|Avi and a young friend|
Africa is on the verge of dramatic change. For decades her God-given riches have been ravished by foreign exploiters and corrupt domestic leadership. Sons and daughters of Africa have been victims of some of the most intense poverty the world has known, all the while living in a land of wealth and plentiful natural resources. This gap between the people of Africa's poverty and the immense natural riches of the land remains a puzzle to observers from outside the continent.
I was born and raised in Africa, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I am an African but I am also a Jew so I made aliyah to Israel, the Land of my forefathers when I was just a teenager. I have vivid memories from my childhood of the heart wrenching sights of my own people, children my age, with hunger swelled stomachs crying in the arms of their skeleton-sized mothers. The hunger and poverty around me only made the tensions between the different diverse groups and tribes even worse. The result has been a heavy and traumatic yoke on the backs of the people.
|Prayer under the tallit|
Marty Shoub, Marc Chopinsky and I were the main guests of the events. We shared, taught and worshiped in Hebrew and Swahili together with our African hosts. Many pastors and leaders from Africa attended the conference. Nine African nations were represented: Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, DRC, Somalia, Uganda, and Ethiopia (I was proud to represent both Israel and Ethiopia).
Marty, Marc and Avi praying for Margaret,
the leader of the Africa Israel Prayer Altar
One memorable highlight of the event was when a precious Sudanese pastor came forward to pray and repent on behalf of his nation's attitude towards Israel. We were inspired by his humility and brokenness to invite all the delegates to come and walk under a Jewish prayer shawl (a tallit), as a sign of a covenantal relationship and a declaration to stand with Israel. All the participants came forward one after the other and walked under the spread shawl. We witnessed the glory and pleasure of God in seeing African believers, who because they love the King of Israel, bind Israel to a special place in their hearts. It was as if heaven met earth. We sensed that in the Spirit a bridge for blessing was erected between Africa and Israel.
One of the distinctive riches that God has bestowed on African people is the gift of prayer and intercession. I was deeply touched to see the humility, passion, and boldness exhibited in the prayers of my African brothers and sisters. I believe this prayer altar for Israel will be instrumental and powerful in the hands of God to mobilize and change structures and strongholds.
Avi and Marc praying for
the Sudanese pastor
Marc, Marty and I left very encouraged with a fresh hope that as this movement continues in the grassroots of the African nations, it will provide a key that will release the blessings that have been blocked from flowing in the continent. I believe God will transform Africa's dark history into a bright future of destiny. God promised that all who bless the seed of Abraham will be blessed themselves. May God speedily fulfill His word of blessing for Africa in the days ahead.
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Also in this issue of the newsletter:
|Dan Juster: Offended by Christian Zionists|
|Marty Shoub: Two Cases, Not to be Dismissed|
|Holly Wallace: Embracing the Challenge|
|T.R.: The Intervention of Heaven|