EDITORS NOTE: This blog was written before the Muskathlon trip in May, 2017. Therefore in it I ask for support and prayer. The trip is over, but if you feel like supporting Open Door’s ministry in Syria, go to https://www.opendoors.org.au/get-involved/projects-and-appeals/. Cheers!
You may be wondering why on earth I’m going on a trip to Lebanon, visiting refugee camps, and walking 60 kilometres in less than a day. Well I wondered that too. Here
are my thoughts.
I’ve always quite liked physical challenges all my life. Whether it’s been ‘Little Athletics’ and water-polo, or trekking the Kokoda Trial with my dad and now this 60km walk in Lebanon, I’ve taken pleasure in challenging myself to do hard things.
I also quite like to travel to experience and interact with different places, people and cultures. In the past seven and a half years I’ve stayed in two different southern states of India (Tamil Nadu and Kerala), been to Rwanda, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, and went on a road-trip through the USA by myself. Yes, I’ve been around, but never to the Middle East. I hope to learn and grow from my time in Lebanon.
I love and care for the plights of Christians being mistreated, even being forced to flee their homes and countries, simply because they are Christians. The July 2014 story in Mosul, Iraq, of militant Muslims making an ultimatum for Christians and an identifying sign being placed on houses of Christians (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-28381455) awoke me from my apathy about what was happening in the Middle East.
Many years of dinner-time prayers for persecuted Christians around the world and faithful teaching at my local church of ten or more years have nurtured my developing care for the world-wide Church.
Paul teaches the church in Galatia to “do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” (Galations 6:10) I feel many of the the New Testament writers urge us to care for believers in need, whether it be spiritually, emotionally or physically.
So that’s why, I want to physically, emotionally and spiritually challenge myself with this trip. I want to serve my brethren (and all people in need) through Open Doors. I want to raise funds for them with your help! I want to walk 60km in under a day in Lebanon. For God’s Kingdom and glory. For the preservation of his saints. For Christ.
Thanks for reading!
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