Celebrate Messiah 2000 Newsletter
Edition #1 - November 2000
"And David and all Israel were celebrating before God with all their might, even with songs." I Chronicles 13: 8 [on the occasion of bringing the Ark up to Jerusalem]
So shall all those attending Celebrate Messiah 2000 in Jerusalem! This historical conference opens on the evening of December 27, 2000 and closes late on January 2, 2001. Approximately 2000 participants from all over the world will gather to celebrate Jesus for what He has DONE along the paths of history, what He is DOING amongst us now, and what He WILL DO as the future unfolds. As the conference program is finalized it is obvious that worship and prayer are central features.
Evan Schoombie, President of All Good Gifts International Ministries in South Africa, believes CM2000 "promises to be one of the most spiritually significant events of the century". He and Scott Wesley Brown, a popular American Christian recording artist who was a memorable performer at GCOWE '95 in Korea, will serve as CM2000 Worship Team leaders. Representing countries on every continent, Evan has assembled a team of about 50 vocalists, instrumentalists and various assistants, as well as a dance and drama team, to usher in the presence of the Lord through events of worship.
As a special unit of the worship team, the dance and drama group is composed of about 15 members from the International Christian Dance Fellowship. Two dancers from each continent have been invited to dance in worship and intercession for Jerusalem and the world. Expect both choreographed dances that are scheduled and others erupting spontaneously during worship and prayer times or as part of prayer walks around the city. The Australian team leader, Mary Jones, believes this appearance is a new level that has been developing since 1991 for the team to be "part of a great body of Christians called to prepare the way for the Lord's return, to build up the walls of salvation, to open the gates of praise and to level the road" allowing people to come to Jesus. Come with a heart prepared for deep, meaningful worship - but also for the delightfully "unexpected".
Ben Gurion Airport is approximately 45 km (28 miles) from Jerusalem, a 45-minute drive. If you have chosen to use one of our Land Service Packages, transportation to/from the airport and your hotel is provided. There will be representatives from the conference tour company at the airport to greet conference arrivals and to indicate where to board transportation to your hotels. If you have chosen to arrange for your own accommodations, it is necessary for you to make your own travel arrangements between the airport and your hotel. Private taxis are available. However, shared taxis (often white vans) run through the night, will drop passengers anywhere in Jerusalem and are the most economical. They can be located just outside the airport arrivals hall.
Since the registration deadline for the conference has been extended into October, this information will likely not be available until later this month. As soon as this information is received it in the International Office Regional / National Coordinators will be provided with this information and asked to distribute it
The International Convention Center of Jerusalem, also known as the Binyaney Ha'ooma is the site of CM2000. The ICC is conveniently located in modern Jerusalem a short distance from the Old City and within a one-mile radius of the Knesset, the Israel Museum, the Bible Lands Museum and the Hebrew University.
Israel's national currency is the new Israeli Shekel (NIS) or just ..the shekel. Currency can be exchanged in banks, exchange offices and in many hotel lobbies. Banks usually charge a considerable commission on currency exchange and are open on a limited schedule - generally 8:30 PM - 12:30 PM, and again from 4:00 PM to 5 or 6:00 PM (except on Wednesdays and Fridays). International banking networks such as Cirrus and Plus are located in many bank lobbies. These ATM machines typically offer poor exchange rates and high transaction fees. Official exchange offices such as Change Point and Change Spot are preferable for exchanging currency. They charge no commission and are open longer hours, often 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM. These offices are located mainly on Jaffa Road and Ben Yehuda Street near the banking district. Credit cards are widely accepted and US currency is welcome. Traveler's Cheques are not, so you may wish to exchange them.
December in Jerusalem! Shalom.
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