Some 250 Christian volunteers wrapped up three months of hard labor in the vineyards of Samaria last week and headed to their home countries to raise enough support to come to the aid of Jewish farmers again next year.
During the 2011 harvest season, the HaYovel Ministry team (see our magazine coverage) helped local farmers in communities across Samaria harvest no less than 304 tons of grapes. The assistance is a huge boon to "settler" farmers who regularly see their produce boycotted by a hostile international community.
It was also of enormous benefit to the spiritual lives of the Christians who participated.
"The camaraderie and sense of accomplishment gained from participating in modern day fulfillment of prophecy make regular life pale in comparison," wrote Sherri Waller, who together with husband Tommy Waller heads up HaYovel. "The God of creation has called us to cooperate with Him in re-establishing His people in His Land. We have seen the prophecies confirmed, vine after vine, on the Mountains of Samaria."
A smaller number of the same volunteers will return in the spring to help the farmers prune their vineyards for the next harvest season.
In the meantime, seven passionate young men from the HaYovel team are touring churches around the United States to share what the Lord is doing on the Mountains of Samaria. Their message is a firm call to stand with Israel, and to take a unique and practical approach to loving and supporting the Jews in these trying days.