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Let us focus in on threshing and winnowing. Threshing is the process by which grain is broken apart into kernels, chaff, husks etc. Winnowing is the process by which the grain is separated from the other elements.

threshiNg aND WiNNOWiNg iN bibliCal times IN toDAy’S reALIty of fASt fooD reStAurANtS AND SuPerMArketS, We ofteN forGet Where our fooD CoMeS froM AND hoW It MAkeS It oNto our tAbLeS. thIS IS eSPeCIALLy true of SeeMINGLy SIMPLe StAPLeS, SuCh AS breAD. Wheat and barley, sometimes as parched grain or in the form of loaves or cakes, were the cornerstones of the average person’s diet in Biblical times when a lot of time and energy were used to get bread on the table: plowing, seeding, waiting and praying (for the right amount of rain, at the right time!), harvesting, threshing, winnowing, storing, milling, and baking.

In a pinch, we can simply rub the heads of grain between both hands, and blow away the chaff with our breath. This is the method that was being used by Jesus’ disciples when they were hungry and on a journey with Jesus through a field on the Sabbath (Luke 6:1 // Matt. 12:1). The most efficient and large-scale operation requires a threshing floor a large, flat, hard, circular area - a threshing sledge and oxen, mules or donkeys. There are different designs for the sledge but a common design in Biblical Israel was a wood rectangle with stones or flint chips or iron spikes inserted into the bottom to speed up the threshing process. Finally, we take a winnowing fork and throw the threshed wheat mixture into the air: the wind blows away the lighter parts with heavier parts falling to be collected for storage and use.

This process is symbolically used by the prophets of the Bible to illustrate and unpack Spiritual truths and deliver prophetic messages.

Threshing is a violent process— where the grain is beaten, cut, and crushed—and so it is often used in scripture to represent destruction and judgement. We, as God’s people, also experience difficult times, but we have the good hope of knowing that this is a necessary preparatory step— leading to our being gathered into “God’s barn”.

raisiNg the rOOF FOr Nazareth Village

We are very thankful to the LORD for bringing a few groups of volunteers to us just in time to help us with this immense task.

the NAzAreth VILLAGe INVeSteD A Lot of tIMe AND effort to be AS AutheNtIC AS PoSSIbLe – uSING the CorreCt MAterIALS, StyLeS AND teChNIqueS to buILD the roof uSING PreDoMINANtLy eArth AND LIMeStoNe, SuPPorteD by reeDS AND WooD beAMS.

Our staff worked hard, directing and teaching them how to build roofs as they were made two thousand years ago - reeds had to be harvested, dried, and peeled, before they could be used in construction. Old roofs have to be demolished and the debris removed. Some beams were rotten and had to be replaced.

As you can imagine, building a roof out of these materials is a LOT of work, but can you imagine having to replace such a roof?! Well that's what we had to do this summer! Many of our roofs had reached the end of their ten year lives and needed major repair or total replacement.

09 memOrial FOr mary ALMoSt SIx MoNthS After the NAzAreth VILLAGe fAMILy LoSt MAry zIDAN to CANCer We hoNoureD her LIfe WIth A MeMorIAL eVeNt. For seven years Mary was the mainstay of the kitchen and was loved by staff and visitors alike, for her hospitality and genuine loving service. Richard Mayhew, the CEO of Nazareth Trust, opened the time of reflection with a summary of Mary's hard work and loving character. Staff who had worked closely with Mary and knew her well shared memories of their time of service with her – her energy, her humbleness, her warm and friendly smile… Nazareth Village invited friends and family members to the memorial where we also sang a couple of her favorite worship songs. It was a wonderful opportunity to encourage her family and show them that she is remembered with much affection and thankfulness. It was also a good opportunity for our staff to get closure. As we sang "It is well with my soul" a specially-made, engraved olivewood plaque, was hung on the exterior of the kitchen wall – dedicating it as "Mary's Kitchen". Her brother, Amer, who also works at the Village, said: “We, as a family, felt the love and appreciation of the staff toward a fellow co-worker. It was so touching for her son and two daughters to see the kitchen named after her. Thank you Nazareth Village."

The groups which helped were: • Young Life group • Sand Spring group (lead by the Graham family) • Danish group • The Race Ministry group • Eastern Mennonite University student group WWW.Nazarethtrust.Org

Nazareth Trust Winter 2016 Newsletter  
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