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Global Gathering 2016: Jerusalem, Israel

“In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to Him, and His resting place will be glorious.” — Isaiah 11:10

 

On November 7-11, 2016, at the Lord’s request, we will gather in Jerusalem as a global family from many nations in order to lift up His name, seek His face and prepare a glorious resting place for His presence to dwell.

The Lord has spoken to us that this year (2016) will be the final stages of a season of great transition for His body. This has been a time in which the Lord called His family [body] together in unity, despite diversities that have historically caused separation. We have witnessed the body of Christ uniting as one family to behold the manifestation of the army of the Lord as in Joel 2:11

“The LORD thunders at the head of his army; his forces are beyond number, and mighty is the army that obeys his command.”

There is something happening worldwide that is bringing many nations, tribes and generations together in unity. His people are laying down their differences to fulfill Jesus’ longing for unity as we read in John 17:20-23:

“I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.

“The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.”

The family of God is being restored in a sovereign way; even now, the Lord is doing for us what we have not been able to do for ourselves. We are watching Christian Arabs and Messianic leaders from many streams and denominations walking together as one. This is the fulfillment of Isaiah 19:23-25:

“In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria. The Assyrians will go to Egypt and the Egyptians to Assyria. The Egyptians and Assyrians will worship together. In that day Israel will be the third, along with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing on the earth. The Lord Almighty will bless them, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my handiwork, and Israel my inheritance.”

The blessing of God’s handiwork will release His inheritance Israel.

We felt the Lord spoke to us and said that this gathering will link the east and the west on the highway spoken about in Isaiah 19. The linking of east and west in God’s holy city Jerusalem will be critical to the destiny of Israel and all the nations. This will set the stage for the nations to come together as one army as announced in Joel 2:8:

“They do not jostle each other; each marches straight ahead. They plunge through defenses without breaking ranks.”

The Father desires a resting place for His presence to dwell among the families of the nations. We look forward to seeing you in Jerusalem this November!

David Demian
on behalf of
The Global Gathering 2016 Facilitating Team

LOCATION:

Pais Arena Jerusalem
Address: 2 Benbenishti St, Jerusalem.  CLICK HERE FOR GOOGLE MAP

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VISAS and Passports:

All visitors to Israel must hold a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date they are departing the country. People with no nationality must hold a valid laissez passer, as well as a visa back to the country that issued it.

Visitors are entitled to remain in Israel up to three months from the date of their arrival, in accordance with the conditions of the visa issued to them. Visitors intending to work in Israel must submit a request to the Ministry of the Interior for a special visa.

Important note for tourists continuing from Israel on to Arab countries (except Egypt and Jordan): It is recommended that you request that an Israeli stamp does not appear on your passport. You must notify the clerk of your request before your documents are stamped.

As of July 3, 2008, an official decision has been made that will no longer require entry stamps on foreign passports. In such cases, you must fill out form 17L including your personal details, and that form shall be stamped by passport control upon entry/exit.

The form 17L will not be collected upon exit as it is necessary for the collection of tax refunds and proof of legal entry.

GATHERING

Monday Nov 7th
6:30PM – 9:30PM

GATHERING

Tuesday Nov 8th
10:00AM – 1:00PM
6:30PM – 9:30PM

GATHERING

Wednesday Nov 9th
10:00AM – 1:00PM
6:30PM – 9:30PM

GATHERING

Thursday Nov 10th
10:00AM – 1:00PM
6:30PM – 9:30PM

GATHERING

Friday Nov 11th
10:00AM – 2:00PM

Releasing the Fragrance of His Love

As we continued to seek and wait on the Lord regarding the Global Family Gathering in Jerusalem, we felt God’s desire to move the afternoon sessions out of the arena and into the streets of Jerusalem.

With the change in daily schedule, we will only have morning and evening sessions at the Pais Arena Jerusalem.

We believe that the Lord wants to take the different seeds of family, unity, redemption, etc. that He sows during the Gathering sessions and release them over the land each afternoon.

We encourage you to spend time seeking the Lord regarding what is on His heart for you, your family, your church and your nation to do, each afternoon. It could be to have a meal with others from different nations and generations, or He may lay it on your heart to go pray on the mountain tops, or to intercede in the streets of Old Jerusalem.

Our heart and vision for this time is for everyone to simply release His fragrance of love and unity over the land.

HOTELS

We have partnered with Jerusalem Eternal Tours this year to secure the best selection in accommodations throughout Jerusalem.  Hotel options are available on a first come, first served basis.
Hotel Bookings

Tour packages are also available for those who would like to tour the Holy Land.
http://hotels.eternaljet.com/israel-tours/

If you plan on bringing a group from your nation they can arrange a custom tour for your group.
http://hotels.eternaljet.com/tailor-made

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FOOD

There will be a variety of vendors at the Pais Arena serving drinks, snacks, and hot meals.

Malcha Mall is a 10 minute walk from the Pais Arena, located across the Begin Highway by pedestrian bridge.

The mall has a large food court with over 10 restaurants, including falafel, shawarma, pizza, pasta, Asian fast food, burgers and more. The mall also has several sit down cafes and restaurants.

Israel has a sophisticated system of highways, buses, trains and domestic flights. Follow these links to know more.

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Buses

The most popular form of transportation in Israel, you can buy tickets at any city’s central bus station or from the driver.
Please note that most buses don’t operate in Israel on Saturdays (Shabbat)
For schedules and fares of buses in Israel, please visit:  Egged website.

Train

The Israel Railways is an affordable easy way to travel between major cities in Israel. Please note that the trains don’t operate in Israel on Saturdays (Shabbat)
For train schedules and fares, please visit the Israel Railways website.

Private Taxi

A more expensive option, taxis can be flagged down or ordered by phone almost anywhere, and they’ll take you around town or between cities.
Taxis reserved by phone pay an additional 5.2 NIS.
Luggage:  The price of the service includes 1 parcel the size of a carry on. Additional cargo may be charged up to 4.4 NIS per unit.
Number of passengers:  If there are more than 2 passengers, the driver may request an additional 4.90 NIS per passenger unless the additional passengers are under 5 years of age.
Night rates are 25% more than the normal fare. These rates also apply for Sabbath and holidays.
Travel from Ben Gurion Airport to any location costs an additional 5 NIS

Service Taxis (Sherut)

Travel on permanent local and intercity routes coinciding with the bus routes. The fare for these taxis is set according to distance. In most cases, it is equal to or slightly cheaper than the equivalent bus fare.
Service taxis stop at permanent stops, but will also make request stops along the way.  Some central taxis lines also operate on the Sabbath.
Departure times are not prescheduled: the taxi leaves the station when it is full.  For this reason it is wise to take into account that you might have to wait some time before the taxi fills up and departs.

Rent a car

International car rental chains have offices in Israel, and there are multiple Israel-based car rental companies. you can rent a car in all of Israel’s major cities and at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv. It’s recommended to reserve a car before you arrive.
Driving in Israel is on the right-hand side of the road , and most signage is written in Hebrew, English and Arabic.
To rent a car in Israel the driver must be over 24 years of age, and must hold a valid international driver’s license and an international credit card.
It is a little more difficult to find your way in the large cities, but streets and roads are marked, and you can use a map, GPS  or ask for directions.

Most Rent a Car companies do not offer insurance for the areas in the West Bank under the control of the Palestinian Authority.  Tourists wishing to drive with rented cars into the areas of the Palestinian Authority are recommended to secure appropriate insurance.

* Don’t use a hand-held phone while driving: it’s against the law.

What are the distances between major cities?

Tel Aviv to Jerusalem    37 miles, 50 minutes
Tel Aviv to Tiberias/Galilee    81 miles, 100 minutes
Tel Aviv to Masada    63 miles, 90 minutes
Tel Aviv to Haifa    90 miles, 70 minutes
Jerusalem to Tiberias    109 miles, 120 minutes
Jerusalem to Masada    56 miles, 90 minutes

General inquiries

Is the venue open-air?

The Jerusalem Arena is a closed, multi-sport arena.

What is the address of the venue?

The address of the Jerusalem Arena is “2 Benbenishti St, Jerusalem.”

I am not able to attend the Gathering. How can I sow/give so that others can attend?

Thank you for your willingness to sow into others.  You can donate here.

Will the Global Gathering be translated into other languages?

English will be spoken throughout the Global Gathering.  Translation will be available for those languages with the highest demand, when translators are made available.  There will be a rental fee of $25 USD – payable in cash – for the use of a translation headset throughout the Global Gathering.

What time does the last session end?

We plan to end the final session on Friday, November 11 at 1PM.

Can I park my camper/motorhome at the venue and stay there?

Unfortunately, overnight parking is not available at the Jerusalem Arena.

Registration

On what date does registration close?

Registration prices and dates:

Super Early-bird registration – $100 USD (closes August 1, 2016)
Early-bird registration – $125 USD (closes September 15, 2016)
Regular and on-site registration  – $150 USD

Can we "share" a registration between two (or more) people?

As we use wristbands to identify registrants for the Gathering, they are unable to be shared between people.

Are day/session passes available?

While we encourage participants to be part of the whole Gathering, of course, situations arise that make that difficult or impossible.  As such, if the arena is not filled to capacity, we plan to make passes available for $25 USD per session.

Can I register at the door?

If the arena is not filled to capacity, we will continue to offer registration for the duration of the Global Gathering.

I don't have a credit card. How can I register?

Coming soon…

May I attend the pre-Gathering?

Due to capacity, the pre-Gathering is a closed, by-invitation meeting.

I need to cancel my registration!

We’re sorry to hear you won’t be able to join us. Unfortunately, we need to pass along a $25 administration fee to process the refund. If you would rather, and know someone else that would like to attend, we can change names for no charge.

Childcare

Are children welcome at the Global Gathering?

Of course! We welcome the whole family to the Global Gathering. We are not, however, able to have a particular program for children or youth.

Is there childcare?

While children are welcome at the Global Gathering, we are not able to provide childcare. As such, children will need to remain with their parents.

Lodging

Can you arrange a roommate for me?

Unfortunately, we are unable to coordinate sharing accommodations.

How far is my hotel from the venue?

Google Maps is generally accurate. Please click here to view the map.

Which hotel should I stay at?

Details on hotels will be available soon.

Transportation

Will there be shuttles to the venue?

Shuttles will not be provided to the Global Gathering.

How do I get to the venue?

The address of the Jerusalem Arena is “2 Benbenishti St, Jerusalem.”

Google Maps is generally accurate:

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How do I get to my hotel from the airport?

Please contact your hotel directly for details regarding transportation.

General Information about Israel

Do I need a visa to travel to Israel?

Americans, Canadians and citizens of most western countries* need just a passport to come to Israel: no visa is required. Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date you enter the country.

*For more information and a list of countries that do not need a visa, click here.

Stateless persons must hold a valid laissez-passer as well as a visa back to the issuing country.

Is it safe to travel to Israel?

Israel is an extremely safe country to visit and tour. In 2012, close to four million tourists came to Israel, an all-time record, and all of them went back home again safe and sound. We would not encourage tourists to come if we felt they would be in the slightest danger.

Are tourists allowed to enter areas outside of the Israeli responsibility (Palestinian areas)?

Crossing from Jerusalem to Bethlehem is direct, easy and no prior authorization is required. Hundreds of tourists make the crossing in both directions every day. As always, it’s wise to check on the political situation before entering the Palestinian Authority.

Please note to take your passport with you, you’ll need to present it to re-enter Israeli-controlled territory.

It’s recommended to double check your car rental insurance before your visit. If your visit in the Palestinian Authority isn’t covered you might prefer to hire a driver or visit with a tour group.

Do I need to receive any special vaccination before my trip to Israel?

Not at all. Israel is an entirely western country with an advanced level of hygiene, health care, diagnosis and medicine that is the envy of much of the world and on a par with the best of North America and Western Europe. Click to know more.

Can you drink tap water in Israel?

Absolutely: tap water in Israel is safe and delicious. But, you will also find bottled mineral water everywhere. (It’s important to make sure you drink a lot, especially if you are walking, hiking or exercising during hot weather.)

Which airlines fly to Israel?

More than 80 airlines operate flights to Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport (known simply as Tel Aviv or TLV). Five airlines operate as many as ten flights a day nonstop from North America to Tel Aviv (Air Canada, Delta, EL AL Israel Airlines, United, US Airways)

Will I need an adapter for my electric appliances in Israel?

The electric current in Israel is 220 volts, C, single phase, 50 Hertz, the same as in Europe.

Most Israeli sockets are three-pronged but most accept European two-pronged plugs. If your appliance does not work on 220 volts, you will need an adaptor. Most mobile phones, computers and tablets will work on 220 volts. Check your device or manual to confirm.

Hotels may have adapters available. Most hotel bathrooms have hair-dryers as well as low-wattage American-style sockets for electric shavers.

Will I have easy access to the Internet?

Most hotels in Israel have Wi-Fi available for hotel guests at customary prices. Many cafes and restaurants offer a complementary Wi-Fi service.

Since September 2013, Tel Aviv offers a citywide free Wi-Fi network which provides 80 free Internet “hot spots” across the city.

Will I be able to use my cell phone in Israel?

If you have an international plan, your cell phone may work in Israel, please check with your local provider.

What is the country code to dial to Israel?

+ 972

What is the currency in Israel?

The Shekel; you’ll find it abbreviated as NIS (New Israeli Shekel). Exchange rates of the Shekel to all foreign currencies as well as other information can be found here.

What credit cards are accepted?

You can use your ATM card to obtain Shekels at ATM’s throughout Israel. You can also use American Express, MasterCard and Visa cards at most Israeli hotels, restaurants and stores.

What taxes can I expect to pay in Israel?

The VAT (Value Added Tax) in Israel is 18%. It’s already included in most prices in Israel. VAT is waived for tourists at hotels, tour companies and car rental agencies. Like in Europe and elsewhere, tourists can receive a refund of the VAT they paid on purchases when departing the country, the refund program and the purchase amount in one tax invoice including V.A.T. must exceed ILS. 400.

Is everything closed on Shabbat in Israel?

Shabbat (the Sabbath) is the Jewish holy day of the week observed every Saturday. Shabbat starts at sunset on Fridayand ends at sundown on Saturday evening.

 

  •  All public offices are closed on Shabbat, as are banks, most stores and businesses; throughout Israel there is a growing number of shops open on Shabbat.
  • In most cities, public transportation (trains and buses) do not operate on Shabbat.
  • Most non-kosher restaurants are open on Shabbat.
  • It is recommended to check in advance if you are planning on visiting a specific location.
  • Radio and TV broadcasts operate as usual.

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