Dear praying friends around the world!
The first half of 2019 has come to a close. Israel is still in a “between-elections” season and needs our special prayer. The nations are facing several crisis situations around the world. But of course, every crisis carries the potential and the opportunity for repentance and for turning to the living God, the God of the Bible, the God of Israel.
GPC: Looking back at the first half of 2019
As for GPC, the first six months of this year have been extraordinary months. With my visit to East Africa and then to New York in April, the prayer conferences in San Remo, Italy, (May) and Jerusalem, Israel (June), my connection to the White House Council and the Latino Coalition for Israel, as well as the Jerusalem Prayer Breakfast movement with their conferences in Jerusalem and Den Hague in the Netherlands, the prayer network has progressed to a new level. I am so grateful for how the Lord is building and strengthening the global praying remnant in general and specifically in the context of GPC! Hallelujah!
GPC: Looking forward to the second half of 2019
As for the second half of 2019, it is time for GPC to consolidate this network on several levels: Prayer, leadership and consultation, legal and financial structure, communication and fundraising. Please pray for me and the core leadership / advisory group to find wisdom, clarity and unity regarding these next steps.
Dear praying Friends,
I would like to share this videoclip with Rick Ridings with you as the basis for our First Friday prayer this month. It was recorded directly in Jerusalem by Alpha & Omega TV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMYhA4_Ctl4
Rick Ridings and I will be the main moderators for the upcoming GPC Conference in Jerusalem. I would like to formally invite you to this conference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50JmtoEiTKE
In light of the upcoming European Union elections, please prayerfully consider my comments presented below regarding prayer for europe!
Prayer for Europe – before the upcoming European Union (EU) elections
Theodor Heuss, the first President of the Federal Republic of Germany, is credited with the following famous saying: “Europe is built on three hills: the Acropolis, Golgotha and the Capitol”, in other words, Greek humanistic philosophy, Biblical Christianity and the Roman legal system. Historically speaking, there is a lot of truth to that statement. Spiritually speaking, it points out Europe’s subtle but significant tectonic divide: Hellenism and humanism on the one hand and the Judeo-Christian view of God, man and the world on the other. These are ultimately in opposition to one another. As the prophet Zechariah clearly states in Chapter 9, verse 13b: “I will rouse your sons, Zion, against your sons, Greece, and make you like a warrior’s sword.“
The Warsaw Summit, hosted by the Polish government and the US government, just ended last week. Some 60 Nations had gathered together to discuss current issues concerning the Middle East.
The elephant in the room, which US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, spoke of as the “main” issue prior to the summit, was Iran. In the end, it turned out that the US wanted to talk Iran - Europe didn’t. We saw a rift between Western Europe and Eastern Europe. Eastern European countries were keen to follow the US lead and spoke out for a more pro-Israel approach in foreign policy. And we recognized that not only the Eastern European countries had that goal in mind, but also the Arab block. At the Warsaw summit, we saw Israel, the US, Eastern European countries and Arab countries officially aligning against Iran for the first time. And we saw that the Western European countries – mainly Great Britain, France and Germany, were the main obstacles to the international community addressing the Iranian issue today.
The first quarter of 2018 saw the leader of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas (hard-pressed and increasingly isolated of late), seeking support and political backing in the European Union’s capital. His move comes at a time in which the Trump administration is following through with its new approach to the Middle East conflict, in particular regarding the issue of Jerusalem. Years of Abbas’ evasive tactics and threats undercutting direct peace talks, as well as his unilateral actions in the UN undermined not only the possibility for peace, but took their toll on Mahmoud Abbas’ credibility as a partner for peace – at least in the eyes of the Americans.
After the United States had proclaimed their recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and their intent to move their embassy accordingly, Abbas shifted gears. His fury led him to verbally assault various US-leaders including the President, going as far as calling US-Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman “Son of a dog”.
The culmination of his undiplomatic rant against the U.S. was the cancellation of his planned meeting with American Vice-President, Mike Pence, in Ramallah this January. And while Pence was visiting Israel undeterred, proclaiming the U.S. Embassy move this May already as a timely present for Israel’s 70th birthday, Abbas travelled to Brussels to counterbalance this move by seeking recognition of the State of Palestine by the European Union.