Soil Getting Low?

This evening when texting with a friend when she mentioned how glad she was that God allowed her to be useful in the US when she was originally from Trinidad.

My comment in return was how God has a tendency to transplant us from our original location into new soil.

Isn’t that the truth?!  I myself am American but have been following His call to bless Holocaust Survivors in Israel.  I was not happy about the move- in fact I was mad about it!  But God knew the soil here was just right for my kind of planting.

After making the comment I started thinking about the soil.  A friend of mine here who grew up on a kibbutz knows a lot about plants.  One day when he was in our garden I asked him about the one palm tree we have in a very large pot and was not doing well.  His advice was to put more soil around it.  It was then I noticed how low it was compared to what it used to be.  As the soil was watered, and used by the plant, it diminished and was no longer enough to give the plant stability and nutrients.

Aren’t we like that?  If we do not surround ourselves with enough people who love God, and us, and will pray for and encourage us, we are lacking in support and nutrients!

A few months ago I felt I was missing something but did not really know what it was.  But God knew.  He began bringing others around me who encouraged me, held up my arms in this work, prayed for AHI and wisdom, and I found myself surrounded by new people who all had the same goals- praise HaShem and give Him all the Glory!

I realized today I have new soil filled with nutrients around me. I feel more stable and stronger.

God bless all the new Friends, new Prayer Warriors, new Board Members, new Volunteers, new Supporters, new Staff… To God be the Glory!

Blooming where I am planted- in Israel…


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4 Responses to Soil Getting Low?

  1. jennifer zaccagni says:

    This is so good …the soil is everything. Thanks for the blessing. The soil parable has been on my mind as has Abundant Hope and you, Susan. Just had dinner with Bonnie so maybe that stirred me to remembrance. Hopefully you remember me…Jim’s widow. I remarried about 21 months ago…to Philip McLeod, a former lawyer and judge for the Nation Labor Relations Board now retired. He is a blessing and a big man with a big heart. I recently stopped teaching in public an private schools and am resting and praying about the next step. You sound good but I know you have had to persevere in what seemed like raw faith at times. But God, in His unfailing goodness was carrying you along. The angels bare us up lest we dash our foot against a stone! Praying God will continually arise in your life in obvious and supernatural ways. So thankful I can have a small part in your journey and ministry. I pray for the peace of Jerusalem and you!

    • Susan says:


      Thank you for your encouraging words! It is so good to hear of God’s blessing in your life! Your part in this journey was and is not small. Your remembrance is important. Thank you! Susan

  2. Guy Cowburn says:

    Susan, so moved by the interview with Simon Barret of the ‘middle east report’ on the Revelation channel.
    Thankyou’for your servant heart, may the Almighty bless you with workers for the field and the resources to reach all that the Lord is leading you to.
    I’ve had a heart for the people of Israel longer than I care to remember, and had I the anointing would love to be working in that land, but your testimony inspires me to prayer for your work and calling, and in that endeavour I will continue.

    May the Lord bless and keep you,


    • Susan says:

      What a beautiful message! Thank you for your encouragement, Guy. I consider prayer to be our most important and powerful resource. Thank you for being a part of our work in that way. And, of course, you are welcome to come to Beit Shalom and visit the Survivors with us.

      Blessings of HaShem to you,


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