“The feeling remains that God is on the journey, too”. Saint Teresa of Avila. I have been a traveler most of my life, and after 18 years of teaching teen-agers (and it was my passion), I moved from Austin, Texas where I had been learning to walk with God even in the busyness of each day to join YWAM in Lausanne, Switzerland. I had felt God ask me to follow him out into the world to a larger classroom, and so I followed. Now many years on, I have worked with YWAM in both Switzerland and at Highfield Oval, UK. I’ve lead DTS’s both in Switzerland and at the Oval, and the most unusual was leading the DTS on the Next Wave as we sailed from Liverpool to Turkey. Now that’s an adventure. From the Balkans to the Middle East, to Africa, I’ve loved journeying to a new place to walk alongside people, to hear their stories, and to then begin to understand how can we help bring change.
In the midst of these years, I had the privilege to work with Lynn Green and Matthew Hand as we pioneered the Reconciliation Walk from 1995 to 1999. This was to be a journey of repentance on the 900th anniversary of the First Crusade from Cologne, Germany to Jerusalem, we followed in the footsteps of the first crusaders, but instead of a sword, we carried a simple apology for failing to live as Jesus had taught his disciples to live.
As Training Director, it was a privilege to train each team that came on the RW from Turkey to Lebanon/Syria to Israel and Palestine. And as we delivered our apology to ordinary people and to religious and secular leaders, we learned that there were many misunderstandings between the West and the East, and that we wanted to be bridge builders who are seeking to love God and our neighbors by breaks down dividing walls. Out of this time has grown the School of Reconciliation and Justice, as well as our Journey of Understanding that is a 10 day trip to Israel and Palestine to meet people on both sides of the conflict who are seeking to make a difference. www.recwalk.net