Arab and Israeli Youth Growing in Worship | Newsletter Feb. – Mar. 2019
By God’s grace, this past month at Dor Haba has been a very productive one in terms of vision. We have steadily been moving forward in each area and have witnessed God’s provision and His hand gently moving things on. He is so faithful!
Worship Recordings in Hebrew and Arabic
This month we recorded most of the drums, guitars, keys and vocals for six new songs that we hope to release on the upcoming Voice of One Calling album. These six songs are being added to five unreleased songs from the previous Voice of One Calling sessions. Together they make a very intimate and joyful expression of worship in Hebrew and Arabic.
There were some very special moments in the studio. One in which a teenage girl from the West Bank sang the song “Oceans” in Arabic together with a teenage Israeli girl who serves in the IDF, who sang in Hebrew. They are both such worshippers. I just got chills as these two young, beautiful women lifted their voices together in harmony to worship Yeshua (Jesus), their Messiah and King.
Another moment that stood out to me was as we were recording a beautiful, original Hebrew love song to Yeshua, written by Evan Levine. I had encouraged Rivka, the young worship leader who was singing the song, to just go with how the Spirit leads in terms of spontaneous worship during the instrumental part of the song.
She began singing out this beautiful prophetic word that many could relate to and receive. However I believe the Lord gave it to her specifically for the secular Israeli sound technician who was recording her in the studio.
He went really quiet as she sang, “Come to me all you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest” “Come, all you who are thirsty…” There was this silence in the studio control room that lingered even after he pressed stop at the end of the song. I believe the Lord was touching his heart.
He had already asked me about my faith again two days earlier, and I was able to speak to him some more about Yeshua. So please pray for him! And please pray for the rest of the recording, editing, mixing, and releasing of this special album.
Weekly Worship Watches Led by Children and Youth
The children who come every week to lead two hours of prayer and worship are faithfully coming and wanting to press in. The younger ones have started playing instruments more as they worship, which has been cool to see! They are very eager to use their gifts to worship Him, even if they only know two chords ?
(It’s made me think we should really also have a kids Dor Haba camp someday… please pray with us about that!)
The older children are growing more as a worship and prayer team. They are learning how to work together and communicate, although at times it’s challenging for them as they are so young.
In the past, I usually suggested the prayer topics and brought most of the scriptures. However, by their own initiative, this past month, they began choosing their own prayer topics and scriptures. They’ve chosen to pray about abortion in israel, believing soldiers in the army (their older siblings), for salvation among Jews and Arabs, and for the salvation of Israel, all from the scriptures. It has been neat to see what is on their heart, and inspiring to see what scriptures they pick to pray from.
Note that these are just normal kids who struggle with attention span, hyperactivity, and at times apathy. But they do have a sincere desire to be in the prayer room regularly and to spend time in worship. That is apparently all God needs.
He loves to take our weak words and chords, and make something beautiful out of them! He loves faithful hearts. And He loves children! I sense His blessing over these watches, despite the difficulty at times.
I’ve sensed lately in prayer that He wants to pour out His joy on his children. Please pray with me that the joy of the Lord will break through in their watches!
The Tuesday night watch consists of three hours. Two of these hours of worship and intercession are led by teenagers, and one is dedicated to teaching. This watch is growing and changing as some teenagers are leaving to the army and some new ones are coming up from middle school.
For these past two weeks, I’ve had on my heart to teach again about the reason why we come to the “watch,” which is… (drumroll) … to pray! As well as the reason why it is called a “watch”:
“I have posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem. They will never be silent day or night. You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest, and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth.” – Isaiah 62:6
It’s neat to see the ones who are new catch the vision and be inspired to intercede on others’ behalf, just like Yeshua intercedes for us. They are catching a vision to be priests in the land, ones who stand in the gap and pray, just like our Great High Priest Yeshua prays for us!
I’ve really been enjoying the worship times they have been leading, and last week I could see they’ve really come into a new understanding and excitement about intercession.
Watch a video of children and youth worshiping and leading in prayer at a worship watch.
We are working to grow our database of Hebrew and Arabic worship chord sheets. These are available on our website. The ultimate goal is to also make them available in a new app we hope to get developed.
This app would make it possible for worship leaders and worship teams all over the Middle East to pick worship songs, transpose the keys/chords, place them in playlists, and sync the playlist with the smartphones of others on the worship team. It will be a practical, useful resource for all ages, but especially for the younger generation of worshippers rising up who regularly use devices.
The Dor Haba Camp 2019 – Initial Preparations
I’m excited to share the theme for this year’s upcoming Dor Haba Camp:
“Telling God’s story through music, art and media”
This year, we hope to be adding a media track to the camp, from which teenagers can choose to learn art, photography, film, dance, or sound. We will also have the usual “music” track from which they can learn voice, drums, keyboard, bass, violin, flute, and various Middle Eastern instruments.
The idea is to encourage them the first night of the camp to look at God’s “whole” story, not just the salvation of our souls and forgiveness of our sins on the cross (which is for sure the first incredible climax and turning point in the story!), but to look also at God’s heart since the beginning of time and on into eternity.
To look at the love story between Him and His people, between Him and His bride. To look at the story of His spiritual and physical kingdom. To look to Him as the King who will bring peace and justice. And to look at our eternal destiny as children of the King.
From this place of looking at the full story, we want to encourage them to express that story through the gifts God has given them. Whether it’s writing a song, making a short film or animated story, painting a beautiful piece of art that expresses that story, or telling the story through movement. They will have a chance to share whatever they produce with the rest of the camp and visitors who come for the evening worship and teachings.
We will still have a night of worship and prayer led by youth, and the workshops will be on a variety of practical topics related to prayer, worship, and being a light in the culture.
Please pray for the preparations toward the camp and for protection, creativity, and wisdom for our team of staff and volunteers who will be working on it.
For those of you who don’t know what the camp is, it is a yearly camp for Jewish and Arab teenagers, to encourage them in the areas of prayer, worship and unity. Our heart is to encourage them to be priests interceding on behalf of their generation and nation before the Lord, and to be a light into the culture around them.
Thank you for reading and for keeping all these things in your prayers!
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