We learned from the owner of the grove that this area, as well as the entire nation of Israel, is experiencing a severe drought. He estimated that the sea is 20 ft below its normal level, which translates into a dramatic water shortage for the irrigation of the olive trees, almond trees, grape vineyards, winter wheat and all other crops grown in that region. As we continued our tour we prayed over the land and asked our Father God to open the windows of heaven and bring the much-needed rain. We would implore everyone who reads this to join with us in praying for the waters to fall from heaven--that He would bless the land with rain.
at the olive grove, inspecting and praying over the olives
All in all, our time here in the Holy Land has been tremendously fruitful and blessed. We leave knowing that God continues to have His hand on this promised land, in times of drought as well as rain, conflict as well as peace. And we are thankful that the fighting in the south has stopped. We commit, as always, the Israeli people and the Palestinian people to God in prayer. May His kingdom come, and His will be done.
Many thanks to those who covered us in prayer during our weeks in Israel. Blessings to you all.