Final Manipur Update: Our Most Timely Medical Clinic to Date

The crowds await their turn at the Manipur medical clinic.

The crowds await their turn at the Manipur medical clinic.

Jonathan Gannon,
Jewish Voice Director of Global Outreach

DATELINE: Manipur, India
Friday, November 2, 2012

It’s hard to express the  level of our joy following the conclusion of this Jewish Voice outreach. As we approach the lunch hour in Churachandpur, our Jewish Voice team is busy packing and readying their personal luggage for our long departure back home. We will first drive nearly two hours back to Imphal through the beautiful and lush hills of Manipur. We will pass through village after village with unending harvest-ready rice fields in between. This afternoon we fly from Imphal back to Delhi, followed by the final fight tomorrow night back to the United States.

We enjoyed a powerful morning together  in our closing Shabbat service. We enjoyed a wonderful time of Messianic praise and worship lead by Israel and Ronna. The worship was followed by nearly a full hour of testimonies and stories from the outreach week. Doctors, prayer warriors, line flow managers, administers . . . all wanting to tell of the great things they experienced this week in their respective outreach roles. It was an amazing time of celebration. (more…)

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Offering Aid to the Bnei Menashe Lost Tribe Before Aliyah

2012 Jewish Voice medical clinic in Manipur.

2012 Jewish Voice medical clinic in Manipur.

By Jonathan Gannon,
Director of Global Outreach for Jewish Voice

DATELINE: Manipur, INDIA
October  28, 2012 7:47 a.m.

This is our third Jewish Voice medical outreach to the Bnei Menashe Jewish community of Manipur. We are situated in far eastern India, near Burma and Bangladesh. Our Jewish Voice team of 42 participants (staff, medical professionals, and volunteers) arrived just over 50 hours ago. The journey here has been immensely challenging, but full of the Lord’s miraculous provision.

There is much mystery surrounding our target audience here in Manipur, the Bnei Menashe community. This Jewish community is considered by many to be one of the Lost Tribes of Israel and is the focus of much international research and publication. In fact, rabbis from Israel have been coming to this humble region for more than 30 years with the goal of imparting traditional rabbinic Judaism to the Bnei Menashe.

How do we know that these people are actually of Israelite origin? Well, there are several factors that suggest strongly that the claims are indeed true. The first clue lies within the name of the Mizo and Kuki tribal ancestor “Manmaseh” (which is phonetically close to the name Manasseh, one of the tribes of Israel). (more…)

The Bnei Menashe and the Lord of the Harvest

By Benjamin Levitt,
Jewish Voice Lead International Logistics Manager

DATELINE: Churachandpur, Manipur, India
Saturday, November 5, 2011

Silence . . .

Silence is all we hear as we take ten minutes to stop speaking and look out over the broad valley of Churachandpur from Prayer Mountain where we commissioned the clinic week in prayer only six days ago. It seems like a month…

As we cease from our work this past week, enter into Shabbat, and rest in what the Lord has done during this year’s Manipur clinic, we hear only the birds chirping and the occasional wisp of wind. We are all “spent” but content at the same time; exhausted, yet somehow joyful and full of the Lord.

As we worship together and then sit in silence, several team members agree that they sense, if not clearly hear, the Lord’s pleasure and satisfaction in our labor of love these past five days. This is not the kind of empty exhaustion that comes from spinning our wheels, attending to our own devices, pursuing our own pleasures and comforts for personal gain. This is the pregnant exhaustion of having partnered with the living God of Israel according to His heart and His purposes, having spent ourselves on behalf of the poor and needy, and having proclaimed good news and release to the captives and the hopeless—having comforted His People, as Isaiah commanded, knowing the seeds that were sown will bear much fruit—in Churachandpur, in Israel, and in eternity. (more…)

Many People Helped at 2011 Manipur Medical Clinic

Thank you for your prayers! God has been moving mightily at our Jewish Voice Manipur, India medical clinic. We have been offering free medical, dental, and eye clinics for the poor people in the region, particularly the Bnei Menashe Jewish community, and also the Gospel message.

We have gotten a great response to our care for these precious people. Below is listed the number of patients we treated and the number of those who accepted Yeshua (Jesus) as their Savior for the first time during the first three days of our clinic. We have two more days to go, so please keep praying!

Monday, October 31, 2011
Patients Treated: 1,000
Salvations: 34

Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Patients Treated: 1,203
Salvations: 59 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Patients Treated: 1,502
Salvations: 88 

God’s Mid-Week Blessing to the House of Israel in Manipur

A woman in Manipur, India waits to see a doctor.

A woman in Manipur, India waits to see a doctor.

By Benjamin Levitt,
Jewish Voice Lead International Logistics Manager

DATELINE: Churachandpur Town, Manipur, India
Wednesday, November 2, 2011, 5:28 a.m.

Fog shrouded the wooded hills of Churachandpur as we awoke this morning at 5:00 a.m.—the sun already risen somewhere above the thick clouds. As Starbucks via packets were emptied into travel mugs and plastic cups of Indian milk tea were downed, chilliness and fatigue turned to excitement and anticipation of the day ahead. The women preparing breakfast and already washing clothes at the guesthouse where we are staying—Believers in Yeshua—sing morning songs and psalms as they work. The words are lost on our American ears, but the joy transcends. Today is Wednesday, “hump day,” but we are ready.

On Monday and Tuesday we saw 2,203 patients through the medical clinic. At 1,000 patients, Monday was a record first day for Jewish Voice. Of these patients, 1,162 visited the prayer room, where they received prayer for healing and where the Gospel of Yeshua was shared with each one. We are praising the Lord for 93 new professions of faith in Yeshua on Monday and Tuesday, including several from the Bnei Menashe.

Josiah, one of the local “Manmasi” (Bnei Menashe elders), has worked closely with us to spread the word about our clinic since last weekend. He has brought more than 300 from his local Manmasi community alone to the clinic for medical, dental, and much-needed eye treatment. Beyond this, we know that many other sub-communities of Manmasi have received word of the clinic and have come through apart from Josiah’s leadership. (more…)

Standing on the Shoulders of Faithful Servants in Manipur, India

Ninghau and her grandson David receive help from Jewish Voice.

Ninghau and her grandson David receive help from Jewish Voice.

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. (more…)

Jack Kinsella Praises Jewish Voice

Jack Kinsella

Jack Kinsella

Author Jack Kinsella mentions Jewish Voice in the Thursday, January 13, 2011 edition of his “Omega Letter Intelligence Digest.” Jack is a friend of the ministry and the March/April 2011 guest author for our Jewish Voice Today magazine. Look for the new JVT magazine to come out soon!

While I was in Phoenix, I had the pleasure of spending several hours with Bill Salhaus, author of Israelestine, which explores the connection between the prophecies of Psalms 83, Isaiah 17, Jeremiah 49 and Obadiah, and the Lebanon War of 2006. We discussed the impending collapse and where things could go from here. It seems probable that the next step will be war. If this is the war Salhaus is anticipating, when the smoke clears, much of the Arab Middle East will be a radioactive wasteland.  Perhaps that will be the event that brings about the false peace covenant that results in Israel becoming the “land of unwalled villages” described in Ezekiel 38 at the time of the Gog-Magog invasion?

I was tremendously impressed with the ministry of Jewish Voice Ministries when I was there a couple of years ago; having made a second trip [1/11/11] only cemented that impression. (more…)