The Jerusalem Prayer List – Saturday, April 11, 2009

We are in the Passover week and Israel is in a holiday spirit. The things that many Israelis do during the holidays is go out to Nature and have a big picnic with grilled meat and a lot of good food and relaxation and looking at the wild flowers that are carpeting the hills and the fields of this land. Our Passover Seder was one of the best that we ever had in the congregation. We limited the number of people who would be accepted to participate in the Seder to 60 and we ended with

75 people, most of whom are members of our congregation. This number was the lowest that we have had in many years. Last year we had well over 100 people. This year we also did not charge any money for people to attend but we demanded that anyone that is younger than 75 years old to come and work and clean and cook for at least 5 hours. The building was totally cleaned from top to bottom and there was not one drop of leaven left in the whole building. The food was just delicious. I was the chef and I had many wonderful helpers. We cooked salmon fish and also lamb and vegetables and all the Passover trimmings. The food was wonderful and not much was left.

The thing about Passover and other Biblical Holidays is that they are total holidays that deal with both nature and history and family and spiritual renovation and cleaning up your life and getting back to basics. So, Passover is also a kind of spring right, and a celebration of the Exodus of the children of Israel from Egypt, and a feast of history, and the family and cleaning up our lives from the leaven of malice and evil and filling up our lives with goodness and purity. So, when you do the Passover you are essentially keeping the commandments that Paul commands the church in Corinth: “Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed. Therefore let us celebrate the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” (1Cor. 5:7-8) Note that verse 8 is actually in the imperative language of command, “Therefore let us celebrate the feast!”

In Egypt the Egyptian authorities have arrested dozens of terrorists from the Hezbualah inspired by Iran and lead by the Lebanese-based organization led by Nasserallah, a kind of charismatic sheik who has actually captured the Lebanese capital of Beirut and is dictating to the Lebanese government. This capture of the terrorists is of great significance because Egypt is an Arab and a Muslim country, and these terrorists were actually intending to do two things. The first thing that they were intending to do is smuggle weapons and rockets into Gaza so that the Hamas will be re-armed. The second thing that they were aiming was to destabilize the Egyptian government of President Mubarak by spreading terror and assisting the Muslim Brotherhood. I pray and ask you to pray for the Egyptian government and for President Hussni Mubarak to have the courage and perseverance to deal with these Iran and Hezbualah terrorists and show the Arab nations that extreme terrorists are dangerous to the Arab cause world wide.

I also pray for the Israeli government and the security system to be able to discover the terrorists plans before they carry them out. Just last week a car full of many pounds / Kilograms of explosives was found just minutes before it exploded next to a shopping center in Haifa. The bomb was diffused and no one was hurt – it was a kind of a miracle! Had this bomb exploded the whole spirit of the Passover Holiday would have been different and thousands of people and hundreds of families would have to deal with death and injury. So, we must pray for the situation and against terrorists activities! The God who delivered us from slavery in Egypt is also capable of delivering us from this wave of world wide terrorists.

Here is the list of people that we need to pray for every day: In Israel – we pray for the two new babies added in the last two weeks to the David Stern family. We bless the Stern family and the Amzaleg family for their new additions to the family and pray for success and prosperity in all the ways of the Lord for these two young families.

I just heard that there was a deadly storm in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. We pray for the citizens of Murfreesboro, Tennessee and for all our brothers and sisters there.

The ill and sick for whom we pray are giving good reports and we need to continue the prayer for the sick brothers and sisters.

In the USA we add Kathy Porth from Denver to our prayer list. Kathy has been suspected of having cancer and one biopsy came out negative, but the doctors feel that she needs another biopsy and we pray that the second one will come out also negative and a blessing will come to this fine family of friends. We continue to pray for Ruby and Liz and Liz’s sister who is actually improving from what was considered a incurable cancer. Please continue to pray for Danah and Noaam our daughter and grand-daughter. They need the Lord’s grace in every way and every step of their lives right now. We also pray for Paulo a very fine young man in Brazil who needs continued healing from the Lord’s merciful hand.

In Israel we continue to pray for those with chronic illness and old age: Zvi and Sara, and Ahuva, Liora, Lea, and especially pray for Ilana who has problems with her ears. Ilana has been diagnosed with tinitus an inner-ear problem that allows her not one minute of rest or sleep without drugs. Ilana is one of our Power-ranger Prayer Warriors and a strong example of goodness and faithfulness in our congregation. Please continue to pray for Miriam and Sarit and Marcia my wife. We also pray for a young man called Samuel in the city of Tiberias. Samuel has cancer and the brothers in Israel are contributing bone marrow for him. We were all asked to lift this young man up in prayer and we want to do just that.

While the whole world is down-sizing, at Netivyah we want to do more and not less and we want to do the same work and even increase the activities and progress and efficiency of our ministry and work without increasing the cost. We need God’s help to do so and we need His guidance and above all inspiration from the Holy Spirit of God to motivate us all to be more dedicated and more sincere and more faithful to our call. This is not so simple because our team is already very dedicated and very sincere and very inspired. From God’s Word I know how God works and how He prunes our trees. A tree that gives much fruit already will not be decreased but will be increased and blessed. I want to see Netivyah become a much more efficient organization and do more with less and for this we need your prayers and your blessings.

The city of Tel-Aviv is 100 years old today and I ask you to pray for that great city and the brotherhood in that city. Tel-Aviv is the metropolis of central Israel and it is a city that grew out of the sand-dunes of the Mediterranean Sea Coast. In 100 years this city has become an example of many good and great things in the restoration of the Jewish people back to this land.

Thank you all for praying for the peace of Jerusalem and for the salvation of Israel and the Jewish people and the Arab people of this region of God’s Good Earth! We appreciate your support!

Joseph Shulam

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