Jerusalem Prayer List From Istanbul
By Joseph Shulam
April 20th, 2017
Marcia and I arrived in Istanbul on the 18th of April. On the 19th of April, I had the privilege of meeting a small group of Muslims who are keenly interested in reconciliation and relationship with both Jews and Christians. We had a very deep and meaningful conversation of several hours and ended with very warm and cordial brotherly hugs. This was a good experience of both an honest dialogue and a deep desire for reconciliation and interest in seeking truth and good relationship. In our days of tumultuous violence, hate, and terrorism; to have a sincere desire for both peace and reconciliation with Muslims, Jews, and Christians is indeed a gift of God.
I will not enlarge on these gifts of God at this time, but I will ask you to pray for a meaningful and honest relationship to be built. A relationship of honor and respect; and a sincere desire to live in peace and love for God and for our fellow man. This is a very small step from small men and women who have very big goals and the desire to please God and serve their fellow man and please our Father in Heaven. Don’t dispose the day of small things! Support reconciliation without compromise and pray for the Wind of God to speak it from Indonesia to Morocco and everywhere inbetween in Asia, Africa, Europe, The Americas, and Australia too.
The majority of the wars in the World have been religious based and the wars in the last few decades are for sure religious based. You can not kill bad ideas with guns and cruise missiles. You can kill bad ideas and doctrines and religious beliefs with good ones and better ones. This is the only future for winning over hate and doctrines of violence. This is Yeshua’s way to win hate over with love, win violence with charity and peace! Please pray for Marcia and for me for healing and strength; that God will bless us with good health and strength and energy to continue doing what is good and right for His Kingdom.
A group from Israel is arriving today to Istanbul for a study seminar on wheels in the Seven Churches of Asia Minor – the seven churches of revelation chapter 1-3. Please pray for our safety and protection from all harm and for the health of all the participants and our driver and guide.
Pray for Israel to open the doors for the Aliyah of the Anussim (The Marrano Jews who were forced to convert to Catholicism from 1492-1824). Forcing these Jews to convert to modern Orthodox Judaism is the same forcing that the Catholic Church did to the Jews during the Inquisition. I believe that the choice should be given to each one of these people. They should be educated about what modern Judaism is and given a choice to convert or not to convert, but their right to immigrate to Israel as Jews should not be in question. Pray for the great Aliyah of these hidden Jews to return to their identity and roots.
Pray for Netivyah and the projects that Netivyah is doing:
1. Hamotzi – the food distribution program.
2. Kol HaYeshua – Radio broadcasts daily.
3. Teaching from Zion Magazine and Publications of books, audio and video teachings.
4. International lectures and teaching and evangelism in Europe, Asia, South America, North America.
5. The Roeh Israel Congregation in Jerusalem.
All these important ministries need your prayers and your support.
Pray for Netivyah and the young leadership. They are doing a wonderful job and bringing a renewal and zeal into the Netivyah ministry and in the congregation and they need your support in prayer and also in finances.
The list for prayers for the sick and those who need a special grace from the LORD is expanded today and two very dear brothers from West Virginia are added with special request of your prayers: Mike E. and Barbara E. They are family and both have cancer that is serious and needs the divine touch of healing and restoration.
Barry my son needs prayer. The abdominal surgery that closed and looked so good a few weeks ago has opened and is being drained. It is not as serious as it was, but it is still in need of prayer and healing.
In Holland, Tineke is also battling cancer for the second time and needs the LORD’s grace and healing, encouragement, and strength so that her body overcomes.
Please don’t forget to pray for Inon –the baby of one of our wonderful young families in the congregation. This baby needs healing and strength and his family needs encouragement and strength to take good care of this baby with the name of the Messiah that existed before the Sun was created. (Psalm 72:17)
Please also pray for Ynon Ben David and Emily. The name Ynon is one of the names of the Messiah from the Psalms. He is a very young baby with a breathing problem. It is hard for Ynon and especially hard for his mother and family. We have strong faith that the Lord will speedily heal this baby and raise him up healthy and strong and give him long life to be able to see the return of the Messiah with his own eyes.
I ask for special prayers for our dear brothers and sisters in Finland: Keijo and Salme, Sister Airi, Anne-Mirjami, Anna Majia, Satu-Maria and her daughters, Tim Tucker, Kari A., Pekka, Erki and Sirpa and for our dear Finish members of the Roeh Israel Congregation, Leah K., Ahuva B., Ilana H. I also ask you for the following members of the congregation in Jerusalem: David S., Sarit, Miriam, Hannah, Greg, Yuri M. who is in the hospital now with serious kidney problems and Daniel P., who is also in the hospital for rehabilitation after a serious motorcycle accident. Brothers and sisters in the USA that need your prayers for healing: Emmet, Bobby, Ruby, John M., Aaron H., John M., Liz Johnson, Horace and June S. Brothers and sisters in Brazil that need healing: Paulo, Naomi, Clara, Marcelo’s father and especially his mother. In Japan, we have the following brothers and sisters that need your prayers for healing: Pra. Curita, Toru, Tomoko San, Sadako San, Takeo Sensei, and Daisuke Sensei, and Sister Yumi’s husband.
And please don’t forget to pray for our daughter and granddaughter Danah and Noaam.
The list of brothers and sisters who need strength and blessing in their homes and in their business is also important to pray for: The Goh family who is under no little stress and needs wisdom and protection and revival of success in the new path that God is forging for them. Sister Christy, Sister Laurel, and for Brother Michael Kenzevic, and Daniel L., all need success and prosperity in their life and work. Pray for a dear brother in Finland by the name of David. Pray that the Lord will provide for David a great job that will honor his gifting and his family.
Pray for Roger, a dear brother who stands with so many good works and with Netivyah. He needs wisdom and peace and success in his work and life.
God bless all of you who pray for the Salvation of Israel and the World. We all need to make our Horizon wider and have at least the dream and the desire to see the whole world kneel before the King of Kings and Lord of Lords and be dressed in white on that day when the trumpet shall sound and the dead shall arise. If we don’t have that desire we will also not do things to make this happen. If we don’t have the faith we shall not be focused on that which is in God’s heart and desire.
God bless you and also give you the desire and possibility to do something about it. Go across the street or to your next door neighbor or at least share what God has given you to feed the poor, to spread love and good cheer, and to participate in the great joy of service and obedience to God’s command putting the grace of God that you have received from Yeshua the Messiah to work.
From Istanbul, Turkey, Joseph and Marcia Shulam