One night in AmmanWe flew to freezing cold Jordan from hot South Africa and had to get to Isreal from there. It was getting late and we knew that the border was going to close soon. So we just planned to sleep in the airport and go to the border first thing the next morning.As we arranged transport for the next day with a man he invited us to go sleep in his summerhouse for the evening. He took us to the house, got some gas to heat the house with a heater and even gave us some tea and sugar. The one girl in my team mentioned that this taught her so much about the Father's heart because He provided a warm place to sleep without us even asking for it. (We were planning to sleep in the airport remember)
We went to Jerusalem as tourists for 3days! Visiting the new and the old city!! Every expectation I had was met by 1000 times!! I love to stare at the people and to see how they live their life’s and the beautiful culture they have!! We went to most of the tourist places with the significant history! Standing on the top of Mount of Olives and getting a broad view of the old city- made me smile and just worship God because He is good and He loves people and His biggest desire is relationship with us!! I realize how small and incapable we really are, but He still chose us to be His sons and daughters first!! That is all His grace!! We can do nothing to receive it- we just need to accept the gift that our Father gives us! And entering into His rest knowing that He has everything planned perfectly!!! WOW....We met some very cool new friends from the organization called Bridges for Peace (where I was planning to go and volunteer this year)- and we had the most blessed time staying with them for one night in Jerusalem having fellowship and encouraging each other!! Just seeing their love for the people of Israel and for the ministry really encouraged me to seek God's heart more!! The deep love for the people, the culture and the land of Israel is something I can not describe in words... But running around in the place where Jesus once walked was a great experience that touched my heart and changed my way of looking at the people probably forever!! We ended our journey in Israel by camping for 3days next to the Sea of Galilee. We had the most beautiful pictures painted in front of us overlooking over the sea with the sun rising at the back and boats playing music.. We shared some fun moments by walking 8km with our VERY heavy backpacks, laughed a lot and recharged before we started our travels to Jordan! To give a summary of Israel in one word "Unbelievable"!! The land that overflows with cultures... big fruits and vegs... The best pitta bread and sweet pastries and people with a need for the Living God and His Son Jesus!! I fell in love with the people and would love to return to Israel someday soon.. Please help us pray for them and ask God for protection!We are in Jordan now for more than a month where we are serving at a church -working and helping the Syrian refugees!! This is definitely the place where God is going to teach our team about compassion and unconditional love! We are exited about the next few weeks....Thank you for praying for me and following my journey!!
"You are just so ready for this..." This is the words that echoes in my heart and mind! The readiness in my heart and spirt to do what God called me to do is overwhelming! Together with the readiness to GO and do it- comes a great sense of joy and faith! Faith in the plans that the Father has for our team but also for me personally! And JOY like I have never experienced before- to be part of such a huge movement and revival in the nations and an amazing family travelling together! But also just to enjoy life- completely taken out of my comfort zone- and letting God be my comfort- this is what brings true joy! Seeing the Father changing and transforming us to be more like Him! I love being taught by the Holy Spirit Himself... Seeing the impossible... And be stretched beyond my understanding.... Since I started the journey I am in awe about what I learned about myself, about people and most important about the heart of my ABBA Father! I never thought that walking in faith could be so practical... We had a Luke 10 faith journey for a weekend in Cape Town and God blew my mind!! The training we received was SO well planned- each day was a building block in the preparation and commissioning of us as students! Lead by the Spirit, and really preparing young leaders to go into the nations with a foundation that is firm in the Rock and not tossed around by the waves!! The more I think about the last 7weeks.. All that comes to mind is : WHAT A PRIVILEGE! To be part of God mighty army of young people with a burning fire inside of them to change the world.. To be an unshakeable kingdom in earthly vessels, directed by God Himself! To love.. Show compassion... And serve the people in the nations! Because He chose us and showed us how to love unconditionally first !! The journey ahead is going to be wild... It's going to be great... It's going to be full of Him! I can't wait to make NEW FOOTPRINTS in the countries we set foot in! Our first country is Israel- The promised land, that overflows with milk and honey! Come away with us... And follow our team as we are walking by Faith!! BlessingsArné
Just more than a week ago our communications team was asked to post a blog on the building project that we helped out with. We had less than 8 days to complete certain tasks set out before us. This is therefore just the final feedback to show you a bit of what we accomplished.
When one hears that someone is training for an adventure mission trip they usually have no idea what type of training it is. One person asked me if training included an obstacle course or something...you should have seen my face...I cannot imagine myself actually making it through an obstacle course. It would be a lot like ....like....like....well like something no one wants to see basically. I am not the most fit person in the world at all. So I quickly expelled that thought from my mind and decided that the best course of action was to expect the unexpected.