Our heart as leaders and as a team when planning for our time in Israel was to be willing and offer ourselves to serve in whatever way was needed and asked of us.
Sounds great! But the reality of it is a life long process of learning! Sometimes this looked like us doing something that we were totally passionate about and loved doing, other times it looked like us doing things that we weren’t so good at and weren’t so passionate about. This was a huge lesson for us all to be learning about serving and coming alongside long term workers there, not coming along and putting on programs etc based on our own perceptions of what they need, but really being humble, respecting and trusting the experience and understanding of people there for the long haul and what they felt was right to do and what was most going to bless them too.
It was good to learn as well to invest and put our hearts into whatever God asked of us like Colossians 3:23 says “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” Realising that in the end everything we do needs to be first and foremost about loving God. The natural flow from that then will be serving Him and then serving others.
And yet another lesson we have to learn is coming without expectations of how we should be treated, how people should receive us,how things should be organised for us, what conditions we’re entitled to as ‘missionaries’ to that place. Coming humbly as Jesus did to serve and not to be served. Laying down our perceptions of what things should look like and expectations of how things should go. When you’re put in different situations, you realise all those unvoiced thoughts,feelings and expectations within as your tested and pushed emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually. And so the life lessons continue, as God gently takes us into those places that bring to the surface more aspects of our sinful nature that we can surrender and die to.