This is it! The days are dwindling and the moments slip by with little opposition as Paige and I prepare for our immenent departure. We are spending our last few days with family and friends in Atlanta, Georgia. The impending flight to Israel weighs heavily on our minds and of the minds of everyone we talk to. With the most prominent questions asked being, “are you nervous/afraid/scared?” Also, “how long are you going, why, and what will you be doing there?” In an attempt to answer all these and more, I’ve decided to send out this update for all of my inter-web dwelling friends out there.
To address some FAQs;
No, neither Paige or I are afraid/scared about traveling to Bethlehem and spreading the message of Grace to all who will hear it. Paige is somewhat nervous about teaching a classroom full of second graders for the first time, a situation that can be intimidating for any new teacher. I am certain that she will be capable and that the children will cling to her instruction like the glue that will hold their various construction paper projects. As for myself; I have not been “given me a spririt of fear, but of power, and of love, and a sound mind.” (2 Tim 1:7). Because I know Philippians 4:13 is truth, and claim it over our lives.
Paige and I will be living in Bethlehem for at least one year, teaching English to Arab Christians and Arab Muslim students, using the Bible as our text, and adhering to American testing standards. That is to say, we will teach the benefits of American English, Capitalism, American and Biblical History to students, in the hopes that they might spread the message of Grace to their own communities. We are going on this “Jonah Journey” because we believe we have been called “to this position for such a time as this” (Est 4:14), and to spread the message of Grace to all men, though some may be our enemies.
Just as Jonah was called to minister to the Assyrians who had captured, enslaved and displaced his people; we know what happened when Jonah disobeyed, and we also know what happened when Jonah obeyed his calling! If the message of Grace turned the Assyrian Capitol to repentance in one day, imagine the revival that could take place over the course of a year!
The last few weeks have been exciting! Between my graduation from Lee University, both Paige and I leaving our jobs and moving out of our apartment in Tennessee, we have been running ourselves ragged. Fundraising has taken us to visit and share with great church bodies such as the Adairsville Church of God, Buford Church of God, Creekside Fellowship, New Shiloh Missionary Baptist, and Praise Assembly of God. We have met so many wonderful people who have agreed to support our ministry. We have made so many new friends and added to our faith family. It is our great privilege to represent our faith community in Israel, to deliver the message of God’s Grace to all men.
Our “Warrior Ethos” for our mission to Israel is Romans 5:19 “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one man’s obedience many will be made righteous.” It is this scripture that we stand on and accept as confirmation of God’s call on our lives.
We are so excited and I look forward to updating you with more information as soon as it becomes available.
Kenneth Coomer III