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.
drawing North Africans
A traveler’s wife opened her purse to reveal a well-used New Testament she had received sometime in the past.
A man had had a dream about a boat where he would receive a gift. As soon as he saw the packet, he knew the gift was the New Testament.
A man read the New Testament for an hour before driving onto the boat.
A man accepted More Than a Carpenter, “I know it will answer my questions.”
While a teenager excitedly used a QR code to access every item of the packet on-line, his aunt listened to the gospel and kept the New Testament.
A young man in a Spanish port had already received a packet in France. Still he accepted More Than a Carpenter to read on his long bus ride ahead.
A man politely refused the packet. After revealing he was Berber, he then accepted a Magdalena DVD having seen it was in his Berber language.
As Jesus had answered one of her prayers, a lady in Paris asked many questions. Given a choice she took a Bible rather than a New Testament alone. She confided she had asked Jesus that morning to provide her with a Bible.
A man’s jaw dropped. Just the night before he had talked about the New Testament with a friend. He took a packet for his friend as well as himself.
A man explained that he had gotten a packet the year before and added, "You know that I am your brother now? You understand what that means, right?" He took another packet to give away.
A man downloaded the JESUS Film and God Tools apps onto his phone.
A man said "Oh! The New Testament! I want it." His friend also accepted one.
At a border, two men waited for someone for an hour to learn about Jesus.
A man asked distributors, “The New Testament?” …”Magnificent!”
A man had received a packet earlier. Intrigued, he wanted to study it more.
A man remarked upon getting the packet, “I am very interested in reading it.”
Having watched the JESUS Film over Holy Week, a North African woman said, while accepting a packet, “I want to learn more about Jesus.”
A young lady planned to use her 17 hours of travel to read the books.
A North African woman marveled God would want to forgive her. She went on to receive Christ and was eager to meet other Christians.
A woman listened to the gospel very quietly. When given an opportunity to receive Christ she did so eagerly and full of emotion.
A Spanish participant gave a USB and More Than a Carpenter to a North African in the hospital. Finding the book, a “blessing”, he wanted to learn more.
A North African painter joyfully accepted Jesus, promising to read the Bible . He confessed, “I am a new creation now!”
Some illiterate women, in a remote village, saw a New Testament along a path. They learned to read just so they could read it. God then told one in a dream to go to a certain city to look for “a missionary”. They went. In the market they found a foreign woman , a "missionary", who helped them follow Jesus.
Initially opposed, a man softened as he listened to the gospel, received Christ, and then met four more times for follow-up.
Two evangelists shared their faith with two women who hated having to work as prostitutes. Both indicated receiving Christ and returned to a Bible bookstore for follow-up the next day.
A North African met a second time with an evangelist, saying a film about Jesus had led her to turn to Christ. She then showed a packet she had received years before containing the DVD.
Two men eagerly listened to the gospel and received Christ. Their New Testaments were confiscated at the border afterward, but they came back to learn more undeterred.
Late one night, prompted by the Spirit, two evangelists led two women to Christ on a beach. They now meet for discipleship.
A woman who first heard about Jesus through a Wonder Book distributed at a port, witnessed every night for a week with people from her own nation traveling through another port.
Students who learned to witness boldly while in Marseilles continue to see fruit, with generations of disciples, in their North African country. Several now serve full time. Sent by the others, one has gone to a neighboring country temporarily to help build multiplying disciples there.