has been the basis of my tour guiding philosophy since I began as
a tour guide in 1997. Over the years I have taken Christian pilgrims
to strategic places in the Land, and there we have prayed God's
and Purposes over these places. Very often it has been my experience
that Israelis who are watching are fascinated by the Christians
praying and I am able to converse with them and often have the opportunity
of sharing the Gospel with them.
Israelis come up and ease drop while I am speaking to my groups,
and I am able to speak the message directly to their hearts. During
Passover I had that opportunity more than once to do this and an
what happened to me. I was at Mt. Carmel, the site where Elijah
confronted the prophets of Baal, and where the fire of God descended
and consumed the sacrifice Elijah offered up in faith. (1 Kings
18:20-40) While my group was up on the roof of the Church praying,
I went downstairs to get acquainted with the new community that
are caretakers of this site. I introduced myself as an Israeli tour
guide and Messianic Jew and while we were talking a group of Israelis
came by asking in Hebrew for a Hebrew New Testament. The man who
inquired was a tour guide for the Society for the Protection of
Israel and he was with a group of three or four other Israelis.
He told me that he wanted the New Testament for someone in his group.
From the conversation I realized that not only he but also the others
were "genuine seekers" and had had enough exposure to
be interested enough to ask for the book. So after speaking with
the caretaker in Italian and English I finally was able to communicate
to them that the group was seeking a Hebrew New Testament, so he
went into the back room and found one and gave it to them.
are not the only seekers out there. Typically on Jewish Holidays
like Passover, Shavuot, Sukkot, and also on Shabbat the desire of
many Israelis is to go out, to picnic, and to go to these traditional
"Holy Sites" where they tour and ask questions. I have
had so many encounters with Israelis in these places that we decided
as part of our regular schedule and activities to visit at least
once a week one of these strategic "Holy Sites" in Jerusalem,
especially where our Lord is remembered for prayer and distribution
of New Testaments to the many Israelis that are seeking Him!
would appreciate your prayers for this, that the Lord would lead
us at these sites and that He would draw those Israelis to our team
as we share the Gospel with joy and gladness and that we will be
able to invite them to Chazon Yerushalayim to experience what is
the Messianic Jewish lifestyle. For the past few years we have believed
that the real action of "The Gospel of the Kingdom" is
moving out into the streets of Jerusalem, not in the traditional
sense of an evangelism campaign, but more as the Lord arranges these
"divine encounters" as we intercede on location. Pray
for us as we launch this project. Pray also that the Lord will send
the right groups of believers and intercessors from the nations
who have a heart to pray for the salvation of Israel "on site"
and that through this project we will be able to reach many of the
lost sheep of the house of Israel. Also, if you would like to help
us in a practical way, we need to purchase New Testaments for distribution.
Pray about how you can partner with this new, exciting, indigenous
Israeli Elijah Project.