Several times a year, Jewish Voice and teams of outreach partners who volunteer their time offer desperately needed, free medical and dental care to poverty-stricken Jewish communities in Africa. We strategically plan our clinic schedule throughout the year to reach as many needy people around the world as possible.
The first JVMI medical outreach clinic was in Gondar, Ethiopia in 1999, where we treated 1,300 patients. Those small beginnings have grown, thanks to the blessings of God, our skilled staff, and dedicated outreach partners. Now we treat an average of nearly 8,000 patients per short-term medical mission trip.
Through serving the Jewish People and their neighbors in this way in communities of Ethiopia and Zimbabwe we have also welcomed thousands into God’s kingdom as they have come to faith in Yeshua.
Each patient and those with them are invited into our prayer room where they have the opportunity to receive compassionate prayer and hear the Gospel of Yeshua (Jesus). This provides a unique opportunity for non-medical professionals to participate in our medical outreaches. In fact, while we need medical professionals, non-medical partners are essential to the success and vision of our outreaches.
The heartbeat of our medical outreach ministry is changed lives. Yours will be changed, too.
Jewish Voice Medical Outreach Partner Featured in Health Newsletter
Tim Kearns, a veteran to Jewish Voice medical outreaches, described his experience on a JVMI medical outreach. His story was featured in the article "On a Mission" in the Winter 2013 edition of TeamHealth, the Advanced Practice Clinician Quarterly Newsletter. Read his inspiring story here.
Outreach vs. Mission Trip
Have you noticed it? There’s something different about the way we refer to the humanitarian aid trips Jewish Voice Ministries conducts multiple times each year. We call them outreaches rather than mission trips. There’s a deep and meaningful reason we choose not to use such customary words as missions, mission trips, medical missions, and medical mission trips .
Throughout the ages, people claiming to be Christians set out on “missions” to eradicate Judaism by forcing Jewish people to abandon their Jewishness and convert to Christianity as a completely separate religion. But Christianity has its very roots in Judaism, and professing faith in Yeshua (Jesus) – the Jewish Messiah – does not require denying one’s Jewishness. On the contrary, God’s covenant with His chosen people is everlasting (Genesis 17:7); Yeshua came to the House of Israel (Matthew 15); and the Gospel is for the Jewish people first (Romans 1:16).
For Jewish people, the word mission often harkens back to thousands of years of persecution, forced conversions, and violence toward Jewish people. When a Jewish person hears the words mission, missionary, mission trips, etc., this terrible history can get in the way of them hearing that Yeshua the Messiah is their Jewish Messiah, the promised fulfilment of Old Testament prophecy. It is the very heart of Jewish Voice’s call to share this Good News with them, and we have no intention of “converting” them away from their Jewish faith, heritage, and culture.