I stayed with a friend in Karmiel whilst on my journey around northern Israel, it is a little tricky to get there as bus times are a bit hit and miss, requiring a journey at Tel Aviv, Haifa, Akko or Tiberias. The railway network doesn’t cover the greater Galilee area.
Before heading to Dave’s flat, I saw a fox outside. He looked a bit different than a common British garden and dustbin explorer. This one was grey rather than brown and red. Sadly you can really only see his eyes glowing here. Hes not scary though.
The beautiful, mostly ex-Russian community of Karmiel is very clean and tidy with well kept gardens and trees by every street junction.
Waking up in the morning I was greeted by bird song.
Only a few months ago there was a devastating fire that affected this place resulting in deaths of prison workers scrambling to get people out of the jails.
As this a short distance from Mount Carmel (two different places with similar sounding names) close the where the prophet Elijah went to.
This church is on the outskirts of an Arab village on top of this mountain overlooking Israel’s third largest city Haifa.
Where actually this one isn’t the closest to Karmiel where was staying, it is one hours drive away, it was worth it.
There is some beautiful views at the top of a steep hill which requires negotiating around some zigzag bends to get up there. We would of been late, so thought we would do some photos on the way back down.
The church has the service in three languages, English, Hebrew and Russian, some of the Russian Israelis who don’t speak English or Hebrew had some of radio headsets I have seen at quite a few churches now. There are also a few Arab believers here.
At the end I only got a quick chance to speak to people including the senior pastor David Davis, I was really impressed with this church and mentioned to him about some Jewish believer friends who had moved from the UK and Germany, he gave me a copy of his book the Road to Carmel to give to them, although I have read it myself, its really encouraging testimony, and on how he got to Israel, and worked with actors and people in the theatre industry and drug users in both the US and Israel.
I highly recommend checking out this congregation for both Israeli believers or visiting foreigners looking for a congregation whilst checking out northern Israel. Its also an example of God working with reconciliation between Jews and Arabs. I regret not being able to get a nice picture of the outside of this church which is how you imagine a congregation could of been back there with large archways all the way around the front, this church was built in the late 1990s.