Well, it’s about that time of year again.  I’m heading over the pond to the Holy Land for my fall journey, and I couldn’t be more excited.

I got involved in the Middle East Geo-Political conversations about 10 years ago when visiting the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  I met some of the most interesting people on that journey, most who are tremendously loving, accepting, and ready to engage with ideas from the west.

That led me to Lebanon, a quick trip to the Arab League in Iraq, Jordan, Palestine, and Israel.

At every stop along the way, I’ve met the most welcoming hospitable people in the world.  They’ve welcomed me into their homes, in relationship with their families, and we’ve created a really interesting community of friendships connecting online most every week.

Today, I’m heading to Jerusalem to visit some of my friends in the City.  If you’ve seen any of the news lately, you know there is a rhythm of tension in the air, and I feel like it’s really important to connect with my friends and just be with them.  Sometimes the only answer to fear is knowing you have someone else willing to lean into the fear with you.  Instead of a long list of “you should do this,” it’s often more helpful to sit and listen to the situation and find some common goals.

You can be sure, I’m excited to share the message of Loving God and Loving Others.  And you I’m excited to return to this beautiful part of the world where Jesus began His work nearly 2000 years ago.

If you think about it this week, I would really appreciate your prayers.

Pray for the encounters with people this week.
Pray for wisdom when I’m in places that will require sensitivity.
Pray for spiritual direction, to hear God moving this week.
Pray for the suffering on both sides of the conflict.  There are wonderful people who are caught in an awful situation.
Pray for FREEDOM.  Freedom in faith, freedom in life, freedom in vocation, and freedom to be all that God created them to be.

I’ll try to update after everyday, as I know there will be some amazing stories coming out of this week.

Thank you for your support, and your willingness to surround this journey with prayer.  May God bless you and keep you today.

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