Patty: The last four-to-five weeks have been perhaps the fullest month during our time in Israel this season. We had our bi-annual Tikkun International Board Meeting in Jerusalem and made much progress in strategizing future cooperation between all the connected congregations in Israel. We were looking at all dimensions of how Tikkun International can function more effectively. We have wonderful folks from the business world on the board now, adding a whole new dimension that is so important for this season.
On March 19 we welcomed our ninth grandchild, Asher Gideon. I was blessed to witness the birth of this precious little boy, our daughter Simcha’s third child. At his circumcision, Simcha explained why they chose that name. I was blown away. She revealed that just like her brother, Ben, who named his youngest son Eitan in honor of Eitan Shishkoff, both she and Jonathan wanted to honor Asher Intrater by naming their son Asher. This act was to honor Dan’s legacy of maintaining covenantal relationships over a span of thirty-five years with his disciples Asher and Eitan. Both Jonathan and Simcha are zealous to receive this inheritance for their generation.
This last week Dan, Ben and I spent four days teaching at Gateways Beyond in Cyprus. Dan spoke on what he traditionally teaches at Gateways: the Kingdom of God and eschatology. He had over about 21 first year students and 12 second year students. Of course, the students were mesmerized by his expanse of knowledge. Ben spoke on various leadership principles to both the second year students and the interns in the afternoons, while I split the days with Ben in sharing with the GTS 2 students and interns. I was thrilled as God released me to minister some healing and deliverance to several students on our last day. It was such a blessing to have our son minister along with us and for him to get a glimpse of what it is like for us when we go. My heart overflowed with joy!