Praying At The Kotel

Our crew have been busy filming around the country for many weeks now. At the end of June, while in the Old City of Jerusalem they stopped by the Kotel (Wailing Wall or Western Wall) and spotted a Minyan at their Shakarit (morning) prayer service next to the Wall. The readings take place on Shabbats, Mondays, and Thursdays. On Jewish holidays, Rosh Chodesh, and fast days, special sections connected to the day are read. The beautiful, eleaborately decorated covers that “house” the Torah Scrolls are very typical of Sephardi communities~if you are able to see one at close quarters it will take your breath away .
In this brief clip, the men have on their Tefillin and Tallit and raise the Torah Scroll (Hagbahah) before the Haftorah (selections from the books of Nevi’im “Prophets” of the Hebrew Bible “Tanach”). Of course, customs vary around the world, from one community to another, but from the sages we learn the following:
“When the Torah scroll (is about to be read) he rolls out the scroll to show three columns, raises it and shows the people standing to his right and to his left, and then turns it forward and backwards, for it is a mitzvah for all the men and women to see the writing and say while bowing, V’zot HaTorah:

And this is the Torah which Moses placed before the Children of Israel’…Deuteronomy 4:44; and 
“The Torah of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul”…Psalm 19:8*
*The second verse is (generally) no longer said. The information provided is for “general knowledge”. The customs vary depending on many things, such as residing inside Israel or in other countries, and the traditions of the community, and strictness of observance.
If you come to Jerusalem, we encourage you to pay a visit to the Kotel and observe the various Minyans at prayer. Meanwhile as we enter into the weekend and the Holiest day of the week~Saturday (Shabbat) for Jews, and Sunday for Christian believers~here is a short clip to set the mood…Shabbat Shalom to All!

 

Raising the Torah Scroll~Hagbahah (Lifting)

Pastor Umar Mulinde: A Man with The Heart of a Lion

When members of the world’s Christian community gathered in Jerusalem for the 4th Jerusalem Assembly, Jay, Meridel and David arranged to bring Pastor Mulinde to Jerusalem to meet with some of the leaders.

The story of Pastor Umar Mulinde and his journey from preaching Islam to Christianity is one that everyone must pay attention to. As a former Muslim he speaks honestly about Islam and the danger that it represents. Pastor Mulinde emphasizes that he does not hate Muslims. He tells us “we don’t fight Muslims”, rather, the fight is with the “Spirit of Islam”.

We had posted some excerpts from this meeting (See Links at End of Post), but to our dismay the main portion of the films were lost. With prayer and perseverance, David was able to recover the lost footage. We are pleased to be able to post the two missing segments (Below) where Pastor Mulinde speaks honestly, from his heart, about his struggle against continuous attacks and persecution. His complete faith in the Lord has sustained him, and each time we speak with him this faith seems to have grown stronger. This soft-spoken young man remains determined to speak out and will never allow the spirit of evil to silence him. 
1st Meeting~Evelyn, David, Jay, Meridel & Umar

In Part 2 (below) Pastor Mulinde reaffirms his faith and the fact that persecution will never silence him. His simply spoken words are an uplifting example for us all:

“One thing I know is that this attack cannot reduce my self-esteem, because I was attacked physically, but spiritually I am alive. The Umar Mulinde in me is alive and cannot be burned with acid. That’s why I have some pain and wounds, but I can talk boldly because the real person inside me is healthy and I thank God for that!”

All of us who have had the privilege of meeting Pastor Umar and Evelyn Mulinde have been deeply touched. They have no hate, no wish for revenge~just a steadfast belief and acceptance that the Lord is in control. Many people speak from podiums and pulpits, but this young pastor speaks from his heart with a message that cannot be denied or passed over. Words cannot portray the spirit that surrounds this young family, but all who encounter this man will come away deeply affected by the fire in his heart that burns for the Lord. We look forward to the day when he will return in joy and triumph to his church in Uganda and the thousands who are waiting to great him and we pray that his message will be heard around the world.
Please continue to pray for Pastor Umar Mulinde, his wife Evelyn and their children. Pray that as he undergoes his final treatments, the Lord will ease the pain and bring comfort to this gentle man with the Heart of a Lion…

Part 1~Pastor Umar Mulinde Tells His Story
Part 2~Is The World Listening?

Here are Links for Information on Pastor Mulinde’s Amazing Story:
http://israelvision.com/2012/01/10/time-for-christians-non-muslims-and-apostates-to-speak-out/
http://israelvision.com/2012/01/27/pastor-umar-mulinde-an-amazing-man-with-a-great-spirit/
http://israelvision.com/2012/01/30/interview-with-pastor-umar-mulindethe-heart-of-a-lion/
http://israelvision.com/2012/02/02/pastor-umar-mulinde-needs-your-prayers/
http://israelvisiontv.blogspot.com/2012/02/pastor-umar-mulinde-tells-of-his.html
http://israelvision.com/2012/04/02/i-will-give-your-rains-in-their-time/
http://israelvision.com/2012/05/31/pastor-umar-mulinde-in-jerusalemparts-1-and-2/
http://israelvision.com/2012/06/01/a-meeting-with-pastor-umar-mulinde-in-jerusalem/
http://israelvision.com/2012/07/19/pastor-umar-mulinde-meets-friends-bishops-in-jerusalem/

Chaim Sheba Rehabilitation Center  Where Pastor Mulinde is Being Treated:
http://israelvisiontv.blogspot.com/2011/05/chaim-sheba-rehabilitation-centerpart-1.html
http://israelvisiontv.blogspot.com/2011/05/chaim-sheba-rehabilitation-centerpart-2.html
http://israelvision.com/2011/05/24/chaim-sheba-rehabilitation-centerpart-3-of-4/
http://israelvision.com/2011/05/24/chaim-sheba-rehabilitationpart-4-of-4virtual-reality/

Bishop Quinten Moore in the Israeli Knesset~03 April 2012

On 03 April 2012, the attendees of the 4th Jerusalem Assembly were invited to the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament). The various speakers spoke of their love and support for Israel and the Jewish people. These speakers, from various countries and backgrounds brought with them essential modern-day Christian Zionist messages.
While attending the 4th Jerusalem Assembly in Jerusalem, Bishop Moore also met our dear friend, Pastor Umar Mulinde. They met in the lobby as Pastor Mulinde arrived to speak with some of the leaders who attended the assembly. During this impromptu meeting, these two pastors from opposite sides of the world discovered they had a mutual friend! You can watch the encounter and learn more HERE
In this clip, Bishop Quintin Moore of The Christian Communion International, and lead pastor of The Father’s House speaks and gives this blessing:
The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace…Numbers 6:24-26
Bishop Moore~Christian Communion International
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