After waiting for an update to hear if my husband would be able to go on the church’s mission trip to Israel in November of this year, both of us spent last night talking and praying about this trip. My husband, Lynn, has always had a heart for the Jewish people, and when I found out we would be serving the families of Holocaust victims, I was excited and sad at the same time. WWII and the Nazi oppression of the Jews has always captured my heart and made it break for the people that lived with such hardship. Yet to hear the stories of so many brave souls who endured and saved the lives of so many, how can it not touch your heart.
Some of my favorite reads from that era are books such as Escape from Sobibor – a story of the only Nazi concentration camp that escape was ever attempted by the entire camp, over 600 attempted escape, over 300 made it and the camp was burned to the ground the next day. There was a movie made in 1993 on the 15th anniversary of the escape and if you want to check it out, bring lots of kleenex, but it will be worth it.
Another great story is The Hiding Place, the story of Corrie ten Boom and her family’s committment to hiding the Jews and the price that they paid for that. Moving indeed, I just recently discovered that there was a movie made and it is next in line to come from out Netflix queue. I’m sure I’ll need Kleenex for that as well, for the book itself had me in tears.
And a completely fictional novel set, which in the first book does stay very true to Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s journey and escape at one point in time (I am currently reading Bonhoeffer – his story written by Eric Metaxas). The book set is called the Secret of the Rose. It is a great story, though fictional, of the life of a family that lives through WWII and smuggles Jews through the underground to safety. I’m sure there are many more, but those are the books that have captivated me and are an ever present reminder that where evil may be, God conquers and uses ordinary people to fulfill his promises, even in extreme circumstances.
So our trip to Israel is scheduled for early November and I am very excited! We are starting to write our letters and begin to raise support and we are sure that the Lord will be stretching us in so many ways! We are praying that He will cover the expenses, (as this is not an inexpensive trip) teach us new areas of giving ourselves and that He will use us each individually and as a couple on the team to use our individual gifts and talents in a way that will bring Glory and Honor to our King. We look forward to serving together and allowing God to train and teach us in how to best glorify him as a husband and wife together, unified in purpose, His purpose.
We would appreciate your prayers and that you would not only pray for us, but pray for the growth of the team as a unit and lastly that you would pray against the forces that certainly do not want to see this happen. May the glory of God shine from now until forever as this trip, I pray, will only be the beginning of seeing what God has for us in the future.
Thank you so much!
Noelle & Grady