My 6 months volunteer in Israel is up in less than two weeks.
My flight home is 9th of January, which means I need to go and get a new job. This isn’t a particularly good time to find employment at the moment and I havent had any response to any applications I have sent in so far.
I am look forward to meeting up with friends and family but I am sure I am going to pine for warmer temperatures, stony hills, rocky clad biblical looking buildings and somewhat faster, frenetic, unpredictable and often a little chaotic atmosphere that is Jerusalem.
At home I really would need an all new challenge of some kind, partly because I am approaching my mid 30s and am single, and fit awkwardly between youth & students and the married couples which most of my friends are these days. That’s not to say I mope around all the time wanting to get married, if it something I said I don’t think about regularly I would be lying. But I am passionate about seeing God becoming accessible to ordinary people and I am seeking some kind of challenge. Being single of course does give me a lot flexibility to things that would otherwise be impossible, so I am making the most of that time, whatever period that may be.
This could be back in the regular work place doing IT support, my job of doing support technical issues with staff in businesses, is something the fits be perfectly not just because of my computer skills I have used in the workplace, but more also with the fact God has placed my in several normal secular companies with other Christians where we can meet up and pray and encourage each other, one of these three groups was one I set up myself. I don’t go about pushing my faith in peoples faces, its more of case I just try and do my work well and be discrete, polite and professional in my manner and my faith in Jesus seems to rub off on people it seems. I could be in a different town perhaps.
I could go back. With flights to Israel are a hundred quid or so (providing they don’t charge extra for baggage, using the toilet or breathing, as some budget airlines have shown to do) I could continue my role here, my visa runs until May (my sister has a baby this time and I am going to a close friends wedding in Spain then as well) and there is no replacement for me at BFP. For me to stay I would need to get some proper sponsorship and I have had some kind people donate me funds but its not always been consistent, and I have been living off my last two pay cheques from my last paid job, the refund of my unused car insurance and a few other (got paid to fix other volunteers laptops) things. My time here hasnt been a holiday, it has been stressful often, and requires a lot of prayer which God has been amazingly faithful, even with some things happened this week. I have got to stay in a town frequently threatened by terrorism and see Arab people turn replace Islam with the love and acceptance of Jesus, things you would never experience on a tour or see accurately portrayed in television.
If you are a believer whether you know me as a friend or just bumped into this page somehow, I would like to ask if you can pray.
Please pray God can provide me with the right steps of what to do next. The Lord has pointed me in the direction of doing this volunteer work in terms of lots of different steps and has provided for me faithfully each way.
I am tired of guesswork, I need God to give me a very clear answer what to do next.
Yes I should listen to the quiet voice God mentions in the bible. I have a rubbish attention span and get things lost on all my imagination and plenty of other distractions. Even if I try and sit on the Mount of Olives my mind will wander, its why I spend a lot of time walking both here in Israel and back at home. Therefore I really need something explicitly clear of what to do next.
Its a case of if I should get a normal paid job or stick to being here a bit longer. In all honesty, there’s places (more of Galilee, Megido, Nazareth, Golan Heights, etc) I still want to visit here in Israel and have some great friendships with people which have matured to the point where its going to be painful to say goodbye.
Thanks for your time.