Yesterday we had another service, this time in the Messianic Jewish congegation at Dugit under Pastor Avi Mizrachi. Won’t bore anyone with further details of the fantastic band, the impressive violinist, the healing of literally everyone that came forward for prayer et.c BUT at the begining of the service Pastor Avi, a Jesus believing Jew called up an Arab Pastor, who lead a Jesus believing israel-arab congegation and together made a gift presentation of a shawl to Pastor Jan Zijlstra (Christian from the Netherlands). They opened it up and put it on Pastor Jan. He then came in the middle of the two Jew and Arab and put his arms round them. What a PICTURE!Jew Christian and Arab United in Yeshua Amachia (Jesus the messiah). Wow!What the politians could not achieve, we HAVE in Christ!
This was a day we all looked forward to with various reasons. We had a stategic plan and you must keep those to youself mostly, before you get sabotaged. Will come to that.
We started the day, by heading for the Garden Tomb in Jerusalem. This is the place you did not know about, discovered by an English fellow and bought off a Greek that wanted to develop it to something else, but had no water source. It’s supposed to be the tomb that Jesus was laid in . Wow. The garden is beautiful and you can sit, pray, meditate. We actually held a communion service there. It is an EMPTY grave, Jesus rose, we believe. And then, Just across the road is Golgotha mountain. Speechless!
PROCLAIMATION and a T-SHIRT
We went for Lunch, yea, some Schoarma (Pitta bread, filled with some chicken and vegetables) and some had de Fallafel (always vegetarian) and at this eating place, the manager always tried to address us in Dutch(language of Holland) but really? ends up speaking german to us. Dutch and Deutsch(German) eh.. not the same thing. I finished eating and took a short walk round the corner. On returning back to the cafe, was stopped by this muslim store owner, sitting down and praying with his beads. He saw my T-shirt and asked where it was from, I said the Netherlands, and he read what we had written on the back ISRAEL we love you, then proceeded to say , I believe you are a smart person (well?) But if you love some people , doesn’t that me that you do not love the others? I smelt ‘trouble’ and excused myself that I’ve got no political agenda. Asked his name . He was Ibrahim, and I could hardly get a word in, he was going on about occupation, and the danger of openly supporting Israel in some areas, and even if we were on a Godly mission, it should be in our hearts only, by this time another man came by. I told him I can always express my love for anybody even my wife, and that I loved Ibrahim too! he smiled and laughed and I just walked away . Phew! What if I had told him, we were planning to go as a group of 250 Christians from the Netherlands to the Jaffa gate in the Jerusalem wall and PROCLAIM our love and support for ISRAEL as most Bible believing christians will and should probably do???? WELL, That is what we DID! We went quietly to the Jaffa gate, made the long climb via the Ramparts to the top lined up in three rows and made proclaimations, sung, Blew Shofars (Jewish Horns), waved Israeli and Dutch flags and released 10 meter high banners from the Top of the wall, DECLARING: Israel we love you, Israel we are praying for you and for the PEACE of Jerusalem. And what amazing scenes of Joy and celebrations! Then , we made this Looong walk on the walls. The wall is solid and broad. Thank God, no accidents of any kind. I can now call myself like my mother did. A JERUSALEM Pilgrim. Glory to God! 2 more days and we’ll be home. Keep reading. Shalom !