Uruguayan Pastor Fulfills Promise to Plant 1000 trees in Israel.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
One year ago, after planting a tree with KKL-JNF while on a visit to Israel with a group of Latin American pastors, Pastor Jorge Marquez vowed to raise money to plant 1000 more trees in Israel and to return in one year’s time with a group from his congregation. On September 14th he did just that.
Pastor Jorge Marquez is a man of his word. Together with almost two dozen members of his congregation, Pastor Marquez and his wife Marta planted trees at the KKL-JNF planting center in Tzora, where they were greeted by KKL-JNF Latin American Desk Director Ariel Goldgewicht. Goldgewicht explained how to plant the saplings in order to take advantage of the maximum amount of water from the drip irrigation and to preserve moisture around the saplings’ roots, due to the scarcity of rain in the area.
Prior to planting the trees, the group recited the Planters’ Prayer together, and Pastor Marquez added his own special prayer for Goldgewicht and KKL-JNF forester Eran Zabadi.
“Bless these men, who represent people who devoted themselves to planting trees over 100 years ago. Bless this land, bless this country and bless their families,” he said.
“What an honor it is to plant a tree here, in God’s chosen land,” said Sonia Tomeo, a member of the group, as she planted her tree. “To be able to plant a tree here is a privilege. I hope God will allow me to return here. God prophesized that he would make the desert bloom.”
Roni Kaplan, Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs Communications Advisor for Latin America and founder of “Huellas del Cielo”, which brings Evangelical Christian groups to Israel, also greeted the group. “Thank you for everything you have done,” Kaplan said. “May you realize many blessings here, and may you always be in the position of being able to give to others.”
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