07 December 2017

Of Sheep, Stones and Solomon’s Porch


“It was the Feast of Hanukah (Dedication) in Jerusalem, and it was winter.  And Yeshua walked into the Temple, into Solomon’s Porch….”  John 10:22

There were questions.  They were frustrated.  Somewhere inside it’s possible they already knew, but certainly on the outside, it appeared that they didn’t want to know!  It really wasn’t how they had thought it would be and He just didn’t fit the mould.  The religious leaders of Yeshua’s day were struggling, “Just spell it out in black and white!  Are you the Messiah, the Anointed One from God we’re waiting for?”

“I’ve told you and you don’t believe.  I’ve shown you miracles, signs and wonders, all done in My Father’s name - they prove who I am... but you don’t want to know.”  Yeshua’s declaration was hard for them to hear, to the point where they began picking up stones to throw at Him.  But despite the volatile circumstances, this intense exchange shared by John, gives us a precious glimpse into the Father’s heart for us.   

“You don’t believe because you’re not one of my sheep.   My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.  And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.  My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.”  John 10:26-29

Not everyone may agree that being likened to a sheep is a positive thing.  They’re not usually known for their intelligence.  They can get lost.  Sometimes when they fall over they can’t get themselves back up, and they require maintenance.  Hmm, maybe we are more like sheep than we’d care to admit sometimes…oh, except for that intelligence bit!  But for all their potential poor qualities, Yeshua was only focussing on one aspect of sheep that Middle Eastern shepherds knew well:  Sheep listen.  And when they recognise the right sound, the voice of their very own shepherd, they follow him.
  •  “They hear me.”  That must mean God speaks to us! 
  •   “I know them.”  A beautiful picture of intimacy we can have with the One we worship!
  •   “They follow me.”  We’re going somewhere, we’re not going alone, and He actually     wants us to be with Him!
  •   “I give them eternal life.”  Forever, with the Life Giver - what a promise!
  •   “They shall never perish.”  Mistakes aren’t fatal and certainly not final if we keep     following Him!
  •   “No one can snatch one of my sheep from me.”  Protection, commitment, safety,     ownership, responsibility…. He just keeps giving!

That would have been enough, but just to make sure we really understand, Yeshua repeats that last bit, from His Father’s perspective.  “My Father, who is greater than all, you know, the One who made the heavens and the earth?  Yes, that one, you know, the King of the Universe?  Just to let you know, He’s hanging onto you too, with His own hand, that no one can snatch you from either!”

At a time when the Israelite nation was focusing on their dedication to God, Yeshua focused on God’s dedication to His sheep, to us, opening a window into the heart of the Father and inviting us to listen and follow.

Hanukah, the Feast of Dedication this year starts at sundown on Tuesday 12th December and concludes 8 days later at sundown on Wednesday 20th December. Many people across the globe will be lighting candles each evening to focus on their dedication to God, to remind themselves of God’s miracle working power. Let’s take the opportunity to join them and focus on our Good Shepherd, to listen for His voice, to follow Him, and to remember how safely we are held in the Father’s very own hand!

23 November 2017

Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian Youth Welcome The King



Exuberant and passionate worship to King Jesus in Hebrew, Arabic and English filled the converted sports hall in Abu Gosh, on the outskirts of Jerusalem. This was a special day for youth and young people within the 3-day 'Welcome the King of Glory' (WTKOG) conference. 

WTKOG was an amazing event that took place in Israel during this year's Feast of Tabernacles. Hundreds of Pacific Islanders and other 'first nation' indigenous people groups traveled from the 'ends of the earth' to Jerusalem to worship and thank the King of Kings in his Holy City, for bringing the Gospel to their nation and to pray for His glory to return to Jerusalem. (You can read more about the Welcome The King of Glory event HERE )

Integrated into this event, was a special celebration for youth and young adults run by ELAV. Jewish and Arab Israeli young people were joined by Palestinian teenagers from the West Bank area and a group of Christian youth from Jordan. During the day, four different local youth and young adult teams led worship and intercession for salvation in Israel and the nations, and for boldness in sharing their faith.  In the evening, a mixed Jewish and Arab worship team (together with young worshipers from other nations) led the conference in Hebrew and Arabic worship. "It was such a powerful picture of inter-generational and inter-cultural worship and welcoming of the King here in Jerusalem." shared one of the worship leaders, "You could really say that King of Glory (Yeshua) was at the centre that night, as opposed to any specific worship team or speaker. And there was a real strong corporate cry for His glory to fill the earth."

Your People My People was in Israel, helping the organisers at this event.  We were so blessed to see these young people from such different backgrounds, worshiping the King together in each others' languages. We recorded the above video clip LIVE during the event. The worship begins with a powerful declaration song: "Open wide you gates that the King of Glory may come in!" and continues with songs about the Spirit and the Bride saying, "Come, Come Jesus," and, "Where the Spirit of the Lord is - there is freedom!" Finally they sing together, "Kadosh - Holy, Holy is the Lord God of Hosts."  Their energy and passion is self-evident! We pray that the fire of the Holy Spirit will invade more and more of their lives - breaking down walls and transforming culture. We bless this generation to be nation-changers and instruments of God's Kingdom here on earth!

Praying over the Jordanian youth 










09 November 2017

We won't stop... until you return!



Children as young as 6 years old are leading 'Prayer and Worship Watches' every week in the heart of Jerusalem. This kids 'Watch' has grown to two full teams of 6-12 year olds who lead all the worship, proclaim scripture and pray. Your People My People had the privilege last year, to join them for one of their 'Watches' and we were amazed at the ability and sincerity of these kids to really worship and pray for their generation. 

Operating out of Succat Hallel House of Prayer in Jerusalem, Dor Haba (meaning Next Generation in Hebrew) is a ministry to young worshippers and prayer warriors from all over Israel - both Jewish and Arab followers of Jesus. Every week, Dor Haba facilitates 'Prayer and Worship' watches run by young intercessors. 

Dor Haba also facilitates and mentors two more 'Prayer and Worship Watches' for 13-15 year olds who lead 2 hours of worship and intercession each week. 

Tal, Director of Dor Haba, shared about a recent spontaneous cry that came out of these teenagers last week. "At this watch, they're learning and interceding about different topics, like abortion in Israel and the persecution of believers in the Middle East. This week, these guys did not want to stop and they continued for another extra hour, after we "closed" in prayer several times (So 3 hours total!)."





"The 14-year old worship leader began singing spontaneously, "We won't stop...until You return" and the others joined in. I couldn't help but laugh at their persistence. Every week I am so touched by their passion to worship Him at such a young age."

"This is where they want to be and what they want to do after school. It's simply a God-thing. One of their 8th grade teachers who came and saw their worship time told me yesterday, "They love coming here! It's all they talk about at school that day. They never want to miss it, no matter what""

Several older teenagers have also started individual devotional watches on their own initiative.

Pray for these kids, so passionate to see God move among their generation and in their nation. 

And Lord, we won't stop...until you return! 


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26 October 2017

Going Full Circle

by Karen Gower

I just had the incredible privilege of being in Jerusalem for the Feast of Tabernacles this October. This is one of the three feasts of the Lord where God commanded His people to leave their homes and come up to His city to worship Him at His Temple and still today, many Jewish people and Christians alike, make the pilgrimage to attend family gatherings, conferences and various religious ceremonies. This year was no different and the city was full and bustling, heaving with waves of worshippers flocking into the churches and synagogues. Normally it pays to avoid Jerusalem at such a busy time, but I had felt an urgency to be there and assist at a unique event titled ‘Welcoming the King of Glory’.

 Around 2000 years ago, the good news of Jesus began to filter out from Jerusalem and into Judea and Samaria….and eventually to the ends of the earth. It was a vision held in the hearts of several different leaders in the South Pacific Islands, including New Zealand, Samoa, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands and Hawaii, to return to Jerusalem from the ‘ends of the earth’ to present their thanks and worship to Jesus, the King of Glory, from where the Gospel started! After sharing with some of the local leaders, an invitation was given by the Israeli Pastors to the nations, to come and welcome the King of Glory in Jerusalem as Jewish and Gentile believers together, the ‘one new man’ Paul spoke so clearly about in Ephesians chapter 2! And come they did! We had expected about 600 people but nearly 1000 attended. Every continent was represented, with indigenous groups coming from North America, East Asia, Africa, Australasia and the Middle East.

Procession and protocol from New Calendonia
The event spanned 4 days with 6 meetings and at each meeting one or two of the indigenous groups would present themselves with their unique protocols, bringing music and song, dance, language, traditional costume and gifts. It was an amazing and incredible sight, to see the nations come and present themselves before the Lord and also to their Jewish brothers, giving honour and respect to the people God chose to be a light to the nations and to be the ones that brought forth the Messiah, the Christ, the Anointed One - Jesus! At different times the place would erupt with incredible praise as we all joined in worshipping the King of Kings through each group’s unique culture. To me it was a picture of how heaven might be - the word will go out, ‘It’s Bolivia’s turn today!’ or ‘India is going to process before the King! Let’s go up and see!’ How incredible it will be to witness and participate in such exuberant worship and adoration, to enjoy the cultures, languages and styles of all the people groups on earth as they present themselves to God!
The nations worship the King of Glory!

Aside from assisting with practicalities, I was also asked to join a couple of the worship teams. The meetings were hosted by the Israelis and worship was in Hebrew and English so it was a delight and honour to worship again with the local Congregation I used to work with. As we led the people during the final gathering, an hour into it, the people began to come forward with gifts they had brought to Israel. These were not gifts of thanks or protocol for the people of the Land - no, this time they were gifts for the Lord! As we continued to worship, the people filed past leaving their gifts on the platform, hand crafted gifts, items made with great care, time and expense, specific to their cultures, all being laid before the Lord. As the mountain of offerings grew larger and larger, I wondered if this was how it was when the people used to bring their gifts to the Tabernacle and the Temple and how it will be when at last we will literally come before the King of Kings and lay our crowns before Him!

The sense of God’s glory was tangible at various times throughout the gathering and I sensed it was a Kairos moment where God’s eternity touched our timeline, something ordained in Heaven for His divine and sovereign purpose. Please continue to pray for the Jewish and Arab Body of Messiah in Israel. The good news of Yeshua, Jesus, truly has gone full circle and is reaping a harvest once again in the Land from which it started!




Watch Karen share her experience of 'Welcome the King of Glory'. If you can't see the above video: CLICK HERE

12 October 2017

Yad Hashmona: A Messianic Village, Country Hotel & Conference Centre

Nestled in the beautiful Judean hills about 20 minutes drive from Jerusalem, Yad Hashmona is a unique community of Jewish and Gentile followers of Yeshua (Jesus), based on a shared faith, a vision for the future of Israel, and an ideal retreat from which to explore the Holy Land.


HISTORY
During the late 1960s, many young adults from around the world, came to volunteer in Kibbutzim in the land of Israel. They worked primarily in agriculture, in orange groves, on dairy farms, and lived together with Israelis, eating in the communal dining rooms and exploring the land.

A small group of Finnish volunteers, felt called to establish a Kibbutz of their own in Israel. In 1971 the cooperative was created with the purpose of being a living example of God’s love to His people and their land. Under miraculous circumstances, and against all odds, they received personal permission from Golda Meir, Prime Minister of Israel to establish their own community in a small, abandoned military outpost in the Judean hills. In 1974, the group finally settled at the location. They sold all their possessions in Finland and brought the money to be used in the funding of building the new communal village. The name of the settlement means ‘Memorial to the Eight’ and was named after eight Jewish refugees who were handed over to the Nazis during World War II by Finland.

It wasn’t long before the first Israelis joined the group: young Jewish families who believed in Yeshua, native speakers of Hebrew, with the vision to settle the land, and with faith that God would do something special through this place. Together, this small group began building the community. They built homes, a guest house, a residential area, volunteers quarters, and set up the infrastructure of the new village.


Today, Yad Hashmona is a growing community of believers in Yeshua. The property is also home to the Yad Hashmona Country Hotel and restaurant, a Biblical Garden, a bakery, stables, and various ministry offices, and the homes of business professionals, artists, historians, and multiple tour guides of various languages. A year or so ago, Yad Hashmona granted permission for 36 new Israeli families to build homes on their land. All the families are followers of Yeshua and this new development begins a new chapter in the life of this special community,

“As we grow, we look forward to more people coming and experiencing life with us here at Yad Hashmona, either as hotel guests, activity participants, volunteers, or visitors.”  Yad8

A PLACE TO STAY
“Our Country Hotel is surrounded by beautiful views of the evergreen Judean Hills and the Mediterranean coastal plain. The Hotel’s unique Finnish- Scandinavian flavour, combined with the biblical land of Israel, promises you an unforgettable stay in the Holy Land! The Yad Hashmona Country Hotel and our community, welcome you to stay with us!”

Having stayed here several times, we can certainly confirm that the location is stunning and this really is a hidden gem, situated off the beaten track away from the busy tourist centres. The Scandinavian style wooden log cabins are an unusual style for Israel and the ones with balconies offer a gorgeous view. A huge Israeli style buffet breakfast is served in the restaurant with a chef on hand to cook fresh eggs to your taste. The staff and volunteers are friendly and helpful. There are also several different style meeting rooms available making this a great location for a conference.



BIBLICAL GARDEN
The biblical garden was constructed with the vision and purpose of giving visitors a glimpse into the spiritual, physical, and agricultural world of the Bible. It displays a variety of biblical plants and trees as well as a reconstructed ancient wine press, an olive oil press, a “Mikve” (ritual bath), a burial cave with rolling stone, an agricultural watchtower, a Galilean-type synagogue, and a Bedouin tent.

The biblical garden is a great place to spend a morning or afternoon while visiting Israel. The guides of the Garden take visitors through a 45 minute journey of Biblical stories such as Ruth and Boaz, the arc of the covenant’s journey to Jerusalem, spiritual symbolism, and the parables of the New Testament. It is a wonderful opportunity to grow in a deeper understanding of the Biblical text in a beautifully landscaped location.

Visitors are also welcome to sit and enjoy the sunset with an amazing view over the plains towards Tel Aviv. Guided tours are available in various languages upon request from the Yad Hashmona Country Hotel.

VOLUNTEERING
An international group of believers also serve alongside the Yad Hashmona community. They help out in the restaurant, the guesthouse, security, maintenance, or other tasks within the community (regular work weeks are approximately 40 hours in varying shifts). If you are aged 18-40, volunteering is one of the best ways to discover the amazing cultural and natural diversity that is found in the land of Israel. You will work side by side with young believers from around the world. Yad Hashmona will provided food and lodging for the duration of your stay (usually three or six months) and you get time off to travel and even a little pocket money. Get more info about volunteering at Yad Hashmona here.



KIRYAT YE’ARIM
Yad Hashmona nestles next to the towns of Abu Gosh and Neve Ilan and it is in this area that the ancient biblical site of Kiryat Ye’arim was located. It was here that the Ark of the Covenant rested for 20 years before King David transported it to Jerusalem. You can read the story in 1 Chronicles 13 “So David assembled all Israel, from the Shihor River in Egypt to Lebo Hamath, to bring the ark of God from KIRYAT YE’ARIM...”



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05 October 2017

Simchat Torah: Rejoicing in the Word

Did you know that the whole Torah is read every year in Jewish synagogues around the world?  


The Torah is the collective name of the first five books of Moses: Genesis (Hebrew name: Beresheet); Exodus (Shemot); Leviticus (Vayikra); Numbers (BaMidbar) and Deuteronomy (D’varim). The Torah is divided into portions called ‘Parasha’ that are read consecutively in the synagogues during the weekly Shabbat (Saturday) service. The annual reading cycle finishes and then begins afresh on Simchat Torah. In the Diaspora (Jewish communities outside of Israel), Simchat Torah often follows the eighth day of Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) but in Israel and in many Reform congregations, Simchat Torah celebrations are held on the eight day of Sukkot combining the two celebrations.  

The main celebration of Simchat Torah takes place in the synagogue. The Torah scroll is taken out of the ‘Ark’ - a special cabinet, often highly decorated, that holds and protects the scrolls. When the Ark is opened and the Torah scroll brought out, the worshippers leave their seats and dance and sing with the Torah scroll in a joyous processional celebration. 

The last Parasha (portion) of Deuteronomy and the first Parasha of Genesis are read aloud on Simchat Torah, beginning the cycle of readings once again. 


PARASHAT HA-SHAVUAH (Torah Portion of the Week)


READ THE TORAH IN A YEAR


The Torah is divided up into ‘Parasha’ (which is Hebrew for ‘portion or section’). The title is taken from the first word or two of each portion in the original Hebrew. A Parasha is read each week in synagogue services around the world.  Each Parasha reading includes related passages called ‘Haftarah’. Messianic Congregations also follow the Parashat HaShavuah (Portion of the Week) and add additional passages from the New Testament. Here is the Parashat HaShavuah reading plan up until Hanukkah 2017. As you read each passage, pray for the Jewish synagogues that will be reading and studying the same bible passage. Pray that Yeshua will reveal himself as Messiah through the pages of the scriptures. 

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword...” Hebrews 4:12




28 September 2017

Boots On The Ground

Karen and Amanda from Your People My People are on the ground in Israel this autumn serving the local believers. Here are two of the events they are putting boots on the ground to support...


ARAB DEBORAH CONFERENCE:  RELEASING ARAB WOMEN INTO SPIRITUAL FREEDOM





Amanda spent a week at Yad Hashmona, a Messianic Conference centre in the hills, just outside Jerusalem, helping HOPE-Nazareth with their Arab Deborah conference. Around two hundred Arab Christian women came together to receive teaching, ministry and healing.  What a privilege to play a small part in helping women receive breakthrough and freedom in their lives, both emotionally and spiritually. God showed up and was amazing!

So many huge breakthroughs happened but we just want to share this little testimony to show how God is interested in the smallest details.

I sat down next to a young girl and two older women from the same church.. One of the older women told me that the young girl wanted to know if God speaks to people. I affirmed that yes, He does. She asked me if I had a word from God for her.  The Holy Spirit gave me a picture of a diver bringing up a pearl from the seabed,  it was covered in a hard shell but when the shell was prised open, the precious pearl was revealed.. I didn't have a specific interpretation so told her to wait and see if God would speak to her more about the pearl. That evening, the speaker was a local Pastor, who during his message described exactly the same picture of the diver and the pearl.   Later, I saw this young girl had gone forward for prayer to be filled with the Holy Spirit. She left the conference on fire and assured of God's hand on her life!


‘FIRST NATION’  GROUPS WELCOME THE KING OF GLORY -  FEAST OF TABERNACLES,  JERUSALEM


A network of leaders from ‘First Nations’ around the world have asked Jewish Messianic Believers, as the “Firstborn among the nations,” to invite them, their families and tribes to Jerusalem to prophetically “Welcome the King of Glory in his Holy City.” The event will take place during the Feast of Tabernacles and Karen will be in Jerusalem to serve the Messianic Pastors as they welcome the ‘First Nations’ group. The traditional First Nations protocol ceremony will take place at the port in Jaffa (Joppa) - the ancient gateway to Jerusalem, and then a prophetic welcoming celebration will continue in Jerusalem. We can’t wait to see what God will do through this gathering of tribes...



Lift up your heads, O you gates…and the King of Glory shall come in! 

"Two thousand years ago, Yeshua commanded the disciples to take the Gospel from Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth. The Gospel has reached to the distant islands of the Pacific, exactly on the other side of the globe from Jerusalem.  And now, peoples from every tribe, tongue and nation are desiring to bring the Good News and to see God's Glory come back to Jerusalem - all in preparation for His glorious return!"  from the invitation letter written by Messianic Pastors. 

We would like to say a huge thank you to those who have sponsored these trips to enable us to hold up the arms of the local body of Messiah in Israel in a very practical way! 

18 September 2017

Pray for Sarah

Holding Up the Helping Hands

Sometimes the hands that do the helping, also need holding up...


Helping Hand Coalition (HHC) is doing a vital work reaching out to Holocaust Survivors in Israel and supporting them in so many ways: financially; emotionally; socially; spiritually; physically.

Earlier this year, we were saddened to hear that Sarah, one of HHC’s key staff members and a good friend of Your People My People, was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer. We are asking if you will stand with us to pray for her healing and to hold up the arms of one who has been a helping hand to so many. We are praying also for her husband Luke, who also works for HHC, and baby daughter Essie (Esther) at this difficult time.

Sarah has already started chemotherapy which has taken a lot of her strength, and means she has had to give up working for the time being.

Last month, she began her second round of chemo. It was a rough beginning and once home, she developed a fever and was instructed to go to ER.  She was in horrific pain and extreme headaches and her white blood count was extremely low.

She was diagnosed with meningitis and quarantined in hospital.  Thankfully, her temperature went down and her white blood count returned to normal but this viral attack led to her next round of Chemo being postponed.

Here is Sarah’s latest update:

Shalom Friends & Family,
My white blood cells are really low again, even with the daily booster injections. Since I'm still feeling very weak, nauseous & have the low count, the next chemo session is being postponed another week so that my body can recover. My doctor says that even though my body is taking the chemo really hard, the tumour is still continuing to shrink, which is great! Thank God!
Please pray that my body bounces back to full strength, I really need it both physically and emotionally. Luke seems to have the sniffles so please pray also that it goes away & that he doesn't get sick, which would be very dangerous for me! 
Lastly, it's been very difficult to sleep at night, insomnia is part of the side effects- & it's made worse by Essie waking up in the middle of the night. Please pray that she begins to sleep through the night so that I can get some much needed rest!
Thanks xoxo

Please continue to keep Sarah and her family  in prayer! 

18 August 2017

Renewing Vision

"Our vision is to see to it that those who were born into the death and terror of the Holocaust, may pass away from this earth in love."


This is the vision statement of Helping Hand Coalition, a ministry to Holocaust Survivors in Israel run by local believers. 

Your People My Pepole is honoured to stand alongside Helping Hand Coalition (HHC), a local Israeli ministry birthed in 2005 by a family working on a documentary about a Holocaust Survivor. They witnessed with their own eyes, the poverty and neglect these brave survivors now found themselves in.

From small beginnings HHC has been growing - seeing the need and finding ways to bring love and support to Holocaust Survivors living in Israel. HHC now provides continuous aid to nearly 80,000 victims of the Holocaust in over 70 towns and cities throughout the country. The Coalition distributes food, clothing and financial grants; and coordinates social events and weekly ‘Shalom Home’ gatherings bringing joy and companionship.

During the month of July, HHC have been helping to literally renew vision. They travelled around the country with an optometrist and additional volunteers testing the eyes of Holocaust Survivors and providing them with free glasses for distance, reading and sunglasses.

One lady was so touched when she learned that the glasses were free. She had tears in her eyes as she kissed the technician and expressed her grateful thanks.

It was also an opportunity for some of the Survivors to share their stories with the visitors. Knowing that someone has heard them and responded with love brings such healing to the hearts of the Survivors.  “We heard some difficult stories from WWII veterans and from those who had been in Concentration Camps, Ghettos, who had fled the enemy armies as they advanced and whose family members were killed when they could not travel to make it to safety,’” shared one of the volunteers, “It was an emotionally tiring time and difficult to learn of their painful memories and yet a rewarding time in sharing love and small gifts with them.”

These were very special days as those who had experienced such horrors at the hands of others now received care and gifts given with love. 



We, at Your People My People, love how God is using His ambassadors to shower love on these elderly survivors who experienced such hatred in their lives. Please keep them in your prayers. 

PRAY FOR HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS LIVING IN ISRAEL


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17 August 2017

Releasing Arab Women into Their Spiritual Destiny


In the western world, we are so inundated with conferences and resources, it is hard to imagine what it is like for the followers of Jesus in Israel where there are only 3 or 4 small Christian bookshops in the whole country and many of the books are in English (a foreign language). 

Conferences are rare in Israel. International ministries come in to do their ‘big event’ and may invite some local pastors to join them but rarely are they available to the local body, in their native language. That is why we are so inspired to stand with local belivers who are pushing through to provide good teaching, worship and ministry to the local body of Messiah in Hebrew and Arabic. The conferences we share with you are unique in meeting this need. The people are hungry to attend and be filled with all God has for them. We feel they are vital for building relationships between believers, across the nation and across the Jewish and Arab cultures.

Rania Sayegh and her team from HOPE (House of Prayer and Exploits) in Nazareth are busy preparing for a gathering for Arab women in September. The conference focuses on Deborah: the prophet, judge and warrior who chose to call herself ‘a mother of Israel’. This is the third annual ‘Deborah’ gathering and we at Your People My People, have personally witnessed what an incredible impact these conferences are having on the women. The Arab Christian commnunity in Israel is very traditional and conservative, but the Holy Spirit is breaking down barriers, healing hearts, setting people free and releasing them to fly!



“The Lord has been speaking to us prophetically,” shared Rania, “directing our hearts to the desire of His heart and will, for what He wants to do in this upcoming strategic gathering.

“We are working on inviting between 120-130 women; those who are already involved in ministry and who are desiring to be released by God into His work. These women will be coming from 22 local Arab churches in the land of Israel. The gathering will take place at Yad HaShmona, a Messianic holiday village in the hills that surround Jerusalem.

“We have extended an invitation to 27 international spiritual mothers to be part of the ministry team at the conference. And to 12 local mothers from the Arab and Jewish Messianic family. We are anticipating a gathering of a powerful company of women that will hear the trumpet call and come for a strategic time of prayer, seeking God’s heart, worship and fellowship: to release what is on His heart for His land and people!

“We are praying and believing for God to use this appointed time which falls during the month of September (two weeks prior to the beginning of the new Hebrew year that begins on the Feast of Trumpets). We feel this will release a corporate trumpet call for the mothers, as Deborah, to arise in the land of Israel and begin to position themselves in the spiritual army, His family.”

Rania is passionate to see the Lord move powerfully in her homeland. ”The Lord has given us the privilege to partner with Him, to see this movement among Arab women in the land of Israel birthed back in September 2015. We are witnessing His glory being revealed in a new way like never before; new wine skins being prepared for His new wine to be poured out, joy in the unity among women, an army of women emerging to advance the Kingdom, and freedom to be released to their destiny.”

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Your People My People are partnering with Rania and HOPE for the September Deborah Conference. Please pray for these Arab Christians as they push in to advance the Kingdom and grasp hold of the amazing spiritual destiny the Lord has prepared for them. If you would like to sow into this amazing ministry please click the donate button:

PRAY FOR THE ARAB DEBORAHS! 

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20 July 2017

"I stand amazed at what God did..."


"There is a lot God can do with willing and hungry hearts. One evening, after a time of worship, the whole room was completely silent for 8-9 minutes in the presence of God. This was a miracle considering the room being full with over 100 teenagers."

During the last week of June, over 100 Jewish and Arab Israeli youth together with Palestinian youth, all followers of Jesus (Yeshua), came together at a Messianic Holiday Village just outside Jerusalem. They were attending an incredible, ground-breaking worship camp dedicated to training and releasing young, local worship leaders, musicians and song writers. "The heart of the vision," shared Tal, the leader of the camp, "is to help the next generation in Israel and Gaza become young priests: Worshippers and intercessors after God's own heart. Any revival or change in society begins with prayer and intercession and this is what we want them to get hold of. That from a life of prayer, they would receive God’s heart for their people and their generation. And that they would go out together, Jew and Arab, and bring God’s truth, light and kingdom to the culture around them." The camp was led by DOR HABA, a ministry based in Jerusalem whose name translates from Hebrew as the 'Next Generation'. 

This is what happened:  

Written by Tal Bethany,  Director of DOR HABA.  

I stand amazed at what God did in the hearts of 100+ Jewish, Arab, and Palestinian youth last week. Tears, joy, unity, healing, deliverance, freedom, new beginnings, destiny, servant leadership and calling. These are some of the words that aim to describe what happened at the "Dor Haba" worship camp 2017.

This 5-day worship camp took place in Jerusalem, June 26th-30th, 2017. There were 75 Jewish/Israeli youth. 35 Arab Israeli and Palestinian youth. And more who came to visit. The youth who came to the camp came eager to worship and that in itself was very powerful. 
In the words of a 15 year old Arab girl:
"Dor Haba conference was the best worship conference I've been to, God revealed himself and his heart in a very powerful way through every single minute.The unity that was between the Arabs and Jewish was so clearly pleasing to the One who sits on the throne, we could feel his heart to his children and how happy he was seeing us worshiping in one voice and in one heart.The first thing that any one can say about those 5 days is that we were in heaven, literally the Spirit of God was moving so powerfully breaking chains and healing the broken hearts. And I only want to thank God for this opportunity that I had to be at this conference that Changed my life."

Serving at the camp were local Jewish and Arab youth leaders, worship leaders and teachers. And a large group of musicians, intercessors and worship leaders from IHOP (International House of Prayer) and 111Global. 35 leaders and volunteers total. All with the same heart and vision.

One might think the vision for this “music” camp is to teach the youth how to lead worship and play on a worship team. This is part of it. But there is much more to it than that.The heart of the vision is to help the next generation in Israel and Gaza become young priests: Worshippers and intercessors after God's own heart. Any revival or change in society begins with prayer and intercession and this is what we want them to get hold of. That from a life of prayer, they would receive God’s heart for their people and their generation. And that they would go out together, Jew and Arab, and bring God’s truth, light and kingdom to the culture around them.

Over these 5 days, we assigned the youth into various group instrument classes. They received lessons on guitar, voice, violin, bass, keyboard, drums, video production, sound, and prayer-leading.

In the afternoon, there were workshops. Workshop topics included  "worship leading," "musical creativity," "team work," "song-writing," "inner healing," and "prophetic worship." Everyone at the camp learned how to lead a prayer-meeting driven by scripture and worship.

During the instrument classes one day, perhaps the least expected place and time, God moved throughout the camp in such a special way. I had teenagers from different classes running up to me after the lesson with excitement. They told me how they worshipped spontaneously from their hearts for the first time ever. Like with spontaneous words and melodies, as opposed to with a known worship song. Others said that as they were playing music together in the class, the Holy Spirit came in such a sweet way. To the point where they put their instruments down, began weeping quietly, and began praying over each other. God was doing a deep work in their hearts. Their spirits were being awakened to intimacy and partnership with the Lord. It was such a beautiful thing!

There were sweet times of fellowship. Hanging out, playing soccer, sitting around in small groups, and singing with an acoustic guitar and darbuka (Arab drum). The Jewish and Arab youth truly bonded and experienced things together that they won’t ever forget. There was an "open mic" night, which was fun and we discovered all kind of hidden talents among them.

All the evening messages and times of worship were completely in Hebrew and Arabic. The exception being one evening led by the IHOP team in English. But they incorporated Hebrew and Arabic into it. They shared a powerful message and led a very memorable time of worship and ministry. There was an Arab boy set free from addiction to cigarettes, a young girl delivered from suicidal thoughts she’d been having for the whole past year, and a Jewish boy healed from a knee injury. There were countless re-dedication of lives to the Lord. And some, even from believing homes, who personally gave their lives to the Lord for the first time. These are just a few of the testimonies that were taking place.

The most awesome experience at the camp was on the final night, when the youth themselves lead a 4-hour evening of worship and intercession.

THEY led the worship. THEY led the prayers (in tears for their people and their generation). THEY shared visions and prophetic words they received from the Lord. THEY (an 18 year old boy) shared the message of the evening. THEY Mc-ed the evening and did all the translation from Hebrew to Arabic and vice versa. God and His Holy Spirit through them, was amazing!

This is what makes it worth it all!!

On the last day, there were numerous teenagers who came up to me in tears. Saying how their life has changed. How they will never be the same. How God had simply got hold of them and how their faith has come alive.

A 15 year old Jewish boy shared: 
"The conference was so wonderful. It was the most amazing experience I've had with God ever in my whole life!"

Local youth leaders have been calling this past week. Saying how their whole youth group has become on fire for God as a result of being at this camp. And that it is impacting their congregation, church and community.

The Arab and Jewish teenagers who attended the camp have spent the past week messaging each other scriptures and encouraging words on the WhatsApp group. A 16 year old Arab girl wrote to the Jewish youth on WhatAapp: 
"I just want to say that everyone of you is special in his own way, meeting you guys made me know and understand even more the father's heart for his children. Can't wait to see you again and that will be for sure before the next conference!"

They have been commenting that they need to get together every month, not just once a year. Something we, as leaders, at Dor Haba have taken to heart. And something we desire to facilitate.

Thank you for your prayers for this camp and for these young ones who are so dear to God’s heart!

To summarize, I want to share something that a 15 year old Arab girl shared at the camp. This young girl also led part a powerful time of worship the last evening. She said that as they were worshipping, she saw God sitting on his throne in heaven laughing (Ps.2:4). She said He was laughing with tears in His eyes, because of the love and unity taking place at this camp.

These are the youth who didn't want to go to bed but wanted to keep worshipping as joy broke out at the end of the worship night led by youth. Jewish, Arab and Palestinian teenagers singing together, "How Good You are, Yeshua, my redeemer!" (more fun than a soccer game!)

Tal Bethany, DOR HABA


We, at Your People My People, love what God is doing through the ministry of  DOR HABA. Please keep these precious young worshippers in your prayers. As Tal shared, revival and change in society begins with prayer and intercession and as these young ones grasp hold of this for their people and their generation - as they walk together in love as Jew and Arab, bringing God's Kingdom of truth, light and love into the culture around them - we are going to see amazing transformation take place throughout the Middle East. 

PRAY FOR THE NEXT GENERATION


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13 July 2017

How to share your faith with a Jewish friend

Avi Mizrachi, Director of Dugit Outreach Centre in Tel Aviv, recently shared some 'words of wisdom' for Christians who want to share their faith with their Jewish friends.

Avi shared that he has met many well meaning Christians who wanted to share Jesus with Jewish people but were surprised and confused when their friends didn't want to hear and wanted nothing more to do with them.  "It’s important to understand the background of the Jewish people," shared Avi, "Whether religious or secular. Jewish people have traditions, culture, history, they are taught the stories in the Bible – know their traditions and where we come from."

Jewish people have a strong sense of identity and for them, Christianity is definitely not Jewish. It is seen as a foreign religion that has nothing to do with them. To consider Jesus, would be to turn away from their Jewish identity and reject their people. This idea is further strengthened by hundreds of years of persecution by the church and so called Christian countries. To become a Christian would be to betray their ancestors that had suffered at the hands of  Christians in the past  In addition to this, their religion teaches about the one true God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob - they believe 'the others', the Christians, worship other gods like Jesus and three gods called the trinity. To us, the New Testament is a beautiful book detailing God's love and redemption but many Jewish people have been taught it is an antisemitic book that has fueled the persecution of their people. So, you can see why many Jewish people will not be too impressed when you start talking about Jesus.

"That is why it is important not to start with Jesus automatically," said Avi, "they will put you in a different category." It will immediately create a 'them and us' situation. (Jesus is for the Gentiles and nothing to do with us). Avi advises to think about the words you are using. Christian terms and quotes from the New Testament may make perfect sense to us but will not speak to your Jewish friend. Don't use Christian phrases or Christian theology or doctrines.  They are not relevant to them and will just create barriers. Instead, use language that they can understand. Learn to share the Gospel through a Jewish frame of reference. Use the Hebrew Scriptures (which we often call the Old Testament but of course is their only scripture, not old at all) to show how God's plan for redemption is not a New Testament idea. In fact, God's plan for salvation is very Jewish, spoken about by the Jewish prophets and recorded in the Hebrew scriptures.

Avi Mizrachi sets out 7 Pillars that will help us share the Gospel using only the Old Testament/Hebrew Scriptures:



Pillar One 

God Is A Loving Father Who Loves Us With An Everlasting Love 

“...I have loved you with an everlasting love. With loving kindness, I have drawn you.”  
Jeremiah 31:3 

Start by sharing about the love of God. Avi advises to make it clear that we worship one God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  According to the prophet Jeremiah, he is a loving father who has loved us with an everlasting love i.e. there is no end to his love. With loving kindness he has drawn us. The Hebrew word translated 'loving kindness' is HESED and can also be translated as 'grace'.  It's his grace, his loving kindness, his undeserved favour towards us that draws us.

"This is the first pillar." continued Avi, "We need to share that we worship a loving Father who is full of mercy and grace. He loves us with no end, no conditions. This is a very important issue to communicate to the Jewish people - about a loving God who loves them. This is the first thing you need to communicate. "




Pillar Two

God is a Holy God

“...Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” 
Isaiah 6:3

"This is the second thing to share with Jewish people," continued Avi, "God is a Holy God. He is a loving father but also he is holy, he is a jealous God. When we approach him, we must understand that we are approaching a holy God. We all need this attitude when we approach him. The prophet Isaiah said, 'Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts' - in Hebrew, 'KADOSH, KADOSH, KADOSH'."

Watch Avi sharing about Pillar 2



Pillar Three

Man Is Not Perfect

“Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins.” 
Ecclesiastes 7:20

The Hebrew word for righteous is TZADIK. There is no one on earth who is perfect, who never sins, even the best person you can think of, the greatest Rabbi. As much as we try to do good, we will never be perfect. Ecclesiastes tells us there is no one who never sins.

Watch Avi sharing about Pillar 3



Pillar Four

It's Our Sin That Separates Us From God.  

“Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” 
Isaiah 59:1-2

This verse from the book of Isaiah clearly shows that it is our own sins that have separated us from a holy God. God is a loving Father but he is also holy. No matter how hard we try, we can never be perfect - without sin. It is our sin that separates us from God. This is a problem, but there is a solution, and this leads us on to the next pillar.

Watch Avi sharing about Pillar 4



Pillar Five

Atonement.  

For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar. It is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.” 
Leviticus 17:11 

Throughout the history of the people of Israel, as they traveled through the wilderness, the Tabernacle was at the centre of everything. Animal sacrifices were brought to the Tabernacle and the blood of the sacrifices made atonement for their sins. Later on, when King Solomon built the Temple in Jerusalem, the sacrifices continued. The same rule applied. The people would bring the sacrifices up to the Temple and the blood of the lamb, the blood of the sacrifice, made atonement for their sin. The Hebrew word for atonement is KAPARA. "When we come to God," said Avi, "when we repent, we bring the sacrifices and we apply the blood – we have atonement and our sins are forgiven. But now