We have now been home for a full five days and we have begun to find a sense of normalcy. We have slowly adjusted back to this timezone; no more waking up at 4:00AM and no more cannons for Ramadan. It has been long enough that Lauren commented earlier today that:
…it feels surreal. It was just a week ago today we were passing through the extensive security at Ben Gurion at 4:00 in the morning. But now we are here, only to be leaving once again on another pilgrimage. Though this is will be a pilgrimage of an entirely different nature as we visit and come alongside a community to walk in their shoes and experience their faith.
As I thought about what Lauren was saying she was absolutely right; she nailed it on the head. Tomorrow we embark on another pilgrimage. While we will call a mission trip it is still nonetheless a pilgrimage. We will be establishing new relationships as we live out our call to mission. We will be deeply emerged in the Five Marks of Mission:
- To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
- To teach, baptize and nurture new believers
- To respond to human need by loving service
- To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation
- To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth
Five Marks of Mission
Through the programs that we will support, a sports camp and vacation bible school, as well as the work we will do in the community we hope to grow closer as a community in the Body of Christ. We will work, but we will also play, pray, and break bread together. So it begins…a new chapter in our blog. In this new chapter you will be able to follow us as we head out to Montana to serve and to be serve, to teach and to learn, to love and be loved. We will post photos and videos along with a narrative and reflections throughout the week. (Of course depending on accessibility.) Follow us on this new adventure.
Consider yourself invited!