Mission: Making the JumpRebecca Rubanik - 16 Feb 2017
For the past few weeks we've been delving into what mission means. Today, Rebecca shares what it's like to move somewhere different to serve:
“We hope in Jesus and all that He is...”
From the age of 16, I’ve felt God calling me to work overseas. I actively engaged in short and long term mission trips in every school holiday, and every opportunity of annual leave I was given in the workplace. It didn’t matter where I went; I just had a burning desire to ‘get out there’ that was rapidly growing.
For so many of us, the struggles of life swipe us without warning. Some sad things happened in my life, and overnight, things looked really different. For the next couple years I held on to God and His promises with all I had.
Yet, a couple of years ago, God started to speak again about this burning desire to be somewhere different. Through relationships, Lebanon was put on the table, and after a couple of trips, God started to make it incredibly clear he was leading me there.
In November 2015, I made the jump. I knew God was speaking; stirring my heart; calling me deeper. You could see it as a rough trade - Beirut stinks of rubbish at times; it’s impossible to find peace and quiet; the language is really difficult. Yet, none of these things come close to the level of joy I’m experiencing as I know I’m exactly where God has called me to be.
I’ve found myself deep in the heart of the Syrian Refugee crisis - a third of the population is now made of Syrian Refugees who have had to flee their homes and arrive with only the clothes on their back. They get given tarpaulin and wood, and have to rebuild their homes and lives from scratch. I get to be part of a team that sits with these people - hears their stories, and gets to worship and read the Bible with them.
Alongside this, I also have a particular focus of working with Muslim background students in Beirut – young people who have come to love Jesus, and who want to share with their peers. I have the absolute privilege of working with some incredible guys and girls to run prayer rooms right in the centre of the student district in Beirut. The vision is to inspire and catalyse a movement of prayer among the student community.
"I know I’m exactly where God has called me to be..."
I believe God’s heart is to bring healing and destiny to so many students here, who are growing up in such a challenging place, where family and social issues are incredibly fragile.
For many years now, God has spoken to me about changing people’s perception of hope. A lot of dirt has been thrown at me - yet by the grace of God, I can share my experiences and speak of his healing grace and redemption with many people. I am now in a different context, but God is the same and He wants to bring healing and freedom in a powerful way.
My heart burns to share this living hope; that when all worldly things fall away from under us, we don’t have to sink into the abyss – we hope in Jesus and all that He is; the lifeline and the only way. This is what we are invited to put our hope in, and this is what saves us.
You can be part of a mission team serving students in Lebanon this summer: 24-7prayer.com/missionteams
(This blog was originally published on our UK website: check it out here)