Did you miss the B’ney Yosef North America Summit in Mesa, Arizona? Maybe you would appreciate this sample of the proceedings:
This is the wildest rendition of the Parable of the Prodigal Son you will ever see. Dr. Iglahliq Suuqiina of Indigenous Messengers International, Hanoch Young of Kol Yehuda, and Mikell Clayton of Joined to Hashem collaborated to tell the parable in a moving way, and in the process created one of the greatest comedy routines ever presented at a Hebrew Roots conference!
There is much more to share about the Summit, which is why video and audio recordings of the gathering will be available soon! BYNA is accepting preorders for DVDs, CDs, and digital downloads. Just fill out this form:
Our coverage of recent developments in Israel continues with three special guests joining us from the Land. Ephraim and Rimona Frank return to the Remnant Road to share their impressions of the recently concluded Second B’ney Yosef National Congress. With them is Akpene Torku, Executive Secretary of B’ney Yosef North America, who is nearing the end of her first visit to Israel. Akpene also participated in the Congress, as well as the Connect to the Land tour led by Mike Clayton and Hanoch Young. How does Akpene’s view as a newcomer to Israel compare to Ephraim’s and Rimona’s perspectives as veterans? Listen and find out!
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A remarkable thing happened seventeen months ago, when the First B’ney Yosef National Congress convened in Ariel, Israel. At that time a people who had not existed as a people for over 2,700 years came back from the ash heap of history. The people of the House of Joseph (Yosef) – Ephraim, those “Lost Tribes” of Israel’s northern kingdom – assembled in Samaria, the territory of their ancient ancestors, and acknowledged their belief in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to accomplish His Word to bring their people back as a nation and join them with the Jewish part of Israel (the House of Judah) in fulfillment of His covenant.
It was a modest beginning; only a little over 130 people attended, representing 12 countries. We made no bold declarations, but humbly whispered to one another and to the world that we were ready to answer the Father’s call and walk out the return of the Prodigal. Humble indeed, but astounding nevertheless. Certainly no less astounding than the reestablishment of the State of Israel in 1948 after 1,900 years of dissolution.
The momentum of that First Congress has carried into the Second B’ney Yosef Congress, which is now in its third day. The Congress convened on the evening of October 26, 2016, and will continue until Monday, October 31. The venue once again is the Eshel Hashomron Hotel in Ariel. The numbers of delegates are about the same, but this time there are some significant differences.
For one thing, the number of nations has grown to 15. Not surprisingly, the United States has the largest number of delegates, comprising about half of the total. What is surprising is that the second largest contingent is from one of the world’s smallest countries: the Netherlands. Over 20 Dutch Ephraimites are here, imparting a beautiful Dutch accent to all the proceedings. Also represented are Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, Fiji, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Jordan, Peru, South Africa, Sweden, and Switzerland. A central feature of the Congress has been reports from each of these countries, as well as video and proxy reports from Finland, Pakistan, Uganda, and India.
These reports build a mosaic of the Hebrew Awakening happening across the globe. In Pakistan, for example, Pastor Qaiser Ilyas shared by video his work in building Hebrew language and Torah teaching programs in Urdu for children and adults. Valerie Bulkunu, representing the Aboriginal people of Australia, shared the revival that is beginning among the youth of her people, and the awakening among Aboriginals to their Hebrew roots and Israelite identity. A similar phenomenon is happening among the Mizo people of northeast India, as Margot Crossing related in her report about the descendants of exiled Israelites who migrated across the Silk Road into South Asia. These developments are happening simultaneously with the better-known Torah awakenings in Europe and North America, and in time will have an even more significant impact as tens of millions of Ephraimites come into the understanding of their covenant identity.