Sue's April 2018 Letter
April was a special month for me. Not only was my birthday included in that month, but I joined 40 interested people who started out to be strangers and ended up becoming a family on a trip of a lifetime. We left LAX and our familiar world to a land that is literally a miracle (Israel). There is no other culture that has been nearly completely obliterated and yet has come back to build a strong, educated and highly technical society. We saw the entire country in 10 days from North to South and East to West. Tel Aviv, a coastal resort area pulsing with business and pleasure was our first stop after a 14 ½ hour non-stop flight. Our friend, David Wexler, an Israeli who grew up in New York and moved to Israel after graduating from University, greeted us. He and my husband Jerry became our guides to tour this special land. We learned about history and cultural lifestyles. We visited special sites in cities and towns that previously were only ideas in our minds because of Bible stories that had been told to us as children. Nazareth, Bethlehem, Capernaum, The Golan Heights, Galilee and of course Jerusalem were all visited. Standing outside the very caves in Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947 was a thrill. The manuscripts rolled and put into clay pots dated back to the time of Jesus over 2,000 years ago. It is said to be the greatest archeological find in the 20th century. A Bedouin shepherd boy threw a rock into a cave and the sound of breaking pottery could be heard. That one action sent shock waves throughout the Archeology world as documentation of scripture and history being intertwined. Only an accident? I don’t think so.
Each time we visit Israel, we go to the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem. It always causes me pause to think how dark the human heart can be to choose to exterminate an entire race of people on the sole criteria that certain blood runs through their veins. Humans without God who gives a higher purpose have dark hearts. Even religious people who are not focused on the truth of God were duped into the dark thinking of Hitler. There were churches who played their music louder to keep the congregation from hearing the death trains rumble past their eyes and ears. Over the centuries, there have been many men who wished to be all powerful God, like Hitler, Stalin, Lenin, Pol Pot, Idi Amin, Suddam Hussein and many more. Visiting the Holy Land reminded me that only one who was God chose to become a man. Jesus Christ. Walking where He walked was an honor for me.
I have now sent a collection of B.R.A.I.N. books to Jerusalem as there is NOTHING in the entire country even close to what we have here at B.R.A.I.N. Our Israeli guide was most interested as some of his family members would greatly benefit if they could only step through our doors.
We are truly blessed here at B.R.A.I.N. and I am privileged to serve each of you here!
I hope to see you all at our Open House on May 12.