The two days of meetings went well in Nairobi. This was our second stop on a four city tour to speak to pastors and church leaders in Kenya. The believers in Nairobi warmly received us and were very hungry to hear the Word of God. Our theme was taken from Malachi 4:6: "And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse." The first New Covenant fathers were those Messianic Jews who gave their lives for their gentile spiritual children. Sadly the hearts of the children were turned from those first fathers but here in Nairobi our hearts were brought together by our mutual love for one another, shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit.
As we traveled west from Nairobi to Nakuru I contemplated on the message I would bring to the pastors and church leaders gathered there. Somewhere along the road I sensed the Holy Spirit nudging me to change the text of my message to Isaiah 11:10-12 & 49:22. If you have ever heard me speak, you know these are two of my favorite passages, but I had not spoken on them at all in Nairobi. After a wonderful morning together, we broke for lunch at the cafe just across from our meeting hall. As we were finishing up, an elderly gentleman sat down across from our hostess, Margaret Adoul and in Kiswahili (he did not speak English) gestured to a notebook he had laid out on the table. He explained to Margaret that 24 years ago the Lord had told him that two Messianic Jews from Israel would come to his town to preach the Gospel. In his notebook he had recorded that they would speak on Isaiah 11:10-12 & 49:22.
The next day he showed me his notebook. They were not the only scriptures included, but across the page, very distinctly was written, "Isaya 11-10-12, Isaya 49-22." As we looked at his book he pointed to me and spoke to our friend Jemima who was translating. She told me, "He says he saw you in a vision when the Lord spoke to him 24 years ago."
24 years ago I was a freshman at Briercrest Bible College without even an inkling of a thought that all these years later I would be an Israeli speaking in Kenya. That the Spirit spoke to me that morning to change my message just added to the thrill of witnessing God's awesome providence at work.
Nakuru was the third stop for Moshe Morrison and I as we met with leaders from Machakos, Nairobi, Nakuru and Kisumu. This was both Moshe's and my fourth trip to Africa but the first time we had been there together. We came with a message of love, reconciliation and our deep connection as Jews and Gentiles together in Messiah's Body. We were received with honor, kindness and generosity. This is one example of the many relational ties Abba Father is making between His Jewish children and His children in the nations: Paul's image of the wall of partition between us broken down in Messiah displayed before our very eyes.
A highlight in every city was when Moshe, a natural born descendant of Aaron, would close our meetings by singing the priestly benediction over the people. The blessing of God's face shining into our darkness with grace and peace concludes with this promise: "So they shall put my name on the children of Israel and I will bless them." (Numbers 6:27) As our dear Kenyan brothers and sisters received this blessing, originally intended only for Israel but now carried to a people formerly "having no hope and without God in the world," I understood just a little better God's plan to bring blessing to all people through "the great High priest of our confession," Yeshua, the Messiah of Israel and savior of the world.
We finished our meetings in Kisumu on the shores of Lake Victoria. On the way we passed sprawling tea plantations, little stands ramshakled together to sell veggies or roasted maize and people, people everywhere, moving to and fro along the sides of the road. Some looked desperate and others looked determined. So much potential stored up, waiting for the rains of God's Spirit to bring in a harvest.
As our Heavenly Father continues to restore our relationship as Jewish and Gentile believers we believe the harvest of riches for the Gentiles and illumination for the Jews will bring mutual blessings and honor to Yeshua. Our fullness is ultimately found in the "the fullness of Him who fills all in all."
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Also in this issue of the newsletter:
|Daniel Juster: Spiritual Power & Cultural Sensitivity|
|Moshe Morrison: The Riddle|
|Ariel Blumenthal: East Asia, Ancestor Worship and the Revelation of Yeshua (Part Two)|