Raining off radical Islam & confirming powerful praise and worship

Several things have got me down this week. Fairly dreadful weather, one minute pouring hard and then stopping. Weather is funny, as some places are short of rain and get none at all between the months of April and October or so. Like when I was living in the middle east.

Also, I watch with great sadness as Jews and Arabs are at war in Israel, as I spent over four years living there. A ceasefire is in place which is good, but things are tense.

The real enemy of both Israel and Gaza, is HAMAS the radical Islamic group that controls the Gaza strip, that largely leaves its residents struggling whilst spending aid money on weapons against Israel. All too often, the media portrays Israel as the aggressor and bully simply because they have lost less citizens.

On Saturday, I met with a friend in a coffee shop in Palmerston Road, in Southsea, Portsmouth, about 2 miles from my house. Lock down has loosened up and now I can sit inside any catering establishment with still a few limitations, like masks etc.

Whilst waiting outside for my friend, I did notice, two different men, of western descent, wearing a kefyir, a red and white scarf made famous by Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. They didn’t have any other items that make it look they were going to a political event, but I suspect that was the intention. I have seen rallies like these before in Portsmouth though.

The rain started to fall quite a bit on and off, so I stood under the canopy which is on either side of this precinct here. Later when I met my friend we could see it raining hard. So maybe ruining any event that might cause people in the west to glorify and join a bandwagon on a cause based on deadly radical Islam! It would be nice for rain to fall on the Holy Land also right now.

Later, today (Sunday 23/05/2021) I’m actually in my new church which is in Chichester, a city 20 miles away. Last summer, when I was planning on leaving London and moving back to my home town, I did get a dream of visiting a church I’ve never seen before in a large industrial factory type building. I’m now going to Grace Church, Chichester regularly now limited number of seats in church are possible again.

When one of the leaders (sorry don’t know his name, still new and masks make it hard to remember people!!) emphasised the need for prayer for our cities and community, some rain suddenly started hammering on the roof of the building (metal roof so its loud) this finished when church finished and we went back to the car park.

2 Chronicles 7 : 13 “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, 14if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Rain has a lot of significance in scripture, and I think today also.

Accidental praise and worship at a London religious Jewish school

Israel is going through much troubles at the moment with the war stirring from the Palestinian Hamas group that runs the Gaza strip shooting rockets at Israeli civilians.

If you are a praying person, this needs your prayers a lot at the moment. This is not just a physical battle but one in the news where all too often in the news Israel is seen as the aggressor, as many news channels offer one-side commentary of things, some more than others.

As we passed through Spring, we go through a lot of Jewish holidays, some happy – Passover, Shavuot, Israel Independence day, and some sad like Holocaust memorial day, I just thought of something that happened about 3 years ago, not in Israel but in north west London, where I was working in a Jewish school.

Firstly, I didn’t plan to be there, I spent a number of years in London, doing IT support for schools, and after get tired out and drained from long hours, computer virus/ransomware attacks, seeing a projector fall off a wall mount, and endless vandalism of PCs and laptops, made me want to get out and look at a different type of career. As I was studying in my spare time for some new skills, I got an interview for a school in Hertfordshire, with me needing to be there the day after. I didn’t properly research watch sort of school this was, it was a Jewish school, interesting as I spent many years working with Jewish people in Israel. I was told the day after I had been accepted and I would be starting pretty immediately.

This private school was a bit hidden away from the main road with not much signage and tall fences and trees which made not obvious what the building was used for. Inside, there is an amazing main building with turrets on the rooms and spiral staircases, diagonal roofs over the classes, a really nice canteen with kosher food, anything you want for lunch for flat cost of £2. The schools has a really lovely family atmosphere and liked chatting and getting to all the staff there. All schools are hard work for the teachers and support staff and this place was no exception. I worked here for a bit over a year before my own personal studies paid off and I moved onto some new.

So one of the most interesting times was on Jerusalem day. As one of the three computer technicians in the school, I was asked by the teachers who wanted to book out a trolley with two large speakers, a mixing desk and a laptop, just for a drama and dance event, also an hour later for history lesson at the other side of the school estate. For the first event I sent up the computer and connected up the sound system and made sure the volume was at the right level for the event.

It was a nice sunny day, so this little bug decided to visit on the audio mixing desk. One of the teachers logged into the laptop and did a Youtube searched ‘Jewish celebration music’ and started playing this. They seems happy so I went off to do some of the other jobs I had to do, typically replace printer cartridges, swap out broken computers, do desk moves and other things.

5-10 minutes before the other classroom needed the computer and speakers next, I went to collect the equipment from the first class. Due to the way Youtube works, the music had obviously switched to some similar songs several times during the hour or so.

As I was chatting to one of the teachers, suddenly the speakers blaster out “Yeshua! Yeshua! Yeshua!” so one of other teachers named D and the kids decided to sing and dance along with it.

I stopped and stood open mouthed.

This was a religious Orthodox school, where there was Rabbinic teaching, and not Christian or Jewish people who believed in Yeshua (Hebrew word for Jesus)

D is a British Jewish lady and quite secular, a really lovely chatty person and I’m pretty sure she doesn’t know Hebrew who even know what the word meant. Not did the kids I think.

Another teacher came in, who teaches Hebrew, just abruptly stopped the video and told me I could take away the computer as the next class needed shortly. I don’t know what she thought.

I’m just amazed at the timing, that this video (not sure which Youtube channel it was) broadcast just at this exact time and the staff and children decided to worship the Messiah without knowing.