Please help take my mum to Jerusalem

Anna Nech Start Date: Feb 1, 2017 - End Date: Apr 14, 2017
  • Jerusalem, Israel

My Travel Story

by: Anna Nech Start Date: Feb 1, 2017 - End Date: Apr 14, 2017
'You help me grow up and I'll help you grow old'. 
I read this phrase recently and it really struck a chord in me. I wanted to share it with you as I think it is a solemn reminder that we should be grateful to our parents and to look after them, the way they do us.
Hi, my name is Anna and I live in Australia. I've been blessed with a wonderful husband of 10 years and most recently the birth our first born child Joachim who is now 16 months. Since becoming a mum, its made me realise how much our mums do and sacrifice for us. I grew up in a large family of six children (includnig myself) - mum gave up her job to bring us all up as she believed that nobody can bring up your children like you can. Dad had a very stressful job so mum did everything. from mowing the lawn, cleaning the house and yard, washing, preparing meals, changing light bulbs, grocery shopping, taking us to school as well as volunteering at school - you name it, she did it. And yet she would never complain and always thanked God for helping her.
The one thing that saddens me is that mum has never left Australia. She arrived here in the 60's as a teenager and has never left since. Over the years she had so many opportunities to travel abroad with dad - but felt obligated to stay and look after her children. She would always say "when you get older I'll go". Sadly, as we got older and reached our adolescent years, mums health started to deteriorate and she was constantly ill. Thank be to God, after many illnesses and numerous operations, she is now much better and although I don't think she'll ever be 100% she is definately better than she has been for a long time. 
The reason I am writing this, is to ask for your help to take mum to see Jerusalem - the Holy City.
Mum is very religious and always has been. One of my earliest memories is waking up in the middle of the night and mum would be kneeling by my bed praying. It happened so often that I started to lovingly call her Mother Theresa. She reminded me of her so much through her immense love, kindness, understanding and compassion for everyone. I have never heard her say that she hates/dislikes anyone - she only says may God be with them.
I always think if everybody was like mum - the world would be the most beautiful, peaceful and happiest place.
I know mum has always wanted to see the Holy Land, and I'm sure she'll probably cry the whole time.
As I am still on maternity leave and not working - I know my husband although he puts on a brave face is finding it tough at times to keep up with repayments and although he said he'll find some money - I would prefer not to put this pressure on him.
If you could please help with any level of donation to make this trip possible. I can't promise to give it back anytime soon. But as God as my witness I will put a candle up for you in the Holy City and I will pray for you in my morning prayers every single day for the rest of my life. This I promise.
Thank you for reading my request.
God bless you and your loved ones.
With thanks and warmest regards,
  • Jerusalem, Israel