Staying Faithful in the Drizzle. Believing for the Downpour! | Newsletter May 2019
Can you maybe relate to this? Have you ever witnessed or experienced a powerful move of God and ended up “wasted” as a result? Meaning that basically, all you want after that is to continue seeing revival and awakening? Anything less is just less.
That being said, I believe that if we remain faithful in prayer and in serving Him even in the more mundane and less exciting times, it touches His heart greatly. It also enables Him to entrust us with more times of Him manifesting His power and presence in even greater ways. God loves faithful hearts.
I remember when I came to Israel 20 years ago, I came at a time when I was able to witness a move of the Holy Spirit among youth. I was volunteering at a “cell group” youth meeting in Jerusalem that met in this little building. Inside this old building were some plastic chairs, a beat-up table, an old upright piano and small darbuka (hand drum), but no sound system or gear of any kind.
The teenagers that came were your typical believing teenagers who were struggling to keep their faith while in public school. Some of them hyper and loud. Some withdrawn. But what they had in common was a hunger for God’s word.
We would open the bible at the table, read a passage, and then everyone would begin discussing it. Or you could say arguing about it, in the typical Israeli, animated way with everyone talking over each other.
I quickly fell in love with these teenagers as I saw them through Jesus’ eyes. The Holy Spirit began moving in powerful ways to the point where they would worship for three hours straight after the bible discussion. Some of them, 14-15 years old, would end up on their faces flat on the ground in prayer.
The owner had to kick us out of the building each week because we would go overtime and the youth just never wanted to leave. Their zeal and passion for God began to spread among other young people in the city.
The music camps we did back then, similar to Dor Haba, drew quite a few non-believing youth as well, all of whom received the Lord for the first time at the camp. Many young people from believing homes also rededicated their lives. At the camp, the youth worship teams would keep on leading worship until 3 in the morning sometimes because the Holy Spirit would just show up.
Years later, the next generation that came up after that one, to put it simply, weren’t hungry and were very distracted by the world. As someone working in youth ministry it was hard to see this drop from one generation to the next.
As I would pray for these ones who were lukewarm, God told me that they simply weren’t hungry but that there would come a generation after them, in the near future, who would be very hungry for God. This gave me hope to continue in prayer for them and for the generation after them. Even today, we still lift these ones who weren’t hungry up in prayer, that they would return to the Lord, even as adults, and I believe some of them will!
Fast forward to 2016, we started the music camps up again, this time under the ministry of Succat Hallel (a 24-7 house of prayer), under the name of Dor Haba, reaching out to both Arab and Jewish youth. In the months before the first camp, as we began lifting the camp registrants up in prayer, I saw a glimpse of what reminded me of the awakening I saw 20 years ago.
Leading up to the first camp, in the kids watches particularly (their times of prayer and worship in the prayer room), the Holy Spirit began moving in such a way that each one would leave with red puffy eyes from crying and the touch of God on their hearts. It’s not something you can make happen.
Yes, you can pray and believe for it and be faithful. But when He decides to show up in a powerful way, He simply shows up and there’s no denying it, stopping it, or mistaking it.
Kids’ worship watch 2016.
I wondered, “God are these the generation of hungry ones that you spoke to me about years ago?”
These kids you see in the video are now teenagers in Junior High and high school. All of them are faithfully following God while in public school, they love God and are coming regularly to the prayer room. However, I have to say, the “fire” in their hearts is maybe not as strong as it was when they were younger and they experienced this move of the Holy Spirit.
Would you press in with us in prayer for the youth of Israel, both Jewish and Arab, that they would experience a move of God once again in a powerful, undeniable way? Pray for personal, powerful encounters with Him.
We really witnessed this at the 2016 and 2017 Dor Haba camps and we are still seeing incredible, long-lasting fruit today in the young people who were there and are now army age. Many of them will be camp counselors this year. Now it’s time to pray for the younger ones coming up into the camp (the ones in the video who are now teenagers and others).
We have begun registration for the Dor Haba 2019 camp, and many Israeli and Palestinian youth have been signing up. I really feel that this is a year of salvation and I’m asking you to partner with us in prayer for this.
There are about a dozen or so teenagers who don’t know the Lord who are coming. Let’s pray they and their whole families will receive Him! Let’s also believe God for a spiritual awakening and deepening of faith in the 120 or so believing youth who are also coming. Pray for hunger in their hearts and in the hearts of the youth leaders.
Would you pray also for our weekly prayer and worship meetings led by kids and youth at the House of Prayer? Right now they are coming faithfully and worshipping and praying for one or two hours straight, some of them multiple times a week. But I would say that we are currently in a drizzle or consistant light rain. I do praise God for that. We feel His presence and know His love. But I know He wants to send the downpour.
Thank you for keeping this ministry in your prayers.
Let’s believe God for a fresh downpour, in Israel and in the nations!