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Frank & Carol LaPorta's February 2019 - Fire International

Shalom Chaverim v’ Mishpocha.

In this month’s newsletter you will be blessed by the updates that Carol will be sharing with you about what she does every week. Of course this is just a part of what Carol does, (ie housework etc) but I know that it will convey the Heart of Father God seen through the good works that He has called her to do.

In James 1:27  it is written, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” With this verse in mind I now turn the rest of this newsletter to my wonderful wife. I pray that hearing from her blesses you as much as it blesses me seeing her do what she does.

As I normally do not write the newsletter, I do not know where to start. With that being said, let me go back a little. We started going to Ebenezar Home about 12 years ago. I go there every Monday afternoon. When I first started going there, I would say I was going to visit the old ladies.  Then after a few years, I realized that I am now an old lady. So I now say I am visiting the “older ladies”. This is a home for believers in Yeshua, and the only believers home in all of Israel. The first floor is for the people who need constant care, like a nursing home. The second and third floors are for our assisted living residents. The home is made up of Jewish and Arab believers. Over these 12 years I have come to love so many of them, and have lost so many of them. If you remember a few months ago, I told you about Miasser dying. While staying with her I met Maggie and Naomi, who were residents and her friends. After Miasser past away they asked me if I would still be coming there to visit. They said, “Please don’t stop coming. You can come visit with us”. As there are only a few at the home that speak English, I was thrilled to have two new ladies to visit each week.

First I go to Maggie, as she is one of the only ladies that does not take a nap after lunch. She is an Arab Christian. She is always so happy to see me. She says she is lonely and so appreciates that I come every week to see her. We just sit and talk about whatever she wants to talk about. She always shows me what she is knitting, makes sure that I have a piece of her candy, and tells me all about her family. She is always so upbeat, and we do a lot of laughing.

Next I go to visit Nami (Naomi in English), who is also an Arab Christian and Maggie’s good friend. Again we just talk about whatever interests her. I have been amazed to see how much she and I have in common about our younger days. We have had some really interesting conversations.

Last of all, I go see Natalie. She is an American Jew from California, who did aliyah (a jew becoming a citizen in Israel) many years ago. She is very spry, and goes out a lot. We have lots of fun. When I am with her it reminds me of two teenage girls sharing and laughing. 

As for the children, I visit them Tuesdays and Thursdays. These kids are my heart.  In the first photos you see Fifi and myself.  Fifi is a real handful, but how I love her.  She thinks that she runs the school, and at times I believe she does.  I know that she runs me ragged trying to keep up with her.  In the second photo is Achmud, Evyon, and Footna.  It is such a blessing to me to be able to love on these precious gifts from Father. 

Well I guess that’s all I have to share for now.  Please keep all these senior saints and children in your prayers. 

We thank you all who support this ministry to the “widows and orphans”.  May our heavenly Father richly bless you all.

In His Service,

      Carol & Frank

Jonathan & April Noah

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