I wanted to write and submit this post to help everyone understand that while the Middle East (not just Israel) is in a state of turmoil, we will still be moving to Tel Aviv in the coming year, and truly have little fear in doing so. In all honesty, I/we believe that living in a large city in the United States is just as dangerous as living in Israel right now; despite the constant rocket warnings that they undergo daily. Yes, Israel is living in war right now, but we have done a lot of praying and talking about our own situation and understand that life itself is a blessing and that it can be taken in any moment, whether here or abroad. We do not want to live our life scared or fearful, God has placed this in our hands and we will do our best to live up to what God has called us to do. The situation that is going on in Israel (in addition to those other countries across the world) is one that is heartbreaking. In America, we watch the news and listen to the newscasters tell us what they “think” is going on. Depending on what news station you watch often means what political side is being taken, in addition to a constant blame game. Be aware of what they are saying, then compare and research. If you haven’t read much into the Middle East conflict and what Israel, as a country means, then I strongly encourage you to study up and learn the history…which is simply a miracle in itself.
We are so very grateful that the Olmsted foundation has chosen us (ok, chosen David) to represent the USAF abroad as a student and a scholar of Tel Aviv University. This opportunity is an opportunity of a lifetime and we plan on making the best of it and fully immersing ourselves into their culture in the holiest place in the world.
The one thing that I ask from my family and friends: please don’t hesitate to speak to us about what concerns you, and/or questions or opinions. We (David and I) have our strong opinions on the conflict and this blog is not the place to discuss that. Secondly, please pray for Israel, the Gaza, in addition to all of those being persecuted for their faith throughout the Middle East and around the world. We often take for granted living in the United States, where we have the opportunity to gather and express our faiths and opinions without fear of reprisal, imprisonment or even death.
“If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master. If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me.”
Pray that eyes will be open all around the world.