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Creating legacies and boosting Israel's economy
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In this scripture Jesus tells us that even the smallest faith-like action can be used mightily of God.

“I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”—Matthew 17:20-21

Bearing fruit for God’s Kingdom is all about leaving a legacy. How can we sow our Savior’s love into the hearts and souls of others for God’s Kingdom?

At My Olive Tree we are honored to be a part of a project right now that is doing this very action. We have gathered 227 names of victims of the Holocaust and are making a choice to remember and honor them. These very lives that were thrown aside years ago are so precious in God’s sight. They are precious in ours, as well.

April 24, 2017 is Holocaust Memorial Day. It is our goal to set off this project by having each of the 227 lives remembered and an olive tree planted in the breathtaking area of the King’s Valley in Jerusalem. Your faith can bear much fruit for this legacy, as well as a survivor living today. These precious lives of yesterday longed to leave a legacy in their homeland and could not. You can do this for them!

When you sponsor a tree you also are giving a beautiful gift to a survivor today. A warm winter blanket is given to a Holocaust survivor with your sponsorship. When they pick up the blanket on a cold winter day, they will remember the love and honor that was shown to them and their family from you and your family.

A gift of $177 will plant an olive tree to honor a victim’s memory, provide warmth to a survivor today, and you personally will receive a gift. You will receive a Star of David pendant and a certificate with the name of the Holocaust victim you sponsored.

When we allow our faith to be open to God’s Spirit and used for His purpose, we know that we will see Him at work. Partner with us today to honor these lives and see God’s mighty hand restore the nation of Israel. to sponsor a memory and leave a legacy.

This practical way to bring forth fruit for God’s Kingdom can show others Christ’s love. This is also a chance to tell others of this amazing opportunity to spread love across the globe. Share with others how God has blessed you and used you to bless others.

Plant a small seed and see a mighty tree grown in the Holy Land. [CLICK HERE] to learn more about this legendary project. Thank you for remembering.

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The Holocaust was possibly the most horrific event in recent history. Six million plus Jewish people were gassed, tortured and humiliated in ways we cannot even begin to understand. At My Olive Tree we have a heart for the Jewish people. We exist to bring hope, restoration and renewal to the Jewish people and their land, and to give glory to God through the entire process.

The Bible has many references of how and why we should remember events in history. We remember so we do not forget. We remember to bring honor to those lost and to their families. We remember in love, because God remembers and loves us.

“Remember those in prison, as if you were there yourself. Remember also those being mistreated, as if you felt their pain in your own bodies.”—Hebrews 13:3

We plant to remember the past when people like Zigmond Alder, Judith Schwed and Jacob Unger did not have a voice, or a Jewish homeland. We plant for the future of the Jewish nation.

At My Olive Tree we remember Zigmond Alder, a seven-year-old boy born in 1936 in Belgium. He was gassed in Auschwitz. We remember Jacob Unger, who was born in 1871 in Poland. He was gassed at Sobibor at 72-years-old. These Jewish people had families, friends and histories.

As part of The King’s Valley Project in Jerusalem, My Olive Tree has a heart to plant 227 trees in remembrance of 227 Jewish people who were brutally killed. Our heart is to remember these precious lives that were created by God.

If we do not remember true history, a false narrative will be remembered.

Let us not forget friends, that as Believers, we owe our roots to the Jewish faith. God is clear in His Word that He has a place for both His chosen people and those adopted into His family. While we may share a different linage, we all have hope in the One True God.

Yom HaShoah is ‘Holocaust Remembrance Day.’ This occasion is to commemorate the lives and heroism of the six million plus Jewish people who died in the Holocaust between 1933 and 1945. Yom HaShoah is on the 27th day of Nisan, and this year falls on April 24th. We need your help. We want to commemorate the list of 227 names of people to start this special program. Our goal is to plant one tree for each name in the honored King’s Valley in Jerusalem.

Your gift of $177 plants a tree in the name of these victims—leaving a legacy that will not be forgotten. This gift not only leaves a legacy in history, but provides comfort and warmth to a survivor, now! When you give, a blanket will be given to a survivor of the Holocaust. This shows them love, compassion and honor; and that they will not be forgotten.

We ask you to prayerfully consider remembering these beloved lives today.

Bless the #Jewish people and their land and be blessed!

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The Holocaust was possibly the most horrific event in recent history. Six million plus Jewish people were gassed, tortured and humiliated in ways we cannot even begin to understand. At My Olive Tree we have a heart for the Jewish people. We exist to bring hope, restoration and renewal to the Jewish people and their land, and to give glory to God through the entire process.

The Bible has many references of how and why we should remember events in history. We remember so we do not forget. We remember to bring honor to those lost and to their families. We remember in love, because God remembers and loves us.

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Zigmond Alder was born in 1936 in Belgium. He was gassed in Auschwitz at 7 years old.

Judith Schwed was born in 1932 in Hungary. She was gassed in Auschwitz at 12 years old.

Jacob Unger was born in 1871 in Poland. He was gassed at Sobibor at 72 years old.

These are just three names from a list of millions of victims of the Holocaust.

They were considered inferior. They were a problem that had to be solved.

Slowly stripped of their rights, citizenship and belongings, their segregation and forced assimilation were only the first steps toward creating a greater Germany free from Jews. In the end, annihilation was deemed the only final solution.

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As adult blog writers who happen to love everything olive, we started thinking about the importance of healthy eating for the whole family, specifically children.

As you may have already discovered yourself, children are often difficult to please when it comes to meal prep. If you are anything like us you may have spent hours creating a healthy dish, only to find that your child refuses to eat it…

However, it never fails to amaze us how easy it is to talk kiddos into those bite-sized fruits that we so love, olives. Still, we know you’d like to include more veggies into the diets of these special people in your lives, and so we started trying to find recipes that accommodated that need.

Here are our top three favorite finds…

Olive Skewers:

Cut a carrot, or a celery stick into thin skewers. Cut cheese sticks in to bite size pieces. Poke a hole in the cheese and in a handful of olives. Take turns placing cheese, and olives on the skewer of your choice.

Southwestern Baked Potato with Olive Topping:

Choose your favorite southwest ingredients. We recommend ground turkey or beef, black beans, sliced black olives, shredded cheese, and salsa.

Add or take away ingredients at will. Set up your potato bar and have a great meal for the entire family!

Last but not least try this incredible, kid friendly recipe…

Mini Greek Pizza Muffins[i]


2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

⅔ cup finely chopped onion

⅔ cup finely chopped red bell pepper

⅓ cup whole-wheat pastry flour

⅓ cup all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1½ teaspoons chopped fresh oregano, or ½ teaspoon dried

1 teaspoon sugar

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

¼ teaspoon salt

⅓ cup low-fat milk

⅓ cup crumbled feta cheese

1 large egg, well beaten

2 tablespoons tomato paste

2 tablespoons chopped kalamata olives


Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and bell pepper; cook, stirring often, until the onion is tender, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a mini-muffin pan with cooking spray. Whisk whole-wheat pastry flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, oregano, sugar, garlic powder and salt in a medium bowl. Stir milk, feta, egg, tomato paste and olives into the onion mixture. Make a well in the dry ingredients; add the wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Fill the prepared muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake the muffins until lightly browned, 13 to 15 minutes. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature. Make Ahead Tip: Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days. Serve at room temperature or reheat at 350°F. Equipment: Mini-muffin pan with 24 (2-tablespoon) muffin cups. Storage smarts: To extend the life of your baked goods, store them in an airtight container in a single layer or between layers of parchment paper to prevent sticking.

We hope you’ve enjoyed these recipes. We know as well as anyone just how difficult meal planning can be night after night. We hope that your sweet babies have huge smiles on their faces with these new ideas, and that maybe (just maybe) these will become household favorites.

We’d love to hear how you make these goodies your very own. And if you’re looking for a great olive oil to compliment other foodie delights, check out our My Olive Tree, Extra Virgin Olive Oil HERE.

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Mothers of little ones have their hands full; full of kids, diapers, goldfish and sippy cups. There doesn’t seem to be room for much more. But God has called Believers to serve… so how is a mom to do this exactly? Good news, God wants to be by your side as you serve, never doing it in your own strength, but in His (see Philippians 4:13). God doesn’t always wrap up a mother’s ministry in a nice bow that she has pictured in her head; instead He challenges us to step out in faith, often in ways that make us a little squeamish.

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At My Olive Tree there are many opportunities to join with us to promote peace in a very troubled area of the globe. Much of Israel’s land is covered in deserts, and yet My Olive Tree has intentionally planted trees and vineyards there. Why? In order to facilitate God’s vision for the Holy Land. God has promises to restore the nation of Israel.

At My Olive Tree your generous heart-filled sponsorship goes towards many humanitarian, environmental and economical peace efforts.

My Olive Tree creates jobs for Israeli immigrants returning to their land. This is accomplished by planting trees and grapevines in the Holy Land. Trees and vines are prepared for planting, are watered, and then moved to location and cared for after planting. The jobs created during and after the planting improve Israel’s economy through plentiful and continual harvests. Not only are there economical impacts, but environmental, as well. The Negev Desert is being transformed to a place of abundance through the crops and healthy fertilization of the soil.

Another way your sponsorship promotes peace throughout Israel is through creating revenue for several humanitarian aid projects. Some of the projects include feeding and caring for underprivileged children. Your efforts also further peace and give hope to soldiers working along Israel’s dangerous and difficult borders.

God promised to take what was ruined and to repair and rebuild it: “I will raise up its ruins, and rebuild it as in the days of old” (Amos 9:11).

Sometimes God works in completely new ways, letting the old die and doing a work of new creation. Other times God works to raise up ruins, and rebuild. Both are wonderful works of the Lord! And this is how the Lord is using My Olive Tree! The prophet Amos, through God’s inspiration makes a proclamation of peace and high hope, looking forward to a day of great prosperity and abundance in Israel.

When God releases blessing and restoration, the fruit comes from unexpected places.

Normally, grapevines do not grow well on mountaintops, high hills, or in deserts, but in the days of #Israel’s restoration, #Amos 9:13 states, “…the mountains shall drip with sweet wine and all the hills shall flow with it.”

We invite you to be a part of this divine partnership of peace. We encourage you to go to #God in prayer and ask where and how He wants you to serve. Partnering with the #Lord and My Olive Tree will bring peace and restoration to a broken and barren #place. God promises to bless those who bless Israel. We are privileged and honored to be used by a Mighty God, and to be a Mighty Servant to His people.

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We love the nation of Israel and it because of this that we took a few moments to find out what other people who love her have shared. We were fascinated by the incredible words of these famous authors, and world leaders. Take a look…

“I marvel at the resilience of the Jewish people. Their best characteristic is their desire to remember. No other people has such an obsession with memory.” –Elie Wiesel

“The view of Jerusalem is the history of the world; it is more, it is the history of earth and of heaven.” –Benjamin Disraeli

“I will insist the Hebrews have [contributed] more to civilize men than any other nation. If I was an atheist and believed in blind eternal fate, I should still believe that fate had ordained the Jews to be the most essential instrument for civilizing the nations… They are the most glorious nation that ever inhabited this Earth. The Romans and their empire were but a bubble in comparison to the Jews.” –John Adams

“There’s no one in Israel who appreciates more than me the importance of American support for Israel.” –Benjamin Netanyahu

“Some people like the Jews, and some do not. But no thoughtful man can deny the fact that they are, beyond any question, the most formidable and most remarkable race which has appeared in the world. –Winston S. Churchill

“In Israel, a land lacking in natural resources, we learned to appreciate our greatest national advantage: our minds. Through creativity and innovation, we transformed barren deserts into flourishing fields and pioneered new frontiers in science and technology.” –Shimon Peres

“In Israel, in order to be a realist, you must believe in miracles.”—David Ben Gurion

Israel was not created in order to disappear- Israel will endure and flourish. It is the child of hope and the home of the brave. It can neither be broken by adversity nor demoralized by success. It carries the shield of democracy and it honors the sword of freedom. –John F. Kennedy

“What is the Jew?…What kind of unique creature is this whom all the rulers of all the nations of the world have disgraced and crushed and expelled and destroyed; persecuted, burned and drowned, and who, despite their anger and their fury, continues to live and to flourish. What is this Jew whom they have never succeeded in enticing with all the enticements in the world, whose oppressors and persecutors only suggested that he deny (and disown) his religion and cast aside the faithfulness of his ancestors?! The Jew – is the symbol of eternity. … He is the one who for so long had guarded the prophetic message and transmitted it to all mankind. A people such as this can never disappear. The Jew is eternal. He is the embodiment of eternity.” –Leo Tolstoy

“If statistics are right, the Jews constitute but one percent of the human race. It suggests a nebulous dim puff of stardust lost in the blaze of the Milky way. properly, the Jew ought hardly to be heard of, but he is heard of, has always been heard of. He is as prominent on the planet as any other people, and his commercial importance is extravagantly out of proportion to the smallness of his bulk. His contributions to the world’s list of great names in literature, science, art, music, finance, medicine, and abstruse learning are also away out of proportion to the weakness of his numbers. He has made a marvelous fight in this world, in all the ages; and had done it with his hands tied behind him. He could be vain of himself, and be excused for it. The Egyptian, the Babylonian, and the Persian rose, filled the planet with sound and splendor, then faded to dream-stuff and passed away; the Greek and the Roman followed; and made a vast noise, and they are gone; other people have sprung up and held their torch high for a time, but it burned out, and they sit in twilight now, or have vanished. The Jew saw them all, beat them all, and is now what he always was, exhibiting no decadence, no infirmities of age, no weakening of his parts, no slowing of his energies, no dulling of his alert and aggressive mind. All things are mortal but the Jew; all other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality?” –Mark Twain

“If you hate the Jewish people, you are not reflecting the teachings of Christ”. Ted Cruz

“The Jewish people asked nothing of its sons except not to be denied. The world is grateful to every great man when he brings it something; only the paternal home thanks the son who brings nothing but himself.” –Theodor Herzl

“We do not rejoice in victories. We rejoice when a new kind of cotton is grown and when strawberries bloom in Israel.” –Golda Meir

“Our forces saved the remnants of the Jewish people of Europe for a new life and a new hope in the reborn land of Israel. Along with all men of good will, I salute the young state and wish it well.” –Dwight D. Eisenhower

“The Jews are a peculiar people: Things permitted to other nations are forbidden to the Jews. Other nations drive out thousands, even millions of people, and there is no refugee problem. Russia did it. Poland and Czechoslovakia did it.Turkey threw out a million Greeks and Algeria a million Frenchmen. Indonesia threw out heaven knows how many Chinese–and no one says a word about refugees. But in the case of Israel, the displaced Arabs have become eternal refugees. Everyone insists that Israel must take back every single Arab. Arnold Toynbee calls the displacement of the Arabs an atrocity greater than any committed by the Nazis. Other nations when victorious on the battlefield dictate peace terms. But when #Israel is victorious it must sue for peace. Everyone expects the Jews to be the only real #Christians in this world.” –Eric Hoffer

“Energy is the basis of everything. Every #Jew, no matter how insignificant, is engaged in some decisive and immediate pursuit of a goal… It is the most perpetual people of the earth…” –Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Isn’t it amazing just how impactful the #Jewish people and their tiny nation has impacted people and nations all over the world. What an awesome discovery that just furthers our resolve to show our love and support to her now and in future years to come! Won’t you join us in this endeavor?

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#Oliveoil is one of the seven species and was used in various capacities in ancient #Israel. Some of the more traditional uses for this oil included: cooking, beauty products, and special ceremonial dedication, as well as service in the #Holy Temple.

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Tu B’Shevat is an annual Jewish celebration dedicated specifically to the planting of trees. Every year on the 15th day of the Jewish month, Shevat, the Jewish people gather to give thanks for the bountiful harvests from the previous year.

Fruit is the traditional food of choice for this special day—typically grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives, and dates are eaten on this day, which are mentioned in the Torah as the Seven Species of Israel.

Communities that commemorate this special day will often plant trees as a sign of abundance in the new year.

Historically this custom dates clear back to Second Temple period when Tu B’Shevat was used as the cut-off day for levying the tithe on the produce of fruit trees.

The practice was resumed in the 1930’s as Jews flocked to the land of Israel as an escape from Nazi Germany. Although they would leave war-torn Europe, the barren wasteland that they inherited would be in desperate need of vegetation when they arrived.

During that time, and still to this day, planting trees and revitalizing the land is of the utmost importance to the Jewish people. In fact, it has become customary to plant a tree for every newborn child—a cypress or pine is often planted for a girl, and cedar is planted for a boy.

At My Olive Tree it is our passion to restore the land to its original abundance. We desire to see the Seven Species, spoken about in the Bible returned to the land of Israel. That is why, on this special day of ecological observance we invite you to join us on a very special project, revitalizing the King’s Valley in Jerusalem.

The King’s Valley, which is part of the larger Kidron Valley and is located east of King David’s palace, is believed to have once been an expansive garden for the ancient king’s of Israel. But perhaps more importantly is the fact that this area is located in the valley just below the Mount of Olives—the very Mountain mentioned in the Bible where the #Messiah is expected to return.

Through a unique partnership with the City of Jerusalem, My Olive Tree has been invited to restore the very garden where our returning Messiah will one day walk again. Not only have we been invited to plant trees in the King’s Valley, but this year the City of #Jerusalem has made a very special request…

We have been invited to restore the Seven Species of Israel to this incredible location! That’s right: wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olive oil, and honey are all being replanted through the generous donations of supporters like you!

“For the #Lord your #God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, that flow out of valleys and hills; a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of #oliveoil and honey.”— #Deuteronomy 8:7-8

What an incredible opportunity to bless the nation of #Israel!
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