Overcoming Struggles in Getting to Nazareth

The trip was full of unplanned problems in getting to Nazareth. That is life though, isn't it? I'm glad to be getting settled in somewhat and finally getting some rest.


David P Smith

5/26/2021 2 min read

Nazareth Hospital

July 6, 2018

I have gotten settled in here in Nazareth after many troubles getting here. All of the problems not overcome yet will be! After finally getting some decent sleep when I got into room here with no A/C (a Southern boy just ain’t used to this) around 04:30 AM here (we are 8 hours ahead of MS time), I slept from about 05:30 AM to 13:30. Around 14:00, I went to the chapel here on the hospital campus (see video below; they have renovated it since our last visit and it looks much nicer) and met with Dr. Suzy Srouji, one of the physicians here, and Frank Kantor, the spiritual director of Nazareth Trust which runs the hospital here. We went to the office then and had a lunch together (my first good meal since leaving MS).
It is truly wonderful to hear stories of how God is working mightily in the lives of the people here and I am enjoying that.
I heard from Frank stories of those Muslim faith having dreams which have led them to Christ. Just as I have read about, the Lord is coming to people through their dreams when they can’t understand any other way and showing them the way if they seek it. One of the stories I was told is about a couple who knocked on the door of the chapel here and came in with a story of a dream in which the lady stated someone in white told her some words that she told someone in the chapel. They showed her that it was almost exactly “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” of Matthew 11:29.
Dr. Suzy and I visited a good bit and I met many of the hospital leadership this afternoon. They will get me a hospital badge this weekend, give me some time to rest, and then I will get to work on Monday AM in the hospital seeing patients in the medical clinic along with whatever else I can do here. On Saturday, I plan on trying to visit Mount Tabor in the area here along with checking out Nazareth more; on this Sunday and next, I plan on going to two different local churches and getting to know some of the people in the area that way also.
I will keep a daily update on here so my prayer partners back home can keep updated and aware of the happenings here. It is 18:25 here so you will see these in the AM times there. There will be many pictures forth-coming in the days ahead.