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!