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.
A North African shook hands with a distributor, explaining he had gotten the New Testament already, and that he wanted to thank him for continuing to distribute the materials there!
A North African man, initially refusing the packet, changed his attitude and admitted, “you guys are making an impact. There are North Africans converting because of you.”
A distributor spoke with a man who had previously received a packet initially asking him what he thought of the film and if he had experienced God’s forgiveness because of Jesus Christ. He said he had, smiling. He also provided contact information.
“I have always wanted my own New Testament.” - a North African
A young lady who received “The Sermon on the Mount”, shouted as she got into a car, “Jesus loves me!”
A North African businessman said he had no time to read the packet. However, he decided to take the “More than a Carpenter" book, after opening it and reading a few lines.
A Middle Eastern believer shared the gospel with a lady sitting on a bench by the beach. The two met several times more. Before the Middle Easterner departed the project, her new friend declared on her own, “Now I accept Jesus Christ as my Savior.”
A despairing North African girl responded to the gospel message, understanding that God loves her. She decided to follow Jesus.
The distributor offered a packet to a traveler in his car, who said that he had gotten the materials before. One packet he had given to his upstairs neighbor, and another he gave to his downstairs neighbor!
A man who had previously received a packet, accepted another so his wife could read it and also receive Christ.
One young man came up and asked what was being given out. He not only wanted the Gospel packet for himself, he also wanted to share the material with his countrymen at all levels of society.
A young man driving a very nice car accepted a USB with thanks. After he left the port, he parked nearby. Nearly a half-hour later, he called out to the distributors as they left the port. He was listening to the USB in his car, and said, “I want you to know that I plan to listen to this the entire trip, and I want 5 more USBs to give away.”
Trees of Life
A North African lady whose grandmother was a Christian believer, approached asking if it was the Bible being distributed; then asked to learn more about the Christian faith. Later her husband was the one who announced, “My wife accepted Christ, but I need more time.” The lady added that she would lead her husband to Jesus.
A North African believer, learning to share her faith , helped share the gospel with a young man, starting with how she personally found God’s love and then sharing the complete message. The young man prayed to receive Christ while both had tears their eyes. He said “I followed [my traditions] for 13 years and nothing changed in my life; now, in just one minute, my whole life was changed. There are so many songs in my heart right now!”
A North African in a large European city is now telling others about Jesus. She began to be discipled after responding to a Christian satellite program. However, her initial exposure to the gospel was when her husband placed the Operation Transit materials on the kitchen counter. This educated North African read the Wonder Book and, for the first time, understood the gospel message.
An expat believer stepped into a barber shop in a remote North African village to get his hair cut. As the barber clipped his hair the expat noticed a picture of Jesus on the wall. The barber explained that he had received the Operation Transit materials at a port in Spain and, having come to Christ, put the picture on the wall so that customers would ask him about it.
Some North African students were being discipled while attending university. As a part of this process they participated in an Operation Transit project in 2016. They returned to their home country, witnessed more assertively, and saw more than 150 decisions in the following 9 months. After just three months two participants had seen someone receive Christ who led someone to Christ, who lead someone to Christ, who led someone to Christ. After 9 months another participant had a group of disciples, one of whom had a group of disciples, one of whom had a disciple who also had a group of disciples. Over the next two years they continued to use Operation Transit as a part of their discipleship process. Today some of the original participants not only disciple other students in their own country, but they are doing so in a neighboring country as well.