|Arab Pastor Edward Tannous & Jewish Pastor Avi Mizrachi with 'There is Hope!' shirts.|
In October last year, Israeli Arab Pastor Edward Tannous from Haifa and Israeli Jewish Pastor Avi Mizrachi travelled together to USA to raise awareness and support for their annual December outreach in the city of Haifa. Every year during the festive month, tens of thousands of Israelis from all over the country arrive to celebrate the “Holiday of Holidays Festival”. In the midst of a sea of merchants selling both hanukkah and Christmas goods, the staff of Dugit Messianic Outreach Centre partner with Pastor Tannous and his Congregation, to share the Gospel during this strategic time. “Together, we welcome the multitudes with a free cup of coffee and a big smile,” said Avi. “Everyone of us is dressed in a white shirt inscribed with the words, ‘There is Hope’ in both Hebrew and Arabic. Our message is that there is hope in the Messiah Yeshua!”
In addition to the coffee and conversations, thousands of Bibles and testimony books are given away in Hebrew, Arabic and Russian, while other members of the team worship with guitars, singing songs about God in each language. Behind the scenes there is another team close by, this time one of intercessors, people praying and asking God to shine His light, love, and hope into each heart that passes by their stand. What a dynamic combination! And what a great joy to see many Israeli Arabs and Jews touched by the power and love of God! “We were able to talk with many people about Yeshua each weekend,” shared Avi. “We also prayed with different ones and some have asked if they can meet to talk more. Each year we experience an increase in resistance from the enemy, and we believe we will see a great response from God in the midst of the multitudes of people that we are able to share the Gospel with!”
Please would you remember to pray for those sharing the Gospel in Israel? Today, they are fulfilling the words of Isaiah, the voices of ‘ones calling in the wilderness, “Prepare the way of the Lord and make straight in the desert a highway for our God!”’ Ask the Holy Spirit to anoint those who are serving, with boldness and courage and pray that the thousands of Israelis who hear the Gospel, would experience an encounter with God and put their faith in Yeshua!
“Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed His word by the signs that accompanied it.” Mark 16:20