We have just finished a week that was a little taste of heaven, and a test flight into the joint destiny of Israel and the nations. How could all that happen while conducting a camp for 60 Israeli children?
Tents of Mercy Congregation organized and sponsored the logistics for the Israeli end of the camp. As has happened every year for the last eleven years, a large team of selfless volunteer servants of God came from Beltway Park Church in Abilene, TX, to intercede, serve in every way imaginable, and in general help shine God’s love into the hearts of the kids. The children, along with their selfless young Israeli counselors came from our northern Tikkun-related network of congregations.
The inspiration for our camp theme came from the almost magical way a hot air balloon rises from the ground and travels through the air, moved along by the wind, something we cannot even see with our physical eyes (bear in mind that in Hebrew the word spirit and the word wind are one and the same – “ruach”). We desire to see our kids lifted off the ground and flying in life – powered by God’s Spirit and not our/their own strength. Hence camp week was a kind of test flight.
“The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit” (John 3:8 ESV).
Of course there was lots of fun and games, and food and water to cool off the hot days. Then came the evening worship and impartation of encouragement to live life in dependence on God’s spirit. We saw a new level of breakthrough in worship, in prayer and in the general atmosphere. Children heard God speak to them, and we could see they were truly touched.
And come to think of it we did have a taste of joint destiny in “Acts 2:44 style” community – which also happened 2000 years ago through the power of Gods spirit. In a small way, during a week of kids’ camp, Israel and the Nations were becoming one. This happens in mutual service and in relying on God’s Spirit – the only source that can empower us to live lives of witness.
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses…” (Acts 1:8 NIV).