(Denver, Colorado) — The eyes of the world were once again focused on Israel this week.
Leaders of more than 70 nations — including President Obama and, to his credit, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas — arrived in Jerusalem Friday to attend the funeral of former Israeli President and Prime Minister Shimon Peres. Some 50,000 Israelis passed by the casket to pay their respects to the last of the founding fathers of the modern nation state. By God’s grace, the Israeli security plan was excellently designed and executed and there were no terrorist attacks or incidents. Thanks to all of you who were praying this week for the peace of Jerusalem.
As I watched the memorial service and followed the news coverage generated by the event, I found myself grateful for — even heartened by — a moment of calm in the Middle East storm. Many of the leaders who attended have been highly, even brutally, critical of Israel over the years. Many of them have voted against Israel at the U.N. and sought various ways to penalize or punish Israel over the years. Yet this week they set all (or most) of that aside to honor the memory of a man who for all his many flaws and virtues will be remembered for his valiant efforts to make peace.
Now, the funeral services are over. The leaders have left. Life will soon return to normal — and yet the “new normal” in the Mideast is one of evil, savagery and despair.
Tonight, I will speak in the Denver, Colorado area. We’ll briefly discuss this “new normal.” But we’ll spend most of our time discussing “the big untold story in the Middle East” — the story of how the Holy Spirit is opening hearts and minds to the Gospel and drawing more Jews and more Muslims into the Kingdom of Jesus Christ than at any other time in human history.
I plan to share both the latest statistics and some of my favorite stories of how God is moving powerfully and saving so many souls, facts and insights I’ve learned from years of crisscrossing the region from Morocco to Afghanistan as well as now living in Israel.
The occasion will be the annual fundraising event for Ministry Architecture, Inc. This is the ministry my parents (Leonard and Mary Rosenberg) started around almost two decades ago to provide architectural services for evangelical Christian ministries operating in developing countries who need orphanages, training centers, medical missionary hospitals, and other facilities to show the love of Jesus.
Before I speak, my folks will share about the exciting work God is doing through this ministry. Then I will discuss what God is doing in the epicenter. I’m especially looking forward to answering your questions — always my favorite part of the evening — and afterwards I’ll be signing books, as well.
The event will take place at Calvary Chapel South Denver in Littleton, Colorado, from 7:00pm to 9:15pm. Doors will open at 6:15pm. A contribution of $25 per person is requested to help support Ministry Architecture. An offering will also be taken during the event. Contributions are tax deductible. Registration is required, and you can register at www.ministryarchitecture.com, or you can just show up and register as a walk-in.
I hope to see you there.
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