Couple Celebrates 60th Wedding Anniversary at Tamar

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Kermit and Jean

Kermit and Jean Hainley had lunch with me recently and said they wanted to return to Israel again to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary while they are there. They had been in Israel for their 40th and 50th anniversaries.


Now they want to make one last tour to Israel and stay for a while as volunteers at Tamar, where we began our archaeology work together in 1984. The Hainleys were in that first vanguard of people, with Pastor James Bugg and his wife, Marilyn, trekking their way to Tamar. What we all can’t seem to forget is that our bus had a flat tire on the way to Tamar. All fifty of us sat outside in the desert while the tedious task of changing a bus tire was completed. Once again, they will be with James Bugg on this November 2016 tour.

DeWayne, Yigal, and Kermit at biblical tamar park

DeWayne, Yigal, and Kermit

During the last thirty years, they have returned to Israel several times, always as great friends of Israel working both at Biblical Tamar Park and in Jewish projects. Their real jobs at home were just as beneficial to people. They founded and directed Eagle Village, a home for boys assigned by the State, who need special attention. Their family still serves at this remarkable Village.

Only God knows if Kermit and Jean will celebrate their 70th anniversary in Israel. Something to look forward to.

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