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Power to the People

Dear Fellow-worker,

Who could have thought it would happen in our time? But it has! History has been made. America has appointed its first non-white president. Forty-five years after Dr Martin Luther King’s spine-tingling “I have a dream” speech, the election of Barack Obama as the nation’s 44th president is making Dr King’s dream look like a prophecy.
As pundits, sociologists and analysts study the results of the 2008 election, looking for trends that might explain Obama’s astonishing victory and what the result will mean for the future of America, I’m reminded of a line from one of Bob Dylan’s songs: “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.”

You don’t need to be an expert to recognise that several key factors combined to secure Barack Obama’s victory: George W Bush’s low approval ratings, the economic tsunami that has swamped America and the world, and the fact that the Obama campaign had a lot more money than the McCain campaign. But, apart from the sovereignty of God, over and above everything else, Obama won because he had tapped into the immense resource of “people power”. His campaign team energised and organised thousands of volunteers who were willing to make phone calls, knock on doors, hand out pamphlets, register voters and get them to the polling stations. When a lot of people do a little, together they accomplish much. Grassroots armies can change the course of history.

It is also doubtful that Obama could have garnered the votes he did without the unshakeable optimism characterised by the empowering mantra of his followers: “Yes we can!”

During the final two weeks of the final stages of the race to the White House, I was trying to mobilise a grassroots army for Jewish mission in the Far East. The theme of my addresses in Taiwan and Hong Kong was Jewish Mission: Together we can do it! In Taipei, as I addressed the second of two rallies, I began by telling my audience about Bob the Builder and his catchphrase: “Can we fix it? Yes we can!” As I laid out the ways in which Taiwanese Christians can help us achieve the goal of the salvation of Israel, I occasionally threw out the rhetorical question: “Can we do it?” Each time I received an increasingly enthusiastic: “Yes we can!”

The former prime minister of Israel, Golda Meir, in the face of threats from the nation’s larger and more powerful enemies, once stated that Israel could not afford the luxury of being pessimistic. Seemingly insurmountable obstacles stand in the way of Jewish mission: the legacy of 1,900 years of church hostility to the Jews, the fear of betraying generations of one’s ancestors by believing Jesus is the Messiah, the irrational dread of ceasing to be Jewish through an act of faith. But pessimism is not an option for us because we have it on the authority of heaven itself that “all Israel will be saved”.

Even if you don’t personally know anyone who is Jewish, you can help us to fulfil the goal of reaching Jewish people with the Good News in a number of ways, some of them small but all of them significant.

I should not need to remind you how important prayer is. More than a hundred years ago Tennyson wrote:
“More things are wrought by prayer
Than this world dreams of.
Wherefore, let thy voice
Rise like a fountain for me night and day...
the whole round earth is every way
Bound by gold chains about the feet of God”.
Even Ghandi recognised that prayer “properly understood and applied … is the most potent instrument of action.”

Use Praying Always each day to bring our needs before the Lord. Gather friends together to form a prayer group. Pass on the Herald or ask us to send you further copies. Download articles from our websites and give them to others. Ask your minister to consider having a CWI speaker at your church or fellowship or, if you are a church leader, invite us to share our vision with your congregation. Enrol for our next Summer School. If you have Jewish friends, neighbours, or colleagues, ask us for advice or literature to help you witness to them.

Above all, if you have what the apostle Paul called a “heart-desire” for the salvation of Israel and feel the Lord is calling you to Jewish mission, get in touch with me by letter or email.

So much to do, so little time in which to do it; but if we all, like the next US president’s grassroots army, work together, each doing our part, however small, we can do it! We can reach the Jewish people for Jesus.

Yours for the salvation of Israel,

Mike Moore

This article first appeared in the Winter 2008 edition of the Herald


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