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What a year 2021 has been — good, bad, and very ugly. Yes, Israel has historic and wonderful new peace agreements with four Arab nations. But terrorists in Gaza fired 4,500 rockets at Israel in May. Riots erupted in multiple Israeli cities. Millions in Israel continue to struggle with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic — poverty has soared. Meanwhile, Lebanon is melting down economically and exploding with violence. The Associated Press wrote the “Mideast in shambles, but the world has moved on for now.” That’s why The Joshua Fund is more needed than ever. I’m so grateful the Lord has used The Joshua Fund to invest more than $80 million over the last 15 years to bring the Gospel to hurting hearts and food to hungry homes. But we must do more.
In 2020, your kindness and compassion allowed us to continue devoting strategic resources to four key priorities: Encourage, Equip, Serve, and Teach, about God’s love and plan for Israel. Through this 2020 Impact Report, it is our prayer that you will see ample evidence of how God is actively working – and using The Joshua Fund and our local partners for His glory. Thank you for partnering with us, as together we remain committed to blessing Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus.
In 2019, your generous gifts allowed us to continue devoting strategic resources to four key priorities: Evangelism, Discipleship, Humanitarian Aid, and Educating the Global Church about God’s love and plan for Israel. Through this 2019 Impact Report, it is our prayer that you will see abundant evidence of how God is actively working – and using The Joshua Fund and our local partners for His glory. Thanks for partnering with us, as together we remain committed to blessing Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus.
Through relief and relationship, The Joshua Fund participates in what God is doing by primarily partnering with faithful and local fruitful ministries that bless Israel and her Neighbors in the name of Jesus. How amazing it is to watch our prayer-hearing, prayer-answering, wonder-working God in action on a regular basis. While some might say that God stopped working miracles shortly after the Bible was completed, we invite you to ponder His handiwork in making these “miracles” happen in the Epicenter in 2018.
The mission of The Joshua Fund flows from the heart of God. God’s desire to show His love to the Jew is not different than His heart to show love to the Arab or Palestinian, and thus The Joshua Fund continues to reach out to Israel and her Neighbors with the love of God. We pray this Donor Report will inspire you and strengthen your prayer life as you learn about the work of our ministry partners who are showing God’s love every day in real and practical ways in their neighborhoods and communities. We are grateful for God’s faithful provision, demonstrated throughout the year by you and thousands of people who regularly pray and partner with us.
Just over ten years ago, a small group gathered to create The Joshua Fund. We had no idea at the time how much we would see God do, as the Lord has proven Himself faithful time and time again. In this year’s Donor Report, we are thrilled to share testimonies of God’s faithfulness with you, from those serving in the fields of ministry in the Epicenter and those whose lives are being saved and transformed by the power of the Word. We pray you are blessed and encouraged as you, our partners in this work, share in the joy of what the Lord is doing through The Joshua Fund to bless Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus, according to Genesis 12:1-3.
2015 has been fraught with enormous challenges and hardship for people living in Israel and the Arab world. Yet, in the midst of that darkness, we are deeply encouraged. Why? We are witnessing with our own eyes, as well as through the eyes of those with whom we partner, an unprecedented openness among Jews and Arabs to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Light of the Gospel is spreading throughout the region, thanks in part to your faithful prayers and your generous gifts. Throughout this report, you will find stories and statements from our ministry partners echoing this truth. We are reminded of the words of our Lord Jesus to one of the Churches in Revelation: “Behold I have put before you an open door which no one can shut.” (Rev. 3:8)
While 2014 has been fraught with hardship, persecution and heartache for many Jews, Arabs, and Christians living in Israel and the Arab world, we see God at work. In the 2014 Donor Report we share many of the ways your faithful prayers and generous financial support have shown the love of Jesus Christ to people in Israel and the surrounding nations. Just as Isaiah prophesied, “The people who walk in darkness will see a great light; those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them.” Isaiah 9:2.
Through your faithful prayers and generous financial support, the Lord has touched the lives of thousands of Jewish and Arab families in the epicenter in real and practical ways with the love of Jesus Christ. In the 2013 Donor Report, you will get a sense of the many projects you have helped to fund in 2013, and get a glimpse of the lives the Lord has blessed because of you.
By the grace of God, and with your faithful prayers and generous financial assistance, The Joshua Fund invested in a wide-range of projects to show God’s love and share God’s Word with Jews, Muslims and Christians throughout the epicenter region in 2012. Thank you for your partnership with The Joshua Fund this past year.
WE MADE OUR RENTED WAREHOUSE FACILITY FULLY OPERATIONAL and began using it to care for poor and needy people throughout Israel:
— Hired a full-time Israeli warehouse manager
— Hired an Israeli assistant to help in the warehouse part-time
— Hired a full-time Director of Humanitarian Relief
— Hired a full-time Deputy Director of Humanitarian Relief
— Built two offices in the warehouse
— Built a kitchen and conference room in the warehouse
— Outfitted the bomb shelter with emergency supplies
— Installed a state-of-the-art video security system
— Purchased a forklift and had our manager trained/licensed in its use
— Purchased a delivery truck and had our manager trained/licensed in its use
— Best of all, since spring 2010, we have been purchasing, storing, repacking, and distributing hundreds of tons of flour, rice, beans, corn, pickles, tuna, cooking oil, honey, paper towels, diapers, and other supplies to the poor and needy throughout the Land of Israel
— We are stockpiling food and relief supplies in our warehouse for the next war. And we continue to provide funds to a Christian organization ally of ours so that they continue stockpiling more food and relief supplies at a separate warehouse in northern Israel ahead of the next war.
— Dozens of evangelical Christians from the United States – including several church groups – have come to Israel to volunteer in The Joshua Fund’s warehouse, packing food and relief supplies, praying for the Lord to bless each of the recipients of those supplies, and then actually going out and deliver those supplies to the poor and needy.
WE EXPANDED THE NUMBER OF FOOD DISTRIBUTION CENTERS in Israel we opened and assist monthly from four in 2009 to seven in 2010. We refer to these seven centers as “storefronts.” The staff and volunteers in each work with the social welfare offices in local municipalities to determine the poorest and neediest in their communities, and then distribute boxes or baskets of food and other aid to these needy families, supplies.
— Thousands of poor and needy Israeli Jews – including Holocaust survivors, elderly, children, single mothers, widows, orphans, and others – are being served and cared for each month.
— Some storefronts are strategically located near the northern and southern borders. Others are in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and the interior of the country.
— TJF has purchased a total of 7 vans in Israel to increase the mobility of our allies and our staff and help them deliver aid directly to people’s homes, especially important for the elderly and Holocaust survivors.
— TJF is training storefront managers in best practices and for the next war.
WE PROVIDED SOME 1,200 NEEDY JEWISH FAMILIES IN ISRAEL with food and supplies for Passover directly through our storefronts. In another project we financed, about 1,600 needy Israeli families living under the poverty level received gift cards that enabled them to buy Passover supplies for this vital Biblical holiday.
WE HELPED PURCHASE TWO AMBULANCES for Magen David Adom (“Red Star of David”), Israel’s emergency response organization.
WE HELPED PROVIDE MONTHLY RENT FOR A FACILITY in central Israel for a soup kitchen.
WE HELPED PURCHASE BACKPACKS again in 2010 for needy Jewish and Arab children.
WE HELPED FINANCE URGENTLY NEEDED HEART SURGERIES and follow-up care for desperately sick Arab and Iraqi Kurdish children.
WE HELPED PROVIDE MONTHLY SUPPORT for a Christian ministry caring for needy Palestinian Arab children in Bethlehem.
WE HELPED FINANCE THE “BACK TO JERUSALEM” conference run by Arab Christians in Israel and the West Bank for the third year in a row. Volunteers distributed 23,000 packets of materials containing copies of the New Testament, the Jesus film, and other Christian materials in Arabic
(Read article in the November newsletter).
WE HELPED FINANCE MEDICAL CLINICS in Bethlehem, Tel Aviv and Ramallah, run by two physicians who volunteer for TJF (Read article in the November newsletter).
WE HELPED THE FIRST EVER OFFICIALLY LICENSED CHRISTIAN RADIO STATION IN IRAQ increase their range through a larger antennae and other technical improvements. The expanded range of the station went from some 2 million Muslims in northern Iraq to an area of some 3.5 million Muslims. The Joshua Fund also began sending an Arab believer who is a specialist in gospel radio to train the radio staff.
WE JUST RENTED A WAREHOUSE IN ISRAEL in central Israel after several years of prayer. This is a dramatic step forward. It enables us to purchase food and other relief supplies in bulk at lower prices, distribute more to those in need, stockpile more for the future, & train and utilize volunteers.
WE HELPED ONE OF OUR ALLIES STOCKPILE 400 TONS OF FOOD and relief supplies in a warehouse in northern Israel. We had made a commitment in 2007 to do so by the end of 2010. In light of the growing regional threats, we decided to fulfill our commitment by the end of 2009 instead – one year ahead of schedule. In 2009, therefore, we doubled the amount of food we helped this ally purchase so they could care for more families when war comes.
WE OPENED OR EXPANDED FOUR FOOD DISTRIBUTION CENTERS IN ISRAEL. Two are located in the north, near Lebanon. Two others are located in the south, near Gaza. Through these centers, we’re distributing 20-30 tons of food and other relief supplies each month to the poor and needy. We hope to expand this in 2010.
WE HELPED OUR ALLIES IN ISRAEL PURCHASE several vans and trucks so they can better deliver food and other relief supplies to the needy. Lord willing, by the end of 2009 we will purchase two more vehicles.
WE HELPED PURCHASE FOOD and toiletries for 450 elderly residents and needy families in the Israeli town of Sderot when the Gaza war erupted.
WE HELPED SEVERAL HUNDRED LOW-INCOME ISRAELIS evacuate the war zone in Sderot and temporarily relocate to safer Israeli towns in the north, where TJF paid for their accommodations and food.
WE HELPED ISRAEL’S BARZILAI MEDICAL CENTER IN ASHKELON purchase two neonatal incubators for their Neonatal Intensive Care Unit during the Gaza war, and have continued to help the hospital purchase important medical equipment since then.
WE HELPED PROVIDE HOLIDAY CARE PACKAGES of food and cooking supplies to 400 needy Israeli families during Passover.
WE HELPED FINANCE PROJECTS IN ISRAEL TO CARE for elderly Holocaust survivors, homeless women, unwed mothers, and prisoners.
WE HELPED PURCHASE ABOUT 3,800 BACKPACKS for needy Israeli children. Both Jewish and Arab children received these bags, including some who are blind or deaf. For the older children, each backpack contained school supplies such as a pencil holder, scissors, crayons, notebooks, a pencil sharpener, glue-stick, Scotch Tape, eraser, pencils, a pen, notebook covers, a calculator, and a set of geometry rulers.
WE HELPED FINANCE URGENTLY NEEDED HEART SURGERIES and follow-up care for 10 desperately sick Arab and Kurdish children. The surgeries were performed by Jewish doctors in Israel. The children’s cases were vetted by an evangelical Christian organization in Jerusalem, who also helped transport them to Israel, house them, and care for them and their families during their medical treatment and initial recovery.
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