How to Pray for Messianic Youth of Israel
is the follow up report for a recently held annual Youth conference
for the believing teenagers of Israel. We believe this report contains
valuable information for those who intercede for Israel in how to
pray for the strengthening of the faith and testimony of the young
people in the Land who are following Yeshua (Jesus). Just
let the Lord lead you to zero in on the issues for intercessory
prayer that He would have you speak to on behalf of these young
people who are often the only believer in the school that they attend.
How much they need our prayer support! —Donna
Israeli Youth to Change the World
A Report by Eitan Shishkoff
of the Tents of Mercy
congregation in the Haifa Bay region
no-one else. You're it—the Remnant—the Messianic remnant that God
has been waiting for. The world is waiting and Israel is waiting,
for you to return from the wilderness in power, like Yeshua did."
after a time of being absolutely alone, without food, without entertainment
(like Internet, TV, movies, SMS), and subject to massive temptations
was the Messiah ready to make Himself known publicly. That day in
Nazareth (Luke 4:16-22)
He announced the source of His power, the power that would enable
Him to heal and deliver. 'The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because
He has anointed Me...'"
must go into the wilderness to find the power of God. You too, must
deny yourself comforts as Yeshua did. Then you will emerge with
supernatural power to bring this nation to the knowledge of her
Messiah. He came, preaching to the poor and transforming lives.
Now is the time for you to do His work: preaching the good news,
healing the broken-hearted and setting the captives free."
"YOU are the same age as the 120 in Jerusalem"
is looking for 120 Israeli youth to change the world. That was the
number present on the Day of Shavuot (Pentecost) in Acts 2 when
the Spirit fell in power. How old were they? Yeshua was only 33.
That means that He was speaking mainly to people in their teens
and 20's. Many of the 120 were your age. That's how many of you
are here today, in this room. They changed the world. This is your
destiny if you choose it."
these words Asher Intrater, the leader of Revive Israel,
our sister ministry, gripped a gathering of 125 Israeli Messianic
Youth, calling them to their highest. He did not baby them. He acknowledged
the need for healing in our personal lives, but condemned a "poor
us" mentality. His emphasis was not on receiving, receiving.
He spoke rather of the call to discipleship: losing all in order
to gain the power that filled Yeshua, the dunamis of God's
Spirit. He told them it would not be easy.
Asher finished speaking, the young people were quiet, sobered by
his riveting challenge. "Stand and come forward if you want
to make this choice," was his simple invitation. Nearly
all the youth stood and stepped forward. It was a moving sight.
Up to that point, there had been moments when I doubted that we
would see any kind of breakthrough. We had faced some difficulties:
awkwardness in worship, discipline problems and plain old teenaged
disinterest. If you've never tried it, let me tell you, it can be
a daunting task to create and conduct a relevant bible-based conference
for Israeli youth. I'm talking about 40 hours of programming for
13-18 year old teenagers all during their Chanukah vacation!
In finances, personnel and location God came
though "big time"
up to the conference, with only four weeks remaining, our small
coordinating team faced several pressing obstacles. We had no money.
We did not have enough young adults to lead small groups and serve
as the backbone of the ministry team. We also had some doubts about
the conference facility. This was a new locale and we were uncertain
whether it would suit our purposes. In each of these vital areas
God came through "big time". Within several weeks over
$10,000 came in through new sources. A team of dedicated servants
in their 20's volunteered to pour themselves into the teens. And
the facility, set on the picturesque banks of the Sea of Galilee,
was the finest of the ten conferences we've held.
schedule called for in-depth teaching from Isaiah 61:1-4, youth-led
worship, personal quiet time, small group sessions and an amazing
nature experience perched atop a hillside overlooking the Sea of
Galilee. The primary organization was achieved by the marvelous
duo of Keren, a young woman with army training and a huge heart
for teens, and Norma, a selfless pioneer of youth ministry in Israel.
But even in the best of circumstances, with a thorough plan, a prayed-up
staff and abundant finances, a youth conference can flop. We've
seen it! Yet watching the response to Asher's message on the last
morning, I knew it was all worth it. After they stood in sincere
response to his bold challenge, he told them to find another person
to pray with. The atmosphere was so receptive, hearts so tenderized,
intentions so focused, that within seconds many young people were
praying for one another with the special sincerity that belongs
to youth. Youth reached out to youth with passionate love for Yeshua
and full-hearted support for each other.
How can they fulfill this destiny without equipping?
I am determined to follow up. I see the need for special days of
equipping. It's time to invest more heavily in youth who are motivated.
It's fun and valuable to hold a large gathering, which we do during
the Chanukah and Passover vacations. But I know there are young
Israeli believers who are called of God to develop as leaders. I
want to work with them. I know they need deeper preparation for
the coming harvest. Their generation, as Asher declared so compellingly,
will be ideally positioned for this harvest. They have grown up
in Israel speaking Hebrew, will serve in the IDF and then take their
well-earned place in this society. I am convinced that it is God's
strategy to use this generation of youth to be the evangelists,
apostles, pastors, prophets and teachers of Israel's end-time revival.
How can they fulfill this destiny without equipping?
want to enlist your prayers and material support for this effort.
It is a multi-congregational ministry. Congregational leaders have
offered to join is in shaping and overseeing the work with teens.
Young adults in their 20's from all over Israel are the hands-on
staff of HaKatzir. Others have offered resources including media
production, outdoor activities, guided tours and leadership training.
The heart of it all, however, is the youth themselves. They are
nearly all students in Israeli public schools, where Messianic Judaism
is unknown. In some of their towns, Messianic Jews are heavily persecuted
(Arad, Beer Sheva). In other areas they're simply considered strange
and irrelevant, as if they've converted to another religion that
has no connection with Israel.
Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to preach
good news to the poor, to heal the broken hearted and to set the
captives free ... to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy
for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness
... and they shall rebuild the old ruins, they shall raise up the
former desolations, and they shall repair the ruined cities, the
desolations of many generations." Isaiah 61:1,4
passage was our theme for the Chanukah youth conference. What is
so strong here is that Isaiah starts with us being broken-hearted
captives mourning in ashes and heaviness. Then, through the power
of the Spirit, the anointing of the Mashiach Yeshua, we are equipped
to rebuild the nation and to raise up what was ruined. This describes
the prophetic destiny to which today's Israeli Messianic teens are
being called by God.
Eitan Shishkoff and Tents of Mercy is supported through
Tikkun Ministries International
PO Box 2997, Gaithersburg, MD
20879 Phone: (301) 977-3515