We could not have imagined just how life-changing and impacting our Australian Prayer Network International Watchmen Bootcamps would be. Discipling ordinary people in ‘how to pray for nations’ and giving them a ‘bigger vision for Israel and the Middle East’ has to be some of the most rewarding ministry I’ve ever been involved with.
As a Pastor, if I could take my whole congregation through this immersive discipleship program having now led three of these Bootcamps with over 120 people, I’d reckon that they would receive an accelerated growth in these two weeks equivalent to more than 5 years of average church life. Make no mistake, it is God who transforms us into the likeness of Jesus as we align ourselves with His kingdom prayer inviting Him to ‘let your will be done here on earth as it is in heaven.’
In two words the Bootcamp was life changing. It has given me a new zeal and focus for praying. For those contemplating Bootcamp 2019: You will be blessed beyond your wildest dreams and return home with an intense love for Israel, her people and her neighbours, and the knowledge of what to pray for. AC, Hunter Region NSW
It was all so life changing!!! We really see ourselves in a NEW SEASON now, even though we have returned home. TS & RS, Tomingley, NSW
Experiencing Bootcamp in Israel was life changing for me as a Christian, it brought the Bible to life, opened doorways that would have not been possible otherwise. The amazing team that led us were such a blessing. I would summarize the journey as “Road to Damascus” a life changing event. SJO, Perth, WA
For me, the Bootcamp brought the Bible to life. It helped me get “inside” Israel, some of her people & her history. It helped me get a clearer understanding of the meaning & significance of the Isaiah 19 Highway & brought hundreds of years of history more into focus. It made me aware of how timeless & alive God’s word is. If you want a typical “tourist trip”, don’t go on the Bootcamp because we bypass many of the touristy sites. But if you want to meet real-life Israelis and put into practice what you learnt at the Australian Prayer Network schools, this is the trip for you. RW, Blackall QLD
A House of Prayer for All Nations
Prayer is central to everything we do on the Bootcamp, but it also changes people in their whole Christian walk. The Bootcamp takes the teaching of the APN’s Watchmen Schools of Intercession (WSOI) and allows participants to apply what they’ve learned not only in praying for Australia, but to practically equip the church in Australia to become a house of prayer for all nations.
Regarding the WSOI a number of Pastors have said, “where has this teaching been for the past 20 years” and “I want to ensure that every person in my congregation gets to hear this teaching.” Another stated, “this is not just about prayer, it is about real life.”
More than 12,500 people have now completed the
Australian Prayer Network’s WSOI Foundation School
The Jewish and Arab ministries we partner with in Israel often comment on the maturity of our teams. Every participant on the Bootcamp has already completed 3 levels of Watchmen Schools of Intercession: Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced.
In a nutshell what do you do on the Bootcamps?
Our Bootcamps are not a typical tour of Israel. Our aim is to ‘understand the past, connect to the present and shape the future.’ This is our basic template for every prayer journey we undertake in the nations. Everything we do is established on the bedrock of Scripture.
By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. Hebrews 11:8 NIV
Our program begins at the place where Abraham was called to, the wilderness around Beersheba (modern day Be’er Sheva). As we reflect on Abraham, the father of our faith, we understand the essence of the Christian faith is about total availability and radical obedience. The wilderness too holds special meaning in Hebrew as the place where God speaks (Hosea 2:14).
We also remember our ANZAC diggers of 101 years ago and identify with their incredible courage in the Beersheba Light Horse charge. In a spiritual sense, we ask are we prepared to lay our lives down to set the captives free?
In order to understand the foundation of the modern nation of Israel founded 70 years ago, we visit Ben Gurion’s desert homestead. As Israel’s first Prime Minister we reflect on his leadership and his dream to see the Negev Desert bloom and feed the population. He humbly gave up power in government and moved to a small hut in Sde Boker to serve that vision, which today has become a reality.
That’s just our first day, full of ‘onsite with insight’ experiences to build a framework for both personal spiritual growth and in-depth understanding of prayer for nations.
I would recommend future Bootcamps as there is insight
you cannot get unless you’re on site. FN, Geelong VIC
In brief: we move from our time in the wilderness where we allow God to strip us back, speak to us and prepare our hearts to see the fulness of His unchanging Kingdom plan to save the nations; along the way we engage with a daily devotional built around the Beatitudes and have regular times of prayer and worship; as we consider the suffering of Jews at Masada and in the Holocaust, we contemplate on Jesus as the suffering servant on the Cross through an inspired sculptural artwork, and then in a private Gethsemane garden we reflect personally on his prayer where he cried out “not my will but yours.”
While in Jerusalem: we hold our Isaiah 19 Highway: A Bigger Vision for the Middle East two-day residential teaching conference with our team and local guest speakers at Christ Church, the oldest Protestant church in the Middle East; a heart-touching highlight is handing out care packages to Muslims, working with an Arabic evangelical church in the Old City; praying in a 24/7 house of prayer with views of Mt Zion and the Temple Mount is spectacular; plus visits to the Garden Tomb and Western Wall.
Up north in the Galilee: we have onsite exegetical teaching at Megiddo; enjoy a sabbath rest at a lakeside resort; hear from Arabic Pastors and pray for the church in Nazareth; visit young troops at a kibbutz on the northern border with Lebanon; visit Jesus’ hometown of Capernaum with illuminating teaching on the shore of the Galilee; hear plumbline teaching on Jews and Gentiles from the leaders of a Messianic Congregation whose ministry reaches out to the poor; prayer-walk the city of Haifa and pray over it on the slopes of Mt Carmel following onsite teaching.
The Bootcamp concludes: as we visit a house of prayer dedicated for the church to pray over the Tel Aviv metro area with nearly 4 million residents; after more strategic prayer looking up the coast from the old city of Jaffa, we head to our Judean Hillside retreat to wrap up our discipleship journey and reflect on our rewarding times of rich fellowship, reverent focus and rollicking fun.
Bootcamp was a good mix of prayer, praise and worship, new teaching and putting into practice what we learnt. It provided opportunity to see significant sites and visit many ministries in Israel all the while having a lot of fun. I really enjoyed the opportunity to work alongside both Messianic and Arab believers. The Leadership trusted our ability to hear God in our lives and was willing to let us “have a go”. I believe I have grown in my Christian walk as a result. The relationship building throughout was amazing. I attended Bootcamp knowing no one and left with many new friends. RS, Sydney NSW
How Can I Join the Bootcamp in 2019?
Simply complete the 3 levels of APN Watchmen Schools of Intercession (WSOI): Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced. Visit our School Calendar for 2019 for more details on available schools. You are eligible to apply to join our 2019 Bootcamp if you have completed or are registered to complete an Advanced School prior to the trip during 31 October – 15 November 2019.
Intermediate & Advanced Watchmen Schools of Intercession planned for early 2019
MARCH 1-2 Intermediate Servants of Jesus Sydney NSW
MARCH 7-10 Intermediate Mt Pleasant Baptist WA
APRIL 12-14 Intermediate Toowoomba QLD
JUNE 14-16 Advanced Bindoon WA
JUNE 21-23 Intermediate Canberra ACT
JULY 5-7 Advanced Albury VIC/NSW
JULY 12-14 Advanced Blacktown NSW