SUNDAY 19th May we will be in Grimsby
SATURDAY 25th May we will be at Epworth Rectory
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Written by Virginia White
The words of Psalm 126 are profound for Israel and for all who trust in the Lord Yeshua. Recently two of us were in the Negev for a few days, waiting on the Lord. One evening before dusk, we went out to worship our Great King. We danced all alone for over an hour in our glorious garments of praise. This beautiful song of Psalm 126 by Steve Schneider immediately came to mind... we had to dance it! The tears for Israel still flow, but now we pray and intercede for the seed to be fully ripe. Our God has never been defeated and every prophecy will surely come to pass, like streams in the Negev!
When it was almost too dark to dance anymore, we put on a small mobile to catch the atmosphere. Suddenly we were in such a place of joy as we called in the spirit for Zion to return to their King.
'When we brought back the captives from Zion, we were like men who dreamed,
our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues were filled with joy,
then it was said amongst the nations, the Lord has done great things for them,
the Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.
Restore our fortunes O Lord, like streams in the Negev.
Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy, carrying seeds to sow.
We'll return, with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with Him.'
- Psalm 126, Steve Schneider
Written by Emma Freeman
Whenever you go to war in your own land against the enemy who is hostile to you, you are to sound short blasts of alarm. Then you will be remembered before Adonai your God and be delivered from your enemies.
On Yom Teruah (Numbers 29:1) we gathered at Eastgate to seek God to give us the city of Leeds for His Kingdom. We brought trumpets & a shofar to make declarations to the authorities and principalities in the spirit realms. We fight in His strength & go in His victory (Proverbs 21:31).
If a shofar alarm sounds in a city,
will people not tremble?
If there is calamity in a city,
has not Adonai caused it?
For the Lord Adonai, will do nothing,
unless He has revealed His counsel
to His servants the prophets.
Amos 3:6-7 TLV
- A call for clarity of hearing & seeing - the prophets & seers will know the plans of the Lord.
“The work is extensive and spread out, and we are widely separated from one another on the wall. Wherever you hear the sound of the shofar, join us there. Our God will fight for us!”
- A wake up call for the watchman to take their positions.
if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?
1 Corinthians 14:8 NIV
The sound needs to be loud, clear & in the right timing so that people will know the call is for them & what they are responding to - is it a war, or a wedding?
Now, brothers and sisters, if I come to you and speak in tongues, what good will I be to you, unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or word of instruction?
1 Corinthians 14:6 NIV
- A call for clear, pure teaching from His heart & His word.
Even in the case of lifeless things that make sounds, such as the pipe or harp, how will anyone know what tune is being played unless there is a distinction in the notes?
1 Corinthians 14:7 NIV
- A call for clear, pure worship from our hearts to His alone.
Since you are eager for gifts of the Spirit, try to excel in those that build up the church.
1 Corinthians 14:6-12 NIV
- A call for unity & building up of the body.
We worshiped with flags from Eastgate, down Briggate ending at the Corn Exchange.
Our work felt done but inside was the icing on the cake - a piano for anyone to play! We worshiped and played a spirit led song to cleanse the atmosphere.
Written by Diane Chaimberlain-Butt
Report for trip to Belfast May 25th- 27th 2018.
An invitation to attend the 10th Stormont Christian Initiative came in the middle of a busy period for us. Do we attend? Well, it seemed to us that this trip was in God's plan for us as we have a heart for supporting the saints in Northern Ireland and to see something move politically. It seemed from the beginning that it was not just about dances and presentations, but that this was yet another call to intercession.
Friday: Many of us found difficulty (delays and travel problems) actually arriving in Belfast, but we did not allow our spirits to be dampened - joy was indeed our strength! As part of the weekend, a Shabbat meal and lovely fellowship with the believers in the evening was enjoyed. ‘It is like family’ someone remarked.
Saturday: The Lord has spoken to us about ‘filling the big empty space’, so it was a joy to fill it giving honour to the God of Israel worshiping Him with songs, dance and procession. The burden for intercession continued throughout the Saturday as we waited. Sometimes the waiting is as significant as the event.
Another word was about ‘untying knots’? and ‘ balloons’ symbolising some good things were being removed and everything being brought into the light. It mattered not that the whole afternoon was televised as we were caught up in the presence of our great King; a joy to flow with everyone present in the worship and the dance. There were balloons celebrating the 10th anniversary and a sense that what had been was coming to an end and something else would grow out of the seed that had been sown over the past 10 years. (Isaiah 6 came to mind).
Virginia spoke about the significance of ten……. Surprisingly, there were ten of us in the Sh’ma group. Gate number 10 for our exit at the airport and Isaiah 6 refers to the tenth remaining….
It was also encouraging to listen to an Israeli believer speak about the reality of war in Israel today and how we need to continue the fight in the Spirit while others have to battle physically. The guests ministered in song and they were encouraged that their son had written a song that we used in the first dance.
We knew we needed to go to Northern Ireland in complete unity and this was only achievable as we walked in the Spirit. It seemed that the attitude we carried with us was as important in affecting the atmosphere as much as songs and dances. The fellowship between all was sweet and uplifting and it was fun to celebrating Andy s birthday with a meal out.
Sunday: A glorious sunny morning and we danced in the park near the botanical gardens. Groups of young people accepted us and some interesting conversations followed. It was refreshing and life giving to be in this beautiful park. After we had danced, the atmosphere shifted from one of groups being self-absorbed to a sense of community, unity and joy. Interesting that.
Written by Emma Freeman
"We were treated to fine and thought-provoking drama, music, song and dance. If you get a chance to see a future performance then do so, you will not be disappointed." - Doug
"We found that attending this Wesley Play was a delightful experience. It was beautifully presented as a work of art and embellished with some interesting historic facts. The real strength of the presentation however was the underlying Christian message augmented by the testimonies of some of those who took part. These which were presented in a sincere and tasteful manner and were certainly not "in your face".
We feel that the Wesley Play has something for everyone, whether they be Christian, agnostic or atheist, and would have no hesitation in recommending it to all." - Pete
And Best of all God was with us!
Written by Emma Freeman
God showed me a room full of large tables all with maps/blueprints laid out on them. The lights over the tables were off, apart from the one where a figure stood. The figure said they were the “Commander of the fighting armies”. The map on the table was of Leeds and showed God’s blueprint for the city.
On a separate occasion, Yeshua took me into the centre of a large spherical room with arched doorways all around the walls. There were battalions of angels assembled around the room. A group came forward & the figure in the middle (who I later realised must have been the same commander of the fighting armies) unrolled a blueprint for them to see. We then followed the Angels to one of the arched doorways where there was a platform. We watched as they jumped off to carry out the assignment they had been given.
We prayed for this to be made reality on Earth and I forgot about it until I was in the Corn Exchange. God showed me Heaven on Earth being performed there and then superimposed the spherical room I’d seen in Heaven over what I could see in the natural.
As we do our best to image in the seen realm/physical world something from the unseen realms/spirit world, we are adding our 'amen' calling for God to bring Heaven on Earth.
This is the project we're working on at the moment...
Written by Emma Freeman
We had a couple of days to rest by the beach before going home. We just had fun dancing on the beach when two young Hispanic guys came to ask what we were doing...
We’re dancing for joy! Would you like to join us?
We danced, chatted with them and prayed for them before saying goodbye.
Written by John Chamberlain-Butt and Sheila Eike
One Monday on the way to our weekly prayer meeting the place name Beersheba lodged in my mind which I mentioned to those present. Another had brought for prayer an article about detention of men from war torn east Africa in Holot camp near Beersheba, close to the Egyptian border. Apparently quite a few are Christians and considered by the writer of the report to be genuine refugees denied fair treatment.
(Such people are regarded in most counties as 60-80% asylum seekers but Israel have only accepted 1% and will not allow the rest to integrate, so they wait in limbo for the possibility that other countries will receive them. A few have been taken by Uganda. The high court in Israel have ruled twice that the centre should be closed but the government has each time legislated to overturn those rulings)
This became a seed for our latest visit to Israel.
During our time in the desert we drove towards Holot and found a piece of vacant ground within sight of the camp.
Our prayers and declarations were made whilst 12 of the team were arrayed in angel wings raised to heaven and spread as sign of heaven coming to earth in blessing, protection and in His will being brought about.
Whilst we were preparing an army/police car pulled up and the driver asked what was going on. “This looks very interesting” the officer said with a smile.
Ginnie explained we had come off the road to bless and pray for the people of Israel.
The officers did not move us on- rather they were appreciative and gave their blessing for us to continue.
So when they moved on we interceded there for the inmates in the detention centre- for strengthening of believers and for God encounters to bring others to Yeshua; and for the fire of the Holy Spirit to come into that place.
We also interceded for the Israeli Government that they might perceive and enter their destiny in this matter by becoming a beacon of righteousness according to God’s heart of mercy
Is 62:1 For Zion’s sake I will not hold My peace,
And for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest,
Until her righteousness goes forth as brightness,
And her salvation as a lamp that burns.
We shouted in unison to earthly and spiritual powers “set the captives free!”
One of the team spotted a sign in Hebrew where we had turned off the road. We couldn’t translate it except that in the middle was printed in English “consider it done”.
A couple of African looking men were wandering about near to us– they were quite possibly from Holot as detainees are allowed to leave the camp (so technically not prisoners) but would be arrested if found elsewhere in Israel. One of the team presented one of these guys with a Hebrew New Testament which he gratefully received.
It was also on the heart of one of the Sh’ma family that it was very significant that Kadesh Barnea was in sight only 2 miles away at the border with Egypt. This was the place named in from which 12 spies were sent to spy out the promised land - 1 spy per tribe but only Joshua and Caleb brought back a hopeful report based on faith in God. The others saw the walled cities and backed off. Num 32:8, Num 13.
Facing the border, we prayed for Egypt for revelation of Messiah to the Muslims and strengthening of the Christians, and declared that God calls Egypt ‘My Beloved’. Then facing north, we prayed for the Jewish people, for their protection in the land and that the believers in the land would be persistent and courageous like Joshua and Caleb and bring the next generation through into their full inheritance in the Kingdom of Messiah.
After we danced near the Holt Detention Center, one of those little desert whirlwinds that pop up appeared (we often see them on film in the Arizona desert). This one wasn’t cone shaped but cylindrical; it was revolving but never moved from it’s place. It made me think ‘was this the pillar of cloud that God sent ahead of the Israelis during the 40 years wandering?
I had been praying for any believers in the detention center & for God to send His word in. A man walked past us, presumably to go to the center as there isn't much around here. Virginia gave me a Hebrew bible & encouraged me to go say hello. Thankfully he spoke Hebrew & I was able to have a very brief conversation with him, after which he gratefully received the bible.
With all our praise garments on, we went to celebrate Shabbat in a quiet spot. Our intention was to dance and worship for His eyes only, but the quietest spot we could find was next to a road. A few people stopped to see what we were doing. We had some great chats as a few of us were able to share why we were there.
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