We had two volunteers from the states come and join us. Wendy came from Colorado, leaving everything behind and hopes to stay in Israel for quite a while. She has been to Sderot before and knows first hand what it is like to hear ‘Tesva Adom” and take that fifteen seconds to run and find shelter… and yet she still came back.
Linda, a nurse, comes from California and will be staying with us for two weeks; this is her vacation for the year. So why do you come to Sderot of all places for a vacation? “Because that is what the L-RD has laid on my heart to do.” It is a hard thing for her to imagine not being here when that time comes when we will need her nursing talents.
When someone from the states, or from anywhere for that matter, comes to Sderot to volunteer it not only speaks volumes to the people we serve but to our Hope For Sderot volunteers as well. There is something about coming and becoming one with us, standing with us, willing to put your life on the line to love out loud. In responce our volunteers open their hearts and home to them as they welcome them into the family.
The girls could not have come at a better time. This week they helped pack this weeks food, package wrap and deliver Rosh Hashanah gift baskets to two hundred families and if that was not enough they have stained all the bench tops and seats for the picnic tables for Afik’s park.
Long day, lots of sun and heat and yet they just keep going. The week is just about over and we are all looking forward to Shabbat. They will be spending Shabbat and Rosh Hashanah with their new family as we celebrate those special days.
We also had added help with the Rosh Hashanah baskets from the volunteers from H.O.T cable that came up from Be’er Sheva. With their extra hand we had all the baskets packed, wrapped and many of them delivered by seven o’clock Tuesday night. They thanked us for allowing them to help… Loving people, loving people. Hope For Sderot is most blessed to have Wendy, Linda and the our friends from Be’er Sheva. Thank you !