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…)

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…)

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…)

Medical Volunteer Shares Tales of Manipur

By Tess Cox,
Manipur 2010 Volunteer Medical Doctor, Pediatrics

Tess Cox prays for a Manipur child.

Tess Cox prays for a Manipur child.

We arrived in the early afternoon into Manipur, a restricted access state in the eastern-most part of India, and boarded another bus to drive one-and-a-half hours into Churachandpur and Sielmat, where we would live and work and care for the bodies and souls of the people awaiting us there.

The clinic was as it always is: raucous and organized all at the same time, in a kind of controlled chaos. The clinic itself was reminiscent of our days in Addis Ababa and Gondar, Ethiopia, but the team had become a well-oiled machine. So many of us had been on Jewish Voice medical trips that we all knew our place and our jobs, and had the routine in’s and out’s of our unique little operation down pat.

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Small But Mighty: Manipur Medical Team Continues to Bring Relief

Our small team of 26 staff and medical volunteers are busily serving the Jewish community in Churachandpur, Manipur,  through our Jewish Voice free medical clinic, and God is blessing the work of our hands. As they say, we might be small … but in the Lord, we are mighty!

Lavi Matesan, our trip photojournalist and reporter, is continually capturing the action on the ground in India and shares this tender moment with us:

Manipur woman and her child.

There are so many precious people at our clinic, just like this grateful woman and child. The need is always great when we travel to the remotest places of the world to bring medical care, prayer, and the love of Yeshua (Jesus) to those who might never hear about Messiah any other way. (more…)

Seeing Mercy at the Medical Clinic

By Lavi Matesan,
Jewish Voice Photojournalist/Reporter

DATELINE: Churachandpur, Manipur, INDIA

It’s a great day to be serving the Lord in the Jewish Voice medical clinic in Manipur, India. He has allowed us to see His mercy, grace, and provision for us, and invites us to take His hand—nail-pierced, but ever strong for all and forever.

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