Visiting the Holy Land has inspired so many - inspired them to give, inspired them to create. In the case of Christian poet Heather Thorpe, a trip to Israel did both. The Journal Pioneer's Destree Anstey brings us Ms. Thorpe's story, which not only inspired her to write a book of poetry, but to help God's people through her efforts:
After an inspiring trip to the Holy Land, Thorpe, from Summerside, felt called to write poetry.
Proceeds from book sales will be donated to the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (I.F.C.J.) to help Jewish immigrants return to their biblical homeland...
Thorpe said she was able to reflect in the Mount of Olives, view the Sea of Galilee, and cry at the Garden of Gethsemane – the place where Jesus prayed and his disciples slept the night before his crucifixion.
“Like Rabbi Eckstein, I too felt God’s presence when I first visited the Holy Land in 2001,” explained Thorpe. “It was in the Garden of Gethsemane at the foot of the Mount of Olives that the desires of my heart began to unfold through my love and passion for Israel.”
Days after retuning home, she heard her call for Israel.
“Shortly after returning from Jerusalem, I began to be awakened through the night with a stirring in my heart to write spiritual poems. The name of my poetry book came from my heart’s desire for Israel and the overwhelming sense of God’s unquestionable love for mankind and the Jewish people.”
Thorpe feels obligated as a representative of the I.F.C.J. to remind fellow Christians and others of Israel...