The more clothes and things we give away – the more we receive (smile). At first, I didn’t really want to deal with a bunch of used clothes. I’m running a chess club, right? But I got an offer too good to refuse. And with all good things coming from above, how could I say ‘no’. Anyhow, the clothes have been a blessing to so many, many people!
We set them out on Mondays (market day) in essence making them available to the Jews first. And after being pretty much picked over and a need to make room for more – I get them to the non-Jews.
I have a friend who has a ministry in Jericho. She is always in need for used clothes. Long story short, today I met with her at the baptismal site outside of Jericho; the area where John the Baptist used to roam.
This site has been off limits since 1963, but today it was opened by the IDF because she was shooting a special T.V. presentation.
Anyhow, I was traveling with a couple of guys: A Russian friend who only speaks Russian and a Bedouin who speaks Arabic & Hebrew, and me who speaks only English. We arrive about an hour early. We shared a shade tree with a Bedouin attending a large herd of camels. He made us some sweet tea and when a baby camel had its fill of mother’s milk, he milked us a couple of cups full. Man, it was gooood! Nice and warm!
Well we delivered a van load of clothes and had a wonderful time doing so. It was refreshing to get away from the tension in Arad if only for a day.
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July 19, 2005