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

18 May 2017

Introducing The Next Generation!

Nestled on the slopes outside the old city wall of Jerusalem, looking out onto the Temple Mount, you can find the home of Succat Hallel (Tabernacle of Praise), a 24 hour house of prayer that has been filling the incense bowls of Heaven with their intercessions for nearly 20 years.  From this ministry was birthed Elav (Unto Him), a multi-national youth conference that brings together believing Israeli Jews, Arabs and Palestinian Arabs for worship, teaching, ministry and discipleship - a truly ‘one of a kind’ event!

This spring, Your People My People made a visit to this dynamic House of Prayer.  We have shared many times about the wonderful things going on through the Elav conference, but this time we had come to visit another ministry we had heard about, operating under the shade of Succat Hallel:  Dor Haba (The Next Generation).   

Tal, a mother of 8, had invited us to meet her for one of the prayer/worship watches that she was overseeing.  The small team took up various instruments and began to worship and play, singing, reading the scriptures and praying, and led us for an hour into an intimate and powerful time before the throne room.   As they listened to the Holy Spirit, they began to intercede for their generation, asking God to invade their lives with His presence and enable them to make a difference in the world.  Not so unusual perhaps….except this team was wholly comprised of 10 - 12 year old children.  And this watch was their responsibility every week.

As we talked with Tal, her enthusiasm and vibrancy for what God is doing in the coming generation was evident.  And putting legs to her passion had birthed Dor Haba.  “Our desire is to encourage young worshippers, song writers, and musicians from all over Israel, both Jewish and Arab” shared Tal. “We run a worship training camp every summer, we produce recordings, we feature new songs, and we are a part of Succat Hallel, meeting weekly there with young people who are passionate about prayer and worship.”

As Tal talked more about the worship training camps, our hearts were drawn in by the stories of young people, separated by culture and language, being brought together by worship and loving Jesus.  One 16 year old from Gaza has this testimony:

“It is the first time that I felt love from Jewish believers and was the first time I could truly love them and know them as brothers. I had come to the camp afraid they would look down on me or be suspicious of me, but I found just the opposite and became good friends with them.”

Another 16 year old had this to say:

“Before I came to the camp, it was hard for me to read my Bible or to enter into worship. But at the camp after one of the leaders prayed for me something broke through in my heart.”  Since she came home from the camp she can't put her bible down!

“The heart of the camp is to see each young person develop a lifestyle of prayer and worship. And to see them become excited about pressing into intercession and prayer for what God is doing today in the earth and for the great harvest which is yet to come!”, explained Tal. “We hope you will be inspired to worship God even more. And to partner with Him in prayer for what He’s doing on the earth! That is, after all, what we were created to do.”


We couldn’t agree more!  Envisioned and excited about all God is doing through Dor Haba, we took the bus back to Tel Aviv knowing that we had to share this good news with you.  God truly is doing amazing things in Israel, through those that love Him and respond to His call.  Your People My People is committed to supporting this ministry financially and prayerfully.  If you would like to join us, then let us know and use the links to make a donation.  Thank you!

04 May 2017

Celebrating Women

On March 8th, the world celebrated Women’s Day and took time out to honour women for their achievements and contributions to society. A Foodbank, run by Dugit Outreach Centre in Tel Aviv, decided to take this opportunity to reach out to the women that visit their centre. Many of these women come from very difficult situations and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to bless them. 


Dennis and Nadia, who manage the Centre, had it on their hearts to shower these women with love and honour them for their strength and courage.

They rented a hall in a hotel for the evening and invited some professional musicians (who know the Lord) to perform and share their testimonies. A female Pastor was also asked to give an inspirational talk.  She was able to share in a beautiful way from the testimony of her own life, how much God can do with someone who fully commits their life to Him. She truly touched the hearts of all who were present.  After the testimonies had been shared, more than half of the group came to the front and asked for prayer from the Dugit staff. Some were prayers for health, others for blessings, and some to feel God’s love in their lives.

After this time of fellowship and ministry, the ladies enjoyed a fabulous buffet dinner in the hotel.

“As they sat and enjoyed the meal, the sound of joy and laughter could be heard throughout the hall,” shared one of the Dugit staff. “You could see on their faces that they were relaxed and enjoyed their time. It was a welcomed break from the reality of the struggle of living in Israel today.”

“The response to this evening was outstanding, and all the glory goes to God for making this happen! “ shared another staff member, “Our desire was to convey to these particular women, who live in conditions far below the average standard of living, that Yeshua loves them as a Father loves his child. As the evening came to a close, one after another the ladies came to us and thanked us with tears in their eyes for the honour and love they had felt.”

These women were not believers, they would have had very little knowledge about Yeshua (Jesus) and would certainly not have thought he had anything to do with them as they came from a Jewish background. Their openess to hear the testimonies of Yeshua’s love and to respond was truly amazing in this context.

Praise God for the success of this evening. Dennis and Nadia are planning other special events to give a sense of dignity and worth to people in Tel Aviv who are used to feeling at the bottom of the pile. What a great opportunity to share Yeshua’s love for each one.
“It is so amazing to see how much the love of God can make a difference in the lives of these precious people! Please continue to pray with us for their salvation as well as their physical needs,"                            
- Dugit