...From the House of Bread
Organized by: Mercy Aiken
I want to volunteer with Bethlehem Bible College in the West Bank, starting in September of 2015. My fundraising goal is a general estimate of what I might need to meet my basic needs and develop some English literacy projects for young Palestinian children as well as other ministry opportunites.
On a practical level, I will be helping BBC with all things related to English, such as the English portion of their website, English articles, and teaching English through the college. I will also have opportunity for a variety of other ministry opportunities in Bethlehem and the surrounding region. My purpose in a nutshell is this: to encourage my Christian brothers and sisters, to show the light of His love to the Muslim and Jewish people and to learn the lessons He has prepared for me in this place so that I can walk in the ministry of reconciliation in Christ and help others to do so as well.
Here is a link with more information about Bethlehem Bible College: http://www.bethbc.org/welcome/about-us
I've also written (and will continue to write) a blog on this subject. Here is an excerpt from my first entry on this venture:
"...I was well-acquainted with Jewish suffering, holding a deep wail of grief for them inside my heart. It had been there since I was a child. But I had never acquainted myself with Palestinian suffering, or Palestinian strength of spirit, or Palestinian grace or wisdom, or beauty, or kindness. I had seen the heart of Jesus for the Jewish people. But I had never seen Him, or heard His Voice for the Palestinian people—until now. And I repented, so to speak, in dust and ashes.
Saul, Saul, why do you hate Me?
Who are You, Lord?
I am Jesus in your Palestinian brothers and sisters. I am suffering in the midst of them. And a great part of their suffering is your blindness and indifference towards them. Even more than the suffering of their daily lives, they are wounded by the indifference of the Church, their own family.
Ah, but it is not just their wound. It is ours too, for when one part of the Body suffers, we all suffer. We suffer, even if we cannot identify the source of the suffering, even if we are not aware of where our weakness is coming from. We know there is sickness in the Body, but we are blind to all of the causes....I’m convinced that one cause of our illness is simply this: we’ve held back our heart from a portion of the Body that is in deep pain. We’ve not washed our own wounds. And we ALL are the worse-off for it. And the Lord is weeping. I hear it.
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