It’s felt like a long while coming, but today I saw a post on Facebook from the Diocese of Leicester that advised that the well at Nablus has now been reopened and refurbished thanks in part to all the kind people who sponsored me on this challenge.
I have shared the post on my facebook page www.facebook.com/ann.bell.1023 but in case you can’t read it there, this is the text as it appears on FB.
“In 2013 Bishop Tim led a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, and the group of pilgrims were very fortunate to be able to cross over the border into the West Bank and visit the Anglican Church in Nablus.
The local priest, Father Ibrahim, and his “flock” made us very welcome and the Bishop was keen that we help in whatever way we could. Fr Ibrahim explained that there was a real need for fresh water for the congregation and community and that they needed a hefty sum to re-open a very old well and make it fit for use as a source of fresh water.
So Bishop Tim’s Lent Appeal last year was to raise the money needed. The old well, by tradition, had miraculous healing powers and the locals used to flock to the well to drink and be blessed.
The well has now been re-opened and a miracle has indeed happened, as the workmen found not one, but two wells… a real blessing!
So the money raised across the diocese helped the well project to be achieved, and the excess was sent on to another place the Bishop’s pilgrims visited, the Bethlehem Rehabilitation Centre, an excellent hospital specialising in care for children.”
I know my challenge Walking for Nablus is over, but today I walked for Nablus again but this time with a group from Witherley.
We set out from Witherley Parish Rooms at 10am and walked local footpaths from Witherley towards Ratcliffe Culey back around to Atterton village where we stopped for coffee and cake at one of the farm houses there. A very welcome stop it was too and in my case included a change of footwear from wellington boots to walking shoes.
Then it was a walk along Atterton Lane back to the Parish Rooms for a lunch of home made soup, bread, cake and fresh fruit, plus plenty of tea and coffee. Despite a wet and windy weather forecast it was a dry and mostly warm walk even though there were times when the wind whipped across the fields and it did rain for a short time when we were having lunch. All in all it was a great day out and raised close to £200 for the Bishop’s Lent Appeal for Nablus.
Thank you to everyone in Witherley for making me so welcome every single time I’m there.
P.S. We walked over 12,000 steps. Well done everyone.
Today’s main picture is of today’s walking group before we set off, but the picture below was taken in Israel on Temple Mount and shows the whole group including our guides Andre and Olga.
If you can manage to spot me in this picture you’re doing well, it took me ages to find me! Without trying I’m hiding well.
So Lent is over and with it my Walking for Nablus challenge.
Since the beginning of Lent I have walked 351,693 steps which equates to 166.5 miles and averages out at 7483 steps per day. There were only 4 days when I failed to reach 5,000 steps. 8 days when I passed 10,000 steps and 17 days when I reached 7,500 (that’s assuming I’ve counted up correctly). Continue reading Tuesday 22nd April
This morning my hubby encouraged me to walk with him on a route of his choice. By the time we came back we’d walked 4 and 1/2 miles and it equated to 8,700 steps.
As we were returning through Bramcote Hills Park we spoke with a fireman who had attended an incident that involved 2 ambulances, a fire engine, 2 specialist rescue support vehicles and an ambulance support vehicle. Continue reading Saturday 19th April
Today is Good Friday which means there are only two more days in my self imposed challenge. I can’t decide if I’m happy or sad about that but I’m certainly proud of how generous and encouraging my supporters have been. It’s very humbling.
Last night I drove down to Witherley Parish Hall and shared Passover Supper with families from the Fenn Lanes Group of Churches including my sister and some of the other pilgrims who travelled to Israel last year all in aid of the Bishop of Leicester’s Lent Appeal for Nabulus. Continue reading Friday 18th April – Good Friday
A quick post before I head into work after the best part of a week off, when I didn’t manage as much walking as I had planned. Sadly a sore throat and cold robbed me of energy and enthusiasm, but a day of retail therapy for my sister’s birthday and then lots of encouragement from my family meant I did manage 10,000 steps on two days. Apologies to my boys for how much I complained on one of those days. 🙂 Continue reading Monday 14th April
Despite the sunshine and better weather and having two extra days off from work this week, I have to admit I’m finding it really tough motivating myself to get out and walk. Continue reading Wednesday 9th April
April the first. That means I’m more than half way through my challenge and so far I have put £16.00 in my pot and for my supporters donating when I reach 7,500 or 10,000 your bill is much less… Continue reading Monday 1st April
Grrrr…Half way through this afternoon I found I wasn’t wearing my pedometer. Once I got past the panic that I’d actually lost it – following some frantic texts to my husband to look for it at home – I was left just feeling irritated that I’d even walked before work today and hadn’t got those steps counted. So I’m being up front here and saying I will be adding a guesstimate of 2,200 steps to whatever total I manage during this evenings walk. Continue reading Wednesday 26th March
When I started this challenge my sister reminded me that Lent is actually longer than 40 days. Apparently this is because Sunday’s are already classed as a festival day. Continue reading Monday 24th March