Did you know that proceeds from My Olive Tree olive groves are donated to various humanitarian outreaches throughout the land of Israel and beyond?
Yes, it is true. In fact, one of the most exciting aspects of My Olive Tree’s work in Israel is the fact that through the ongoing generosity of people around the world, we are able to contribute into the lives of so many that have so little. It is both rewarding and at the same time, very humbling.
Last year, during Hanukkah, we took a team of representatives from My Olive Tree to visit our safe house in Israel. These specific homes are for young men and women who have grown up in Israel’s foster child program—a program that promises to care for these abandoned children until they are 18 years of age. Once they turn 18, however, they are on their own.
Can you imagine? I know that many of you may share in their experience, but we have not. It is hard to believe that at 18 a young person would have no family, no guidance, and no encouragement. How many of them have gotten lost in the shuffle? How many have felt all alone and abandoned?
On our visit, once the music had died down and the festivities were coming to a close, the mood became solemn as our safe house young people began sharing who they were and what their dreams of the future looked like. Many shared about their work in the Israeli military, as many are currently serving their required service. As they shared their stories, some horrifying, our friends began to cry. However, what they said in response to their tears is something I will never forget.
My friend, a very strong man who is not easily swayed by his emotions, spoke with tears running down his cheeks. He looked into the eyes of each one of these young people, and although I cannot remember his exact words he said something to the effect of, “We know that many of you are shocked by our tears. Some of you may think we feel sorry for you, but we don’t. What we feel is empathy. We empathize with your situation and we are crying because we are so pleased to be a part of your lives. We are so proud to see where you have come amidst great obstacles. We cry because we are honored to know you and to share in your futures.”
It is through these touching words that the very heart of My Olive Tree is captured.
Through partnering with various organizations in Jerusalem, as well as neighboring cities, we have met so many tremendous people— young and old alike. We have danced with Holocaust survivors, who by many standards would seem that there were no dances left to dance. We have painted homes of the impoverished who were so generous to give us their love and blessings… that it would seem that they were wealthy beyond words. We have hugged the necks of orphans whose surrogate mothers stand proudly by, as if approving of their own flesh and blood. We are constantly amazed!
Each time we visit Israel, these phenomenal people, who endeavor to live and to love despite their circumstances, inspire us.
So many people ask us on a daily basis, why they should support My Olive Tree, and for us the reason is abundantly clear. Each beat of the brokenhearted is the very rhythm that sets our work in motion every day.
Won’t you join us in making a difference in the lives of Israeli citizens who are in desperate need of hope? Contact us today at My Olive Tree.com.
Our mission is to create a partnership between the Evangelical community and the nation of Israel; this partnership will produce employment, income, and revenue for humanitarian aid projects in Israel. We envision the planting of one-million olive trees over the next seven years. This relationship was prophesied in the Bible centuries ago, that the foreigners and strangers (those not of Jewish descent) would help rebuild the walls of Israel and cause the desert to bloom (Isa 35:1). Among other things, this reforestation is an environmental blessing for the entire region. May all who participate in this project be blessed body, soul and spirit; it is time for you to take root in Israel!