By Benjamin Levitt,
Jewish Voice Lead International Logistics Manager
DATELINE: Churachandpur Town, Manipur, India
Monday, October 31 at 5:56 a.m.
As I write, the golden-orange sun has just risen over the bamboo, banyan, and pine-covered hills that lie just east of Churachandpur. The air is chilly and moist, full of the smell of cooking fire as families prepare the first of the day’s two main meals outside quaint homes.
At the seminary where our team is staying, our participants anxiously sip coffee, take their morning bucket showers from pots of boiled water, and gather together to pray and prepare for the day.
Down the hill at the hospital, one hundred people are already lining up in the bamboo pole waiting lines—some with toothaches, some with cataracts or eye disease, some with stomach pain, some expecting children shortly . . . the list goes on.
Ready for Day One of the JVMI Medical Clinic
The clinic is all set up—stocked with chairs, benches, stethoscopes, blood pressure cuffs, medicines, dental examination stations, thousands of pairs of eye glasses, and Bibles. More than 100 local volunteers, speaking 14 local tribal languages and dialects, will join our ranks this morning to serve, Lord willing, more than 1,000 people before 5:00 p.m. today. We are excited.
Our team arrived safely into Delhi on Friday evening—road-weary but in good spirits. All clinic bags and medical supplies arrived into India and we had no problems bringing our supplies through customs. Hallelujah!
Saturday morning, our staff brought them on a cross-country flight (passing within 150 miles of snow-capped Mount Everest on a remarkably clear morning) to Manipur. We spent Saturday afternoon settling in and resting, preparing for the hard work ahead.
On Sunday morning, Dr. Rochunga Pudaite, founder and president of Bibles For The World ministry and leader in the Manipuri believing community, invited us on a small but impactful adventure up “Prayer Mountain.” This cleared flat-top hill, which sits above Churachandpur, is accessible via a rust-red windy dirt road and offers 360-degree views of the city below, the surrounding villages, and the Manipuri mountains in the distance. This place has been dedicated in the last several years as a place for prayer—to come and “cry out to the Lord in times of adversity” as Dr. Pudaite mentioned, and to intercede on behalf of the people of the region—including the Bnei Menashe.
As Dr. Pudaite shared about the Lord’s provision throughout more than 50 years of ministry in Northeast India, we were humbled to remember that Jewish Voice stands on the shoulders of many faithful laborers and servants of the Lord who have prepared the ground in the areas where we go to minister. The harvest of souls that will be reaped this week are, we know, the direct result of the prayers sown into the community over years and decades preceding the Lord’s bringing us to this place.
We will return to “Prayer Mountain” next Shabbat to reflect on the great and mighty things that will happen this week and to thank and praise Adonai—the God of Israel and the Lord of the harvest, for all He has done.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support. Please remember us today on this first day of the clinic. As North America sleeps, the clinic will open here in what is, to us, “the ends of the earth.”
Join Us in Praying for the Following:
- That as the Good News of Yeshua is shared with many hundreds today, the Lord would confirm our testimony by releasing signs and wonders done in Yeshua’s Name. We are praying for healings and miracles, that they might believe and know the resurrection power of Yeshua.
- That each part of this clinic body—a microcosm of the larger Body of Messiah—would do its work according to the gifts and talents given to each one, and that we would work in unity and serve one another in love so that Yeshua might be glorified and that all who see us might know we are His disciples.
- For favor with local authorities who will come to observe or inspect the clinic throughout the week. That they would see the good work being done and that any criticism or complaint would be quickly put to rest.
- For peace in Churachandpur as there will be a local worker strike today because of a recent political issue. Pray many people find creative transportation to the clinic site, as many buses may not run because of the clinic strike.
- For the announcement of this free medical campaign to spread quickly throughout the Bnei Menashe communities and surrounding villages. That the message of the clinic (dates, location, etc.) would be clearly communicated to and through Jewish leadership. That the Lord would draw hundreds and even thousands of Bnei Menashe to the clinic and back to Himself.
- That the Lord would watch over all clinic equipment—especially electrical equipment such as dental cleaning machines and eye testing equipment—that there would be no electrical failure nor burnout and that all equipment would be divinely preserved so thousands can be helped.
- For Jack Zimmerman and his prayer team of more than 30 local and foreign volunteers—that they would open their mouth boldly to proclaim the good news of Yeshua and that the Lord would open hearts and remove the veil for many.
- For strength and perseverance for our American team as they struggle with jet lag and some mild “Delhi belly” (stomach issues). That they would be healed in order to heal others and that the joy of the Lord would be our strength and that we would be strengthened and encouraged in the Lord and by one another.