Dear <<First Name>>
We have come out of the winter hibernation with a bang. The hottest recorded May Bank weekend with temperatures hitting 23 to 28 C down south. Is this prophetic with Israel and Iran close to direct conflict via Syria. Hamas sending its citizens to break through the Israeli border fence from Gaza? Israeli's are gearing up for a down pour of precise rockets and missiles Iran has been preparing in Syria, Lebenon in the north and Gaza in the south. The trigger for all of this could be the move of the US Embassy to Jerusalem on 14 May in time for Israel's 70th celebrations.
Since our last newsletter in November
a lot has happened which may have been the reason we have not had the time to write one up.
An offer to do a 7 day tour to north Cyprus at the beginning of December came up that we felt right to join as it included a number of biblical sites. North Cyprus is effectively controlled by Turkey since the 1974 partition that formed the Green Line between the unrecognised 'Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus' from the internationally recognised Republic of Cyprus.
We celebrated Channukah
on 16 December at Sargon and Silvana's home finishing off over a lovely meal after Silvana lit the 5 candles. Purim in March while Ian was in South Africa. He joined our old congregation, Beit Yeshua to celebrated PURIM.
Our big family news is that our daughter living in Ghana was expecting our first granddaughter in March. We decided that Ian would go to South Africa where she was going to give birth for three weeks. Penny came out for the actual birth on the 8 March. She would then stay on to help Bronwyn with our grandson Joshua for six weeks before they returned to Ghana. Ian celebrated Purim
with our old congregation Beit Yeshua who together with Jews for Jesus put on an excellent play written by one of their new missionaries while Penny taught our various home groups on Purim. Our daughter produced a bonny little girl, Emily Nicol who is adored by her big brother Joshua.
On Ian's return to the UK, he lead a number of Passover
Seders. On Erev Pesach
we enjoyed our first Passover meal at Rose's new home in Chorley. The next day we held a very successful Passover in the Northallerton Town Hall with over 50 people in attendance from a number of different denominations as can be seen in the photograph.
Sunday 1st April, the day after the Shabbat
is when 1st Fruits, Bikkurim
started with the counting of the Omer for seven Sabbaths. This meant with Passover falling on a Sabbath that for the first time in many years, fifty days later Shavuot
and Pentecost fell on the same day, a Sunday! Orthodox Judaism takes the first day of Matzot
15 Nissan as the Sabbath so Shavuot always falls on 6 Sivan. If the weekly Sabbath
is used as in Christianity it always falls on a Sunday, Penecost.
Sadly Ian and Philippa were going to lead a Passover at a Catholic Retreat centre down south where we had lead one previously, but due to a tragic death, it was cancelled. We however did have a lovely family Passover meal with a cousin of Philippa's and friends at the end of Feast of Matzot.
In mid May six of us who are studying in Yeshiva Shuvu, a Messianic Judaism school attended the Shuvu 2018 conference in La Louviere outside Brussels for 4 wonderful days. Standing in front of Beth
Yeshua's Ark with the praying figure is the UK contingent with Talmidim from Holland and Italy. The teaching on The Kingdom of Heaven by Rabbi Shapiro, the fellowship and the food was all wonderful. You can see Ian carrying the Torah scroll and joining the men dancing
We are know at the end of May going into June with the US embassy now opened with more embassies moving to Jerusalem. The truth about the Gaza uprising on the border of Israel are coming out that they were anything but peaceful. With Israel taking out most of the Iranian military sites based in Syria after being attacked from Syria and Trump cancelling the Iranian deal, Iran has suddenly gone quiet. We could even be seeing something similar to North Korea happening to Iran. When one faces up to a bully and is not intimidated, then the bully runs for cover. This is what President Trump and Netanyahu have being doing with the bully Iran.
As we enter our summer months here in the UK we are enjoying an unusually pleasant May. Penny and Philippa were enjoying the sunshine with Gemma after doing some gardening.
Shalom in Yeshua Our Messiah
Ian & Penny (Giborah) McDonald
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