Fall17 Glocal Trip – Our team arrived to the beautiful Holy Land, while this has become a second home to three of our team members, for two of us, it is our first time. The unknown of what the trip and country would be like has quickly been put at ease as the hospitality of our driver and the people where we are staying is so loving and caring. Our first official day started off by driving to several sites to see where Jesus walked this earth and began His ministry. We passed through the Judaean desert where Jesus fasted, moving to the Jordan river where Jesus was baptized by John, to Nazareth where the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary announcing that she was with child. We witnessed where Jesus declared the prophesy of Isaiah and where the miracle of the 5 loaves and 2 fish were multiplied. Our team was able to put our feet in the Sea of Galilee and look out to the beautiful home site where Peter lived. To be honest it was an amazing day of site seeing.
Day two started off with a statement; “many people come to the Holy Land to look at the dead stones but, little is said about the living stones.” This is where the Lord revealed the beauty of His work in what He is doing in and through His Church. This is not a site seeing trip but an engagement trip. I’ve seen first hand what domain engagement with some of the leaders in the city serving in the Social Worker domain looks like. We walked through a half-day training session with 13 social workers titled, “Resilience, The Power To Turn Obstacles Into Opportunities.” It was during this training and leading small breakout sessions where we were able to hear the hearts of the people. In the midst of what is taking place in this country there is a peace about the people and the work that each one of them engages in daily with helping others. It was humbling to think “who am I,” to be walking through a training session with these leaders in their field who are bringing comfort and encouragement to the hurting.
This morning, prior to heading out to the session, in my quiet time God revealed Philippians 2:3, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” I felt God was reminding me not to have the typical American posture of “we have it all figured out,” but to listen and learn from others and allow Jesus to lead the conversation. Today’s session was a display of God’s work, through His people, to grow relationships and to bring conversations to a deep and vulnerable state — showing that each one of us are allowed to walk through adversity so God can be displayed. Today was truly a display of 2 Corinthians 4:5, “For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.”
Today, our team not only cultivated trust, teamwork, and a better relationship with the people of the Holy Land, we witnessed the living Lord working through us to serve and love-on the living stones that bless and love the city of Bethlehem by serving the social domain.
I can’t wait to see what Jesus does tomorrow!!!
Dan Worrell, Houston Northwest