Date Palms Progress Report
Psalm 92 says, “The
righteous shall flourish like the palm tree . . . they shall still bring
forth fruit in old age.” As a veteran member of the “King’s Kids”, I
really like that verse!
A little over a year
ago we began the project of planting date palms at Biblical Tamar Park, a
little south of the Dead Sea in the Arava Desert of Israel. The Medjool date
palms will line the entrance to Tamar from the highway, plus a grove on
either side of the stone gateway. The Medjool produces the best dates for
I wanted to snap my
fingers and see the palm trees all lined up and growing! Lesser types of
palm trees would have been quicker to plant and easier to obtain had we not
promised you we’d plant the best. That was my uneducated promise.
A knowledgeable man.
Boaz Dreyer, working at Tamar recently wrote, “I have done some
substantial work on trying to find Medjool trees for Tamar. In the Galilee
area where they grow a lot of dates, the Medjool variety is still in the
experimental state and they do not have any to sell. In contacting people in
the Arava, I understand that the planting season is at the beginning of
summer. We are right at the end of the season at the moment. I managed to
find a few isolated trees but quite honestly they are not worth buying. It
would be wise to wait until good quality trees can be acquired.”
The ordering of the
trees will be in time for the planting season at the close of the winter
season. I was also made to understand that if the saplings weren’t planted
correctly, and at the right time, they would die! Another hold-up is a sewer
system scheduled to be put in for the neighbors of Tamar and will run right
under our entrance way. We don’t want our trees to be up-rooted, so will
wait and plant that area after the bridge is built and the sewer system is
in. The water is in place and so is the plan. We are looking forward to
planting the groves at the entrance and out by the road this Spring! So the
good news is:
You have done it!
The project is
fulfilled! You have responded well to this appeal of planting date palms at
Tamar! A posting of the donor’s names, along with the names of the honorees
will be in view in the dining area of Tamar. (The most popular place!)
So is that the end of
us at Tamar? No way! We have begun this planting by a River of Promises that
doesn’t run dry. The upright stature and towering height of the date palm,
together with its sword shaped frond is associated with victory and triumph.
This symbolism is right on with a worldwide enlightening project that is
overwhelming with its challenge of being “a light to the nations.”
Please read on!