As I develop strong, authentic friendships within the unbelieving Middle Eastern community where I live, I am learning to more fully embrace the fact that I “carry” the presence of Jesus wherever I go. This “clothing” gives me joy and helps me to be more courageous and intentional in my witness.
Unpredictability is the nature of authentic relational ministry. We cannot control people or dictate the outcomes—at least not if we want to keep our friendships. We can, however, be prepared with love, respect and knowledge of the Scriptures.
We are convinced that ordinary people can see God’s transformational power among unbelievers through service, prayer and hospitality. This happens best when believers team up rather than trying to do it alone. No matter how stressful life is, living and discipling together makes serving others doable and fun.
For Rosh, taking what is broken and lost at sea and making it into something beautiful and valuable is like what God does with people. “It points to a hope for all of us, that even in our brokenness we are searched for and found,” says Rosh.