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.
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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