What did you learn about yourself on your travels?
I’m not God. I can’t fix all problems of society – I may not even be able to protect my kids from them. I set out on a journey to find out what’s wrong with the family, and I came to a conclusion…I’m not going to give it away, but I was caught by surprise, as to how close to home it actually is!
I was also taught some life-changing lessons about how we, as Christians, actually see the world. And I was awakened to some of the potential damage caused by my over-zealous desire to help drag-I mean, lead!-people to Jesus.
But I also discovered real hope. There is a very real solution. Tim Sisarich, flaws and all, is a part of that. We all are. We’re part of something so much bigger than ourselves, something that God planned and designed from the very foundation of creation. God loves each one of us just the way we are …. to Him, we are all irreplaceable!
What was your favorite stop on your trip?
Where do I begin, with a question like that? We traveled the globe with this project. Starting in New Zealand, it took us across the US, Europe, the UK, the Middle East, India and Africa. Every person I met was fascinating or interesting. Everyone has a story to tell.
I really loved experiencing the different aspects of family in all those different cultures around the world. It was amazing being “a fly on the wall” at weddings and other celebrations – if you change the wardrobe and the language, it’s basically the same the world over … brides, grooms, mothers-of-the-bride, they all act and react in the same way. No matter where we went in the world, people all talked about the importance of a mom and a dad, of a family unit.
I loved seeing the Taj Mahal. It was designed and built by an Indian prince to remember his wife who died in childbirth. It was an extravagant act of love. I guess I’m a romantic at heart! I loved Rome and St Petersburg. But I would have to say that I really loved going back to Israel. Jesmae (my wife) and I lived there for a year and a half, and it holds a very special place in my heart. For the first time, I was able to go into the homes of Palestinians, to see firsthand how families in that State have been impacted through the on-going conflict. I felt very privileged to be able to do that.