What is Over the Wall Ministries?
“Joseph is a fruitful bough; a fruitful bough by a Spring; his branches run over the wall."
3500 years ago, the Jewish patriarch, Jacob, laid his hands on his twelve sons and blessed them. When he got to son number eleven, Joseph, he prophecied some almost unbelievable promises. Among other things, Jacob said that God would promote this very common man to have influence far beyond his human relationships and ability.
He'd be fruitful, which meant that Joseph would see great success.
His roots would be nourished by an underground spring, which would be the source of his fruitfulness. That was a picture of the divine water of life, the Holy Spirit, who would empower Joseph to be all that God had destined him to be.
And his branches, full of fruit, would extend over his personal world. He would give away life to those far beyond his own family and community.
And, of course, we know the Bible story of how, after many years of suffering and learning, Jacob's prophetic Word was fulfilled in Joseph's life. His spiritual, business and political successes saved the Middle Eastern world from a devastating famine, and lifted Egypt into a being a World Power.
Every person has a circle of influence, for positive or negative, among our family, friends, neighbours and workmates. God's promise to each of us is that, when we generously give away the blessings he gives to us, the cycle of his blessing will continue to expand. That's what Jesus meant when he said "It's more blessed to give than to receive."
Over the Wall Ministries promotes giving the fruit of our personal, business and spiritual success away to healthy, reproducing causes that are beyond our church circles. Too often we are content, as our primary purpose, with caring for ourselves. God's mandate is that we are blessed to be a blessing to others. When we do that, God's promise is that his blessings will continue to flow to us and through us beyond our walls.