2 Chroncles 30: 1-13
1 Hezekiah sent to all Israel and Judah, and wrote letters also to Ephraim and Manasseh, that they should come to the house of the
Lord at Jerusalem to keep the Passover to the Lord, the God of Israel. 2 For the king and his princes and all the assembly in Jerusalem had taken counsel to keep the Passover in the second month— 3 for they could not keep it at that time because the priests had not consecrated themselves in sufficient number, nor had the people assembled in Jerusalem— 4 and the plan seemed right to the king and all the assembly. 5 So they decreed to make a proclamation throughout all Israel, from Beersheba to Dan, that the people should come and keep the Passover to the Lord, the God of Israel, at Jerusalem, for they had not kept it as often as prescribed. 6 So couriers went throughout all Israel and Judah with letters from the king and his princes, as the king had commanded, saying, “O people of Israel, return to the Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, that he may turn again to the remnant of you who have escaped from the hand of the kings of Assyria. 7 Do not be like your fathers and your brothers, who were faithless to the Lord God of their fathers, so that he made them a desolation, as you see. 8 Do not now be stiff-necked as your fathers were, but yield yourselves to the Lord and come to his sanctuary, which he has consecrated forever, and serve the Lord your God, that his fierce anger may turn away from you. 9 For if you return to the Lord, your brothers and your children will find compassion with their captors and return to this land. For the Lord your God is gracious and merciful and will not turn away his face from you, if you return to him.”
10 So the couriers went from city to city through the country of Ephraim and Manasseh, and as far as Zebulun, but they laughed them to scorn and mocked them. 11 However, some men of Asher, of Manasseh, and of Zebulun humbled themselves and came to Jerusalem. 12 The hand of God was also on Judah to give them one heart to do what the king and the princes commanded by the word of the Lord.
13 And many people came together in Jerusalem to keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread in the second month, a very great assembly.
Hezekiah sent out messengers to Israel and Judah inviting people to the Passover celebration. This summer Jesus sent more than two hundred messengers to the ports of the western Mediterranean Sea inviting North Africans to His Passover. Invitations came through New Testaments, Magdalena and JESUS Film DVDs, Josh McDowell’s More than a Carpenter, and children’s Wonder Books along with words spoken by the participants who were trained to witness with a Muslim.
The messengers went forth with authority. Often local officials stood opposed, but Jesus, “who opens doors that no one can shut” and who sent the messengers with “all authority in heaven and earth,” enabled many to continue to receive the "invitations" to the Passover Lamb.
Many North Africans who were offered the "invitations", “laughed them to scorn”; often hindering other North Africans from accepting. Yet, as seen by the numbers distributed and the stories of the next column, “some men… humbled themselves” accepting packets. A good number of these indicated receiving Christ into their lives.
The stories that follow include the on-going witness of people impacted by previous years’ outreach. No one knows the date of Jesus’ return. It looks to be soon. Soon or not, when we meet in heaven there will be “a very great assembly” among which will be countless North Africans.
2016: A significant Step
With Reliance on God
- with those who have received materials
- and with those who have not
After accepting a packet, women women told a young man to return it. The evangelist explained that Jesus is coming again, but came the first time so we could be forgiven. Relieved the man kept the packet.
A North African man accepted Christ with a North African evangelist. They stayed in touch by phone and internet, and by September the man asked to meet with other believers.
A North African believer eagerly took materials to give to others.
A North African man said, “Thank you. I was waiting for this!” Another man, already reading Matthew, listened to the gospel and when shown 1 Corinthians 15:3-6 with 500 witnesses to Christ’s resurrection, he said, “Now I know the Bible is true!”
A North African doubted God’s existence, but after hearing an evangelist’s testimony, he accepted a New Testament.
An enthused man accepted a packet and ran to get his friend, who hesitantly accepted. Both immediately began to read.
A lady beamed as she took the packet. Another lady was full of gratitude yelling to her husband, “It’s the New Testament!”
A man knew the Bible, even quoting verses. Excited to meet a Christian, he gave his contact information for follow-up purposes.
A man left his car and wife, jumped a barrier, and asked for a packet. With a packet in hand he elatedly returned to his waiting wife.
Two children immediately began to read the Wonder Books. In another car, children convinced the mother to accept.
A North African man showed a distributor a well-read Bible he had received several years before.
An older man joyfully accepted the DVD understanding it was the same as the video he had received years ago in his Berber language.
A lady recognized the packet and indicated she was a believer, evidently from having previously received a packet .
A teen-age son, upon seeing the packet, told his mother, “This is what we have been looking for.”
With Reliance on God
- Building & Sending
- Helping build and send North African disciples
- along with participants from around the world
Christian Lebanese students reaching out to a community of North Africans in a Spanish enclave of North Africa saw a young lady come to Christ. She told others including two young men. One, hurting because his girl friend aborted their baby, was touched that God willingly gave His Son and also accepted Jesus. The other took time to reflect. Then at a second meeting he indicated that he had received Christ. Two of these three new believers joined the Lebanese while they witnessed along the waterfront in the evenings.
Five Christian North African students did outreach in a predominantly North African city of Europe. They saw people come to Christ, like a 45-year-old man who repeatedly met for follow-up and today meets with a local pastor. They also helped train North African believers they met through the outreach to witness with others in the power of the Holy Spirit. One of these, an ethnically French man who had come to Christ through the witness of a North African and who was married to a North African, witnessed at least once a day for the coming week.
A North African believer refused the packet until the evangelist suggested he give it to a friend.
Some Spanish participants overcame fears of witnessing with North Africans.
A number of North African women continue doing follow-up in Arabic through various internet apps.
Europeans taking materials on a ferry to North Africa saw a North African accept a packet on the port, start to read the New Testament, and then keep it at eye level as he boarded the same bus they were taking to the boat.