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June 14, 2019

Vasyl could only watch . . . Staring at the black and white photos flashing across the giant screen on the Festival stage in Ukraine, he was suddenly transported back to the hatred and the fear of Nazis who seemed to be taking over the entire world. And when he saw a photo on the screen of himself as a young boy, he felt the fear all over again. Vasyl had spent a lifetime trying to forget the horrors of the Holocaust. But no amount of time would ever be enough to erase the images that ...

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Muslims riot at Temple Mount during Jerusalem Day

June 14, 2019

Muslims Aim to Take Temple Mount, the Most Sacred Site for the Jewish People, Piece-By-Piece There’s no place on Earth that holds more meaning or sacred significance to the Jewish people than the Temple Mount. The Temple Mount is where Abraham prepared to offer his son Isaac in obedience until God stopped him and provided a substitute sacrifice (Genesis 22). One thousand years later, King David purchased the threshing floor of Araunah on this same spot (2 Samuel 24) and designated it to b...

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Urgent: Prayers needed for the Kechene, Ethiopia Outreach

June 12, 2019

Kechene, Ethiopia Outreach trip starts tomorrow Could you pray now? And throughout the next week and a half? Jewish Voice Ministries International (JVMI) is preparing right now to minister in Kechene, Ethiopia, next week through a specialty Medical and Dental Clinic. Your prayers will prepare the way spiritually for this intense week of ministry and undergird our every effort there. Kechene is a poor urban area within Ethiopia’s capital of Addis Ababa. Thousands of Jewish people known as t...

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Political Stalemate in Israel Forces Unprecedented Re-Elections

June 07, 2019

Political Stalemate in Israel Forces Unprecedented Re-Elections I watched as the news broke late last week. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was unable to form his government coalition by his midnight deadline last Wednesday. After rising victoriously out of a heated, difficult election season to serve a record fifth term, parliament voted to dissolve – a first time event in the history of Israel. As a supporter of Israel and the Jewish people, it was difficult to watch Prime ...

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Now They Call Me Sir

June 06, 2019

The green and white bus lumbered over the bumpy dirt road as it eased to a stop. Through its windows, the passengers could see that the Jewish Voice Ministries International (JVMI) Medical Outreach in Ambo Meda, Ethiopia, bustled with thousands of patients. There were people everywhere – inside tents in makeshift examination rooms, under canopies in waiting areas and in lines that stretched as far as the eye could see. Inside the bus were our special guests – the Beta Israel Jewish people fro...

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What Do You Want Out of Life?

June 05, 2019

A Shavuot Devotion When you daydream about your life, what’s on your list of desires? A first draft may likely include wishes for such things as a nicer home, newer car, better-paying job, travel adventures or more time to develop your interests. Go a little deeper for a second draft, and you’re apt to list more intangible things like happiness, freedom, love, good relationships, health and the same for your loved ones. Dig further still, down deeper inside, and your list will probably...

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Shavuot Sustenance

June 05, 2019

Yeshua (Jesus) said that “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). When He said this, He was quoting Deuteronomy 8:3 in which Moses shared with Israel God’s words about why He provided them with manna. The Jewish Feast of Shavuot (SHA-voo-ote) celebrates God’s gifts of both food and His Word. Shavuot is one of the biblical Feasts that God commanded Israel to keep annually. It is the last of the spring Feasts and usually falls in May...

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Protecting the Beta Israel in Northern Ethiopia

June 05, 2019

Fear has no place in the life of a Believer in Yeshua (Jesus). We know that the power of His Spirit lives inside of us, and we are more than conquerors through Him who loves us. However, life’s challenges often seem overwhelming. Debt, sickness, and in some places of the world, persecution, can make us feel less than powerful, even vulnerable. In a tiny village in Northern Ethiopia (you won’t even find it on a map), Beta Israel Jewish people know this vulnerability well. Each day in this pl...

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Déjà vu: Palestinians protest new peace plan

June 01, 2019

Palestinian Authority Poised to Reject President Trump's Peace Plan Before It's Unveiled Next Month With Memorial Day earlier this week in the United States, and the hearts and prayers of many Americans turned towards the soldiers and families who have given so much – even their lives – I can’t help but be reminded of the cost of peace. And it’s in this spirit that I’m writing to you today with our Middle East Update. Amidst the violence unleashed this month along Israel’s southern bor...

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Tensions with Iran could indicate war is on the horizon

May 28, 2019

Empty Threats? Or is War With Iran Inevitable? As I write, the situation with Iran is still unclear. And the potential threat of war is significant. After the United States withdrew from the 2015 nuclear agreement, the rhetoric has only intensified. More sanctions – stronger sanctions – have been promised by the Trump Administration. And Iran officials have responded with resounding threats. Israel Caught In The Middle Tensions within the Middle East have already been high in recent ...

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