The parable of the sower makes it clear to us that one should sow the best in good ground, for it promises to give the best result.
Before there is sown, the ground must be cultivated. This is usually a though work and most often it is not visible, as there is no fruit to be shown. Reconciliation between Jew and Arab and the teaching about what the Bible really says is always a process of cultivating the ground: we first remove the old thorns and thistles and we dig out the heavy stones to get them removed, cleansing the ground…and how much ground is today not polluted with oil or heavy metals: then the grounds needs to be dug off.
Our ministry is like this: hard work, sometimes for years and moving on to a next task, while others work on the ground that has been prepared. It was like this in founding the movement of home churches in Tunisia, it was like this in forming the leadership for North-Africa churches in France and it is like this in Reconciliation between Jew and Arab. There are often people who remark that they long back to the conferences we organized back at De Bron. But this time is over and will not come back. Sometimes we see the result of participants of these conferences in the Middle East, for example a Messianic Jew who cooperates with Palestinian believers, or who invite a Syrian believer to enter into a relationship. The work continues, without us.
This was the theme of the conference in Gibraltar where Mokhtar and I would participate in at the end of October. Mokhtar became sick a day before departure and therefore Sifra went alone.
It was a very tiny conference with approximately 50 participants, of whom many from Gibraltar and Spain and the Fins who had organized this conference, a few Italians and furthermore individuals like me. The objective of the conference was to network. All the participants are people who like Mokhtar and I (as couple, family or small team) do a lot of work in a isolate way, but internationally and in cooperation with Messianic Jews.
Sometimes, as I have to explain to somebody that we are missionaries and what kind of work we do (outside of the big mission organizations) this person will look at me in a way as: ‘Are you totally nuts?’ This idea I had with some of the participants: What an ‘alien’ I thought, but finding much recognition after meeting the person. People with an apostolic ministry, pioneers who live out of the prophecies of the Bible and who have much knowledge of the history and therefore of the time we live in now.