So here we are! Beginning an exciting new project with my first blog post. As I reflect on my 7 year journey in the Holy land I realize that a new adventure is about to begin. A struggle of almost epic life and death proportions that began in my life when I came to this land of Israel is now finally starting to shift.
It has been a long journey that has brought me to places that the mind of a simple farm boy born and raised in the middle of nowhere in Canada in a small Indigenous community could have never imagined.
I have been living here in Israel for the past 7 years with no basic human rights. I came here from Canada for the simple pure love of my children who were brought here after my divorce in Canada. During my time here I have struggled for almost 5 years with a harsh and illogical immigration process, I have been dragged through courts and have been trapped in this land with no rights to open a business, drive a car obtain a job or open a bank account or do simple things that most people take for granted. I have given up my life for love of my children.
The past 7 years has shown me a world I would have never even thought existed. I have found myself at many times with no option but to live in simply from the bounty of nature, sometimes having to sustaining myself off from the discarded excess of our culture or from the generosity of others. Miracles became my only assured thing in life, not knowing where I would sleep or where I would get my next meal. My journey here in this land has brought me low. In one sense it has been 7 years of hell in the holy land.
But on the other hand, it is in this low place that I found a something in this world that I would have never imagined could exist. It was in these trying moments, where I had no option but to have faith that life would support me, that life showed me a secret door into our true nature and into a world which is very different than most of us believe we live in. It was in this place that I found a generosity of spirit and a nature of kindness that we all have for one another. It doesn’t matter where we are from or what background we come from. It is in our nature to help others when we can.
Because of my unique situation, I have had the chance to see this land in a way many of the people who live here can not even imagine. I have spent most of my time here traveling in nature and living in harmony with the land. This land has shown me some of its secrets and have shared many tears with her. I have grown to love this land and now I find myself in Jerusalem. In what I can say is one of the most magnificent cities I have ever seen.
During my times here I have also had the gift to be able to meet and work with some amazing people. People who have dedicated their lives to making the world a better place for all of us. I have had the opportunity to meet and work with real life kings and princes, with rabbi’s and biblical people of all sorts. All devoted to one thing. To making the world a better place for all of us.
And now here we are. I am so excited about the first Canada Kindness Center being born here in Jerusalem. The first of many to come! This is the product of my 7 year journey. I have taken the lessons that life has shown me and I have used them to put together this plan. I want everyone to have the opportunity to see and share in the vision of the beautiful world I was shown!
We are literally starting this project with nothing but a dream and a few good people. We have no resources. We only have a bad story with a good ending which is yet to be written. This project is the good ending to a bad story and we are just about to write it. It is my way of making the best of the situation life has given me and to do my best to make the world the best place it can be for my children and for all of those that come after us. I am excited to see where this story goes with you all.
All of the work on the website and the movie productions and video has been donated by the most generous and inspiring people of this land. They have all been inspired by the project or touched by my story. They have all offered what they could to make this project a reality. The Canada Kindness center has been started by the kindness and generosity of all of my friends and family who have supported me in so many ways. You are all amazing and I would not be here right now if it weren’t for you!
We are excited to launch the first Canada Kindness Center here in Jerusalem!
We look forward to sharing the journey with you!