June has seen the arrival of our new interns! With 5 interns from Michigan and two more arriving soon, our summer is proving a blessed time!
The interns are spending time in at least two placements each, from the Central Sterile Supply Department, to Surgical Ward, from Dialysis to CEF, with the Nazareth Village and youth meetings all mixed in! The team has been amazing at settling in and building relationships and we pray for more and more blessings as they continue their time with us.
Here are some of their thoughts in their own words, from David, Casey and Rachel D!
“There is much to be said about potentially standing in the same places Christ himself stood as a man and reading the Word that applies to those stories there. I’ve swam in the Jordan River, stood upon the top of the Mountain of Transfiguration, walked in the Sea of Galilee, and stood in many other potential places that are mentioned in the Bible. I am thankful for where I have gone and what I have done, but I have become rather mindful my thoughts while at these Holy places in this Holy land. The places I visit here are remnants and ruins, I’m not here to worship the created place, but the Creator and His actions. He came to serve and journey alongside those in need this too is my calling. It’s the pilgrimage not the place that brings us closer to God, whether we’re headed down the road to the grocery store or across the ocean to the Holy Lands.
“we drove down to the Sea of Galilee where we hopped on a boat for about half an hour. I could not wrap my head around where I was. Many places that have claims related to Jesus typically have the disclaimer that he might have been there or this was likely the place but the Sea of Galilee is the real deal. Jesus actually looked at the hills. There is no other place with that name. Shoot. Following the boat ride we went to a church that housed the place where Jesus supposedly fed the five thousand. There is a table marking the suspected location within the church. We also got to put our feet into the Sea of Galilee where it is believed that Jesus met his disciples for breakfast. “
"One of the women, who speaks English very well, was really happy to see us. She talked to Casey and I a lot, and we found out that she is going to be discharged soon. She asked us to come back this Friday because she wanted to see us again before she leaves. You can tell that some patients are likely dealing with depression and anxiety, but others it is a mystery. Apparently it is common for the patients to stay there for around two months or so for treatment. So maybe we will get the chance to make connections as we go there more and more."
As each person brings their own gifts and abilities to serve others, please pray for continued blessing both for them and through them. We also ask for your prayers for Jodie and Beatrice who are set to join us in just over a week!!