Friday, July 22, 2011
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
(Old City Jerusalem)
After a rather uneventful transatlantic flight, (Thank you Lord!) Courtney and I finally made it to Israel-Palestine. We arrived shortly before noon local time and made it to our hotel seemingly before anyone else from the conference. Hence, WE SLEPT! While the flight was a great experience, travelling for 11 hours without the ability to lie down takes its toll on your body.
We slept so good in fact, that we overslept for dinner. By the time we received a call from the conference personnel, we had to rush downstairs in order to grab a few morsels. Shortly thereafter we had the opportunity to meet and receive directives from the conference staff as it pertains to our schedule over the next two weeks. We then had a chance to fellowship with the other attendees who are literally from all over the world, i.e. South Africa, the Netherlands, France, Great Britain, Brazil, etc.
From a few minutes before we landed up until the present moment, I have a felt a sense of awe. While the conference has not yet begun, I feel tremendously blessed to experience this part of the world first-hand. For my entire life, I, along with the rest of the Western world have heard the news reports of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Yet what is becoming clearer to me from my reading (prior to leaving Cleveland) and my brief personal interactions thus far, there are multiple perspectives from the Palestinian angle that I never considered… especially the Palestinian Christian perspective!
Given my heartfelt passion to better serve the interest of “the least of these,” I am looking forward to learning more about the conflict from the testimonies of dehumanization and sociopolitical oppression that so many of our Palestinian brothers and sisters have had to endure. In so doing, I believe it will enhance my outlook on serving within the culturally-rich context of the African-American community.
Thank you Lord for this great opportunity. Thank you for your travelling mercy, grace, and love. Our prayer is that you would use this time to further enrich our marriage and ministries that we may be better equipped to serve You, and Your purposes. Have your way… and we will be so careful to give You the praise. In Jesus name. Amen.
Cory C. Jenkins
May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, hard hearts, half-truths, and superficial relationships.
May God bless you so that you may live from deep within your heart where God's Spirit dwells.
May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people.
May God bless you so that you may work for justice, freedom, and peace.
May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation and war.
May God bless you so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and turn their pain into joy.
And may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, in your neighborhood, so that you will courageously try what you don't think you can do, but, in Jesus Christ, you'll have all the strength necessary.
May God bless you fearlessly to speak out about injustice, unjust laws, corrupt politicians, unjust and cruel treatment of prisoners, and senseless wars, genocides, starvations, and poverty that are so pervasive.
May God bless you that you remember we are all called to continue God's redemptive work of love and healing in God's place, in and through God's name, in God's Spirit, continually creating and breathing new life and grace into everything and everyone we touch.
So while, we are not there in Clinton, TN, and we find ourselves here in Israel-Palestine, we feel as though the Lord is still accomplishing these same 3 objectives, just in a new place. Thank God for a new place to accomplish what needs to be done. This world we live in is vast and deep and we are privalaged to travel and see it.
So this is our prayer: that we would be filled up, that we would make international connections and that we would be empowered to return to Cleveland and "DO" ministry. Amen!
Monday, July 18, 2011
We pray this message finds you healthy and blessed.
As many of you know we are departing (literally right now we're in the air) from Cleveland for 3 weeks traveling to Israel-Palestine and Greece. We have been offered this wonderful opportunity to see the world and we are both humbled and grateful. It is our prayer that this trip will be a pivotal moment in our marriage and in our ministry.
Since our move to Cleveland, have been working tirelessly in the vineyards the Lord has assigned (Shiloh and Euclid Avenue). As many of you know, pastoring is no small task. We sense, in the midst of this moment, that the Lord has divinely ordered the timing of this trip.
We are both tired and in need of a "fresh wind and a fresh fire." Three weeks away will do us some good and offer us a great deal of time for prayer and vision formation.
We ask that you keep us in your prayers as we travel to portions of the world where there is civil unrest and conflict. We are trusting that God will keep us from all hurt, harm and danger. We trust that your prayers will go with us.
We have set up a blog if you would like to follow us from the comforts of your own home. our blog is http://www.teamjenkinsjourney.blogspot.com/ .Here,we will try to chronicle our experience, post photos and video. It is our intention to write daily as long as our schedule provides and Internet access is readily available.
We have also made arrangements for skype (Username(s): Courtney.Clayton.Jenkins and Cory.Jenkins81). FYI: there is a 7hr time difference between the East Coast and Tel Aviv. We are not yet sure about Athens, Greece.
Finally, pray with us that the Holy Spirit would be the only spirit that rests upon our congregations in our absence. It can be a little frightening, as a new pastor, to leave your congregation for an extended period of time. However, because we believe the Lord has ordered our steps at this time, we trust God would lead and guide our congregations during this time as well.
We look forward to sharing with you from afar.
With excitement for what is to come,
Cory & Courtney
Friday, July 15, 2011
On Monday, we will travel to the Sabeel Conference for Young Adults.
We plan to post updates here about our travels and what we are learning. Our trip will take us to Israel, Palestine and Greece. It should be exciting. Please keep us in your prayers as we make this trip to the other side of the world.
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We will keep you posted! Let the fun begin.