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Prayer & New Seminars at Feast 2019

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20 Nov 2019
Prayer & New Seminars at Feast 2019

New Language Seminars At the Feast

French Speakers Gather for a New Beginning • By Camille Troc
On the second day of the Feast, around 300 pilgrims from 19 different French-speaking nations gathered for a special French-language seminar in the Pais Arena. The French-speaking world is varied and dispersed, so the goal was to come together and pray for unity. Speakers from Africa, Europe and several island nations shared briefly about the political, economic and spiritual state of their nations, followed by a list of specific prayer points. Then, to engage the whole room in active intercession, we split into small groups to pray for the specific needs.

It was encouraging to see their zeal and fire in prayer, and God’s presence was tangible. For two hours, we were actors in an historic moment and accomplished much through our prayers. Despite major cultural differences, our struggles are the same: We all face a serious attack on our Judeo-Christian values and imminent persecution, whether active or passive. So we came together as brothers and sisters in the Lord and proclaimed healing and salvation over our nations and concluded the meeting with the Aaronic blessing.

This is just the beginning of something greater: New relationships, a growing network of Spirit-filled, pro-Israel, French-speaking believers, and revival for our nations.

Chinese believers rejoice as ‘one new man’ • By Haifa Lu
On Wednesday afternoon, Chinese believers from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, USA, UK and Australia gathered together for the very first Chinese Feast Seminar. Messianic Pastor Ariel Blumenthat shared about the vision of the One New Man. He explained to the attendees that the One New Man is not about taking a photo with a Rabbi, following the Jewish tradition, or having Shabbat meals with a Jewish family. It is about what Jesus accomplished on the Cross, when he broke down the dividing wall between Jews and Gentiles. Then Ariel brought a profound teaching on Ephesians chapter two. Living in China for two years gave Ariel a heart for the Chinese and a good understanding of their mindset and culture. He mentioned the peace Jesus made is also for the Chinese people: They are as one in Christ. At the end of the meeting, attendees prayed together for the next generation Chinese to fully walk in the unity and promised destiny they have received in Christ Jesus. 

Through Pastor Ariel’s message and the time of corporate prayer, the Holy Spirit released great freedom and joy in the attendees’ hearts! All praise to Jesus for the peace He made on the Cross, for Jews and Gentiles, for the Chinese, and for all nations! All glory to Jesus!

Prayer for the Nations in the Succah 
By: Twyla Ayton, Prayer Feast Team, Canada

As a first-time prayer team member and Feast attendee, I was totally stunned at the fresh perspective God gave me on Zechariah 14:16-19. Although already underlined in my Bible, the passage came to life this week as if I were hearing it for the first time. Here I was, praying in a Succah alongside delegates from over 100 nations – including Egypt – in the heart of Jerusalem. Something extra special happened when people from many nations came each morning before the Lord in the Prayer Succah and presented themselves on behalf of their country in prayer and petition. I loved the prayer tent! Whether or not you understood the language being spoken, it was so natural to agree in Spirit. A fellow team member told me that because of knowing me, it gave her a heart for my country and enlarged her tent pegs.

One morning I arrived at the Prayer Succah totally exhausted and unsure how I was going to carry on. I petitioned God and asked a team member to pray for me. But when the first person began to pray in a completely different language than my own, it felt as though a lightning bolt went right through me, and I felt a heaviness break off me! I knew from that moment on, I was going to be okay and my perspective totally changed. Praise God! I would encourage you to come to the Feast of Tabernacles to represent your nation and when you are here, join us in the Prayer Succah to stand in the gap for your country and others! 

"And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. And it shall be that whichever of the families of the earth do not come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, on them there will be no rain. If the family of Egypt will not come up and enter in, they shall have no rain; they shall receive the plague with which the Lord strikes the nations who do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. This shall be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles." (Zechariah 14:16-19)

ICEJ Aid Gifts At Feast Booth

Every year at the Feast of Tabernacles, the ICEJ AID has a booth in the Pais Arena and many pilgrims bring gifts for the Jewish people. Items are often homemade, and from locations around the world, bringing a wonderful intercultural flavour. When Israelis receive these gifts, they are greatly touched to know that Christians from all around the world are standing with them. This year there were several gifts donated, and thus the ICEJ AID team was able to create care packages with these donated items and give them to the new Olim who were guests at the Feast on Israeli Guest Night.

 

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