I write to you on the cusp of leaving Brantford, Ontario, and about to embark on our next adventure: our class field trip to the Middle East and Greece. These next few days hold flights, changing continents, changing time zones and (hopefully) a change in temperature. These next few weeks hold three different countries for seven days each, squeezing in as much exploring as we can. These next few months, well… there are quite a few countries on the agenda.
Whilst this stint in Brantford has absolutely sped by, it’s had a different feel than the last time we were here. We each committed to volunteering-hours every week with a bit more vision of what we wanted to do, I think we all enjoyed the places we chose to serve in. Our classes with Jon (one of our school leaders) have been focused mainly on video editing as we’ve had time to look over the video footage and interviews we collected whilst spending last summer in Asia. A few additional classes we’ve had have felt relevant too, with topics such as personality traits, advocacy, and studying the Gospel of Mark. As we progress through this Track, our hope is to gain in passion and momentum for our ultimate cause: understanding current issues of displacement for the purposes of raising awareness. Outreach definitely kick-started a greater drive to explore this issue, and we still are travelling and piecing together all that we’ve seen and plan to see. We have begun to pray and decide how we want to raise awareness about displacement as well as what roles we’ll each play in this process. In many ways it still feels that we’re in the baby-steps phase of figuring things out, but nonetheless God lavishes His faithfulness on us and has been guiding us as we go.
As for our upcoming field trip, we plan to be in Jerusalem; Israel, Amman; Jordan and Athens; Greece. We are oh so happy that our school leaders Jon and Layne are joining us for the first two weeks in the Middle East. We’ll also be travelling with Caleb Thomason, who will be our Bible teacher for the whole three weeks, and his wife Joni. Our purpose is to visit Biblical sites and study the Bible as we travel. A few things I’m looking forward to is hostels, hummus, celebrating birthdays abroad, travelling as a larger family, and most of all, treading on the ground that beheld much of the Bible’s events. If you’re a pray-er, keep us in your prayers. We hope to be full of energy to squeeze the most out of our crammed three weeks. Pray for travelling logistics to go smoothly and for peace in the countries we travel to. My favourite prayer request: pray that we fall more in love with God as we explore the geographical context of Jesus Christ.