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February 2013

Connections A publication of Jewish Voice Ministries International

Special Report


Woliso/Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Medical Outreach

Our first back-to-back outreach to both the Beta Avraham of Addis Ababa and the Gefat of Woliso, Ethiopia, in late February/early March 2012 was a wonderful success. We treated nearly 1,000 more patients at our 2012 Woliso outreach than we did in 2011. And Rabbi Jack Zimmerman, who headed up our prayer team for both outreaches, shared the Good News of Yeshua and prayed for more than 30 percent of all patients, an outreach record.

00 We treated nearly 1,0 r more patients at ou h 2012 Woliso outreac than we did in 2011.

Woliso Outreach

8,160 2,402

Patients Treated Salvations

Addis Ababa Outreach

8,448 2,765

Patients Treated Salvations


Mexico City, Mexico

Festival Outreach

we Even before the Festival began, hit the streets with the Good to the News, handing out invitations people Festival and engaging the local Over in evangelistic conversations. 000 the course of three days, 260, d 302 invitations were distributed an ssiah. people accepted Yeshua as Me

or of Global Outreach —Jonathan Gannon, JVMI Direct

Mexico City has one of the largest Jewish populations in Latin America, and there is very little outreach to the Jewish community in Mexico. Knowing that, we decided to host our Hear O’ Israel! Festival of Jewish Music & Dance at the largest concert hall in Mexico City, the Auditorio Nacional, a venue that seats some 10,000 people. The need for further ministry is great. That’s why we are in the midst of helping local Believers to establish a new Messianic congregation.

Mexico City Outreach

22,700 773

attendance

Salvations


Mposi, Zimbabwe Imagine what could tribe happen if this entire spel! o G e h t o t d e d n o p s e r Through a dramatic series of events, the chief of the Mposi Lemba in Zimbabwe had a personal revelation of Yeshua as his Messiah, and because of that, doors for us to proclaim the Gospel and disciple the Lemba opened wide. We took our first trip to Zimbabwe in June 2012, and nearly 200 staff and volunteers from seven different countries provided free medical care to this confirmed Jewish community. DNA tests have proven that the Lemba are, indeed, Jewish; in fact, they belong to the tribe of Levi.

Zimbabwe Outreach

7,117 5,791

Patients Treated Salvations

Medical Outreach


After our outreach, Jewish Voice established a Messianic congregation to fulfill the need for continued spiritual discipleship. We have partnered with Messianic Jewish Bible Institute (MJBI) to provide rotating teams that will disciple these new Believers and conduct weekly Shabbat services there.

Considering that there may be as many as 400,000 Lemba scattered throughout Zimbabwe and into South Africa, imagine what could happen if this entire tribe responded to the Gospel. It would result in the largest movement of Abraham’s descendants coming to faith in the last two thousand years. They would become the largest group of Messianic Jews on the planet!

What a privilege we have to st and in the gap between the arduou s present realities of this scat tered, impoverished community and th e glorious prophetic promises set before them. —Benjamin Levitt, JVMI Lead Int ernational Logistics Manager


Gondar, Ethiopia

Medical Outreach

We were privileged to serve the Beta Israel of Gondar, Ethiopia, during Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles). During this special appointed time, we provided free medical, dental, and eye care to 9,635 of our Ethiopian brothers and sisters during the five-day clinic. That figure represents the most patients treated in a Jewish Voice Gondar medical outreach since we began working among the Beta Israel in 1999.

Gondar Outreach

9,635 3,685

Patients Treated Salvations

Manipur, India Little did we realize the full timeliness of our medical outreach—many of the people to whom we ministered would be making aliyah to Israel in that same month of November 2012 and some would follow in February of 2013. We give thanks to the Lord for His providential timing by allowing us to share the Good News of Yeshua with His people immediately prior to their return home to the Land of Israel!

Manipur Outreach

7,673 378

Patients Treated

Salvations

Medical Outreach


2012 Totals

2013 Totals

41,033 15,794

Treated

At Medical Outreaches

Salvations

All Outreaches

Will you be a part of history?

Be God’s Love Letter

to the 2013 Outreach Dates

World!

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia MEDICAL OUTREACH February 22 - March 3, 2013

Hosanna, Ethiopia MEDICAL OUTREACH April 26 - May 5, 2013

Manipur, India MEDICAL OUTREACH May 23 - June 3, 2013

Hear O’ Israel! Festival of Jewish Music & Dance FESTIVAL OUTREACH 2013 (dates & location TBD)

Mberengwa, Zimbabwe MEDICAL OUTREACH August 29 - September 9, 2013

Gondar, Ethiopia MEDICAL OUTREACH October 4 - 13, 2013

Gutu, Zimbabwe

MEDICAL OUTREACH October 24 - November 4, 2013

For more information or to register, visit www.jewishvoice.org/outreach, email outreach@jvmi.org, or call 800-299-YESHUA.


From the heart of

Jonathan Bernis “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” —Acts 4:12 Shalom, Dear Friends! Thank you for your faithful prayer and giving in 2012 that enabled us to answer God’s call to take healing, hope, and salvation in Yeshua to the world. It confirms to me that the Lord is blessing our efforts! As a key partner in this very effective global outreach ministry, you may already know why we do what we do, but I want to remind you of the three things that drive us every day: 1. A compulsion to share the truth of God’s Word that there is only one way to eternal life—and that is the person of Yeshua (Jesus). My Jewish brothers and sisters must be exposed to their Messiah, while there is still time. 2. Our mandate is to bring help and salvation to the Jew first, according to Romans 1:16. We are “not ashamed of the Gospel…for everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.” I believe the missing truth in the body of Messiah today is the failure to bring the Gospel to the Jewish People. 3. I have studied Romans 11:15 at great length, and I believe that when Paul wrote that Israel’s restoration would bring “life from the dead,” he was connecting the salvation of Israel with God’s ultimate plan for the redemption of all mankind. Israel, the Church, and the nations are all linked together. Scattered Jewish communities desperately need our help to find the hope to keep going and remain strong. Thousands of dear Jewish People and friends of God are waiting. Will you help? Bless you! Your partner to the Jew first and also to the Nations,

Jonathan Bernis, President & CEO Jewish Voice Ministries

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Connections, February 2013 - UK Edition