Matthew 5:37

Paul Calvert share's his story of how he ended up living in Israel.

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One year I sat at the top of the church entrance at St Paul's Church in Jerusalem and prayed, "God where do you want me to be?" And God spoke back.

I must make it very clear that I am not the type of person that says, "God said this, God said that, God said get up and eat cornflakes." But deep in my heart God spoke, He said, "Come build the walls of Jerusalem."

Was it really God? Was I making it up?

It was a deep feeling in my heart that God had said, "Come build the walls of Jerusalem."

A week or so later my friend and I decided to go and visit a museum. I thought we should go to a museum that both of us hadn't been to, so we decided to go to the King David Museum inside Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem.

As we walked through the museum there was a sign on the wall and it said, "Come build the walls of Jerusalem." God was calling me for sure.

I left my job and after a struggle with illness I came to Israel in 2002.

It was probably one of the worst times to come, as it was the second intifada or uprising by the Palestinians. But even though there were bus bombings, a café bombing and a hotel bombing on Passover, God had called me to Israel.

I have been here 17 years and it has been amazing. I have met some wonderful Palestinians and wonderful Israelis and they have enriched my life greatly. All because God gave me a word.

Pray and allow God to drop a word, dream, or vision into your heart. That dream will lead you and enrich your life and you will do amazing things with it. CR

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