Getting Ready for the Dor Haba Conference | Newsletter May 2020
I think most of us are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel in regards to COVID-19, and for that we are thankful. I do believe that, although these months have been difficult, the Lord is bringing beauty out of them in our families and communities.He is known for that, right? For bringing beauty out of ashes, for bringing gold out of the fire, for turning around hopeless situations.
“And we know that all things work together for good, to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28
24-Hour Prayer Chain Report
One of these beautiful things I got to witness this past month was the bringing together of teenagers in Israel and all around the world to take part in the Dor Haba/Jil Sa’ed (Rising Generation) 24-hour Prayer Chain.
From the 14th to the 15th of April, we held a Zoom call with 24 hours of persistent worship, prayer, and scriptures read and led by young people in Hebrew, Arabic and English. The focus was on 2 Chronicles 7:14:
“…if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14
They prayed for healing from COVID-19 in their land. They repented on behalf of the sin in their generation. And they prayed for the salvation of their people.
It was powerful, and the unity was evident as they paired up, one to lead worship and one to lead the prayer. There was a youth group that volunteered to cover an hour together and they took turns in pairs reading scriptures and praying.
A large youth group from the West Bank also tuned in, as well as youth from all over Israel. It was beautiful to hear their voices rise up in unity, worshipping Yeshua (Jesus), and believing for change and salvation among the Jewish and Arab peoples!
There was such an excitement, especially as everyone joined in for the last hour of worship. It was evident that we need to do more of these kinds of initiatives.
In the hours after it ended we received numerous testimonies from teenagers, both Messianic Jewish and Arab. They said they were so in need of spending that prolonged time in God’s presence.
Many of them told us they had been feeling very alone and quite far from God during the quarantine. They testified that this helped draw them in again, back to His word and to His presence and His purposes. Thank you, Lord!
Dates for Dor Haba Camp 2020
For a while, due to limitations stemming from COVID-19, it looked uncertain as to whether we would even be able to host the Dor Haba/Jil Sa’ed (Rising Generation) camp this summer. However, with the loosening up of government restrictions now and with the willingness of the venue to postpone our dates 1 month, we’re happy to say that the Dor Haba Camp will take place, God willing, July 23-27, 2020!
We plan on splitting the youth that come into 3 to 4 mixed-language groups of 50. They’ll be sleeping, eating, learning, worshipping, praying, practicing, writing, recording, acting, filming and finally doing outreach together. They will need to stay in their own group, and of course keep the required distance and hygiene rules.
Although it will be different from past camps in this aspect, I do believe God will bring something beautiful out of the intimate, fun time they will have together in their smaller groups. We should be able to have times we can all gather together at the same time, outdoors in the amphitheater. This is where we will have our evening worship meetings, as the regulations permit.
Please keep the preparations for the camp in your prayers!
Most of the musicians and singers in the video are young adults who attended the first Dor Haba Camps as teenagers. In this song, they join their voices to worship Yeshua and to sing, “day and night let incense arise”, in both Hebrew and Arabic.
Many of them have given many hours of their time as teenagers to see 24/7 prayer and worship happen in this land. It is truly their heart cry that their generation would keep the fire of prayer and worship burning on the altar, and that their people would come to know Yeshua as their Lord and Messiah!
Please keep the upcoming single, “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)”, in your prayers. Like Worthy of it All, it is also sung in Hebrew and Arabic. We are now beginning the mixing, mastering and editing for this next release.
Weekly Youth “Watches”
Because of the lockdown in Israel due to COVID-19, from mid-March to mid-May, we were unable to hold the weekly youth “worship watches” in the prayer room, so we did them over Zoom. It was wonderful to hear 14-16-year-old teenagers lead the prayer and worship during these times, week after week.
For two weeks now, we’ve been able to meet once again at the Succat Hallel prayer room in Jerusalem. We’ve been meeting on the roof, since open air gatherings of up to 50 are allowed.
Last night the youth prayed over the City of David (Silwan) and other Arab neighborhoods around the house of prayer. This was significant, as it was the last evening of Ramadan, the month when Muslims fast and intensify their prayers. The teenagers got to look out across to the Temple Mount and declare in their worship over Jerusalem that Yeshua is King and Lord!
Declaring Yeshua’s lordship over the Muslim neighborhoods of East Jerusalem.
In other news, during this past month, a group of us from the Succat Hallel house of prayer had the privilege of joining a 50-hour prayer chain over Zoom together with people from houses of prayer in Turkey, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, and Egypt. It was exciting to hear the prayers rising up all over the Middle East!
Corona – a Necessary “Contraction”?
One of the teenagers in our weekly youth watch shared the metaphor that what happened worldwide because of the COVID-19 lockdown seemed to him like a contraction for the End Times, preparing the church, the body of Messiah, for persecution in the future, and for the possibility that we may not be able to always meet as we are used to meeting.
The good news is that after the contractions come the birth of the purposes of God on the earth and the return of our Messiah and King Yeshua (Jesus). So let’s keep on keepin’ on, in every nation, being a voice in the desert crying, “Prepare ye the way of the Lord!” (Isaiah 40:3)
Thank you for reading and for praying for this ministry.