Give a year to God

In Leviticus 25: 1-7, 18-22Leviticus 25: 1-7, 18-22
English: Good News Bible (UK) - GNB-UK

The Seventh Year 25 1 The Lord spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai and commanded him : 2 to give the following regulations to the people of Israel. When you enter the land that the Lord is giving you, you shall honour the Lord by not cultivating the land every seventh year. 3 You shall sow your fields, prune your vineyards, and gather your crops for six years. 4 But the seventh year is to be a year of complete rest for the land, a year dedicated to the Lord. Do not sow your fields or prune your vineyards. 5 Do not even harvest the corn that grows by itself without being sown, and do not gather the grapes from your unpruned vines; it is a year of complete rest for the land. 6 Although the land has not been cultivated during that year, it will provide food for you, your slaves, your hired men, the foreigners living with you, 7 your domestic animals, and the wild animals in your fields. Everything that it produces may be eaten. The Problem of the Seventh Year 18 Obey all the Lord's laws and commands, so that you may live in safety in the land. 19 The land will produce its crops, and you will have all you want to eat and will live in safety. 20 But someone may ask what there will be to eat during the seventh year, when no fields are sown and no crops gathered. 21 The Lord will bless the land in the sixth year so that it will produce enough food for two years. 22 When you sow your fields in the eighth year, you will still be eating what you harvested during the sixth year, and you will have enough to eat until the crops you plant that year are harvested.

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God commands the people of Israel, through Moses, to take one year in seven (the Sabbath Year) and give it to God. They were not to work in the fields that year, but were to trust God for such a harvest in the sixth year that they would be free in the seventh year to focus their attention on God. This is not a law for our times, but it may be a good idea to consider doing this at some point in your life. I took a year out to study theology in Canada and discovered a whole new direction for my life. It had the effect of uprooting me from the life I previously had, which made it easier for God to place me somewhere new. If the circumstances are right for you to do something like this I highly recommend it. Here are a few suggestions of what you could do. If you know of others please drop me a line and let me know about them using my contact page.

Opportunities

Most bible/theological colleges offer a one year course of study. If you don’t already have a degree then a one year certificate in theology would probably be what you’re looking for. If you have a degree (in any subject) then some colleges offer a Post Graduate Diploma in Theology. See my Bible Colleges page for links to Bible/theological colleges/seminaries around the world.

The School of Ministry at St Aldates church, Oxford, U.K.

Internship at St George’s church, Leeds, U.K.

The Oak Hall Year at Oak Hall, Otford, Kent, U.K.

If you are into drama here’s an opportunity Oddments Theatre Company.

…and here’s another drama opportunity with Riverside Performing Arts.

Apprenticeships can be found on the 9:38 web site.

There is also apprenticeships available with UCCF for undergraduates working with students.

Friends International offer one year apprenticeship working with international students in the U.K.

Christian Vocations has a database of one year job opportunities abroad.

IFES InterAction run one year programmes working with students in Europe.

Latin Link sends people on short-term missions to Latin America.

Join a Mercy Ship in different parts of the world as a short-term volunteer.

Tear Fund have a Gap year/Career break scheme called Transform for all ages.

CMS offer opportunities to immerse yourself in another culture for a short term visit.

YWAM have a Year For God scheme with a six month mission trip to one of fifteen countries.

Opportunities for volunteers of all ages can be found on the Time for God web site.

If you want to work with youth you could do a year with the Christian charity Upcott.

If you are Roman Catholic, here are some gap year possibilities for you – the Jesuit Volunteer Community, the Vincentian Volunteers, and the Assumption Volunteers Programme.

Another great experience for some would be to spend a year in a L’Arche community. You don’t have to be of student age to do this. L’Arche UK, L’Arche Canada, L’Arche USA, L’Arche Australia, L’Arche World Wide.

In Europe there is The Bless Network which offers a go2bless for gap year students interested in mission.

For 18-24 year olds there’s a Discipleship Year that you can do with New Wine.

For short term missionary experience try doing a gap year with OM or AIM or AWM or BMS or Crosslinks .

For three or nine months of spiritual formation how about the International Training Centre at Hautecombe Abbey in France.

If you were interested in working with people struggling with addiction you could do a Betel Internship for a year.


“As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.” John 17 : 18