Israel August 17: Celebration for the Nations

Israel August 17: Celebration for the Nations

This was our 11th Celebration for the Nations. It was without doubt the hardest, but also one of the most precious.

I just want to say 'well done' to every worshipper that joined us. We did not draw back, but continued to worship the Lord, even with broken hearts.

This year we were back for the second time working alongside the Kehilat HaCarmel, a Messianic Congregation which I have know since its birth. They hold the very highest place on Mount Carmel, and stand for 'one new man' Jew and Gentile, Jew and Arab, by the grace and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.

We felt that we were coming to strengthen their arms and stand with them for a turning again of Israel back to her God, as in the days of Elijah. The Lord has given us this weapon of singing His word, exalting His name, to see the wells of His purpose re-opened in strategic places.

David Davis, the founder of the congregation died earlier this year. His wife Karen, the worship director on the mountain and an amazing woman of God, stood with us, as did the rest of the leadership. We felt that we, along with many others had the privilege of picking up the mantle that David had carried to see revival in Northern Israel.

Our prayer as we went into this year was specifically for the young generation who are being stolen by the enemy. My July Celebration letter called people to pray for a release of Jewish, Arab and Druze young people whom Satan was trying to steal even through suicide. There is a promise for a great rising of youth on the day of battle/power...

Your troops will be willing
on your day of battle.
Arrayed in holy splendour,
your young men will come to you
like dew from the morning’s womb (Psalm 110:3).


Sadly, we faced our own tragedy in this Celebration. My 'daughter' Grace took a step of faith and, for the first time brought a North Korean refugee worship team. They had practised together for months beforehand, and wanted to worship the Lord and lead people to pray for the youth of North Korea.

One member of this team, a young man, went on a boat trip on the Galilee we had arranged with fifty others from Celebration. To everyone's horror he jumped from the boat. Though an attempt was made to rescue him, he would not co-operate, and drowned. This was on the second day of the Celebration.

Needless to say, we were all in shock, particularly Grace and the rest of her team. We didn't know how we should continue to 'celebrate' and worship under such circumstances. One of our leaders, Joseph, stepped into the breach and dealt with everything concerning this sad accident, including distraught parents.

The rest of us felt that our mandate had not changed. We were in a battle, but we serve the Lord of Life! He is still worthy of all our worship. Our youngest team were on the boat and witnessed everything, yet they still led worship that night. It was the most anointed I have ever seen them.

Incredibly, a couple of days later the North Korean team still led in their slot. I don't think there was a dry eye in the place. Intercession rose for North Korea, and especially the youth. Israeli believers were impacted and weeping and praying with us. I am so very proud of my daughter and her team.

Life from death

During the Celebration, Druze young people from the local village came in asking if they could join the 'party'. Local believers were able to share the gospel with them. We are asking for many lives for the one that was lost.

There were deep dealings in our lives throughout this Celebration. We saw the value of one life. We saw the precious gift of life we have. Many dedicated themselves to the Lord in a new way, a deeper way then ever before.


The Kehilah also run a refuge for women and children. A small team of Ertireans came to the Celebration from London and were able to deeply impact some of these refugees who were from their own land. The Godly Play team also ministered to  the children in the refuge and the children from the Celebration. It was lovely to see them worshipping the Lord together.

The 8th Day

This year we felt that the Lord wanted us to add an 8th day to the Celebration and that we should hold it in Jerusalem. It was a special time in the King of Kings sanctuary. We coached most of the Celebration worshippers from Mount Carmel. We gathered to proclaim life over this divided but beloved city, remembering the 8th day of the Feast when Jesus proclaimed:

Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water’ (John 7:38).

Anne Evans

For me personally, the first day of the Celebration came with deep sadness as I heard of the sudden death of my friend, and the wife of the founder of World Horizons and Nations, Anne Evans. She was taken ill suddenly while she and Rowland were camping in France, and died very quickly. Please remember Rowland and his daughter Joy and their family as they grieve.

A new thing

Behold, I am doing a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert (Isaiah 43:19).

This promise came strongly as we started the Celebration. Our understanding is that the new thing is to do with multiplication. Rivers, not just one river. We are encouraging people to start their own 'Celebration Springs' wherever they are. To worship the Lord, even if they are just two people. Each spring will arrange their own meeting time, and pray for their area, and see what the Lord will do, and how He will lead them. We will 'meet' on our Facebook page.

For 2018, we don't have a clear place to be from the Lord, but again feel that it may be more than one….maybe several teams and individuals joining to go out to different places. We continue to wait on the Lord. We feel their may be a pattern of smaller Celebrations, and then a joining together perhaps every other year.

One thing is clear, the work is not yet done! We are a worship intercession for an outpouring of God's Spirit on all flesh!

Thank you

This summer has been very demanding, and I know that I have been carried by your prayer. I am so grateful to you all, and to the Lord and Giver of Life. How very precious is this life that we are given. How our Lord turns all things to work together for our good. May you know His life giving presence flowing into your deepest longing and darkest sadness. Broken jars show the treasure of heaven!

With love