry cotton skirt from Israel, with flower and vine embroideryWhite blouse with an easy-to-make homemade 3-paneled purple cotton skirt
-May 2014 (?)


Small pink checkered shirt with my green tiered denim skirt. It was 8 degrees and very breezy when we took this picture. I was freezing!! Haha I’d tense up and shiver all over and then take a deep breath and forcing myself to relax for a few seconds, posed for my little sister to take a picture. 😀  >Adventure!!!
2015/2016

Greenish-blue paisley shirt with a black skirt 🙂  -2016 (?)

 

Light pink turtle neck shirt and Samantha’s purple skirt 😉Enjoy!! 🙂

 

~Sarah

 

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Previous Outfit pictures

Hello y’all!

Wow, it’s been a long while since I’ve posted anything here!! I went back through, finding previous outfit pictures and my….well, let’s just say, my style and tastes have changed some!! haha  Ah well, life is about growing, right? ;p And it is really fun, trying to find new styles that I really like. I’ve found a lot of inspiring ideas from Fresh Modesty. She has so many neat ideas and outfits that I find cute. I hope to upload some new outfit pictures in the near future, and I hope they may inspire y’all to find your style, and inspire new ideas. 🙂

Here are some pictures! Haha I was cringing with some of the pictures…but they were a start 😉 and I think that Lolly having invited and encouraged me to do outfit picture posts here really encouraged me to actively keep pursuing a search to find fresh and feminine modest outfits. 🙂

So, here they are! These are from the last several years, but mostly 2014 and 2015. 🙂 Enjoy 🙂

This outfit is a homemade 2-shade blue denim A-line skirt with a ruffle, paired with my bright pink blouse and denim jacket.

The same outfit without the jacket. Yes, it was really cold!!!  2016

Navy blue, pleated shirt with lace and turquoise skirt

 

2015

Black knit long-sleeve T with pink T under it, and green tiered denim skirt

Pink blouse with white tiered skirt

White blouse and Black and white flowered rayon skirt

2014
Pink cotton shirt with a very wide, denim tiered skirt

Sharon’s Pink pleated blouse with her homemade turquoise and royal blue tiered skirt

Raspberry knit T with a peachy pink homemade skirt. (This skirt was a big favorite of mine as it made me feel so graceful and feminine!! And I reallly liked the color -which isn’t very visible in this washed out picture :/ 🙂

This picture, above, I don’t think ever made it on the blog…hmm I think I may post that one. It was a formal velvety rose dress ($3) and a white crocheted cape (birthday gift)      -Beginning of 2016

Royal blue knit sweater over white turtle neck and light-weigh cotton white and blue skirt 🙂

 

~Sarah

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Deleted Posts

Shalom my precious sisters,

I just went through and deleted some of the posts which had almost nothing but pictures (like the Feminine Modesty, tutorials, etc). I hope to be able to get some of them back up, eventually, as I know some of them were some favorites, but for now I thought this would be the best way of handling it, as it would be almost impossible for me to be able to remember which photos were used for which posts. But I did speak to my sister who helps with the FM posts, and we will try to get some of those back up for you to enjoy, but it may take quite a bit of time (as I don’t have any of those pictures with me).

Again, I am really for this issue and pray we won’t run into this again. :o)

Have a blessed evening,

Samantha

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Photos

Shalom my precious sisters,

I pray this finds you doing wonderfully!! Things here are going very well (in Israel) and I have to say, love to say, I am enjoying every minute of it! It has been such an amazing gift and I find myself often just thanking Yhwh for blessing me with such an opportunity! I absolutely love volunteering here and have become close to quite a few of the residence. If any of you are looking for an amazing place to volunteer at, I’d highly recommend Ebenezer! :o)

Recently, it was brought to my knowledge that there was some issues with the loss of all of the pictures in past posts. I finally took some time to research and figure out what in the world happened. What I had been doing is posting my pictures up on Photobucket, and then linking the pictures into the posts, to save on space here. I have since changed upgraded my hosting plan, so I think I can now just post the pictures straight into posts. BUT, for the past 8 years, this is how I have been doing it, and Photobucket now wants over $300 a year, to use them as 3rd party hosting…which we aren’t going to be doing. :o| But that means that all of the past pictures in posts, are no longer view-able here. I am really sorry about this! I really don’t have the time to try to recover (and remember!) which photo’s I used in which post, but will try to correct this from here on out. In the mean time, you will see those grey boxes explaining that you can’t view the pictures anymore.

Again, I am really sorry about this!

Much love and blessings,

Samantha

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Remembering…

You know, I was thinking. I realize Israel is the only country who stops everything to remember the Holocaust for two minutes in silence, tomorrow at 10am. But why should they be the only ones? So many of American college age children don’t even believe it ever happened! Maybe they don’t WANT to believe it ever happened. Regardlessly, should this not be something that every single person, should remember? Its two minutes. I bet if everyone stopped what they were doing in remembrance of what happened, people would start asking questions. Guys, it doesn’t have to be just us here in Israel! Let’s show Israel and the people of Israel that we do NOT forget what happened and that we stand with them!! I urge you, set a timer on your phone and no matter where in the world you are, stand still and remember with us!

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Yes, I’m in Israel! :)

I received a comment from a dear reader asking what I was up to and if I was in Israel? I’m happy to announce that yes, I am here!!  🙂 I arrived last Thursday and have been thoroughly enjoying myself!! You can read the updates here:

www.onegirlsjourney.virtuousdaughters.com

Blessings and thank you for your prayers!

Samantha

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Celebrating 21 Years with my lover of my soul!

I can hardly believe how the years have flown by! I woke this morning thinking “wow! It seems like just yesterday, has it really been 21 years already?!” I can’t imagine life without Him, and I can honestly say, the years only get sweeter and sweeter with Him, as I learn to love Him the way He needs me to! How I am learning I can truly depend upon Him for my all in all! The more time goes by, the more I am realizes just how amazing my God is, just how great of a provider He is, just how deep His love and forgiveness is, and just how much He truly blesses my life, day in and day out! I can’t sing His praises more and I pray that if He graces me with another 21 years here on earth, that our relationship will only grow stronger, deeper, and sweeter by the day!!! To say I am looking forward to being in His arms, is an understatement! But I know for now, He still has a lot of work for me to be doing, and so I cheerfully put my all into it, and look forward to the day when He calls me home to Himself. :o)

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