Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Palestine

On arriving yesterday I sat under the wall waiting for Elias and looked at a vision of oppression and struggle everywhere.

I would appreciate prayer at this point. My head is so wrecked I can't write about what I have seen here so far. I have come from 2 amazing but intense weeks. I feel like I gave everything I had there and have nothing left to give. Everything I hear and see in Bethlehem is the polar opposite of what I have heard so far. My mind can't take anymore in.

I miss having a laugh with the great friends I made on the other team. Everything was full of wonder and fun and now all I see is pain and injustice. Where before I wanted to be at the centre of everything that was going on, I'm now just following people around quietly trying to work out how I'm going to get through 2 weeks. Sorry for complaining. I know I'm in an amazing position and I'll come around but I'm just trying to be honest with myself at this point.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's bound to be a complete culture shock, John, on every level. Praying for you.

Hope you get some REST and time to process, before being thrown into the next two weeks.

Nina

Anonymous said...

The whole trip thing sounds class/intense... so far! Maybe ya need to' ingest 'stuff for a while b4 u'll be able to 'digest' this time?....i guess... u'll mul over it 4a long time after ur home...just 'plog' (as in...on a page!)..what ya see and sort it out later!....and if ya cant ....il exchange places...u can come to mahon and listen to de thunder!! .....It'll be alright in the mornin! CHALLENGE: BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN YOUR DAY! ....jan :o)
PS If al else fails...drink plenty of water and get some sleep!!! ...thats my ma's cure for everythin ;o)

Anonymous said...

Hang in there. 2 weeks is a piece of piss, admitedly easy to say when you are not there but on the otherhand the people of Palestine have to live that crap day in day out. Your cause is worthy. Plus your blogs are compulsive reading:(

Anonymous said...

stay strong, praying for u!

Anonymous said...

praying for u brother!

Mel Reynolds said...

Hey John, loving your reports back - looking forward to hearing more and seein your pics upon your return to the mighty Knocknashane. Praying for you mate, but know this is a significant time for you.

EilĂ­s said...

ta for the confused and pained honesty. gives us knowledge to pray. you ARE strong enough through the gifts Christ has given you. keep your focus, bro.

may the LORD bless you and keep you. may HE make HIS face shine upon you and be gracious to you. may the LORD turn HIS face towards you and give you peace.

Neil Harrison said...

Hey pal, cant begin to imagine the cultural differences you are experiencing as well as the 'post team blues'. Consider yourself prayed for. Lookin forward to a long post match analysis at number 20 in a couple of weeks!

Anonymous said...

Sara looks like a pretty girl...!