A Noise in the Valley
by Eric Morey, Founding Elder, Poriya Congregation
All six candidates sought out Messianic believers, and wanted to spend personal time with us as Election Day approached - even though we only constitute around 1% of the electorate in the Jordan Valley Region.
This February elections were held to choose the new Head of the Jordan Valley Regional Council, overseeing 22 villages from Capernaum in the north, around the Sea of Galilee and down along the Jordan River. This includes the village where we and most of our congregants live - Poriya Ilit. Our village of around 1000 souls, contains around 15% believers, easily the highest percentage of any secular Israeli community in the country.
They wanted to know who we are, and what we believe!
You can say they wanted our vote, which of course they did, but they spent an inordinate amount of time for 1% of the electorate. The candidates told us that the local believers have made a positive impression on the society here, including students in the schools, soldiers, volunteers on various committees, and the establishment of businesses in the area. Believers have been part of the Local governing committee of Poriya Illit Village - for most of the last 20 years.
We see a broadening acceptance of our Messianic communities here in the area, and a desire to connect with us. This is part of a new trend of transition from animosity to cautious acceptance and even favor.
We are making an impact in Israel!
Praise the Lord!!!
A Noise in the Valley
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"The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of
The Jordan Valley is a spiritually strategic place, and possibly "the" Valley of Dry Bones God brought Ezekiel to.
God brought Ezekiel in a vision to "THE" valley, seemingly a particular valley. There the dry bones were physically restored to life, from the exile (the whole of chapter 37 is about Aliyah). After the physical restoration, there was to be a spiritual restoration. If the physical restoration of the modern nation of Israel began in the Jordan Valley, then might it be that the Jordan Valley is the Valley of Dry Bones Ezekiel visited in his vision, and that the spiritual restoration of Israel may also begin here?
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