30 December 2016

8 Day Journey - DAY EIGHT





Peter expressed surprise when he saw Jesus preparing to wash the disciples’ feet as they gathered in the upper room to celebrate the Passover meal together.  In the dry, dusty environment of the Middle East, it was not unusual to have water provided to wash your feet when entering a house - but it was for a lowly servant to perform such tasks.

This was a private function, and there were probably no household servants around. No one had taken it upon themselves to serve their brothers in this way.  So, during the meal, when Jesus got up and put himself, the honoured rabbi, in the position of a servant - it turned their worldview upside down.

“Now that I, your Lord and Rabbi, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet,” explained Jesus.  The usual position of a disciple was at the feet of the teacher, but the teacher had put himself at the feet of his disciples, in the very dust he was now washing from them!

The foot washing incident was a lesson in servant ministry. Unlike the worldly leaders who lorded their authority over their subjects, Jesus explained:  “...it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant...just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many”

As followers of Jesus, we have to ask ourselves: Will we dedicate our lives to serving others the way our master showed us or will we go the way of the world, serving our own self-interests? This picture of the King of the Universe washing his subjects’ feet is a reminder to us of that daily choice. What a  wonderful example of serving others with humility and without imposing our own conditions. Jesus tells us to emulate His actions in this simple act of kindness: “For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you”
(John 13:15).

CHOOSING TO FORGIVE

One of the most humbling and joyous events Your People My People had the honour of witnessing, took place a few years ago in Nazareth. 

Arab Christians were hosting a gathering for the Global Day of Prayer and invited their Messianic Jewish brothers and sisters to come and join them. Being aware that historical and political tensions do exist between their people groups, the organisers arranged for an Arab and Jewish Pastor to publicly repent to each other on behalf of their people. This exchange of repentance and forgiveness was beautiful and heart-felt and gave room for God to move.

It didn’t end there. The Arab Pastors invited all the Jewish Pastors to take a seat so they could wash their feet.  Then they changed places and the Jewish Pastors washed the Arab Pastors’ feet. Arab and Jewish Pastors then spent time praying for each other. This act of humility was so amazing to watch that weeping began to be heard around the room and Jewish and Arab believers began praying for each other.

Healing and reconciliation can always flow from
repentance and forgiveness. What a wonderful lesson we can learn from our brothers who have learned to ‘dwell together in unity’ - Psalm 133.








Thank you for joining us on our 8 Day Journey through Hanukkah. We hope you have enjoyed it and been inspired. In the words of the prophet Isaiah: "Arise and shine for your light has come!" 

We will sign off with a video of the gorgeous song 'Kumi Ori' (Arise and Shine) sung in Hebrew by King of Kings Congregation in Jerusalem.

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29 December 2016

8 Day Journey - DAY SEVEN




After praying for God’s light of revival to shine upon His ancient covenant people, Israeli Pastor Eitan Shishkoff came to at least one conclusion:  Israel will be changed through its youth. “Revolutions are made by the young.  Without exaggeration, I am convinced that equipping Israeli Messianic youth is one of the very best ways to bring about Israel’s end-time harvest, as pictured by the prophets of old.”

So, around fourteen years ago he started ‘Katzir’ (which means Harvest in Hebrew), a national Messianic youth ministry in Israel for teenagers from age 14 to 18 from Messianic families.  Since then, thousands of Israeli teenagers have come through the camps which take place three times every year.  Those who came to the first ones are now in their late twenties and many occupy places of ministry and key areas of service in the Messianic congregations of Israel.  Some are studying for advanced degrees in history, Jewish studies, and government.

“Their refreshing testimonies are already drawing other Israeli youth to Yeshua. Extremely few Jewish people in Israel have any concept that Yeshua is our Messiah, King and Redeemer.  To the Jewish people, Jesus looks to them like an ad for the historic Church that has no connection with them.  Yet our young people are already changing that paradigm. “























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28 December 2016

8 Day Journey - DAY SIX




Esther Frank is reading a letter using a magnifying glass and doesn’t notice her visitors’ arrival. It takes two or three attempts to get her attention before Esther looks up and breaks into a smile as she recognises the two Israeli journalists writing a story about her.

One of the journalists asks her why she doesn’t wear a hearing aid to help her hear better. Esther looks embarrassed and replies,  “I can’t afford those things. How would I pay for it?”  Asked if its enough to live on, she replies: “No, its not enough.”

At 88 years of age, Esther is almost blind and deaf.  She does not have a pension, just the small amount she receives from Social Security. She lives alone and leaves her front door unlocked so that neighbours can find her if she falls and can’t get up. The week before the interview, a thief had walked into her home and searched for valuables as she sat watching helplessly. She didn’t have anything except 87 shekels in cash (about £14) which he took.

Esther’s situation is not an isolated one. 31.6% of Israelis live in poverty according to studies completed in 2014. The high cost of housing and utilities is forcing many families into debt. The Israeli welfare system is at bursting point and many from both Jewish and Arab backgrounds are living below the poverty line.

Many Congregations in Israel run Food Banks to help the poor in their area. Your People My People is committed to helping support them as they reach out to alleviate poverty.




27 December 2016

8 Day Journey - DAY FIVE
















Through the work of You People My People, we have increasingly become aware of those with a God given vision and mission, but are finding it hard because of a lack of help with administration.  It’s not as difficult to raise money for people who are preaching the gospel, helping the poor or fighting for a just cause.  But how inspired are we when asked to give so someone can be paid to handle emails, mailings, newsletters, reports, accounts, websites...? Without someone taking care of everyday and routine tasks, these responsibilities become burdens, left to the one carrying the vision.

In 1 Corinthians 12:28, Paul is listing the kinds of people God has gifted the church with:   “And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues.”   Various translations use other words like governments, managers, organisers, provide guidance, those who can get others to work together, and those skilled in administration, to translate the Greek.  The point being, ones who perform such tasks are just as much a spiritual gift from God as any of the others listed here.

Many a Pastor, CEO or Director will tell you the value of a good administrator.   They know they can keep building and growing because the body is supported and structurally sound. We know several ministries we work with in Israel right now who need exactly this kind of help, local people that God has already gifted the Body with but are not yet released to serve, simply because the resource is not there to pay them.   Would you pray with us that there would be a breakthrough of funding for these ministries, so that this vital need can be provided for?  As Paul also said in 1 Corinthians 12, we are all part of the one Body of Messiah.  And it is only as we all participate that the Body is enabled and empowered to be all God created us to be!


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IN ISRAEL

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26 December 2016

8 Day Journey - DAY FOUR





A HIGHWAY OF WORSHIP

An ancient prophesy in the book of Isaiah is mobilising an unlikely partnership of intercessors across the Middle East. 

According to Isaiah, there would be a time when Egypt, Assyria and Israel would be worshipping together, travelling freely between each others nations and being a blessing to each other and the whole earth.  Inspired by these words, intercessors from Israel, Egypt and Assyria (located within modern day Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey), along with representatives from other Middle Eastern nations, have been meeting together for several years now to pray for the salvation of their nations, for reconciliation between their peoples and for a spiritual connection that would grow and mature. 

Houses of Prayer have been springing up throughout the region. A highway of worship to the one true God is being built. As wars and uprisings tear ancient civilizations apart, God is raising up a spiritual army to praise his name, proclaim his word and call his Kingdom into being. 

Pray for these Isaiah 19 Highway Houses of Prayer. Pray for the gatherings when intercessors from all over the Middle East can come together to pray for each other and their region. Pray for a breaking down of walls and true heart to heart connections. Pray for the building of a Highway of Worship between Egypt, Assyria and Israel!






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Pray for Houses of Prayer all along the 'Isaiah 19 Highway'.

Find out more about two of the Houses of Prayer in Israel that Your People My People supports.

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NAZARETH 
HOUSE OF PRAYER AND EXPLOITS (HOPE)

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25 December 2016

8 Day Journey - DAY THREE



LIFE FROM THE ASHES

The hall had been set up ready for a service.  Rows of chairs faced a speaker’s rostrum and musical equipment was plugged in and ready. 


Your People My People Directors, Karen and Amanda were about to join with a special group of Holocaust Survivors who loved and followed Yeshua (Jesus). One of our partners in Israel had brought them together from the surrounding areas to meet together for worship, teaching and fellowship. The meeting was in a hotel run by Jewish believers in Yeshua and before the service began, each Survivor was treated to a three course buffet meal in the hotel dining room. After lunch, the hall filled up. 

What a joy to see these elderly men and women, in their 70s, 80s and 90s, worshipping the Lord with all their hearts! As children and young adults, these individuals had experienced horrendous atrocities, some in Concentration Camps, some hiding from the Nazis in forests in sub-zero temperatures and others terrified of being found while they hid in basements and attics. All had lost families, homes, identity, a normal life, but all had been led to come ‘home’ to Israel.  
As we watched this unique congregation express their worship to their Messiah Yeshua, we were reminded of a verse in Isaiah, that to all who mourn in Israel, God will give beauty for ashes, joy instead of mourning and praise instead of heaviness. They will be planted like strong and graceful oaks for his glory!  And indeed they have been!




  


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24 December 2016

8 Day Journey - DAY TWO



The righteous 
shall flourish 
like a palm tree, 
he shall grow 
like a cedar 
in Lebanon.
Those who are 
planted in the 
house of the Lord 
shall flourish in the courts of our God.
They shall still 
bear fruit in old age; 
they shall be fresh 
and flourishing...

Psalm 92:12-15
2000 Year 
Old Seed

In the early 1970s, archaeologists working on the ruins at Masada (Herod's mountaintop fortress) discovered an ancient vessel containing palm tree seeds that were 2000 years old. The seeds then sat untouched in an office drawer until 2005 when an Israeli medical research facility suggested trying to germinate them. 

To everyone’s amazement, the seeds grew. The tiny sapling was nicknamed ‘Methuselah’ after the oldest person in the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament).

Ten years later, this ancient date palm  is thriving.  He is now 3 metres (10 feet) tall. He has produced flowers that were used to pollinate dates on another tree.  Fruit in his old age! 



Jesus likened the Gospel to a seed that is scattered widely and lands on various types of soil. The seed that lands in good soil, takes root and grows strong. The Gospel is a 2000 year old seed that still bears fruit today! In Israel, Messianic Jews and Christian Arabs are sharing the Gospel in a relevant, locally contextualized way. The Gospel seed that went out to the world from the tiny nation of Israel, is still being planted and growing good fruit from the very place it first grew!










Watch some great testimonies of Jewish people who have come to faith in Yeshua!

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23 December 2016

8 Day Journey - DAY ONE


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WHAT YOU NEED: 


  • 8 Candle holders plus one more to be the servant candle.  
The traditional Hanukkah menorah (Hanukkah) has all nine candle holders joined together into one candlestick but you can use an assortment of individual candle holders and arrange them together on a table or mantelpiece.
  • Lots of Candles
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COVERED IN DUST

There is an ancient Jewish saying that talks about ‘being covered in the dust of the feet of the wise teacher and drinking their words with thirstiness’.

At the time of Jesus, it was common to invite a teacher to a meeting in your home where he would share his wisdom to eager listeners gathered around. The teacher would be seated on a stool with the students (disciples) sat on the dusty floor around his feet.  

It was also common to travel vast distances on foot and in a hot, dry country like Israel, dust was forever on your feet.  Jewish teachers or rabbis would travel on foot with their students, discussing the scriptures and imparting wisdom.  The disciples would follow in the footsteps of the rabbi wherever he went and literally be covered by the dust kicked up from his feet as he walked. 

Both seated at his feet in our homes, and following closely behind him as we venture out into the world, we want to remain close and always be within earshot of our Rabbi Yeshua (Jesus). To be a disciple, both in ancient times and today, is to be thirsty for the Teacher’s words and to remain in his influence - following close enough to get dusty! May we be always covered in the dust from His feet!





  


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21 December 2016

8 Day Journey through Hanukah

“I am the light of the world. 

Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, 

but will have the light of life.”  

~ Jesus


For those who dread the cold, dark months of winter, it can be hard to see much to look forward to in this season.  But there is a sparkly silver lining to these sun-shortened days that can bring joy to even the dreariest of souls, and a reminder of the hope  for ‘peace on earth and goodwill to all men’!

Centuries ago, history laid the foundations of age old traditions that many of us still find life and meaning in today, and for Christians, Christmas can be a wonderful opportunity to share our faith with others in creative ways.  The Jewish culture also has a special celebration at this time of year.  As Christians begin to focus on the birth of the Messiah Jesus,  Jewish people are centring their thoughts on a different time in their history - the rededication of the Temple by the Maccabees in 165 BC.

The festival is called Hanukkah, from the Hebrew root ‘to dedicate’, and lasts for 8 days, the time which it took to rededicate the Temple after it’s desecration by Antiochus 2 years earlier.  It is a time to remember God’s miracles and restoration,  and part of the rich traditions also involve the lighting of candles in a special 8-branched candlestick called a ‘Hanukkiah’.

As followers of Jesus/Yeshua, we have all dedicated our lives to seeing God’s Kingdom come into our world today.  This year Hanukkah and Christmas take place at the same time, so we are inviting you to join us on a journey through the 8 days of Hanukah!  Each evening, from Saturday 24th through Saturday 31st December,  Jewish families around the world will be lighting candles and turning their thoughts to the miracles God has done for the people of Israel in the past.


And each day, we have prepared a special message for you, sharing ways you can interact, participate and support what God is doing in Israel right now!  During this historical Feast of Dedication, join us as we engage in God’s miracle working power today!