My mom recently sent me this quote by a Doctor who works in Bangladesh with Samaritan’s Purse, and it’s stuck with me since:
“Some yearn to live within the sound of a church bell. I’d rather run a rescue mission within a yard of hell.“
Wow! Can this guy read my heart or what?!?
As most of you know, these past months have been difficult for me. I’ve been honest with my struggles, even blogging about some of them. Life, no matter where you live, or what you do, isn’t always easy.
But, here’s a little secret: I wouldn’t trade mine for anything.
I can’t tell you the last time I actually heard church bells, or anything even close. I hear the call of prayer at mosques more than often, and as far as living within a yard of hell….well, mine’s more like a meter. AND it’s right where I’m meant to be!
I can relate to this statement with every breath I take.
So through thick and thin, the good and the bad, the beauty and the ugly…I have to admit… I still choose life within a meter of hell than life within the sound of a church bell.
It’s where I’m meant to be!
There were no PEEPS or Cadbury Eggs for me this year. No Easter Egg Hunts, or baskets with that artificial green grass stuff. I did have the privledge, though, to celebrate Easter in Jerusalem at the Garden Tomb. Every year they have a special sunrise service at the EMPTY tomb to celebrate Resurrection Sunday.
There are two sights that claim to be sight of Jesus’ tomb, and personally I think this is the correct one. (my own opinion, even though it is backed up with some pretty heavy facts). Its the one place in Jerusalem that you will feel more at peace than any other, not to mention the pure beauty of the surrounding gardens.
We had to get up at 4am (yes, that is waaaaay too early for this girl!) to get good seats as the service began at 6:30am. They did a great job! The songs were great, the sermon was wonderful, and the setting was a perfect as you can get for Easter….the EMPTY tomb site of Jesus!
After that, we strolled on through the Old City and ventured to the Christ Church, which is an Anglican church. This service began at 9:30 and went for a whopping 2 hours! Nothing against the Anglican’s, but its just not really my cup of tea.
After a long day of walking, traveling, church hoppin and traffic I am finally back home in TA! What a day!!! I need a nap 🙂
There is a Franciscan church, built back in the 19th century on the remains of an old Crusaders fortress in Old Jaffa. It is even rumored that Napoleon stayed here when it was also used as a hostel. Here is a quick look inside….
This past weekend I had the opportunity to speak at my aunts church in Minnesota about Botswana. While speaking at churches is a regular occurance for a missionary during furlough, its usually done speaking to adults in the main service. Now, from a missionary perspective, this is practical in many ways.
1. Its the adults who support you financially and spiritually.
2. The adults can grasp the “big picture” of what your ministry is trying to accomplish.
3. Its just what you do.
….but sometimes we need to put practical aside and reach out beyond “practical”.
Sooooo, being that my aunt is the children’s pastor for her church, she also asked me to come back and give a presentation to the kids. I have to say, I was more excited about the prospect of speaking with children than adults (thats probably my teaching background coming out). I put together a slide show, I brought fun show-n-tell items for them to see, and we put together a “what they eat” segment where I actually cooked fried cabbage in front of them and they could taste it. (Most of them weren’t too thrilled about the fried cabbage, but they LOVED the fat cakes we made.) I also shared the differences between being a kid in the US verses being a kid in Botswana.
Overall, it was awesome! They loved the pictures, the food, the stories, and all the animals they saw. As I was leaving I realized how important it is to bring awareness to children about other cultures and areas of the world and how we can help them. If we are going to try to make an impact on our world, we need to start not only reaching out to those who can help us now, but also to those who will be out there doing the work in the next generation. Adults are important to reach, but lets not forget the children! As Whitney says, “I believe the children are our future.” hehehe