More than 67,000 Nigerians made decisions to dedicate their lives to Yeshua and many people experienced healing as a result of mission trips completed by the Isaiah 2 Initiative.
Ron Cantor, an active member of Tiferet Yeshua in Tel Aviv, took a team of young people from his congregation. The Isaiah 2 Initiative has completed two mission trips to Nigeria. To our knowledge, these are the first Israeli Messianic Jewish missionary trips. Ron describes the inception of this vision,
February 14th, 2009: I was in a hotel in Lagos, Nigeria, when the Lord spoke to my heart.
I had just been invited to organize a mass outreach campaign by local leaders from Adamawa State in eastern Nigeria, but I was struggling internally. Something wasn’t right!
As I prayed that morning I felt in my heart that I was not to return to Nigeria alone, but to bring Israeli young people with me so they too could fulfill their call to be a light to the nations and be deeply impacted in the process—returning to Israel on fire!
That was the beginning of our “Isaiah 2 Initiative.”
The young missionaries were touched by the simple way of living they observed throughout Nigeria.
The initiative draws its name from Isaiah 2:3b, “The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.”
The tribal King of the hosting city, a Muslim, graciously accepted these Jewish believers from Israel. Cantor states,
It is a tradition in Nigeria that when a visitor comes to a city, he or she is received by the mayor and the tribal king.
The king of Hong is a Muslim, and given the backdrop of Islamic violence against Christians in northern Nigeria, his words were even more powerful.
“You have come to Hong and have answered my prayers.”
A Muslim king was praying that we would bring the Gospel to his city? I didn’t argue with him!
Everywhere we went, we were literally treated like royalty by everybody! The joy on their faces, anticipating our coming to their village with the Gospel, was humbling.
A Nigerian spokesman said he and his fellow countrymen were particularly touched to be visited by people from “the country we have read about in the Bible.”
Among the reports of miraculous healing that resulted from the mission were those of vision being restored to a previously blind woman and hearing to a man who had been deaf. On one night of the campaign the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob was proclaimed as the one and only God — whereby objects and articles connected to superstitions, idols and the occult were publicly burned.
Ron summarizes the trip this way.
By God’s grace we in Israel will continue to focus on preaching the good news of Yeshua to the nations. We believe that as the body of Believers in Israel embraces its role to be a light to the nations, it will release grace on Israelis to confess Yeshua.
Furthermore, there is no doubt that the young Israelis who come on these trips have life-changing encounters. Their boldness to share the good news here in Israel has been reinforced and their faith to believe for miracles strengthened.
The aftermath of a massive attack on Christians from radical Muslims in Nigeria is shown in the video and account below, from Voice of the Martyrs:
“Dr. Kim,” the director of VOMedical, has been a medical professional for more than three decades. He’s worked emergency rooms and performed autopsies. But none of the horrors he has encountered measures up to the devastation he found after radical Muslims attacked Dogo Nahawa and two other northern Nigerian villages last March.
Today we were able to see numerous patients at several hospitals. There were fewer gunshots and far more machete and knife wounds than I have seen in the past in northern Nigeria. It looks to me like the Muslims had sharpened their weapons before the attack, because the wounds on these folks were significantly deeper and more destructive than any of those I saw in January when Muslims attacked Christians in Jos. The epitome was a 4-year-old little girl whose left arm was slashed and amputated above the elbow.
Meetings in Kansas City at the International House of Prayer that have been happening since November ’09, known as the IHOPU Student Awakening, have resulted in the baptism of over one thousand people that had either just been converted to Christ or not yet been baptized, since they began the meetings in November. According to an IHOP leader (quoted from the March 27th meeting):
From the time that we started in November until now, we have baptized 1,259 people.
You can watch the meetings live, and view past webcasts and testimonies, by clicking here.
Meanwhile, at meetings of the likes we can barely fathom in America, over half a million people gave their life to Jesus over the course of just a few days in Nigeria! According to Evangelist Daniel Kolenda:
Just a few days ago we held a mass Gospel Campaign in the city of Numan, Nigeria. Over the course of 5 days more than 800,000 people attended the meetings and 557,860 decisions cards were registered from those professing their newfound faith in Christ.
What does a meeting like that look like? Below is a picture from Day 3 of the CFAN Crusade:
God is on the move in Kansas City, Nigeria, and around the globe!