April 2, 2014

Morning greeting from Jane
Morning greeting from Jane as she introduced the nations

The day began with a greeting and orientation with Jane Hansen-Hoyt, then the group was split up between First Time Participants and Return Participants.

First Timers visited the Palmach Museum, which tells the story of the Israel Defense Forces before, and leading up to the Declaration of the States Israel.

Machon Ayalon above ground
Machon Ayalon munitions factory above ground

Return Participants, including 45 young people ages 18 to 20, visited Machon Ayalon, an underground secret munition factory, which operated prior to the War of Independence manufacturing bullets for the Haganah.

This facility helped produce the bullets to defend against Arab attacks, and helped to prepare the newly forming Israeli army.

Machon Ayalon below ground
Machon Ayalon below ground

The factory was hidden beneath a kibbutz defying the British ban on arming Jews.  Above ground the factory was concealed by a bakery and a laundry facility.  This work was hidden even from the first kibbutz members, and was located near a British military encampment.

The day ended for all in Tel Aviv at Independence Hall where Ben Gurion read Israel’s Declaration of Independence on May 14, 1948.

Independence Hall
Independence Hall

Then the groups traveled north to their hotel in Tiberius, on the Sea of Galilee, where they will spend the next two nights.

3 thoughts on “April 2, 2014”

  1. We had a wonderful day in Tel Aviv followed by a great 1st day in The Galilee. It was especially stirring to pray for Syria and to pray for God’s mercy and protection over all the dear Syrian people who are being killed, starved, and systematically torn apart by the Syrian regime. We were in the Golan Heights, overlooking Syria itself, less than 40 miles from Damascus.

    The day ended with baptism and rededication in the Jordan River. Thank you for your prayers.

  2. I love what you guys are doing and have been doing ! My heart is with you and your team, I will pray and believe that you guys will Not miss anything that God puts before you and your team!
    As I set at home I have the most awesome feeling that I am there with you guys . I can see the places through
    Your eyes and see the beauty .

    Love Wendy Anderson

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