Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Report from Epicenter Conference in Asia

By: Joel Rosenberg

(Honolulu, Hawaii, January 27, 2010) -- The first Epicenter Conference in Asia is now complete. By God's grace, we were able to educate pastors and lay people in the Philippines about God's love and plan for Israel, teach Bible prophecy, and share the work of The Joshua Fund. We explained the increasingly dangerous Iranian nuclear threat, and the urgent need for Christians to get ready and be prepared for the trials around the world and especially in the Middle East that will come in the last days.

Full details and pictures on the weblog. Highlights:

* More than 30,000 Filipinos attended the various conference events, including the five Sunday services where I preached on Israel at Christ's Commission Fellowship (CCF), a dynamic pro-Israel evangelical church that sponsored and organized the conference. Dozens of senior government officials, Congressmen, military leaders, and most of the leading presidential and vice presidential candidates (national elections are in May) heard the message. Thousands more across the Philippines watched by live webcast and satellite TV broadcast, as well as through numerous media interviews.

* Hundreds of people prayed to receive Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and Lord. Many more rededicated their lives to the Lord in light of the signs of the times. * More than 1,500 Christians were trained to become new small group Bible study leaders. Another 1,500 current Bible study leaders received additional training during the conference. On February 14th, CCF hopes to launch several thousand 6-week studies exploring End Times prophecies and God's love for Israel and her neighbors.

* Israeli Pastor David Ortiz shared the story of how his family was targeted for death in 2008 by a Jewish terrorist. But his son, Ami, has miraculously recovered from his near-deadly wounds. Ami and his family have even forgiven the terrorist who was caught and put on trial late last year. David urged Christians to follow Jesus' model and commands to "love your enemy and bless those who persecute you." (Matthew 5:44)

* Pastor Hormoz Shariat -- the Billy Graham of Iran -- shared his love for Israel after Jesus changed his heart from a Radical Shia Muslim to a born again follower of Christ. He also shared what few Asian Christians have ever heard: millions of Muslims in Iran and throughout the epicenter are leaving Islam and becoming followers of Christ, just as he did. * American Pastor Ray Bentley urged Asian Christians to pray faithfully for Israel and her neighbors, and gave practical suggestions on how to do just that. The conference will be turned into a DVD that will be distributed to pastors, ministry leaders and young people throughout Asia to help educate and mobilize a movement of pro-Israel Christians.

Thanks so much for your prayers and financial support to The Joshua Fund that helped make this week of ministry in the Philippines possible. Now, I'm en route to teach on Israel and Radical Islam at an evangelical Christian conference in Canada, the country with the most pro-Israel leader in the world....Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

[Picture: Preaching at pro-Israel church in Manila.]

Baruch atem b'Shem, Yeshua

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