Written by Emma Freeman
5 days before our planned trip to Israel, we woke up to find 10 of our group no longer had flights (we booked with Monarch). Lord, have we heard you right? Were you really calling us to Israel this time? We heard His confirmation, so we found new flights, but this time we had to fly through Istanbul with a 9 hour layover...
“Ok there’s got to be a reason you’ve got us going through Istanbul, what is it?”. I felt led to look at YouTube and found a secular video about Istanbul the seemed interesting. The man on the video said that the Bosphorus Strait was a ‘Gateway’ between Europe and Asia, I knew that was what God wanted me to hear! I phoned Ginnie who told me that there is significant evidence that the 10 tribes of Israel went through the Bosphorus Strait."
Rosie shared this with the group and we prayed. John and Diane had an encouraging word for us as they saw an arrowhead landing on heavy armour and piercing explosively through and opening a way into enemy territory (the spiritual forces of darkness) for others to enter after you. They felt we were an arrowhead landing in Turkey and opening a breach, a gateway for the Kingdom. Thank You Lord!
We arrived at Istanbul, most of us shattered from a week of many trials, BUT it is an honour and a privilege to be a part of what our God is doing, so before we did anything else, we prayed and listened to find out exactly what to do while we were there.
We found space in the airport at the gate. We did a few prophetic dances and interceded to call back the tribes from the nations to worship the true God. We opened the Gateway.
"People from Iran can come here and learn about the Lord because here (although still restricted) there is more freedom than in their own countries. For some, when things happen in places like Iran (Persia) they have a different view than most - they see it as a blessing because they know they’ll be able to go to a place with more opportunity to learn the ways of God. There are also more opportunities for women & children who have no voice in their own countries. These refugees are His harvest."
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