International

Lebanon Update

Today we had a concentrated group of Muslim women waiting to see the doctors. One of the team members looked up to see a non-Muslim woman, from the church in Zahle, engaged in a discussion with these women- all intently listening to her. Curious about what was engaging these women, a team member asked her interpreter what the woman was saying and the interpreter said "Oh, she's talking about Jesus."  I watched as she engaged these women, pouring out her heart and the love of Jesus. Soon another Muslim woman came upstairs and when we asked what she needed (since she was not seeing a doctor) she replied that she had come upstairs to hear this woman talk about Jesus! This picture brings to mind Romans 10:14 which says, 

How will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher?

Continue to pray for our team as they are serving in Lebanon.

Status: Hillary

Status: Hillary

What if you could change someone’s status for the better? Would you do it? I think we would all say “yes.” There’s something wired within the human soul that desires to stand up to the bullying of injustice around our world. One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Job 5:16. In fact it’s inked into my skin (sorry mom). It simply says, “So the poor have hope, and injustice shuts its mouth.” I’ve seen a lot of worldwide injustice. And it can often be overwhelming. I often ask myself; “How can I make a difference?”

Status: When Status changes

Status: When Status changes

If you’re like me, you’ve probably had a time in your life when your status changed. Whether a career shift, a change in a relationship or having kids, or my favorite…7th grade. We all go through status shifts in our lives. In the Christian world, most people believe that God orchestrates status changes for them. “I was once lost but now I’m found” “I crossed from death to life” “God called me from one place to another”

Should I Go?

That was the question that came to me when I first heard about a possible medical trip to Lebanon to work with the refugee populations.  Certainly I have no medical training, I’ve never been overseas (my passport has one Canadian entry stamp on it), and frankly, I was never drawn to “missionary” work.

I was always that Christian who said “not my gift” and “Lord, ask anything of me, but please don’t ask me to go overseas.” Yup, that was me.  Then God, in all His eternal wisdom, decided I should attend a Perspectives Class (on Worldwide Missions) to open my eyes to what His mission was really about, and how I could be involved in the Great Commission.  Now, here we are almost four years after attending that class, on our way to Lebanon in a few.  Oh, I fought it.  I told God I didn’t have the gifts, I didn’t have the training, I had never been on one of these trips before, but he kept referring me back to Exodus and Moses’ protestations on his inability to do what God had wanted.

What are we doing there? We will serve among the refugee population in Lebanon.  The trip is planned from March 23, 2017, to April 4, 2017, and we will be part of a medical team partnering with the Chettis, missionaries in Lebanon. We will be working with the Syrian and Kurdish refugees in clinic settings, medical team members will be treating patients in medical setting, while those of us who are not medically trained will be helping with patient registration, greeting and talking with individuals, and maybe holding babies as they or their parents await their time with the medical staff.

So you, what about you? Should you go? Consider these ideas from Marti Wade, in the article “Deciding To Go” from Short.Term.Missions.com:

  1. To follow the Great Commission.  Can you do this at home too – certainly.  But consider that God may also want to use you somewhere else for a short period of time.
  2. To walk with God’s global servants. A trip like this can give you the opportunity to learn from these missionaries, learn more about their work, discover how they see their work and their world.
  3. Stepping out in faith. Have you felt a calling to surrender more to Him? By entering the unknown of a mission trip, you may learn how to better walk with Him on a day to day basis.
  4. Personal growth. Most mission trip participants will tell you they receive more than they gave.  Of course, taking such a trip solely for what you get out of it is just wrong, however many find the journey of personal faith to be life-changing.
  5. To encourage others. We know that the world needs more missionaries. However, not enough of us are willing to leave our routines, perceived safety, or comfort to serve the poor and vulnerable. By going, your example may let someone else also picture themselves going.

If you consider these ideas and this upcoming trip to Lebanon and you feel God nudging you, let me know.  We still need medical and non-medical team members, and I’d love to hear from you.