[by Julie Holstein] I am a Canadian believer in Jesus Christ and over the last few years have been experiencing the Holy Spirit drawing me to the land of Israel. A few years back, I went on a tour of the Holy Land and this year, knew I had to return. I was happy to be able to hook up with Marlene, a female pastor evangelist from Regina who had the similar goal to attend the Feast of Tabernacles and to share our faith in Jesus.
One day we took a bus to the city of Tiberias, rented a car and toured the Galilee region. My passport, ID and some cash were in a pouch which was fastened around my neck. Upon our return to the Jerusalem, we went through a security check at the bus station. Somehow my pouch either fell off or was stolen from me.
When I realized all my identification papers were missing, my two traveling companions and I reported their loss to security and the police. As well we searched for the pouch and passport, without any success. I could only return back to our rented apartment, pray to the Lord God of Israel and begin the tedious task of applying for a new passport.
I called SHOP (Sask. House of Prayer) back home in Regina, requested prayer for the return of my passport and claimed this verse with them.
“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NAS)
After I had a little “meltdown” (a good cry) I stood up and declared that I would not allow the enemy to rob me of my joy. I declared that God would give me divine appointments which I would otherwise not have encountered and that His name would be glorified! From that moment on, I began to walk in supernatural joy and peace.
I literally felt that I was wrapped in a “protective bubble.” This gave me understanding as to how the saints will be able to overcome and rise above difficult circumstances in the days to come as life becomes more difficult.
“Arise, shine; for your light has come, And the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold darkness will cover the earth. And deep darkness the peoples; But the Lord will rise upon you. And His glory will appear upon you.” Isaiah 60:1-2 (NAS)
I soon learned that due to the Jewish holiday, the Canadian embassy in Tel Aviv would not be open for a few days. So as previously planned, we decided to hang out in the German colony in Jerusalem. I was unaware that upon the heels of the trauma of losing my passport and my identification,
I was about to experience the most dramatic spiritual encounter of my entire trip. My friend Marlene knew of a little graveyard in the German colony that had made an impact on her a year earlier and she suggested we visit it. In this cemetery are buried Jews alongside people known as “Righteous Gentiles.” There are non-Jews who have laid down their lives for the people of the land and wished to be buried there.
As I was reading the various head stones, including that of noted Bible teacher Derek Prince and his wife Ruth, the Holy Spirit came upon me and I began to weep, then broke into deep sobs. No words could express what the Lord Jesus himself was planting deep into my heart. I KNEW that when I left the graveyard that He had deposited a piece of His heart into mine, His love for the Jewish family.
“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” 2 Corinthians 5:20 (NAS)
Perhaps there is some symbolism here. My passport and my identification (my identity) had disappeared but when we give ourselves entirely to Jesus, He gives us a new identity and even a new mission or destiny for our lives. Matthew 10:39 tells us, “He who has found his life will lose it, and He who has lost His life for My sake will find it.” (NAS)
Two days later I made my first trip to the Canadian embassy in Tel Aviv to apply for a new passport. Just outside the Embassy upon my departure, I met a wonderful Jewish Canadian woman and her husband. We shared about God’s goodness, the holocaust and inner healing. The love of God flowed from one to another! I shared my heart and we made a good connection. She asked for my email address so we could continue to communicate. Thank you God that you are using the lost passport for your purposes!
Prearranged Divine Connections
The clerk at the embassy had suggested that I return with my completed paperwork by the following Monday to ensure a new passport could be issued by my departure date. As much as I tried to return on that Monday, I knew I couldn’t leave Jerusalem until Tuesday.
Now let’s back-up a bit as I tell of an incident that happened prior to my departure to Israel and how it paved the way for a divine connection and return of my passport. My friend Myrna from Regina asked me to keep a lookout for a Helene Rudolph who sells biblical essential oils and she would like me to buy some for her.
I considered her request and asked, “How would I find her?” and Myrna responded with, “Who knows? She might just be in Jerusalem selling her oils and you might run into her.” I gave her a look that said, “As if that would ever happen,” but dutifully jotted down the contact information.
Now as it turned out, Helen Rudolph had been invited by our Jerusalem hostess to do a presentation and teaching at the apartment complex we were staying in, the night before we were to leave for Tel Aviv!!! God it is so fun to serve you!! You even care that Myrna receives her oils! And I know this is yet another divine connection in the land for the future!
On Tuesday morning, my traveling companion and I leave for Tel Aviv as we originally planned. I took my completed paper work to the Canadian Embassy. As I was sitting with the clerk, the receptionist received a phone call and gave a message to the clerk. She asked if I had informed the passport office in Regina that my passport had been stolen.
I said, “No,” and the Receptionist replied that it was a good answer because it had just been found! She continued to tell me that if I’d reported it missing, then it would still have to be cancelled and replaced. I was then given the name and phone number of the woman in possession of my passport!!!
At this point I will fast forward and explain how it was returned to me. I was told that a sixteen year old girl found my passport and all my ID on the floor or a bench at the Jerusalem bus station. Instead of taking it to security she took my papers home. Her father, realizing these were important papers, took them to work with the intention of finding someone who could read English. They ended up in the hands of an Israeli Canadian who had previously lived in Vancouver, BC. She had a difficult time tracking me, but persisted until she finally got through to me while I was sitting right in the Canadian Embassy.
If those papers had been turned into security or the police, my passport would have been cancelled and it would have been a longer and more difficult process. The Embassy said that I might not have been able to leave the country at the time planned.
Now as I look at the piece of paper with the woman’s name, address and phone number, I discover that she lives in the city of Modi’in. I am amazed when I realize that the couple who we met the night before, the Rudolph’s, also live in the same city of Modi’in.
We had already made plans with Rudolphs to take a train to Modi’in in a day or two for a personal tour of the Biblical Gardens!!! I called Helene and Ariel who took the five minute drive and picked up my passport and ID. Then as we’d previously planned they picked us up the next day at the train station with passport and ID in hand!! God is too good
I thank and praise my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ for my amazing adventure in the land of Israel. I thank him for His protection and the many little miracles He performed. I especially thank Him for the wonderful people I met along the way, who I never would have met if my passport had not gone missing. I thank Him for answering prayer when we claimed the verse in Romans 8: 28.
I’m also grateful for the American lady who while dining with us who had the faith to pray, “Lord we are asking and expecting that all her ID and passport will be brought back to her!”
God of Israel Hears the Foreigner
After I returned home to Regina, I pondered all that had happened. I asked God this question, “Why did I experience miracles and the supernatural more in Israel than I would normally have had at home?” (Don’t get me wrong. I will continue to believe here at home also!) Then He led me to the scripture in 1 Kings 8:41-43. The whole chapter is King Solomon dedicating the Temple to the Lord and worthwhile reading for more understanding.
“Also concerning the foreigner who is not of your people Israel, when he comes from a far country for Your name’s sake (for they will hear of Your great name and Your mighty hand, and of Your outstretched arm); when he comes and prays toward this house, hear in heaven Your dwelling place, and do all for which the foreigner calls to You, in order that all the peoples of the earth may know Your name, to fear you, as do Your people Israel, and that they may know that this house which I have built is called by Your name.” I Kings 8:41-43 (NAS)
- Lead Photo: Jerusalem Flickr/Imke Stahlmann