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November 2017 GrayTones Newsletter
A License to Drive

By Ben Gray Driving in Palestine and Israel offers a whole host of unique challenges… drivers make their own lanes, one-way streets are only suggestions, sidewalks are fair game for cars and roads are fair game for pedestrians, horns start

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One Year in Jerusalem: A Time for Everything

By Adrainne Gray On August 10, we celebrated one year since our deployment to Jerusalem/Palestine. What a year! The four of us think back on our ministry and life here and do not regret the day we decided to say

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Missionaries of Color: Loss or Gain?

How I, an African-American, reconcile going abroad when there is work to be done at home. By Adrainne Gray Most people called into missions or humanitarian work will have to sacrifice or leave behind something. Typically those sacrifices are comforts

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Our First Christmas in the Holy Land
Things Are Different Here

By Ben Gray and Everett Gray It is probably one of the most obvious things in the world, but there are lots of things that are very different in Jerusalem than in Atlanta. Now that we’ve hit our one-month anniversary

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The Gate to Tel Aviv

We approach gate 41 to Tel Aviv and the sight of yarmulkes, black flat brimmed hats and shin-length skirts grab my attention before I truly notice the gate number. I smile and quietly tell Ben, “I think this is our gate.” Gate

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I Don’t Belong

By Adrainne Gray After a late night flight from Chicago, we take an Uber from the airport to our empty house in Atlanta. We arrive at our house, a cathedral without its members. The invisible waves of chants and prayers

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I’m a Missionary… But It’s Not What You Think

By Ben Gray As I spread the news that our family was headed to Palestine, what I told people depended on the context in which I knew them. At work I told people that we were moving to Jerusalem to

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The Transition

By Adrainne Gray Transitioning is the time between one country and the next. I am happy to say, after unforeseen delays, our visas have finally been approved by the Israeli Ministry of Interior. We are scheduled to depart August 9.

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