Monday, November 5, 2012

An Hour of Home

Leaving home. Leaving home, there's always things that will be missed. Leaving home, Serving Jah. Serving Jah always brings the most happiness. No matter where you are. Its been about 8 months since I left home.

Leaving home, one thing I've not been able to do is surf. Leaving home, I never thought I could be without it. Leaving home, the harvest is so great here, that I truly see there's no activity more satisfying than our preaching work.

Leaving home, Jehovah always takes care of us. Leaving home, he's always given us our needs....and sometimes, our wants. :)

Stormy days here, so we decided to check the surf report.

Today was truly a blessing from Jehovah. An hour of home.

The thrill of searching for a new spot, and finally finding a good one. One of those great stormy days.

With a board rental right in front of it! With owners, that know your friends from Hawaii- hookups! The exercise of paddling out through solid waves to get out to the spot, and scoring!

The joys of talking about it with your fellow friends after. Joys of driving home with sand on your feet, and salt in your hair- with Kalapana jamming on the stereo!

It took an hour of home, to help me be sure, home was here all along.

( Ever wonder how the surf gets here in Israel, check out this video I put together of our day today! When you don't expect any, anything is nice!)

 

 

 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Fun In-Between Times!




Shaloha everybody! Sorry for not posting anything in a while. More experiences soon to be posted, but in the meantime.... Besides the awesome harvest work here, we're still able to fit in a little road trip here and there too. Check out some of our videos- I made this one of our trip to the Dead Sea, but it only works if your on a laptop or home computer, just click the link 

Also check out these videos my bruddah Roman made of us

Plain Of Ellah (Where David Slew Goliath)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJT3dwCMlRA&feature=player_embedded

Sea of Galilee

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=DVxHQTtqGZA

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Sherut Na'eem Po! - Shtayeem (Nice Service Here!- Part 2)

Some wise words regarding making return visits...."Strike while the irons hot ". We want to help people when the interest is alive and sparking. When thinking about how fast return visits are made, it's pretty awesome if you could go back within the week of first talking to a person. Really awesome if you could go back within a few days.

When I last posted, my blog ended with the results of really being led by Jehovah- to a house full of refugees who were very grateful, and hungry for spiritual truths. A house that none of us had a call in. Really sticking out in my mind, is how they pulled chairs up closeby us, to hear what we had to say- eagerly leaning with wide eyes and big smiles. After a solid 20 minute discussion, we had to leave though, for we were on the way to the meeting for service when we met them in the first place- and it was almost going to start (Emile had to conduct). We only had one Arabic brochure (their mother tongue) to give them.

Well there was a group out that night, five came out and that was very nice to see! It just so happens we had a huge huge supply of literature in Arabic, and were trying to find those for whom could use it and appreciate it. So after conducting the meeting for service, Emile told the group in his French accent , "We have territories, but first we will make the fastest return visit"!

After telling everyone of our experience of what just happened, he armed us all with some "Amo" for our spiritual warfare. All 5 of us had about 5 books each, or brochures, bibles, even DVDs, a stack to carry! And off we went heavily armed with more soildiers! Haha! How surprised our friends were when they heard a knock on their door, and 5 of us this time walked in! We made a line and each took turns giving them what we had in our hands. They had an abudance for all their needs now, in their own language!

The "Shuukran" 's kept coming (the thank you's in Arabic) as we left their home. How happy they were to get such spiritual food! How awesome a feeling it was for us all- to have seen and experienced this together! We all got to have a share, a part in this experience.

Truly Jehovah's guiding hand is seen, is felt. Without him and his guidance this work is impossible. Results like this are proof of this fact. Amazing experiences like this go on EVERYDAY here...and are going on all over the world.

Hope you enjoyed reading this, mahalo for coming by! Stay tuned for part 3 of this blog if you want to hear the basics of how service goes on here, and updates of what's been happening lately. "Sha-LOHA"!



Sunday, September 9, 2012

Sherut Na'eem Po! - Ak'had (Nice Service Here- Part 1)


6:30pm . We still got a half hour before the meeting for service starts, and we're a block away from where the mtg for svc is. It's Friday the best day of the week, for here in Israel it's now "Shabat", or as we know it back home- Sabath. Translation - Almost all foreigners yes, our territory, are off of work, and are on the streets. The police are said to not care to come out on this day. Good for all the illegal refugees, and trust me, they're all out on the streets. So a majority of our studies and calls can be found, and are done on this day. Alright!

I just finished my bible study with my partner Emile, a S.Pioneer here, and am following him to his call next. One on the way to our meeting place. As we walk down the tight alleyway through the apartments around us, we go way way in the back of the front of the building. There's a a small hallway leading to 2 doors - and he knocks on 2 of them.
  The first door, no one comes out. So he then walks down the steps leading to a second door, and knocks on it. A man comes out, a refugee from Sudan. He gives us a look that many give us when they first see us, the suspicious look that maybe we're immigration police. It seems like this is the first time he's met Emile. As soon as we start talking English , and tell him were friends, just here to talk about the bible though-a BIG smile comes over him. A very welcoming smile, and even though he's a Muslim, he's happy to hear, and right away opens his door wide for us and invites us to come in.

It's a studio, pretty much one room with a bathroom....and 5 beds, with very simple living. We walk in to find all his other room mates there. They all gather around us as we sit on one of their beds , and bring their chairs closely to hear what we have to say. Being that their first language is Arabic, I had one 'Bibles Message' brochure, and busted it out. The main guy who invited us in had it in his hand, as the others gathered closely to peer into it and look at it themselves. Then the questions started flowing.

Being that they are refugees, they do not have much. But, what is so really touching is how generous they are. They would bring out plates from their refrigerator with different mixes of candys on it for us. They would take out their cold bottled water and cups and generously serve it to us. Back home , its very rare for people to do this for us in Svc., and here, people do it more than I've seen in my whole life. Even those with so little. All because they appreciate what the bible teaches. As we talk to them they are eagerly in our face smiling, nodding, waiting for the answers, knowing the answers to their questions are coming.

About 20 mins goes by, and we've just had a study with all 5 or 6 of the men in there! We got to hurry and go to get to the mtg. for Svc in time! As we say goodbye, they continually thanks us for coming. Even taking out a huge watermelon to be cut for us, insisting that we take before we go! Wow.

On the way to the mtg for Svc , I ask Emile , "Did you know ANY of the men living in that house?" "Nope", he answers. "So.... you were just knocking on random doors before the meeting for service"? "Well, just so happens I had the territory for this street, and decided to try a door or two". Wow. Talk about angel directed. If we just went straight to the mtg place thinking there was not much time, we would've totally missed out on this experience!

There's more to this experience, and those men we talked to. In fact its what happened RIGHT AFTER that meeting for service was over that really got interesting..... Be sure to check for Part 2 of this post! Also more of an explanation to see really what service here is like! More soon to come!



Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A Jump In a Wheel Barrel

3160 Gallons of water rushes heavily over Niagra Falls, every second. Every so often, someone tries to cross it.... One day 2 friends were talking to each other, as one of them were about to attempt crossing it , balancing on a tight rope. "I have faith in you", said the friend of the one about to cross, " I know you can do it". " Thank you" , said the one about to cross, "but there's something I forgot to tell you". " I'm going to cross... walking blind-folded". "I have faith in you, I know you can do it", said his friend another time. "Thank you", said the one about to cross , "but there's something else I forgot to tell you". "I'm about to cross, blind folded..... on one foot - across the tight rope". "Its ok. I have faith in you, I know you can do it", said his friend. "There's one more last thing I forgot to tell you", said the man about to cross. "I'm going to cross... blind folded, on one-foot, and ..... while pushing a wheel barrel over the tight rope". "Yes, I know you can do it! It will be ok, I have faith in you", said his friend once more. "Ok!", said the man about to cross..."than jump in the wheel barrel"!

We can say that we trust in Jehovah, that we have faith in him- that he will always take care of our needs when we put him first....But when it comes down to it, will we "Jump in the Wheel Barrel" and show him that we trust him?

I try to remember this illustration as, after much praying, talking with the brothers here, etc. I've decided to extend my stay here. Honestly, I don't know exactly the details, of how we're going to do it. Honestly, financially , my funds aren't the highest, especially after not being home for sometime. But, the territory here is just amazing. Its so "fresh" , and really, the party is just getting started over here (much more details to come in upcoming blogs) and there is a HIGH NEED for "harvesters". Also, there really is a need for brothers here, and I am being used constantly in the congregation- especially for talks, and being trained in many aspects. After carefully weighing the options, I've found that I need to really just, "Jump in the Wheel Barrel".

So as of right now, I'm going all in. I'm supposed to be on a plane back home, but I took a loss to my ticket and said good-bye to two close friends I've served with over these last 3 months(Erik, and Luke love you guys) & my seat flew off without me. I'm trying to sell my car back home, and make some money that can help me last a little longer over here( if anyone is interested let me know, haha). As for where we will live, we're still working out the details. So "Jump in the wheel barrel", I will do. We can see, this is such a huge exciting time for the congregation and it's territory here, and all they need is some workers to get things going. So if Jehovah's w
ill, we will stay. If not, than at least I can say I tried my best, and tried to walk through a door. But I'll never know unless I try. So....I "Jump in the wheel barrel" , and start to see this place not as another foreign land....but as home. Woah! Super excited for what's about to happen!





Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A Bittersweet Start to My Next Chapter

Decided to make a video for this blog, sorry for the unshaven-ness, getting ready to blend in, in Israel.....this is our last day here much sad feelings(in airport now) :

 

 

I'll end this blog with one last advice given to me here, by one of the elders close to me. It was given to him while he was at bethel by a member of the governing body , "Don't look back, focus fully on your next assignment"...wherever that may be. Thank you, this is just what I need to hear.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A Climb Worth Taking (Part 1)

Dear Readers,

As you've most likely seen by reading our brothers blogs, so much has been happening up here lately, especially with regards to the ministry! There has been purely amazing experiences, with new studies started....and tear jerkers with our progressive studies, as they continue the greatest journey Jehovah could have set before them (lookout for part 2 of this blog).

Many of our studies here as you may already know by reading previous blogs, are refugees. There are two main camps which we go to, to study with them. We refer to them here as the "Upper Camp" , & "Lower Camp". The first camp while here last year that we started going to, was the upper camp. Maybe you've heard of the walk it takes to get there, but I'd thought I'd make a little video showing what it's like. There is a bus that goes up but it RARELY comes, so if you need to study at a certain time the bus doesn't come...stretch dem legs! So here it is, hope you enjoy!....Oh yeah, and be sure to turn your volume up for this one :) ..............





When we did this we had been in service all day, and it was about 6 o'clock, and to be honest I was tired, and wouldn't have mind going to sleep already! But I'm so glad I didn't. It is quite a walk to get there, but it's ALWAYS worth it. The result of reaching the top is as if you've found a Gold mine! Because of how great the studies have been. And the view overlooking the city.... with the cool breeze flowing by... as you discuss Jehovahs words to them... ahh, "Doesn't get better than this". Definitely a climb worth taking. (Be sure to check in for part 2 of this post, on what happened when we got to the Upper Camp on this same day)





Agape,

-JKO