In a high mountain village on
the island of Cyprus passionate worshipers are appealing to God for His
Spirit to move upon the nations. Young (and not so young) lovers of
Yeshua have come from France, Belgium, Germany, Rumania, Argentina,
Holland, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Israel, Canada, the United Kingdom, and
the U.S.A. to grow as sons and daughters of the King, preparing to serve
Him wherever He leads. Their outreaches in Europe, Israel and elsewhere
bear lasting fruit in healing, salvation, and relationships.
This is Gateways Beyond, a Messianic Jewish center for world
mission. Its first session opened in the year 2000, making this year the
17th group of first year students. Each of those years it's been my
delight to dive into four days of life impartation with the students,
based on the rich examples of Scripture. Having just returned from my
February 2016 time with them, I'm again amazed at the closeness
achieved in this brief but intense encounter. The experience never fails
to inspire and energize me - especially the deep, dynamic, ever-fresh
praise and worship that revs up each morning.
Gateways' days begin against the backdrop of a small lake surrounded
with pines trees. Packed into a former restaurant, several dozen
students, staff, and visitors open their hearts wide to God in praise.
Blues harmonica in hand, I'm caught up - fused with the worship
team, feeling that we are more alive spending hours in this
pursuit than we would be in any other. Without the music stopping, a
staff member comes forward, exhorting the students to shift their
attention from themselves to Yeshua. Later, a European couple receives
prayer for life direction. Keen prophetic words arise from students and
staff, generating fresh faith. One observes a gift for releasing young
adults into servant leadership.
Warmed by a wood stove, student body and guest teacher have four hours a
day to delve into God's word. Pre-dinner service time (physical
maintenance of the base, meal preparation, child care, etc.) fills out
the day, emphasizing the importance of simple tasks done in faithful
quality. Close by, the community owns fertile farmland where grape vines,
beehives, olive trees, and their own flock of sheep provide both food and
vital organic experience in agriculture.
The founders of Gateways Beyond are David and Emma Rudolph, who've
enriched our Tikkun covenant brotherhood for more than a quarter of a
century. Drawing from their own vast experience in world ministry, and
the close-knit quality of their own large family, they instilled kingdom
values of mutual honor and reliance upon the Spirit, in the Gateways
culture. I treasure my participation in this continuing adventure.
Average enrollment for the half-year program is 20. More information
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