Experience Israel – Back to the Roots
Kehilanews.com, Caspari Staff
Dec 13, 2018
Abbey Meyer, volunteer as the Caspari Center
For a long time now, the Norwegian Church Ministry to Israel (NCMI; the organization which established the Caspari Center) had been wanting to pioneer a Bible school in Israel. At the same time, a desire had also been growing in the hearts of some young Norwegians working with the Youth With A Mission (YWAM) branch in Rogaland, Norway. And so a new partnership came into being. The “Experience Israel – Back to the Roots” bible school for young adults was pioneered, with the YWAM team contributing their experience teaching young people, and the Caspari Center/NCMI staff providing their theological expertise.
The goals of the bible school are to provide the students with sound biblical teaching, first-hand experience of Israel and an understanding of Israel’s role in God’s plan. They also aim to instill in these young people a passion to give the gospel back to the people from whom it first arrived. Erlend and Sofie, the Norwegian couple who led the two month-long school, believe “Experience Israel” provides students with an experience that is impossible to obtain only through reading the bible or watching the news. “The students get to live in the land where it all happened… where it is still happening… and it will change their perspective!” Erlend enthused. What a joy it was to host and join these eight participants from Norway, Estonia, and the US; all called here by God in different ways, all here for different reasons.
Some participants had always wanted to come and saw this opportunity as a gift. Andreas, a father from Norway with a heart for evangelism and the Jewish people, used his paternity leave to participate in the course. Ingebjørg, a young woman from Norway, said, “It felt like an invitation from Jesus, my friend, to come and explore where he grew up and lived his life.” Another participant, Andra from the United States, was asked whether she was interested in joining the course. Andra initially thought, “No that isn’t really something for me, I don’t have a heart for the people of Israel.” But then God spoke to her, saying, “That’s exactly why I want you to go. I want to give you a heart for my people.” She decided to go, right then and there, out of obedience to God.