“Up, walk about the land, through its length and its breadth, for I give it to you.” Genesis 13:17 (The Israel Bible™)
A group of 70 Evangelical leaders and pastors from 12 African nations are currently participating in the Shomron Impact Tour led by David Ha’Ivri, a veteran tour guide and resident of Kfar Tapuach in Samaria. Ha’Ivri is an Orthodox Jew and a vocal advocate for the region, focusing the tour on ancient Biblical history combined with a modern political message.
Ha’Ivri explained that most of the Bible took place in Judea and Samaria. “They visited Jerusalem, of course, but we took them to Hebron, Elon Moreh, Bethlehem and Bet El – all places that play prominent roles in the Bible,” Ha’Ivri told Breaking Israel News.
“In the morning, we took them to Shilo, where the Tabernacle was located for 369 years until the time of Eli the High Priest.”
On Friday, the group was at Bet Zeira to join Return Ministries in a Sing Together event. The group of Christians from China, Africa, Europe and North America joined with religious and non-religious Israels in singing Psalms 126 on the banks of the Jordan River.
Our mouths shall be filled with laughter, our tongues, with songs of joy. Then shall they say among the nations, “Hashem has done great things for them!” Hashem will do great things for us and we shall rejoice. Psalm 126:2-3
This event was is in preparation for a larger effort in January in which a children’s choir from Uganda will tour North America, asking the Jews to make Aliyah.
“Many of the participants have never been to Israel before, so seeing these Biblical locations had a massive impact on them,” Ha’Ivri said about the Samaria Impact Tour. “They are physically connected to the ground that God promised to Abraham. Once they experience this, they realize that the places of the Bible don’t just exist in some fantasy land. They are suddenly faced with the undeniable proof that the Bible is made of real stories, describing real people, and this is the land we live in today.”
On Sunday, the group will be going to Elon Moreh to meet with Davidi Ben Tzion, the deputy chairman of the Samaria Regional Council, who will explain to them the political situation in the region.
From there, the group will go to Mount Gerizim from which the blessings were given when the Hebrews first entered the Land of Israel after the Exodus from Egypt.
When Hashem your God brings you into the land that you are about to enter and possess, you shall pronounce the blessing at Mount Gerizim and the curse at HarEival. Deuteronomy 11:29
Mount Gerizim, one of the tallest peaks in Samaria, overlooks the city of Shechem (Nablus).
“There they will see the Tomb of Joseph as well as experience what the Israelites experienced when they stood at precisely that spot. That will give them a powerful context to understand what it means for this Biblical land to be divided with so many of the sites of Biblical relevance being given over to the Palestinian Authority only to be declared off limits to Christians and Jews.”
The African leaders will visit Hayovel, a program on Har Bracha in which Christian volunteers assist in the vineyards, thereby bringing prophecy alive.
“People are in a higher spiritual place after they actually experience what they have grown up believing in,” Ha’Ivri said. “At the same time, it really brings the politics down to ground level, something they can see right in front of their eyes.”