A New Year of Joy and Victory | Newsletter February 2020
Hey what’s up? How are y’all doing? Bringing you some news from J-town…
Going to the Streets in 2020
This past month at Dor Haba (“Coming Generation”), we celebrated the new year with worship and with reaching out on the streets. Local teenagers gathered to thank the Lord for the year that passed.
We prayed for breakthrough in their personal lives and in the lives of those around them in this new year. We talked about laying down past regrets, fleshly distractions, and sin that entangles us at the feet of Yeshua so we can run the race well in 2020.
Many of them received personal ministry and prayer. We began to worship, and that led into a time of intercession for our people and for the city of Jerusalem. We prayed for the teenagers present, that they would be courageous and bold laborers in the harvest in 2020, full of the Holy Spirit.
We then went out in the streets in small groups. Some did “treasure hunting”, which means asking strangers if they could pray for them for healing in the name of Yeshua. Others did worship in the street, and one group did a “prayer walk” around town.
We all met back at the 24/7 prayer room for testimonies and then for the countdown to 2020 followed by… more worship! It was good to hear testimonies from those who took part in the outreach. The testimonies were raw, honest and encouraging. For many, it was the first time they approached strangers to share their faith.
One girl shared how she really felt that night that God is calling her and her generation in Israel to a greater boldness in the work of the Kingdom. Hallelujah!
Using Art to Express God’s Heart
Last week, we invited an amazing believing artist to come and share with the youth and kids in the prayer room. He encouraged them from Joel 2 that they can use their artistic talent to “prophesy”, or in other words, express what God is saying and feeling from scripture.
He encouraged them to listen to the Holy Spirit, and be led by Him in their art, songwriting, and creative writing. He shared some amazing experiences and opportunities he’s had in his life to use his art in the work of the kingdom all over the world and in many Muslim countries. He shared how art can impact someone’s heart with the gospel of Yeshua in a way that words sometimes can’t.
They were all able to put this into practice as we continued into worship with the art supplies he had brought for them to use. One 9-year-old Israeli boy drew a picture of him sharing his faith in Yeshua with another boy at the skatepark, and he said he thinks its “prophetic”, because he already shared his faith there once and he believes God is calling him to do it more in the future.
KIDS Praying for the Harvest
In the kids’ watch this week, they prayed for the harvest in Israel. They prayed God would send more laborers… including themselves! This was really in line with what was happening at the New Year’s youth outreach night, as well as what came out in the “prophetic art” they did just the week before.
Who says kids can’t blow shofars as loud as adults? Check out this video:
“Then I will hold my head high above my enemies who surround me. At his sanctuary I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy, singing and praising the Lord with music.” – Psalm 27:6 [NLT]
For those of you who have seen my Facebook live feeds from the kids’ and youth worship times, you may have thought, “It’s so beautiful that they’re worshipping Yeshua like that, but at times they seem to be lacking in some good old joy of the Lord.” At least I’ve thought that during some of the watches.
They seem to really love coming into an intimate place of worship and adoration, where God bestows on them a crown of beauty for ashes (Isaiah 61:3a), but are still in need of a deeper revelation of God’s joy.
Two weeks ago, at the youth watch, the meeting went an hour overtime as the youth were crying and praying for each other. They were giving words of knowledge and encouragement to each other which was really amazing to see!
17-Year-Old Gives a Word in Season
One of the words that a 17-year-old boy received and shared was that God wants to pour out His joy upon young people in Israel. He said, “Sometimes we come to the Lord in worship with a spirit of heaviness just from everyday life here in Jerusalem.”
He continued, “we all can feel the spiritual/religious oppression and political intensity in the country and sometimes we let it affect our joy. God wants to pour out joy on us as teenagers. But not just joy as in ‘happiness’, which is based on good circumstances, but unstoppable, deep joy despite any and all circumstances (like when Paul and Silas sang praises to God in prison).”
I really believe the word he gave was from the Lord for this time. So will you agree with me in prayer that God will pour out on this generation in the land, and in the whole earth, joy instead of sadness?
Like it says in the rest of Isaiah 61:3,
“…the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.” – Isaiah 61:3b [NIV]
The day after this boy shared this word, we had a Dor Haba worship night with a team from Bethel that was visiting. The team did not know what God had spoken to the youth the night before, but the whole evening ended up being about victory and the unstoppable joy of the Lord!
Let’s pray God will continue the good work of joy that He started in them, and that it would trickle down into their own worship and prayer times.
Explosive joyous worship with the Bethel team at the Succat Hallel house of prayer in Jerusalem, Israel.
Please pray for the families of three teenage believers who are relatively new in the faith, and who have been coming to the weekly youth watch, that their secular/Jewish/Muslim parents and siblings will also encounter the love of Yeshua and come to believe in Him.
We appreciate your continued prayers for the post-production of the new Hebrew and Arabic worship songs and music videos. They are still in the works!
Thank you once again for reading and especially for partnering with us in prayer,