Lifegate in June 2021

~|elegant-themes~|elegant-themes-icon~|
~|elegant-themes~|elegant-themes-icon~|

1. July 2021

Situa­ti­on

The new Israe­li government, passed by the majo­ri­ty of one vote only in the Knes­set, has not got an easy posi­ti­on and we are wait­ing to see how these repre­sen­ta­ti­ves of various parties will mana­ge to move the coun­try forward, espe­cial­ly since the only stated goal of the oppo­si­ti­on is the remo­val of this government. Even bills that stem from the old oppo­si­ti­on government are now cate­go­ri­cal­ly rejec­ted. It’s not about the cause, it’s just about power. It is precise­ly this high-handed thin­king that has para­ly­zed the coun­try for many years and we hope that the promi­se of the new government: “We came to work” will soon bear visi­ble fruit and peop­le will regain confi­dence in poli­tics. The urgent­ly needed budget, two years over­due, will be the first real touch­stone for the new government. In the past, friendship ended all too quick­ly when the funds were distri­bu­t­ed. May it succeed this time.

The situa­ti­on with the Gaza Strip and the rela­ti­ons­hip between Arab and Jewish peop­le within Isra­el remain tense. It is the radi­cal groups on both sides that keep heating up the mood and rioting enti­re cities and villa­ges. The often extre­me­ly tough Israe­li poli­ce and border poli­ce do not make friends either.

Fortu­n­a­te­ly, there are a lot of peop­le who speak out in public for a respect­ful coexis­tence and work toge­ther and who are given the space that is so important for this in the media.

After only two weeks (after a year) we were able to look into the unmas­ked face again, we are now hearing about the „Indian delta virus”, a high­ly conta­gious versi­on of the Coro­na, accord­ing to the media, which main­ly school child­ren in two small Israe­li towns fell ill with but also spreads from there. New Coro­na measu­res are now being discus­sed and the masks must be worn again insi­de closed rooms. The airport, where many peop­le arri­ve and now also want to fly away during the holi­days, is mentio­ned again and again as one of the places where coro­na muta­ti­ons can be intro­du­ced too easi­ly from abroad. Strict secu­ri­ty measu­res should be put back into force and a binding quaran­ti­ne peri­od for arri­ving travelers could be part of this again. Toge­ther with many peop­le, we also hope that the vacci­na­ti­ons also offer protec­tion against the muta­ti­ons and that we do not face any new large wave of infec­tion in the country.

The summer holi­days in Isra­el, which will soon begin, will probab­ly help ensu­re that no further school child­ren are direct­ly affected.

Support work

An inten­si­ve month of support work without a single person suffe­ring from coro­na at Lifegate is behind us and we are relie­ved and grate­ful. All team members recei­ved both vacci­na­ti­ons. Prepa­ra­ti­ons for the opening of the new clas­ses have begun, the equip­ment for the severely disab­led class has arri­ved and is now being set up in the rooms. New employees in the school and thera­py area visi­ted us in June to get to know the work, team members who are leaving (wedding and depar­tu­re, as well as chan­ge of job) have to be repla­ced and more staff is requi­red for three new support classes.

At the end of a school year, the child­ren are cere­mo­nious­ly bid fare­well in main­stream schools and recei­ve their certi­fi­ca­tes. We don’t have any tradi­tio­nal certi­fi­ca­tes (just month­ly funding reports), but we didn’t want to cancel the festi­ve fare­well to a school year. In this way, the Lifegate child­ren in kinder­gar­ten and special needs school also expe­ri­en­ced their very own perso­nal end-of-school year with “photo­shoots”.

Ange­la Köster, who supports our school work with super­vi­si­on, was able to move into the newly rented apart­ment with her husband Fred, which is right next to our center. Short distan­ces, maybe also to the many Lifegate flowers that have to be wate­red in summer.

Our aids depart­ment worked with students from Beth­le­hem Univer­si­ty to dispen­se and adjust aids at Lifegate. Eleven child­ren were provi­ded with wheel­chairs, buggi­es and other aids, which were special­ly tailo­red in our work­shops to suit each child.

The Beth­le­hem Bible Socie­ty used our courty­ard during the school holi­days of the main­stream schools, which had alrea­dy begun, to offer a cera­mics cour­se for child­ren and young peop­le follo­wed by lunch. Ever­yo­ne invol­ved felt very comfortable.

Our main worries

The 6‑ye­ar-old Rashid from the severely disab­led class and the 5‑ye­ar-old Rinat from the kinder­gar­ten were our special problem child­ren this month. Rashid suffers from recur­ring dange­rous pneu­mo­nia becau­se food keeps getting into his wind­pipe. Only tube feeding could reme­dy this. After relo­ca­ting the probe during an opera­ti­on, the litt­le boy got a gastro­in­tes­ti­nal infec­tion and then menin­gi­tis. An urgent call for pray­er from our nurse reached our team on Sunday evening that Rashid was in very poor condi­ti­on. In an emer­gen­cy opera­ti­on, the pres­su­re on Rashid’s brain was relie­ved and today the relie­ved mother told us the boy was out of danger.

Rinat (below left) suffers from epilep­tic seizu­res and again we had to take her to the Cari­tas baby hospi­tal near us during a seve­re seizu­re, where she could be helped immedia­te­ly. In the new group of severely disab­led child­ren there are several seizu­re pati­ents and we are prepa­ring for these „emer­gen­cy trips”. We thank God that both child­ren are doing well and will be with us again in the next few days.

Jeries is a young man, with a lear­ning delay and with a visu­al impairment, who has held a protec­ti­ve job in the olive wood work­shop for years. His father died in his child­hood years and the young man lives with his mother and a brother who has now retur­ned after study­ing abroad. He has not been doing well for a month, his eyesight has dete­rio­ra­ted and he has lost his self-confi­dence, the young man often cries. We try to get to the causes in talks with him, also with profes­sio­nal support, and hope to conti­nue to encou­ra­ge him and give him confi­dence. Chris­tin, a young woman from the texti­le depart­ment, suffers from seve­re panic attacks. We also assist her every day. We ask for pray­er support!

From the workshops

This year’s deli­very of Lifegate gift products to our point of sale in Germa­ny should leave our wareh­ouse by Septem­ber at the latest. There­fo­re, almost hectic acti­vi­ty is requi­red befo­re the summer holi­days. In the olive wood work­shop in parti­cu­lar, we work very concen­tra­ted to produ­ce and then pack all the hearts, cribs, Christ­mas tree pendants, tea lights, salad servers and bowls on our order lists. The cera­mics work­shop also recei­ved a larger order at the last minu­te. The knit­ting and embro­ide­ry depart­ment as well as the sewing work­shop have alrea­dy stowed their products in the boxes. 

As alrea­dy repor­ted, our ortho­pe­dic mecha­nic Simon Röss­ler retur­ned to Germa­ny after two years at Lifegate and our heart­felt thanks should stay with him for a long time. We had waited two years until this moti­va­ted young man applied and the “Ortho­pe­dic Mecha­nics Work­shop” project, suppor­ted by the GIZ initia­ti­ve, could final­ly start. So it is a mira­cle for us that Jonas Wein­holz, anot­her young specia­list from Germa­ny, agreed in just two months to conti­nue the work that Simon had star­ted as part of the GIZ project. Jonas alrea­dy knows Lifegate from a previous volun­teer assignment.

Further items of equip­ment have arri­ved at the Lifegate bake­ry and are now being instal­led. Due to the coro­na pande­mic, the import of the orde­red devices, which are deli­ve­r­ed from Italy, Turkey and Spain, is delay­ed. Nevertheless, we can now fore­see how the room is taking on more and more shape and we will probab­ly soon expe­ri­ence the smell of fresh­ly baked goods in our work­shop rooms. We are also looking forward to messages from German bakers who support us in this work! Plea­se report!

Go on holidays

In June we were able to welco­me the first guests to the Lifegate Garden guest house after a year and a half of a “compul­so­ry lonely break”. A local group of doctors held a meeting on our premi­ses and a group of GIZ staff stay­ed with us for two days. Some indi­vi­du­als also enjoy­ed the silence in the beau­ti­ful­ly prepa­red buil­ding, which has been reno­va­ted in many parts. The „fire escape stair­ca­se” requi­red by the civil protec­tion autho­ri­ties has been instal­led and all other safe­ty requi­re­ments have also been met. Also a nice pergo­la took place over a seating area in the garden. Now Isra­el has post­po­ned entry for tourists for anot­her month and instead of July, the first foreign visi­tors are to come back to our coun­try in August. For the autumn months from Septem­ber to Novem­ber, bookings have alrea­dy been reques­ted in Lifegate Garden, we are wait­ing with patience.

The team, and probab­ly also our child­ren and their parents, are looking forward to the well-deser­ved vaca­ti­on (July 17th to August 23rd), which did not take place with us last year due to Coro­na. We had deci­ded to work through the enti­re summer to give the child­ren back lost time (due to closings orde­red by the Minis­try of Health).

“Work hard, work hard, but DON’T build a house”

The Lifegate land purcha­se campai­gn on the only remai­ning free neigh­bo­ring proper­ty is slow­ly but steadi­ly conti­nuing, and every now and then one squa­re meter is added. We hope we can achie­ve this ambi­tious goal (1,300 sq m), but we real­ly need some more mira­cles. It is important that we do not want to build on this land, but that a special amuse­ment park for our severely disab­led child­ren should find its place there. The senses of our child­ren should be addres­sed: smel­ling, feeling, hearing and seeing and thus expe­ri­en­cing natu­re up close despi­te seve­re restric­tions. At the same time, we know what is good for these child­ren and also helps all other peop­le! There is still enough space for a play­ground and beau­ti­ful sitting areas under old olive trees.

The Lifegate center, close­ly deli­mi­ted on three sides, in front the proper­ty (brown earth with olive trees) that we can purchase.

Let your mind wander!

Like us, many peop­le look forward to trave­ling again, or to rela­xing a litt­le at home in the vicini­ty or in their own garden. Leaving the appoint­ment calen­dar in place and relo­ca­ting the mobi­le phone some­whe­re on „quiet”. Maybe to have time again for a conver­sa­ti­on, to be acti­ve and to enjoy a deli­cious meal with friends. Some­ti­mes thoughts come up that you don’t want to allow in ever­y­day stress, but still often have some­thing to do with our exis­tence. God very often speaks to us humans in silence and he carri­es us and gives to us in ever­y­day life and also on vaca­ti­on. He wrote us a long “love letter” (the Bible) that we can read in peace. Ther­ein lies the power to turn a life „upsi­de down”. May our “holi­day anten­nas” be geared towards “heaven­ly recep­ti­on” and our souls dang­le and come to (His) rest.

We wish you a happy and bles­sed summer time, 

Since­rely yours, Burg­hard Schun­kert and the Lifegate team

The Jordan flows slow­ly on the way to the Lake of Galilee

Weitere Beiträge

Lifegate in May 2021

Lifegate in May 2021

Unfortunately, we cannot speak of a blissful month of May this time, more of a month in which we were all really shaken; a month that brought Jerusalem, Israel, the Gaza Strip and the Palestinian...

read more
Fund­rai­ser: (Holy) Land for Lifegate!

Fund­rai­ser: (Holy) Land for Lifegate!

We heartily invite you: Buy a square meter from the "Holy Land" for 530 euros and give this square meter as a present to a disabled child! Adjacent to the property, on which our Lifegate building in...

read more
Welco­me to lifegate​-reha​.org!

Welco­me to lifegate​-reha​.org!

Finally, the time has come... ...the new homepage is here! We are very happy about the new virtual home for Lifegate Beit Jala, Lifegate Gardens and Tor zum Leben e.V.! At lifegate-reha.org you will...

read more