Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Crossing Paths, Thoughts before Israel

In three days I will be traveling to the land I never expected I would have the opportunity to step foot on. This is the place that I have read about in my Bible since the day I was born. Stay updated to my blog posts about my service trip to Israel. I have been very blessed to have the support from my church family, Mckendree Memorial United Methodist Church and my family and friends from Middle Tennessee. One of the most rewarding feelings is knowing that there are individuals supporting and loving you no matter where you are in the world. I have been in college near Chicago, IL for the past 3 years. Because of my time in Chicago I have not had the time to visit my loved ones in my home church. Getting the nice notes and letters from all you filled my heart with so much joy. I know I am going on this mission with the lead from the Lord, and we were all placed in each others life to see the Lord through one another. The letters from you, made my eyes come to tears as many of you wrote about the memories of me growing up in daycare, Sunday school, and church services together. You all prepared me for my trip to the Holy Land, and even more for my journey of missions. This trip will be my first social justice service trip as well as my first trip abroad.

My expectations of Israel are vivid and still in imaginary mode. I still can not believe that I am getting this opportunity. My trip itnerary includes me traveling around the entire country from, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Jericho, Hebron. As well the visit to the several churches and communities. I have had many people ask me what I am most excited about and what I tell everyone is that I am most excited about meeting the people. I'm interested in hearing their thoughts about living in this land. Do they feel blessed or honored to live here? What traditions do they still follow?

As my journey starts I take the words from the Christian Bible with me, and the good samaritan crossing paths and touching many individuals.