I was thinking about the different types of people I know in various Christian organisations in Israel, one thing we have in common is as volunteers we have put our careers in hold, often got rid of our cars and sometimes houses, are away from our families to help serve in all different types of roles.
From this, I have realised we all have gifts and talents but often our nations of origin hold significant strengths and abilities also that define us.
This isn’t meant to put any us in boxes as such, but these are some of the common abilities I have seen amongst fellow volunteers in Israel. Sadly I have not included the UK, as there is very few Brits I see here.
Traditionally the media have always labeled America has been the biggest supporter of Israel, and its true but as the US has more Christian organisations than anywhere else in the world, so I would say American Christians have particular talent in leadership.
American is the pioneering force behind Christian media and press, and a lot of great lot of the gospel has come up from TV, radio, newspapers and magazines, it has helped to shape the message of Jesus to spread all over the world.
At the moment America has a heck of lot of debt, I tried to work it out but I couldn’t fit all the numbers onto the LCD screen on this calculator, I can’t see a clear solution to fix this, but I hope this encourages a shake up of America’s Christians to pray and intercede for their government.
Believers in Jesus in Japan officially only make up less than 1% of Japan, the ones that truly know the Lord and I really admire they the most servant hearted people I have seen, especially in the food bank here at Bridges for Peace putting together bags and pallets of food that are going to the needy. They are not recently threatened by war, but more of geology related problems can be just as destructive, and its great there is great relationships between Israel and Japan, as Israel helped out with the most recent devastating earthquake. They also seem to be the politest people in the world too.
3. Suomi (aka Finland)
There isn’t any Finnish people at the organisation I am at the moment, but there are a lot I know in other Christian organisations here. Interesting enough I know most of them speak Finnish and Swedish, the ones in the west of the country next to Sweden prefer to speak Swedish.
Given that Finland has only 5 million people – less than Israel, but many Finns tell me that all the churches they know support Israel. It seems like replacement theology is a foreign concept to our friends from the chilly top corner shelf of Europe. The Finns seem to have a knack for good sound biblical teaching I think, and there are a few dedicated Finnish Christian organisations in Israel.
Thus, Kudos and Kiitos for the dedication from the Finns. (Kiitos is the only Finnish word I remember which is thankyou)
4. Australia, New Zealand and South Africa
Our Commonwealth brothers:
These guys seem to have more of a sense of adventure than anywhere else, going traveling around other places. For instance, I have been to a few Youth hostels in France and America and always see Aussies, Kiwis and Bokkies there, and they make good travel companions. The seem to be attracted to the outdoors and getting their hands dirty, which is why they also excel at sport, but excelling even more at trying to be super competitive over each other. So they seem to naturally take to doing overseas volunteer work in a Christian ministry..
And they drive on the same side of the road as us Brits too. :o)
I don’t think we have any Nigerians volunteering in any Christian organisation I know of here, but since a few years ago, when the Nigerian government told the Muslim population they can have a free paid for trip to Mecca, the Christian population complained they ought to have a free trip to Jerusalem as well, the government obliged, and now we see a lot of Nigerians here showing their support for Israel, so they bless this land by just being here touring and seeing places.
They don’t seem to get too cross if you call them Americans by mistake. They seem to not moan about cold, and they like hunting. Canadians seem to stand out by their warmth, cheerfulness and great humour especially under pressure.
Canada probably has the best government of anywhere at the moment as PM Stephen Harper proudly makes his unwavering support for Israel as a Christian, not caring what his fellow peers think but trusting in the bible. I can only wish we had more leaders like this. Fer sure Eh.
7. The Netherlands
The Dutch have a talent for prayer and intercession, this is reflected by a hardcore group of Christians from Holland that go praying along the walls of the old city every day, 6 days a week, just not Shabbat or Jewish holidays.
8. Thai and Filipinos
I see a lot of people from East Asia here working with the elderly and holocaust survivors. These people have such abundance of patience and love for the infirm. I see a lot of people from these countries in the UK too working as nurses and carers also.
9. South Koreans
The last Asian country to mentioned here but with the largest amount of Christians in Asia I think. I don’t see many volunteering here, but theres a lot of them on Christian tours here, the Koreans seem to excel at worship I think. I see them playing guitar in Ben Yehuda Street every weekend and in the parks too. Its funny seeing a small boy playing a big guitar thats the same size of him too doing a Hill Songs cover in their own language.
Last but not least, Messianic Jews I have met here in Israel, seem tough and well prepared for all kinds of situations, due to training in the army as well as being people of the book, therefore having to deal with threats from neighbouring countries, inaccurate, dishonest or slanderous news in media around the world, as well from harassment from Jewish anti missionaries. I like the fact that Israelis seem very outgoing and like travelling and going to see live music a lot too.
Lastly, this is not meant to be exhaustive, only a sample of people I have seen here, there in fact other groups of people, such musicians from Denmark and even in recent times there Arab people who have a passion for Jesus, this is something I would like to find out and write at another time.