Thursday, September 27, 2007


Excerpts from an article in The Christian Post: "More than 6,000 Christians from over 90 countries are expected to make their way to Jerusalem this week to celebrate the 28th annual Christian observance of the weeklong Jewish holiday of Sukkot, or Feast of Tabernacles, according to the event’s organizer, the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem. However, the chief rabbinate urged Jews last week to not attend the event, warning them that some groups will attempt to convert them to Christianity. 'According to information that has reached the chief rabbinate, there are participants in this conference who convert Jews to Christianity and perform missionary activity throughout the year,' said Rabbi Simcha Hacohen Kook, the chief rabbi of Rehovot, according to The Associated Press. Kook emphasized that Israel bans missionary work and proselytizing, so 'the chief rabbinate is calling upon Jews not to take part in the conference.' The event’s organizers said they are upset over the rabbis’ call to boycott the massive celebration. 'It is disappointing to learn that some rabbinic authorities are trying to discourage the Jewish public from participating in this traditional march,' said the Rev. Malcolm Hedding, ICEJ’s executive director. “'he ICEJ has never conducted any missionary programs in Israel and we clearly instruct our Feast pilgrims against such activity during their stay here.' Benny Elon, a lawmaker who heads parliament’s Christian Allies Caucus, questioned why the rabbi was making such a call after the event took place for 27 years with understanding on both sides that missionary activity was prohibited....Sukkot is one of the three major holidays in Judaism where the Jewish population travels to the Temple of Jerusalem. The pilgrimage festival lasts for seven days with some people sleeping in temporary structures called Sukkah, where they reflect on their sins and God’s goodness in providing for all their needs. Sukkah are structures reminiscent of the ones the ancient Israelites dwelt in during their 40 years in the desert. The Book of Zechariah states that all nations will make pilgrimages to Jerusalem in the messianic era to celebrate Sukkot. Christians understand this scripture to mean that Jews will welcome non-Jews to join in celebrating Sukkot in Jerusalem.....The ICEJ Christian Sukkot gathering is not only the largest annual Christian event, but may also be the largest annual tourism event this year for Israel. The gathering this year is expected to bring some $15-18 million into the local economy and over 16,000 hotel room nights, according to the Israeli Globes newspaper.' On a regular basis, evangelical Christians make up one-third of American tourists that visit Israel, according to the country’s Minister of Tourism."

Thursday, September 20, 2007


On Thursday, April 10, 2008, The Joshua Fund will host the first-ever "Epicenter Conference" at the international convention center in Jerusalem. Some 2,000 evangelical Christians from all over the world will gather to hear briefings from top Israeli political leaders and American evangelical leaders. Together, we'll celebrate the 60th anniversary of Israel's dramatic and prophetic rebirth on May 14, 1948. We'll learn the latest on the geopolitical threats in the Middle East. We'll discuss these threats in light of Bible prophecy. And we'll share the "Operation Epicenter" vision of pre-positioning more than $120 million worth of humanitarian relief into Israel and the region in the advance of the next war. We'll post details here on this weblog in the months to come. To learn more, you can also go to

Thursday, September 13, 2007


Dear Joel and the Joshua Fund:

Thank you so much for your generous donation to the backpack project that was carried out recently through cooperation between the Jerusalem Institute of Justice and activists from the Likud party. The project was a great success on all levels. We were able to distribute 4,500 backpacks filled with school materials to the most underprivileged children throughout the nation of Israel. The response was phenomenal and heartwarming. We received a flood of thank you letters, phone calls and positive media coverage. Gady Ariely, the Director General of the Likud Party, came to participate and encourage the Likud activists to get more involved in our projects. Please view this short video clip documentary of the backpack project by clicking here.

Calev Myers
Founder and Chief Counsel
Jerusalem Institute For Justice


Excerpt from a story in The Jerusalem Post (Sept 4, 2007): "Some 1.6 million Israelis lived under the poverty line in 2006, according to a report released on Tuesday by the National Insurance Institute. Social Welfare Minister Yitzhak Herzog presented the NII's poverty report together with the director general of the institute, Yigal Ben-Shalom. The report showed a slight decrease in overall poverty - the percentage of families living under the poverty line dropped from 20.6% in 2005 to 20% and the percentage of individuals living under the poverty line decreased from 24.7% to 24.5%. However, the percentage of children who suffered from poverty rose from 35.2% to 35.8%. According to the report, an estimated 404,000 families - 1.65 million people and 796,000 children - lived under the poverty line. There was a significant drop in poverty figures among the elderly - from 24.4% in 2005 to 21.5%. The fall was the result of an increase in pensions."

Wednesday, September 12, 2007


* BLESSING ISRAEL: In our first year (August 2006 to August 2007), The Joshua Fund helped ship more than $1.5 million worth of humanitarian relief to Israel in the name of Jesus. We worked through such strategic allies as The Joseph Project, Bridges For Peace, the Jerusalem Institute for Justice, and many others. This aid included food, clothing, pots and pans, furniture, medical supplies, construction supplies, wheelchairs, toys for children, and more. During one project in Kiryat Shmona, a town of some 25,000 along the northern border with Lebanon that was hit with 1,000 missiles during last summer's war, we were able to bless about 3,500 needy Israelis -- including 700 elderly Jews. We were also able to help finance the distribution of more than 5,000 new school bags filled with study supplies to underprivileged elementary school students in Jerusalem, and a Passover 2007 project which distributed 620 food packages to needy families in the holy city.
* BLESSING ISRAEL'S NEIGHBORS: This past year, The Joshua Fund also sent nearly $200,000 worth of humanitarian aid to poor and needy Palestinian and Lebanese families. In Lebanon, for example, TJF partnered with established evangelical Christian ministries to provide relief packages for some 6,000 Arab families devastated by the war. The packages included non-perishable food items such as beans, rice, pasta, canned meat, processed cheese, oil, and powdered milk. In addition, each package contains basic supplies such as soap, candles, matches, and aspirin, and a JESUS film DVD in Arabic. TJF provided funds to the Palestinian Bible Society to feed needy children in Gaza after the Society's Bible bookstore was bombed by local radicals. TJF recently did a food distribution project with 110 needy families from the South Lebanon Army who have asked for political asylum in Israel. We helped a Palestinian radio station broadcasting Christian Bible teaching triple its range, enabling its broadcasts to be heard in English and Arabic all of the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem. We have also provided funds to care for the families of three Turkish Christian workers murdered by jihadists earlier this year.
* "EXPANDING THE PIPELINE" TO GET MORE AID INTO THE EPICENTER: Currently, we are working to help them relief organizations in Israel expand their warehouse capacity, use their current facilities more efficiently, acquire trucks and forklifts and expand their capacity to pre-position more relief supplies ahead of the next war, as well as continue distributing humanitarian relief supplies to the poor and needy throughout the holy land. Nearly one-in-four Israelis currently live below the poverty level (only $800 a month or less for a family of four). A new report just released found that some 35% of all Israeli children live in poverty.
* WILL YOU JOIN US? In light of the latest troubling developments in the region, we would be deeply grateful for your prayers and financial help. To learn more about how to contribute -- or to donate on-line, please click here. The Joshua Fund is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization under IRS regulations. All donations are tax-deductible. We are currently applying for membership in the ECFA.
Thanks so much for partnering with us. May the Lord richly bless you as you bless Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus.

Saturday, September 08, 2007


Blessing Israel
by Stephen Adams
Citizen Magazine
September 2007

Golan Heights, northern Israel -- On a quiet spring afternoon, 43 Americans stand at the edge of a cliff from which they can see Mount Hermon and, in the far distance, Syria. The gentle breezes and bird songs make it hard to believe that just a few months ago a thousand Hezbollah rockets from beyond the barbed wire along the border with Lebanon brought smoke and thunder to the nearby village of Kiryat Shmona.

Tomorrow or next month at this very spot, the Americans might see the rockets’ red glare for themselves, says their tour guide — Joel C. Rosenberg, political consultant, fiction writer and founder of The Joshua Fund, a ministry to the Middle East. “I’m telling you right now the nations of the world are converging around Israel. They are preparing for something very specific. The enemies of Israel are preparing for massive, massive war.”

Rosenberg lives in the Washington, D.C., area with his wife and four sons. His Jewish grandparents fled to America to escape Russian persecution in the early 20th century. He worked for Rush Limbaugh and former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before writing a series of best-selling novels (The Last Jihad, The Last Days, The Ezekiel Option and The Copper Scroll). He’s addressed members of Congress and staffers at the White House, Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security.

Rosenberg joined Dr. James C. Dobson of Focus on the Family for a series of radio broadcasts in May on the threat of radical Islam and how Christians should respond. Those shows proved so popular with listeners that they are scheduled to air again Sept. 9-14.

Rosenberg visited the Golan Heights in May to deliver a message, but also to bless poor and needy Jewish and Arab families and those who are victims of war and terrorism.

He brought with him to the mountaintop members of Calvary Chapel of Rio Rancho, N.M. — the first American church to join him in a relief effort he calls The Joshua Fund.
“Historically, it is not normal that Gentiles want to love Jewish people,” Rosenberg told the church group. “God is beginning to cause Jewish people and evangelicals to make common cause, to become at least friends. And I don’t have enough experience to explain why now, except for the concept of the Last Days. I can’t explain it any other way.”

The Last Days was Rosenberg’s second book, and he named his Joshua Fund after a fictional fund in the novel that invests in projects in the Middle East that bring Jews and Arabs together. The Joshua Fund is also an allusion to the biblical Joshua, whom God commanded to enter the Promised Land and to be strong and courageous.

He considers this trip a “pilot project” and will encourage more American churches to “tithe” a day or two of a Holy Land vacation for humanitarian-relief work.

“What Israelis are curious about is, do people who believe in Jesus love them?” Rosenberg said. “The Israeli people feel abandoned, threatened, undermined. They see a world that either wants to annihilate them or doesn’t care that other people want to annihilate them. And thus, Israelis are really asking themselves, ‘Is there anybody out there who is friendly?’”

Some of the beneficiaries of this trip in May were the 100-plus Lebanese families in Kiryat Shmona. Most of the men of the village are former high-ranking officers in the South Lebanon Army (SLA), Christians who in some cases have a price on their heads for having opposed Hezbollah, the terrorist militia that has become a major political force in Lebanon.

The Rio Rancho team assembled at a warehouse and formed an assembly line to fill 210 boxes full of food — flour, sugar, rice, pasta, tuna, pickles, hummus, cake mix, olive oil, crackers, red lentils, white beans and pineapple — which they handed out to the waiting families.

One of the people in line was Tereza Abu Morad, 17. Her father was a former battalion commander and SLA spokesman who would face the death penalty, she told Citizen, if he ever returns to Lebanon. Tereza, fluent in English, Arabic and Hebrew, said it has been a huge adjustment for her as a Christian Arab living among Israeli Jews, but explained that she has been accepted. In fact, after high school next year she plans to attend college on a scholarship in the name of a fallen Israeli soldier from the 34-day Second Lebanon War, Israel’s longest conflict.

Afterward, the Rio Rancho team moved on to another part of town and distributed boxes of food to about 100 Jewish families. Of the estimated 120 to 150 messianic congregations in Israel, about half reportedly are ethnic Russian. Today, there are about 15,000 Israeli followers of Jesus, up from a few dozen in 1967.

Rosenberg said last year’s Lebanon conflict gave the nation’s political leaders, as well as evangelical leaders worldwide, a “wake-up call.”

“It wasn’t the ultimate war, a prophetic war … but it was bad,” he said. “And it showed us a glimpse, a taste, of what could happen. Now The Joshua Fund is doing everything we can to pre-position relief supplies in Israel before the next war.”

Israelis are increasingly grateful for the love and support of evangelical Christians. The Knesset, Israel’s parliament, even formed an official outreach to evangelicals after a deadly Palestinian uprising in 2000.

“During the intifada, we saw the nations of the world one by one were being turned against us,” said Josh Reinstein, director of the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus. “Yet, Christians were standing next to us. People here started asking themselves why. And we realized that we really had no other choice but to start working together and seeing how we could cooperate.”

Chris Mitchell, Jerusalem bureau chief for CBN Christian cable news, heartily agreed with Reinstein’s assessment. He said American evangelicals are coming to a realization, too, through the war on terror: “The war that Israel is fighting is the same war that we’re fighting.”

Calev Myers, partner in a high-powered Jerusalem law firm and a messianic Jewish pastor, told Citizen that Americans should target their giving through the local messianic congregations.
He and Rosenberg have joined forces to push a bill through the Knesset to exempt the hundreds of millions of dollars in charitable and humanitarian giving to Israel from the country’s 15.5 percent value-added tax.

“I believe the enemy knows that if the church can really get connected with the local body in Israel,” he said, “much will be accomplished for His kingdom.”

In his book Epicenter, Rosenberg explains why the Middle East will affect your future. To order your copy, go to the center of the magazine or call 800-A-FAMILY.

There are plenty of ways to help Israel:

* Get your church involved with Rosenberg’s Joshua Fund. See or write to Edward Hunt, director of operations, at

* Visit the Holy Land as a tourist, buy Israeli products and elect Israel-friendly candidates for national office. Israel is a major producer of machinery and equipment, computer software, cut diamonds, agricultural products, chemicals and textiles and apparel. For more information, visit

* Support the important work of the Jerusalem Institute of Justice. Visit or write to: The Obed Project, c/o Jerusalem Institute of Justice, 1407 Airport Road, Monroe, NC 28110.

* Contribute to a project for the construction of bomb shelters in northern Israel. Visit

* Support other organizations mentioned in this article: Bridges for Peace: Christian Friends of Israel: International Christian Embassy Jerusalem:; Knesset Christian Allies Caucus:

Thursday, September 06, 2007

WHAT'S AHEAD THIS FALL: Dobson interview with Joel to re-air Sept 11-12

It's been very full for Lynn, the boys and me....we've done a lot of traveling to speak at churches and conferences on the rising tensions in the Middle East and how Christians should respond....we had the privilege of meeting with many dear Joshua Fund supporters, and speaking about The Joshua Fund on many radio and TV shows....that said, here's a quick snapshot of what's coming up this fall.


* Tues/Wed September 11th and 12th: Focus on the Family will re-air the radio interview Dr. Dobson did with me on the threat of radical Islam to the U.S. and Israel and how evangelical Christians should respond in light of this serious threat. (Please check local listings for station and time in your area -- Focus shifted the dates from the 10th and 11th and this could happen again)

* Sat/Sun, September 15th and 16th: Pastor Ray Bentley has invited me to speak on Israel, Iran and The Joshua Fund at Marantha Chapel in San Diego, California. (Services are at 6pm Saturday, and 8:30am, 10:30am and 6pm on Sunday)

* Sat/Sun, September 22nd and 23rd in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
-- 9am (Sat): Businessman's breakfast at Abiding Savior Free Lutheran
-- 7pm (Sat): Public forum at Elmen Center, Augustana College
-- 9am, 10am (Sun): Central Baptist Church

* Mon/Tues, September 24th and 25: Taping "100 Huntley Street" in Toronto, Canada (for airing in October)

* Wednesday, October 17th: Speak at the Pentagon (7am)

* Sunday, October 21st
-- 8:15am/10:45am: Speak at Bakersfield First Assembly (Pastor Steven Hunt)
-- 7pm: Speak at Calvary Chapel Downey in Downey, CA (Pastor Jeff Johnson)

* Sat/Sun, November 3rd and 4th: Speak at McLean Bible Church (Pastor Lon Solomon)

* November: Research in the Middle East for a new non-fiction book I'm writing called Revolution

* Sunday, December 2nd: Speak at Calvary Chapel Tucson