JEWISH VOICE BLOG

Prayer for Jerusalem: Praying by Heart

March 21, 2014

Sites of three religions in Jerusalem: Jewish Temple Mount and Muslim Dome of the Rock with a Christian church in the background Did you know that there are about 13 Hebrew or Aramaic words for “prayer” in the Tanakh (Old Testament)? Two of the most common are palal, used over 70 times for pray, and tephillah, also used over 70 times for prayer, including in the titles of many of the Psalms (e.g., “A Psalm of David”). However, in one of the most quoted verses about Jerusalem in all of Scr...

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Impacting the Lives of Leaders and Nations through Prayer

March 19, 2014

As you read this list, consider your internal response to each name: Lincoln Gandhi Castro Sharon Wilberforce Hitler Thatche Putin Reagan Mandela You possibly had a different response to each one. They were, and perhaps still are, considered powerful and influential leaders. But the direction in which they have led and what that has meant for their followers and those under their influence is varied widely. The recent deaths of leaders such as Ariel Sharon and Nelson Mandela remind u...

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Israel and Gaza: When Is Enough Enough?

March 14, 2014

A new sculpture was unveiled in the heart of Gaza City, Gaza on Monday, March 10th. What does this have to do with the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians? There is nothing remarkable about that in itself. Cities the world over install works of art in their public squares all the time. What sets apart the monument in Gaza City is that it is a life-size model of a M75 rocket—a type of weapon that was frequently fired from Gaza into populated areas of Israel during the conflict that erup...

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Prayer for Such a Time as This

March 12, 2014

These powerful words from the book of Esther were echoed recently in a letter from JVMI's first full-time missionaries in Zimbabwe when they said, “We are here for such a time as this.” This couple is giving this season of their lives to the work of the Lord and the establishment of His Kingdom in Zimbabwe. We are so blessed and privileged that they have made this sacrificial commitment, and we take seriously our responsibility to lift them up in fervent, focused prayer. Only in Zimbabwe for ...

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Medical Outreach: Final Field Report from Woliso

March 11, 2014

The Woliso clinic has come to an end and participants have made their journey back home. JVMI’s medical missions staff is extremely grateful and has one final field report to share with us: Praise the Lord for His provision throughout this campaign. A couple of our participants came down with illnesses, but all of them have recovered quickly. Thursday 06 March 2014 We had an amazing end to the week with thousands receiving treatment on Thursday and Friday. We are extremely proud of our...

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Using God's Healing Word in Prayer for Healing

March 11, 2014

In prayer, we are to ask with faith, trusting God to answer. The faith-fuel that enables us to trust God for our healing comes from the best of sources—God’s own Word! Here are just a few Scriptural prayers you can adapt for yourself and your loved ones, based on the truths and promises of Scripture: Lord, I worship You and praise You. I listen to Your voice and align myself with Your will. You have declared Yourself to be my healer, Adonai-Jehovah Rofecha. You are true to Your Word and ch...

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Woliso Population Plus One - Medical Outreach in Ethiopia

March 07, 2014

“Congratulations! It’s a boy!” On Wednesday, members of the JVMI medical missions team delivered a precious baby boy to a very happy mother. The baby was born in the nurses’ station of our five-day 2014 Woliso medical clinic. We are told the labor and delivery went very well. One of the greatest pleasures of our medical missions team is when we are privileged to assist a mother in bringing her baby into the world. Our medical professionals love their volunteer jobs of treating and comforting ...

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White House Insults Netanyahu (and Israel)

March 06, 2014

For the second time in two years, the President of the United States injected unnecessary tension and toxicity into a vital meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu—the democratically elected leader of America’s principle ally in the volatile Middle East. The two leaders met at the White House on March 3rd to discuss the latest effort by a U.S. Administration to broker a peace-bringing accommodation between the Palestinians and Israel. The day before the meeting, however, Presid...

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Woliso Medical Mission: Serving Up Healing and Hope

March 06, 2014

Reports coming in from our Woliso medical mission describe the impact we are having on this community of needy people. We have treated thousands of patients in the first three days, patients who might otherwise never see a doctor for their condition. It is an exciting privilege to bring this kind of medical care to them free of charge! They need it so badly and the difference it makes in their lives is very often profound. Here is our report fresh from the field this morning. Monday, 03 Marc...

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Woliso Children - Medical Missions to Ethiopia

March 05, 2014

The boy didn’t smile, but he came closer. His bare feet, earth stained shirt, and ragged trousers betrayed his poverty. Very often, JVMI medical missions teams are greeted with excited smiling children, waving for cameras, and giggling at having their picture taken. Volunteers love being with the children, exchanging smiles, laughter, hugs, and high fives. Sometimes the kids are hams, posing and making faces for the camera. Sometimes they are shy, coyly smiling behind their shawl. Some kids, ...

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