Man Camp: Identity

Man Camp: Identity

I always look forward to Man camp. It's a weekend up at Warm Lake Idaho filled with Neature. (If you don’t get the “neature” reference check this out:

    The theme for the weekend was "identity." John Eldredge says: “Identity is not something that falls on us out of the sky. For better or for worse, identity is bestowed.” I have recently been on a journey of discovering sonship with the Father. Jesus said in John 17:3 that his greatest desire is that we would know the Father. Jesus could have said a lot of other desires for humanity. But Jesus went to the core desire. To know the Father shapes everything else. You will never live beyond your identity. I believe that's why most Christians walk with their head down, defeated, full of addictions. The chief aim of the Villain is to take us away from our identity in the Father. 

Syrian Doctor

The doctor came to us on Tuesday to help with translation. He explained that he was from Syria where he had his own clinic and was a cardiologist. He had been here for a year with his wife and hadn't worked in all that time. Lebanon, whose official policy is to give no quarter to the refugees, also has denied him a request to be licensed there.

The day started a little rocky with the first doctor who handled translations. His English skills were not as good as some of the other translators we had helping, but by the end of day he had won everyone over because of his ability to help the doctors. His wife has breast cancer and returns once a month for treatments accompanied by her aunt. He cannot return or he will be conscripted into the Syrian army.

Day 2 of his time with us was even smoother. At about 3 pm two parents brought in their 6 year old son. They brought x-rays and clinical notes, but as the parents explained, there was nothing that could be done to save him. The doctor kept reviewing the notes, but because most of it was in Arabic, he couldn't make heads nor tails of it. Then the Syrian doctor was called over. After going through all the documents, he gave the parents the news. The notes indicated a surgery that could be done and a surgeon, one he had worked with before. The little boy would not be terminal if the surgery was done. That quickly led to one of the local church members contacting the local branch of the UN who would pay for the surgery!

This was a miracle because a Syrian doctor just happened to be there who was also a cardiologist.

That evening the doctor stopped by with gifts for all of the team. The night he and his wife, had made us all crosses using an Arabic form of known typing. And then we started crying. We asked him how we could pray for him. He wanted peace in Syria and healing for his wife. After we finished, he asked if he could pray for us in Aramaic! When this man finished there were few dry eyes in the room.

God is at work in the Middle East, and we have been privileged to witness his hand on the work and on these people.


Lebanon Update

Today we had a concentrated group of Muslim women waiting to see the doctors. One of the team members looked up to see a non-Muslim woman, from the church in Zahle, engaged in a discussion with these women- all intently listening to her. Curious about what was engaging these women, a team member asked her interpreter what the woman was saying and the interpreter said "Oh, she's talking about Jesus."  I watched as she engaged these women, pouring out her heart and the love of Jesus. Soon another Muslim woman came upstairs and when we asked what she needed (since she was not seeing a doctor) she replied that she had come upstairs to hear this woman talk about Jesus! This picture brings to mind Romans 10:14 which says, 

How will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher?

Continue to pray for our team as they are serving in Lebanon.