Scattered and targeted for destruction

April 02, 2019

Hilina’s* tragic story will shock you. It begins with her scars. The flames have left their mark all along her right side. It was only by God’s grace that she escaped with her life. No one even remembers anymore why the mob was so angry. The reason was probably trivial. But Hilina was an easy target. They surrounded her house. And then, they set it on fire — All because she is a member of the Beta Israel, or House of Israel, a descendant of one of the “Lost Tribes of Israel.” Because, t...

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Alamata, Ethiopia – Medical Outreach Report

October 12, 2018

This week we’re conducting two back-to-back Medical Outreaches in Ethiopia – one in Alamata and another in Jijiga. Late last week, the team of Outreach Partners met stateside and enjoyed getting to know one another over dinner at a nearby restaurant. After a good night’s sleep, they were off to Ethiopia. Everyone was excited to see what God had in store for them as they would serve the people of Alamata with much-needed medical care.

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Serving the ‘Lost Tribes of Israel’

October 09, 2018

For more than 2,000 years, the world knew little about what happened to the “Lost Tribes of Israel.” In the past century, many have, seemingly, been “found” – and those still very much identify themselves as Jewish in the lands to which their ancestors migrated centuries ago. In 1998, Rabbi Jonathan Bernis, President and CEO of Jewish Voice Ministries International (JVMI), found them too. During a trip to Gondar, Ethiopia, he saw firsthand the poverty in which the Beta Israel Jewish people li...

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5 Ways to Pray for the “Lost Tribes of Israel”

October 08, 2018

The “Lost Tribes of Israel” have captivated biblical scholars, historians and rabbis for centuries. When Assyria invaded the Northern Kingdom of Israel in 722 B.C.E., roughly 80% of the Jewish population of ancient Israel disappeared from recorded history. While some members of the Northern Kingdom’s 10 tribes fled south to Judah, most were taken captive or dispersed to other nations where they assimilated into the various cultures. Due to persecution in their new lands, many of them hid thei...

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Who Are the Tribes of Judah?

August 30, 2018

Sons, tribes, kingdoms. The 12 tribes, southern tribes, northern tribes … It can be confusing. So who are the Tribes of Judah, and was Judah a person, a tribe or a kingdom?” The equally confusing answer is: Yes. Judah is all three. Judah, son of Jacob, founded the tribe of Judah, which in turn become the name of the Southern Kingdom of Judah, comprised of two family lines or the Tribes of Judah. Let’s back up. Jacob –son of Isaac and grandson of Abraham – fathered 12 sons, including Jud...

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DNA Testing for Jewish Ancestry

Could you be Jewish? Bennett Greenspan, president of Family Tree DNA, says more people are finding out they are Jewish thanks to DNA testing. As the head of a genetics analysis lab, Bennett talks about the test that can pinpoint hidden ancestry clues contained in your DNA. JVMI viewers will learn whether mega-church leader Apostle Guillermo Maldonado has Jewish lineage as his DNA test results are revealed to him on the show.