Jericho, from the Air to Water

Jericho is a fascinating city. It has an endless supply of water. It is a place where the following occurred.

The people of the city said to Elisha, “Look, our lord, this town is well situated, as you can see, but the water is bad and the land is unproductive.” “Bring me a new bowl,” he said, “and put salt in it.” So they brought it to him. Then he went out to the spring and threw the salt into it, saying, “This is what the Lord says: ‘I have healed this water. Never again will it cause death or make the land unproductive.’” And the water has remained pure to this day, according to the word Elisha had spoken. (2 Kings 2:19-22)

This is the spring, spouting thousands of gallons of pure water an hour. I don’t know if the locals realize it or not, but with today’s precious water supply, it is golden.

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There are two ways to get to Jericho from Jerusalem; the easy superhighway, or the twisty bumpy way. Guess which one has spectacular scenery?

..and here’s how the footage above was used in for the web series, “This is the Holy Land.”

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Sonnie spends a couple of days a week at Jalazone, a Palestinian refugee camp, a few miles north of Ramallah, about a 90-minute bus ride from where we live.
She visits a few families and also helps with the community art class for the local kids.
I do not go with her since I have my own obligations here in Bethlehem.
Since we are on a Christmas break, I decided to join her today.
Waad was born with a severe birth defect, bounded to a wheelchair. She can either speak or sit up, and she probably never will, but that doesn’t really matter. Sonnie is with her every week, massaging her deformed legs and feet, singing to her, praying for her.
I cried silently when I took this picture, not for the cruelty of the world, but for the love of Christ, knowing that His love lives within us, through us.
I do not get moved easily; today, I was.

waad

Merry Christmas 2018

There are two ways to get to Jericho from Jerusalem – the smooth way via freeway, or a rough way through rough terrain. Guess which one has better scenery? The latter also has a much better background for this year’s Christmas card!

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How Christ was Really Born

This video was shot at a cave not far from the nativity church. Since we live here, we have a pretty good understanding of how things might have unfolded from a local perspective.

Also, here’s when a drone came in really handy.

Fund Raising Video with Davinci Resolve

Learning Davinci Resolve is kinda like being an amateur handyman – figuring out how to apply/fix things constantly. 🙂

For the project, I learned how to 3D track, plane tracking, masking, node editing, color curves, etc., etc.

Our school really needs help, even with a whole bunch of American staff volunteers.

We are all connected. Whatever happens here in the Middle East affects us all, no matter how scattered we are. The fruit of the Spirit emerges by educating future leaders with a solid Biblical foundation. We might not see results right away, but we will.. we will..