Member Highlight: At the Crossroads / Derech Avraham, a ministry of CMJ

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January 14th, 2018
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At the Crossroads / Derech Avraham (Abraham’s Journey) is a relational network of Middle Eastern nationals and internationals working in various spheres of ministry with a regional or Kingdom vision of the Middle East that is best outlined in Isaiah’s vision of a highway:

In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria. The Assyrians will go to Egypt and the Egyptians to Assyria. The Egyptians and Assyrians will worship together. In that day Israel will be the third, along with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing on the earth. The Lord Almighty will bless them, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my handiwork, and Israel my inheritance.” Isaiah 19:23-25 (NIV)

At the Crossroads 2016 in Jerusalem, Israel, on March 22, 2016.

The At the Crossroads initiative brings Muslim background believers in Jesus, Messianic Jews and internationals working on the ground in the Middle East together for the specific purpose of encouraging believing communities beyond the strategy of survival and the nationalist church mentality to a view of the region that reflects the Isaiah 19 Highway and the Kingdom of God.

“Our goal is to facilitate a reunion of Isaac & Ishmael – the nations of the Middle East – that will build a highway to bless the nations.”

This initiative gathers both nationals and internationals from around the Middle East who work on the ground in different spheres of ministry (Discipleship & Church Planting, Social Justice, Relief & Mercy Ministries, the House of Prayer Movement) to worship, bless and encourage one another at important historic places. The At the Crossroads gathering is hosted in Jerusalem every 2 years, and intermittently in key regional locations such as Jordan, Cyprus and Armenia, etc.

Through these gatherings, ATC aims to encourage and resource ongoing strategic initiatives (often birthed out of the gatherings) in the region. Some of these initiatives include: aid to Syrian refugees living throughout the region, helping to birth new church communities, discipleship and training programs, and more.

“Our heart is to mobilize the next generation for the Highway, helping them to understand their role, and encouraging them to take responsibility.”

The vision and mandate of ATC is to declare to the nations that these three (Egypt, Assyria and Israel – the nations mentioned in Isaiah 19, which are representative of several modern nations in the Middle East today) are a blessing together on the earth so that they view the Middle East in light of God’s covenants, promises and prophetic plans.

“We have chosen Abraham as our model recognizing that we are called to follow his example obeying the voice of God and risking all to bless the nations.”

The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” (Genesis 12:1-3 NIV)

“Together with the promises spoken in Isaiah 19, we believe these blessings will only be realized when both sons of Abraham, Isaac and Ishmael, and those from around the Isaiah 19 region can join together in faith in the Messiah with others from around the Middle East and walk together in worship, reconciliation, and blessing.”

This spring, the At the Crossroads regional gathering will once again be hosted in Jerusalem (March 23-26, 2018). This will be a significant time for Muslim background believers in Yeshua, Messianic Jews and Middle East Christians to pray and worship together as they seek the Lord’s heart for this region. Please join us in prayer for this strategic gathering.

Pray for:

o Unity and reconciliation
o Strategic regional initiatives to be birthed out of this gathering
o Finances to cover international delegates
o Visa approvals for regional applicants

  • Practical Initiative: To find out how to sponsor a delegate to the At the Crossroads regional gathering, please visit: https://atcmiddleeast.org/2018/01/02/help-us-support-atc-jerusalem-2018/
  • Learn: For more information about the Isaiah 19 Highway of Hope, please visit: https://youtu.be/P69lF3Rao5w (video produced by H19).
  • Follow: We encourage you to follow At the Crossroads on their website as they regularly post Prayer Updates, Practical Initiative Updates, & Regional Updates. To subscribe to updates, please visit: http://eepurl.com/bQCkdz.
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