Posted on May 10th, 2017 in News and Events | No Comments »

 

 

The Best Drivers in the World

There is no way to accurately convey the things that we have seen over the past few days succinctly. I will do the level best I can to hit the highlights and ask your imagination to fill in the blanks.

 

I am writing this right now overlooking the Mediterranean from a beach in Tel Aviv.

 

We flew from Cairo to Amman Jordan because Israel and Egypt don’t play nice together. Then from Amman to Tel Aviv. It was late when we got in but we were both starving. So we walked down to a restaurant on the beach and had some sea bass at 11:30 at night.

 

That meant we had lunch on a boat floating on the Nile in Egypt and dinner on the Mediterranean in Israel. But I’m ahead of myself

 

For 3 days we traveled with our guide, Assem, to a variety of sites around Egypt, some very well known and some that were so obscure there were no people there, literally.

 

A quick dialog on the driving in Cairo. In the week that we were there, I saw exactly one stoplight and it wasn’t working. Turn indicators are simply wasted electronics on cars there. When people honk their horn (almost constantly) they are not complaining that they cut you off, they are warning you that they are getting ready to cut you off.

 

Assem is convinced that Egyptians are the best drivers in the world because they have to be constantly alert for anyone from any direction doing something crazy.

 

All I know is very few of the cars were without some kind of damage and and it was much more akin to chaos than control.

 

When we started the pyramid tour it began with the oldest pyramid, the Step Pyramid. It is the first structure, surviving, that man created. 4500 years old, give or take. 2500 years BEFORE Christ. Amazing.

 

We were treated to the inside of several tombs of some minor officials. These walls were filled from floor to ceiling with intricate low relief hieroglyphics. I was astonished at how many there were. Some even still had the paint on them from 4.5 millennia ago.

 

Assem spoke out loud what I was already thinking; if this is what they did for the minor folks, just think what they did for the pharos.

 

Then we were on to the Great Pyramids of Giza including a camel ride there, and the Sphinx.

 

Our guide has a degree in Egyptology and a passion for what we were looking at, in some places it bordered on reverence. We loved it!

 

Knowing we were Christians, he would enthusiastically connect what we were looking at to stories from the Bible for us including Josephs brothers throwing him in the well and selling him into slavery in Egypt as well as the Flight to Egypt by Joseph, Mary and Jesus.

 

By far our favorite place though was when we traveled down (North) to lower Egypt (closer to the Mediterranean) to the land of Goshen.

 

For reasons that are somewhat unclear a couple of things transpired:

 

First of all we were met at our hotel with an armed guard who would ride with us all day. Then when we got to the beginning of the state where Goshen was we were met by 2 vehicles with 4 more armed guards each that escorted us front and back all the way to 2 different archeological sites, several hours of driving.

 

Assem was laughing at the overkill and said nothing EVER happened here, it’s just the state doesn’t get many tourists here and the police are bored. But Assem did have to file our travel plans several days in advance, hmmmm.

 

The highlight of the day came when Cynthia was able to read from the book of Exodus the story of Pharaoh telling Moses to GO! We were absolutely the only people besides the guards that were there at the brink of where the story of wondering and reconciliation began.  Assem said this was the spot, they know for sure this is where the Israelites lived and where they left from.

 

He and I listened with rapt attention enjoying the idea that we were on the very spot. Did I mention that Assem was a Muslim?

 

It was very powerful.

 

He asked many questions and even bought a book when we were at the Coptic church that was full of illustrated stories from the Old AND New Testament.

 

I was stuck by the way we saw how God worked both in a population and a person.

 

I was worried that this was going to get long and it has.

 

Just know that God is at work as powerfully now as he was 3500 years ago. Be watchful.

 

More from the Israel portion later.

 

Got the stupid pictures to load (finally!)

 

View from our Hotel

7500 Egyptians worshiping Jesus

 

Fooling around on Camels

 

Safest people in Goshen

 

Brian McCall

 

 



Posted on May 9th, 2017 in News and Events | No Comments »

Fifteen years ago I was doing a book study with my men’s small group on “Wild at Heart” by John Eldridge. One of the ice breaking questions was: ” If you had 3 months and unlimited income, what would you do?” My answer came fairly quickly.

I would go around the world with my wife.

I mentioned this to Cynthia when I got home, and she quickly went through her mental calendar and calculated that in our 30th anniversary year, Hannah would be at college and both the boys would be finished with school and (hopefully) living their own lives. As if it were engraved in stone, and while we certainly didn’t have unlimited income, we began saving and praying.

This May marks our 30th anniversary! While planning, we have realized that it is logistically difficult to navigate a linear, around-the-world trip, so we have chosen to break it up into 6 to 7 bucket-list type trips over the next year or so. As you can imagine much excitement and anticipation have been present in our household.

I have heard told from a variety of people that 2016 was kind of a crappy year and they were glad it was over. Well, to be honest, 2017 has already kicked us in the teeth a few times. Two of my siblings are dealing with significant health issues and my other one just lost her husband unexpectedly.

I mentioned to my wife the old mantra, “God never gives us more than we can handle.” She reminded me that this is not actually Biblical. In fact, at times, God might give us more than we can handle so we have to rely on Him and can’t take credit for doing it on our own.

As such we have been relying on Him heavily and are feeling led to plan one of our trips to include Kenya to do a few water purification installations with Fountains of Hope, as well as again bring the message of hope from Revive and Restore Ministries; teaching women who they are in Christ as well as teaching leaders in Kenya how to present this message among themselves.

As always these are big, fun, challenging and stretching trips. They are full of laughter and new relationships, as well as sights and experiences most have never seen or had before. In short, ………

An Adventure!

In addition to the great work and relationships we will forge, we are planning to take a couple of days trip to Masai Mara. The wildebeest will be migrating and we will have a chance to go to the place where they cross the river, you know, where the videos of them occasionally getting eaten by a crocodile are filmed. I told you it would be an adventure!

If you are interested in participating in this adventure in any way, (i.e. coming along, joining us in prayer, and/or helping financially, please get ahold of either Cynthia or myself. We look forward to hearing from you! brianmweb@nullaol.com  317-506-0777  cynthia_mccall@nullyahoo.com 317-506-8488.

To be clear, we are trying to raise 18,000.00 which is ALL for ministry related expenses, NOT to help fund Cynthia’s and my bucket list. We already have one generous donor who has committed 6000.00 We are praying for some more.

The approximate dates are July 4-16th and the approximate cost is $2,999.00 to join us.

Adventure truly awaits!



Posted on May 5th, 2017 in News and Events | No Comments »

Check out our new line, Evocateur.  These enameled cuffs are detailed with gold or silver leaf and are designed to look as though they were found at an architectural site.  “Each collection blends a love of the ancient and traditional with the modern and contemporary.” We even sent a photo of an antique Zionsville map and they created cuffs JUST FOR US! Come find these pieces that are made just for Midwest Jewelers, along with the rest of the collection, and start your collection of Evocateur.



Posted on May 3rd, 2017 in News and Events | No Comments »

We love sponsoring local and area teams and this year Midwest Jewelers is proud to support Zionsville Little League team, the Gators!  Good luck!



Posted on May 1st, 2017 in News and Events | No Comments »

Mother’s Day is a Time of Memories.  Let Midwest Jewelers find the right piece, this year and every year, to represent her story. Create your own heirlooms.



Posted on April 26th, 2017 in News and Events | No Comments »

Midwest Jewelers is being featured in a fashion blog, Eclectic Kurves! Check out this “body positive” blog and see more of our items featured throughout the Spring!



Posted on April 18th, 2017 in News and Events | No Comments »

Diamond Daze comes once a year and it has arrived- April 21st through 29th, 2017.  25% off all semi-mounts and 15% off all finished diamond jewelry (in stock only).  IF IT HAS A DIAMOND, IT HAS A DEAL!



Posted on April 12th, 2017 in News and Events | No Comments »

We are sponsors for many great sports events in the area, and this year we are the sponsor of a Zionsville Little League team!  We will be participating in the Sponsors Village on Friday, April 21 from 4-8pm in Lions Park.  Visit us to “gem mine”, find out about our upcoming events, and play in the traveling ‘silver sandbox’… a sampling of our larger assortment of previously loved silver pieces. Events that evening for the entire family.



Posted on November 21st, 2016 in Events | No Comments »

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Christmas Open House

Saturday, December 3rd
10:00am – 8:00pm

Other Special Events

Saturday, November 26th
Christmas Day Parade
Open 10:00am – 8:00pm

Friday, December 1st – Saturday, December 2nd
Jill Duran Trunk Show
Open 9:00am – 6:00pm (Friday) and 10:00am – 8:00pm (Saturday)

Thursday, December 8th
Chamber Ladies Night
15% off Silver Inc. Box
5:00pm – 8:00pm

 

Holiday Hours – Call our store or visit us on Facebook to see our extended holiday hours.



Posted on April 6th, 2016 in Events | No Comments »

We’re excited to have just opened our new watch room, The Watchatorium! After an extensive build-out in our jewelry store we are proud to offer a unique section of our store dedicated to offering you the best variety of watches and exceptional service. Offering designer watches from BALL, Bering, Hamilton and Tissot watches as well as one of a kind estate watches from all your favorite watch brands. Come stop by our jewelry store in Zionsville to see for yourself! In honor of this new addition we are having a event to celebrate the grand opening.

Join Us On April 23 from 10am-5pm For Refreshments & Exciting Watch Offers!

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