Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Wonderful Volunteers To Israel

Diann with a young assistant next to a drab wall.

I was taking DD into Tali Geulim school one day - about three weeks ago actually but this post got delayed because of the war - and I noticed a group of people with American accents, walking around with paint pots and building tools. Being a nosy blogger I had to stop and find out what was going on. 

Jack and his crew starting on the pergola

Led by Diann Mullins, who oversees all the travel arrangements and administration, and Jack Bowen, the project manager and ex-professional builder, were a group of volunteers from all over America. They are a part of Ministry To Israel, an Evangelical organisation (though they don't evangelize here) that runs support projects for new immigrants and lone soldiers, new mums and pensioners. Among other things they provide food vouchers and baby items for those in need. And twice a year (November and March) they send up to 15 volunteers to work on a project in Israel.

Things are looking up
Hard at work
The volunteer programme started in 2003. Diann and Jack have both been here many times. They come for about 12 days. Half of that time is spent working on a building or landscaping project and the other half is spent touring the country, sightseeing and visiting places of interest. So far they have decorated shelters in the north, worked in Bnei Brak among the ultra-Orthodox community there, and in schools and hospitals around the country.

And Fabber
In Tali Geulim they painted areas around a formally drab looking basketball court, painted the school guard's hut, and built a fabulous pergola where a whole class can sit outside in the shade in the summer. All with a lively sense of fun and humour. I was amazed that such an organisation exists and, having met them, I am glad they do. It was a joy and an honour to meet such selfless good-hearted people who give their holiday time (and money) to helping us here in Israel.
Thank you!!!

And that beautiful pergola...


  1. Oh how fab is that, gorgeous pergola. So glad things have settled in Israel.

    Mich x

    1. Thanks Mich, things have settled. And the pergola is gorgeous isn't it? I can't wait to see it in the summer when the trees have grown.

  2. The pergola is such a lovely space. A great example of effective teamwork.

    1. Especially when you consider that they are a group of non-professional builders (except for Jack) and they built it in 5 days. I kept thinking of the barn building in the film 'Witness' about the Amish community.

  3. Sounds like a very good project and I love that pergola! They must be very pleased that you shared their story with is. It is good that you did, great to read about it :-)

    xx Jazzy

  4. What a lovely thing to do, and a beautiful pergola.

    1. I know - and they just turned up one day and did it. Amazing!

  5. Gosh some people really do make a difference. How heartwarming, particularly after recent events.