The Mural painting session of fall of 2013 was productive and exciting. Though I typically travel twice each
year to work on the mural, I skipped the spring 2013 session so I could be at my husband's side as he
navigated chemotherapy and a lengthy and dangerous 9 hour surgery to remove cancer. As the end of
summer neared, my husband was healing and growing stronger. He felt that he could take care of
himself and told me to go back to Jerusalem to continue painting the mural.
Meanwhile, God was stirring hearts to join the mural team. From Sept to November, eight people came for varying lengths of time to support the work through prayer and practical assistance. The first line of defense was regular times of worship at the cemetery. Scott played guitar for hours on end every day, Bonnie's wooden flute, Majel on the drum, me with vocals and other who joined in both visitors and team members. As we put God first every single day, we found the mural work began to flow. Many people came in to visit, and listen to Meir tell the stories of those buried, and see the progress of the mural.It is so rewarding to see people coming in a being lifted up as they see the pictures of the Bible and hear the inspirational stories of those buried there.
There are many wonderful renovations that have taken place at the Alliance International Cemetery. There are beautiful new gates, new sidewalk, lamp posts as well as a attractive and functional roof over the mural. These improvements have increased the number of visitors, especially those who walk on the well-known street where the cemetery is located. Roger Elbel, the Field Director of the Alliance Church, who oversees the cemetery, did the remodeling.
Scott S., Bonnie V. , Majel U., Gene and Lila A., Julie S., and Kelly B., and Marlys B.,were all part of the mural team this last year. They each contributed their respective talents as well as their fervent, faith-filled prayer. Truly, every person is needed, including those many who contribute financially to the mural.