26 October 2016

Where Hope Heals

Your People My People will be hosting Lisa Miara of Springs of Hope Foundation for a special meeting in Norfolk, UK on Saturday 26th November.

We highly recommend this meeting. Lisa is a passionate and prophetic speaker whose heart was broken by the terrible stories of Yazidi women who escaped from ISIS sex slavery, and young boys who were forced into ISIS military training camps. Hear their stories from one who knows and find out how Lisa is bringing hope into this tragic situation.  You won't want to miss this opportunity to hear the truth from someone who works in the midst of these people.    

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13 October 2016

Building an Altar in Jerusalem - Part 1

Sounds of worship in Hebrew, Arabic, English praising the King of Kings, rose heavenwards from Jerusalem.  “How great is our God!”, sang the worship team, “Come, Jesus” - "Ta’al Yasua” (Arabic) - “Bo Yeshua” (Hebrew) - English, Hebrew and Arabic words intertwining, overlapping, complimenting each other.  Middle Eastern instruments played in tandem with Western instruments - a beautiful symphony of diversity and unity. 

This was the opening of ELAV youth conference that took place in Jerusalem last month - young believers in Jesus/Yeshua/Yasua coming together despite their differences, to worship the Lord on his Holy Mountain.

The worship team broke out into spontaneous praise in Hebrew and Arabic with the Middle Eastern and Western flavours joining and complimenting. Like a perfectly orchestrated dance, the singers and musicians worshipped back and forth between languages and cultures, encircling each other in music and drawing the participants closer together and upward towards the Lord.

Rick Ridings, the ‘Abba’ of this annual conference, took to the stage to open this year’s gathering. “A new sound is coming forth in the earth”, he proclaimed, “a new song, the song of love.” Jewish, Arab and International believers were coming with one voice to worship God together - the children of 
Abraham and the children of the nations standing side by side, with their eyes on the Lord. 

Rick recalled that in 2009, the ELAV conference was held outside. The rainy season had ended and the hot, arid summer months were upon them. One of the conference intercessors felt God was going to send rain, which would be very unusual for that time of year, as a sign of blessing. Out of concern for all the electrical equipment, they prayed that nothing would be damaged by the rain. That same year, Arab and Palestinian believers had started to come to ELAV to join with the Jewish believers. During the conference, Rick called the Arab and Palestinian believers forward to pray for them. As he began to pray, physical rain started falling. Rick was surprised to see that the rain was falling only over the group gathered in front of the stage. It was a very clear sign of God’s blessing.  

“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity...For there the Lord bestows His blessing, even life for evermore.” (Psalm 133)

“I believe we are not here by chance,” encouraged Rick, introducing ELAV 2016, “God is bringing us together in Jerusalem. I believe God will pour his rain over you...These days, the Middle East is very dry but there is water in Jerusalem!  Pour the rain of heaven over us. Let our lives be changed by the rain of heaven. Send spiritual rain to Gaza, to Saudi Arabia... may whole nations turn to You! We pray the whole Middle East will be changed as we build an Altar to You in Jerusalem!”

One of the speakers, Messianic Pastor Avi Mizrachi from Tel Aviv, shared about his recent trip to Greece with a team of Jewish and Arab believers from Israel. They worked together to aid refugees arriving in Thessaloniki. The team, from Tel-Aviv and Nazareth, had the opportunity to share the Gospel with some of the thousands of refugees fleeing from Syria and Iraq. They witnessed Muslims coming to faith!  “The Lord wants us to have new glasses,” he explained, “not using our own view everyday, but seeing from his viewpoint.”  He exhorted the young people to see through God’s eyes and not rely on our own perceptions and prejudices. God’s Kingdom turns our world-views upside-down! 

Avi also shared the story of a visit to South Korea where he was woken up at 5am by a thud, thud, thud outside his room. Looking out, he saw thousands of Korean Christians arriving for a 5am prayer meeting. It was 5am, freezing cold and snowing but they kept coming, bringing their little children with them. Avi was compelled to join them - thousands of believers praising and praying. “I felt like heaven came to earth - so much fun!” he shared. After meeting together, the Koreans went off to work or college or school. Avi encouraged the youth to take 5 minutes before school or work and spend time with Him - to build an altar of prayer and praise and to put on His glasses each morning! 

Rania Sayegh, a Christian Arab leader from Nazareth, encouraged the young people to be builders of bridges and spiritual watchmen.   She shared about the global explosion of new houses of prayer and called the ELAV 2016 attendees to be watchman with a vision to declare God’s promises. She shared the prophet Jeremiah’s vision about watching the Lord fulfil his promises (Jeremiah 1:11-12), reminding the audience that Jeremiah thought he was too young when he received this vision ,but the Lord assured him not to be afraid - he was not too young to be the Lord’s servant and the Lord used him to speak to an entire nation. God had to open his eyes to watch and see. Rania called the young people at ELAV to watch and pray over the country and all the people within. She inspired them to be like the watchmen in Isaiah 62, who cry out day and night for Jerusalem. Rania pointed out that before the verse about watchmen, Isaiah prophesied that Jerusalem would no longer be forsaken but would be called God’s delight, the land would no longer be desolate but married and it 
would be fruitful. 

“The Lord is looking for people who will love the land as they pray” shared Rania, “not politics, but a covenantal relationship like a marriage, to watch and pray for God’s purposes. I want to love my land and country - all geography and all neighbours and all people within - the Jews and Arabs. The Lord spoke to my heart - I want to see a love revolution to reign over every animosity between two people...If we are trying day and night to watch over his word without love - it is nothing. God is looking for men and women to be vessels of his blessing. Are you going to be one who builds an altar to the Lord and becomes a living sacrifice for him? The altar is not made of stones, it is you and your heart.”

“It’s time for a love revolution!” proclaimed Rania. She explained that love is not just about what we say but also actions. “I have a dream,” she continued, “the Lord put on my heart to bring 40-50 Arab young people to walk around Jerusalem with roses in our hands and to give out the roses and say ‘Arabs love Jews’. To walk in the streets of Jerusalem and give out roses to each person, especially to the Jews from the heart of the Arabs - to give a rose and say ‘I love you because of the love of Messiah.’ Love is a verb, an action. We need to give our lives as a living sacrifice to the Lord. If anyone has a problem loving ones in this land - come and repent that we cannot love people in this land. Maybe we have spoken bad words, even cursed the land because of pain, of what we see. The Lord wants to bring healing to our hearts.”

Jewish and Arab young people were at the front standing next to each other, Israeli, Palestinian, Egyptian... “Let’s declare that we love each other - that we love our land together.”  

Someone led a prayer of repentance for any curses and bad words spoken over the land and the people, and for any bitterness and hatred, instead of standing as a watchman over the land. 

They recognised the need to covenant in love, to watch for God’s promises to bring hope and a future. 

“We choose not hatred and division but love - come and put love in our hearts, pour your grace over us. I sacrifice my life for you - come with a love revolution to see change in my country. Come and purify my lips and sanctify me - come and cleanse me like Isaiah to stand in the gap.”  

God is raising up a new generation in Jerusalem to be watchmen on the wall, to be history-makers, to call down heaven to earth...God asks ‘Who shall I send?’ and the youth responded, “Send me, awaken me to a love revolution - a gift of love to my land, to declare life and truth over the land - to declare blessings not curses over this nation. I choose to build an altar to the Lord over this country! For my life to be a source of blessing - I choose to bless my land, my city, my town,  my people and to bless each other -  a love revolution has started!”

These amazing young people were being called, raised up as a prophetic voice in the land of Israel. To declare love instead of hatred or division. The theme of ELAV 2016 was ‘Building an Altar in Jerusalem’ and as young hearts turned to the Lord with love, desperate to serve him, an altar of living sacrifices was built before Him.

With arms around each other, Jewish and Arab young people ended the first day of ELAV 2016 with exuberant worship - dancing and praising  with arms raised to worship the King of Kings in Jerusalem!

Building an Altar in Jerusalem - Part 2 will be published later this month.

If you would like to sow into this amazing work among young people in Israel, you can DONATE HERE

07 October 2016

Youth in Israel Call A 40 Day Fast

"What does it look like to see a whole generation see revival?" asked Nava, a young Jewish believer from Israel. After spending time studying the book of Joel, Nava became passionate to see this kind of revival in her nation and in her generation - to see both Jewish and Arab young people return to the Lord, to see the 'prodigals' come home to the heart of the Father.  Nava, together with other teens and young people in Israel, called a 40 day fast with a particular emphasis on calling back the prodigals - those in our families and congregations who have walked away from the faith. They began fasting on 3rd September and day 40 is on The Day of Atonement/Yom Kippur (Wednesday 12th October), the day when all Israel will be fasting.  

The fast has been named 'Turning Hearts' after the verse in Malachi 4:6 "Turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and the hearts of the children to the fathers".

We had the privilege of hearing Nava share about the fast and the desire to see revival in Israel to a group of Arab Christians, at a meeting we attended just outside of Jerusalem recently. Our hearts were touched as we saw the passion among the Body of Messiah in Israel to cry out for an outpouring of the Lord over the nation and we heard the cries of the mothers for their children to come back to the Lord.

"Come join us, young Arab Christians and Messianic Jews in Israel as we pray, fast and intercede, together with our parents for God’s blessing in this generation." 

The fast ends on 12th October 2016. If you would like to join with the Body of Messiah in Israel for the last week of the fast, praying for the return of the 'prodigals' both in Israel and around the world, we will be posting daily updates from the young people in Israel on our Facebook page.


Here is today's update:

Day 33 – Perfect Timing

Yesterday we entered into the last “phase” of our fast which is- “perfect timing” (see Daniel 9:19 “do not delay”). God has timing for everything and I believe that the timing for us to pray the prodigals in is now. As we moved through each of the 5 stages I believe it was just building us up in momentum to these last 8 days and for the momentum that will keep going after the fast. Many of you have heard this saying of “timing is everything” and most of you can probably read this and nod to yourself saying- this is true. We can make or break something due to just bad timing. Some things happen quickly and some move slowly (Ecclesiastes 3:1-15). Everything in it’s perfect timing is beautiful! I want to encourage us all to pray in His perfect timing for these last 7 days! Sons and daughter coming home singing and dancing and full of life because Love had transformed them on the way home.
Yesterday we had an incredible time of prayer and worship in Jerusalem, we had a young group of worship leaders sing prophetic songs over our nation and over lost sons and daughter. I saw a picture during the night of every prayer that was prayed out getting wings and flying to be accomplished right then! I was stirred and excited for every single prayer and song that was given a voice. We prayed for Bars and Night clubs to be filled with Holy Spirit and we proclaimed all together that NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD! I want to encourage every single one of you to sing today and the last 7 days of this fast! SING the burning words on your heart and give a voice to the stirring of the past 33 days. Don’t hold back guys, for the sake of our loved ones don’t hold back! These songs need to be given wings and they only get wings when you speak it out. It’s like spraying a bottle of perfume, you only smell the mist when you spray what is inside out. Whole battles were won in the Bible just by singing, doesn’t that mean something to you? (2 chronicles 20:1-30) Our victory is already won and we are NOT defeated but we sing because we Know Our Side Wins Every Single Time! Also when we sing we are joining in on a heavenly rhythm that awaits for your voice. You see, heaven and earth are both waiting to hear your song that can only uniquely come out of YOUR mouth. Don’t hold back! Sing in your room those prayers that have been written for years over your sons and daughter, record them on your phone if you need to so that every time you lose hope you can hear that song and remember that the Battles isn’t ours.
“You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.”  Psalm‬ ‭32:7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Prayer for today:
  • Holy Spirit help people all around the world release their songs! 
  • Remind us of how Mighty you are God and that nothing is impossible for you! 

Updates from Israel will be posted on our Facebook page CLICK HERE and like our page to get the updates.

Here is another video of Nava sharing about the fast:

02 October 2016

You Are Invited!

Have you ever received an invitation for an appointment with the Queen of England?  I’m guessing that for the majority of people reading this, the answer is ‘no’.  Well, neither have I!  So what would you say if I told you that Her Royal Majesty has an invitation for you to meet with her?  At a specific time and place, for a specific purpose to be with her for a celebration event?  Would we fall over in shock?  Start figuring out what to wear?  Certainly we would post such an invitation of honour on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and every other social media server we could think of?  Just think of the ‘wow factor’ that a Royal Appointment to engage with someone like the Queen would create among us and our friends!

Never going to happen you say!  And for most of us, you’re probably right.  But how about an appointment with the King of the Universe instead?  Would that be as momentous or mind blowing?  Do we think that might have a sufficient ‘wow factor’ for us to feel the same kind of honour and privilege?  For the ancient nation of Israel, the King of the Universe did just that.  The One who created the planets, the earth, the animals and vegetation, the Author of Creation and all life, the God who ‘made man in His image’, made appointments with His people!

In Hebrew, the word is ‘moedim’ in the plural (pronounce moh-eh-deem) and translated simply means appointed time, place or meeting.  Leviticus 23:2 reads: “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘These are my appointed festivals, the appointed festivals of the Lord, which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies.’”  Note that when God was speaking to the Israelites of old, He made a point of saying they are His appointed festivals - they were appointments made by Him and they are His idea.  So often they are relegated to just being ‘Jewish Feasts’, but even though there were set up with the fledgling nation of Hebrews, these appointed times belong to the King of the Universe!  What an opportunity, as ones grafted in to the promises of God’s chosen people (Romans 11), to take advantage of meeting with our good Father at a time He chooses.

This year, the autumn Appointed Festivals of the Lord all happen in October: 
  • Sundown 2nd - 3rd October - Yom HaTruah: the Feast of Trumpets, often referred to as Rosh HaShana and is the start of the Hebrew calendar year.
  • Sundown 11th - 12th October - Yom Kipur: the Day of Atonement, when we are reminded that Yeshua is both the sacrifice and our High Priest who opens the way for us into the Father’s presence.
  • Sundown 16th - 23rd October - Sukot: the Feast of Tabernacles, reminding us of God’s desire to ‘tabernacle’ with mankind, to dwell with us, to be with us.
  • Sundown 23rd - 24th October - Simchat Torah: Rejoicing in the Word/the Eighth day of the Great Feast (Sukot) a reminder and celebration of God’s written word to us.

 And what is the purpose of our keeping an appointment with the King of Kings at such a time?  Well chances are, if we are invited into His presence, He has something to say, something to impart, something to bless us with, something He wants to share and celebrate with us - or perhaps simply just to have time with us…