YWAM/King's Kids Winnipeg
Raising up the next generation

Israel team September 2013
What was our mandate, and how had the Lord led us to go to Israel at this specific time? He knew before hand that we would be going in the midst of a crisis in the Middle East with significant Global tensions with Syria. Being able to hang onto these directives was crucial as we obeyed and trusted.
It was in response to the sense that we were to make a clear call in prayer to release the midnight cry that Jesus is coming back soon and that we need to get ready as a church.
At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise, however took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. At midnight the cry rang out: “Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him! Matthew 25: 1-6

David Demian shared how the Lord spoke to him some time ago concerning the 10 virgins. He felt that the Lord was telling him that he was neither one of the 5 wise or the 5 foolish. Puzzled he said “then what am I?” The Lord directed him to re-read the passage and pointed out that at no time was everyone asleep. There was always a remnant awake that are aware of the times we are in to release the midnight cry, they may be disillusioned or weary but they are awake. But, the vast majority of the church is asleep.
After prayer and discernment it was felt that the Lord was calling a small international team to Israel at this time to release the Midnight Cry in prayer to awaken the church to the times that we are living in. It was not about us but we were to stand the gap for many who are awake in the church, hearing the same thing. We also felt to meet with both Arab and Messianic leaders in the land to pray that Gods’ purposes for all the sons of Abraham be fulfilled.

To that end we travelled to various historical sites often leaving at 8 o‘clock in the morning and prayed as the Lord led. For example:
The lights went on when Rania who heads up a 24/7 house of prayer in Nazareth, shared about the history concerning Beer Shiva according to the historical scriptural accounts. It was from this place that Ishmael was sent out into the wilderness with some bread and water. Looking at the barren wilderness this was obviously not adequate and they were thrown into the hands of the One that would reveal himself as “the God who sees” to them, and later would be revealed as the bread of life and the one to whom those that are thirsty could find living water. (Genesis 21:14) It was also a place of covenant for both Abraham and Isaac. (Genesis 21:22; Genesis 23:23-32) As such Beersheba is a place of firsts and breakthrough. As a response to this realization a time acknowledging the breakdown of relationship between the descendants of Isaac and Ishmael was processed by Priscilla and Rania both Arab believers and Avner Bosky a local Jewish pastor. This was followed by a prophetic act of pouring water and bread into the well at Beersheba calling for restoration and unity and renewal of the covenant of promise to Abraham and all his descendents witnessed by all of us. Significant was the presence of people with Iranian, Egyptian, Syrian, and Armenian descent on the team. VERY POWERFUL!

Another day on Mt Carmel after a quick lunch stop for Falafel or Shwarma, we went to the site where Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal. It was here that in 2000 our team of Kings Kids on the journey to Jerusalem mission, scattered seeds off the balcony overlooking Jezreel. One of the kids hadreceived a picture of a LARGE hand scattering seedsand one was already taking some of the seeds that we had brought from Canada and was scattering them. Our prayer as we scattered the seeds was that God would bring in the harvest from the nations to come and worship Him. Now here we were 13 years later, people from the nations come to worship. (I am sure that MANY others have come as well) The seed had born fruit! One of the young girls at that time who scattered the seeds was with us once again, Rachael Demian. It was only later that I discovered that Jezreel means “God sows”!

We had many times of worship. The boat ride on the Jesus Boat was AMAZING! As soon as the boat docked off the worship chorus Agnes Deo started to play ...”Hallelujah for the Lord our God the almighty Reigns”, then “Crucified laid behind a stone, lived and died, rejected and alone”...”here we are to worship, Here we are to bow down”...and then a Chinese worship CD from the homecoming. It took us by surprise as all of us immediately came into a spirit of worship as we sailed over the Galilee, impressed by the fact that THIS was where Jesus taught, walked on water, calmed the storm and healed the sick. We sensed He was tangibly AMONG us. Our prayer here was, “Jesus; bid me to come”... “I would rather drown with you than stay in the boat! Bid me come, Jesus!”

We made significant connections with both the messianic leaders in Jerusalem and the Arab pastors and believers in Nazareth. The last day there was a large gathering of both Jewish and Arab believers as well as some other teams that had com for the feast of tabernacles. At one point, David, who is of Egyptian descent, called all the Arab believers to the front to encourage them. He THEN asked all the Jewish believers to come up and come into the midst of the Arab believers. I think people were wondering if he was serious! After a while a few Jewish people tentatively came forward and after more followed. The believers from the nations then came around them and blessed the body of Christ in Israel. We declared that there was One body and One church and One King Jesus! This was ground breaking we were told! Following the Arab believers were asked to go to a Jewish believer and sit together as a continual reminder of this fact for the rest of the evening.

Our time in Israel evolved on two levels. One the daily activities of meals at the hotel and interaction with each other and the local people, and life on the bus as we travelled from one place to the next as close friendships were forged in the crucible of life. Among us were 112 people from the nations; Austria, Australia, Canada, China (including Hong Kong and Macau),Denmark, Germany, Israel, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, USA. This did not include the various ethnic backgrounds that we all carried. Getting to appreciate the cultural differences and understand each other, along with flowing with the culture in Israel was interesting. We spent most of our time in the Arab sector of Israel this time, gaining a greater appreciation and heart for the Arab peoples as we prayed into Gods’ purposes for all the descendants of Abraham.

We were also in our travels able to enjoy the scenery and got to go to the Dead Sea and to various local markets.

Thank you so much for your interest and prayers. My sore legs that had an allergic reaction to some bug bites, resolved after a few days and I was fortunate that a doctor was on the team who just happened to have antibiotics on her to help relieve the cellulites that was starting.

Many blessings,

Carolin and Doug