As Joshua, an international studies major at Texas Tech University serving on a Go Now Missions Christmas trip in the Middle East, spent the last 10 days in the Middle East, he shared that his world view of the area has drastically changed. Many times, mission trips not only provide a way for students to share the hope of Christ to changes others’ lives but also their lives and views of the world are bettered in the process.
In Joshua’s update, he mentioned believers must allow God to provide their world views and not the media, noting how prevalent that is in American society. Below is some of what he shared.
First Impressions: First and foremost, American media gets a grade of F for representing the Middle East. It is definitely not a complete desert. Nor is it primitive or nomadic. The people are not all extremists. And it is definitely not dangerous. In areas where wars are and have been on-going for 30 years, people, even Americans, are comfortably and safely living.
I would say that the downtowns or ghettos of most larger American cities are more dangerous than these areas. Where in America can one leave one’s cell-phone at a mall bench and be confident it will still be there in three hours or leave one’s house or car unlocked?
Yet, for some reason, I doubt that even if I shouted this messages from the rooftops in America, people would remain skeptical. It has become ingrained in us the images we conjure up when we hear the words “The Middle East.”
So, what can I do to remedy this misinformed view? Not much unfortunately…You must make the decision to be informed. All I can do is share my story, and highly recommend you go and see for yourself what the Middle East is really like. It will change your view and most likely your life.