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.
2017: Significant Steps
With Reliance on God
- with those who have received materials
- and with those who have not
Each member of a family began to read an item from the packet.
A North African man was so interested that he read the entire New Testament four times in the week after he received it.
Just as a man and woman were talking about the Bible, one wanting to study it, a distributor offered them the packet. They both laughed and the woman said, “That’s just what you were wanting!”
A North African raising money for mosques heard the entire Gospel presentation, and then stood reading “More than a Carpenter.”
A pre-teen daughter took a packet from her father and tossed it in the back of their car. By 17 she had been married, abused, and divorced. Returning to her parents she was cleaning the car where she found the packet from 6 years before. She read the New Testament, looked at the materials and soon after placed her trust in Christ.
A North African who had moved to the Middle East was seeking out a local church. He had received the materials at a port and had, as a result, come to Christ after he had moved.
A young man eagerly approached a distributor. He accepted a USB saying he already got the books a month before, and had read them. The distributor had him read through the Gospel presentation printed in the back of the New Testament during which he indicated receiving Christ. He kept in touch via What’s App.
An old man accepted a packet and stayed around to hear more. At first the man was not ready to choose Jesus. But, after more discussion, he changed his mind and he prayed asking Jesus into his life.
An evangelist asked two North Africans for ten minutes to talk. They became very interested in the gospel, asking for clarification at each point. After 30 minutes both men said they wanted the Christ-directed life. The seemingly less interested was the first to pray. The other teared up at seeing this and said that their meeting was no coincidence, it was God talking to him, and it was time that he responded back to God. He also indicated placing his trust in Christ.
A young man on vacation in France listened to the Gospel without interruption. He knew he was living a self-directed life, but he could not decide if he wanted Christ or not. The next day, the young man came full of questions. After two hours talking, he prayed out loud to receive Christ as his Savior and Lord, while the people around all turned and looked. Completely aware he had just started a brand-new life, he asked the evangelist, “…now what should I do?”
With Reliance on God
- Building & Sending
- Helping build and send North African disciples
- along with participants from around the world
A young North African with her mother accepted a packet. Though searching she did not currently believe anything. She felt there was something special about Christianity. As the evangelist shared the gospel, she was drawn to the Bible verses which were used. Despite her mother’s disapproval, the young lady prayed to receive Christ.
A North African Christian got a packet on his way to visit his homeland. As he spoke with family members there, his uncle said he had some Christian employees who were his best workers. The uncle gladly accepted the packet which his nephew had then offered.
A believer who had worked with an evangelism team in France had helped witness from a book-table which included Operation Transit materials. A North African teenager picked up a children’s Wonder Book and said that he had received it before at a different location. He urged each of his friends to take one.
A lady grew up in Spain, married a North African, had children, and got a job. Her husband habitually beat her, prompting her boss to give her an Operation Transit USB. She watched the JESUS Film and was deeply touched by how Jesus treated women. Later she had a big argument with her husband, so she prayed. She felt a hand gently touch her heart followed by a profound peace. She started to bring her children to church and she talks to her sisters about Jesus.
The summer of 2016, a young North African participated in a project in Italy. She prayed they would see impact of their distribution in her own country. That year the group saw more than 150 indicate decisions for Christ resulting in multiple generations of disciples. In March of 2017, in a café where the young lady was reading a book by Josh McDowell, a high school student remarked how much she liked the author while revealing her copy of “More Than a Carpenter”. Her uncle had given it to her after he had received it at the same time and place where the North African had been the summer before. The student carries the book everywhere and shares it with her friends. Referring to the Gospel presentation at the end, she said, “This part changed my opinion of the book. It made me read it one more time.”
A North African traveler at first refused to take the packet from a new North African believer. However, he returned to ask what it contained. Shocked to hear it was the New Testament he could not say a thing. He walked away , stopped, then returned, and said: “I want to convert. How do I do it?” This left the evangelist temporarily speechless. She shared the gospel and the man prayed to ask Jesus into his life as his Savior and Lord.