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…)

Ready and Willing: Our Jewish Voice Team Serves with Success in India

A volunteer medical professional is confident our Jewish Voice medical outreach in Manipur will be a success.

By Jonathan Gannon,

Jewish Voice Director of Global Outreach

DATELINE: Manipur, India

It is Wednesday morning in India, and the clinic is saturated with patients and all systems are running incredibly well. As I write this, our team is banding (putting day-specific colored bracelet bands on the patients) and processing a large group of patients that were bussed in specifically for the outreach (a daily occurrence). These patients are in addition to the many hundreds that are standing in our line system outside the clinic.

The Jewish Voice clinic system is created to allow for large patient volume. Patients are pre-sorted outside the clinic gate and brought through a series of waiting and processing areas before being seated outside the room of the clinician. Following treatment, patients receive their free medicine at our pharmacy and are invited to visit the prayer and counseling tent where a clear presentation of the Gospel is given.

The afternoons have have been hot and humid, but we are refreshed daily by the coolness of evening and morning. The Jewish Voice participant team with us is mostly made up of first-timers (about 80 percent). We have five dentists, six doctors, two opticians, and an ophthalmology/eye surgery team that are treating large numbers of patients (in addition to some local medical professional hires and volunteers). They are supported by line-flow managers, security volunteers, and prayer warriors. All are performing their jobs efficiently and selflessly. We are very pleased to report the following outreach results through Monday and Tuesday: (more…)

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…)

Thousands Reached on the Streets of Mexico City

By Jonathan Gannon,
Jewish Voice Director of Global Outreach

DATELINE: Mexico City
September 5, 2012

A view of Mexico City from the prayer room.

Greetings once again from Mexico City, where things are running with great intensity. We have been amazed with the results on the streets from the past few days. The theme of the past two days has been “breakthrough.”  The testimonies we are hearing from “Denny” and the street outreach team are “Book of Acts” amazing.

The role of the street outreach team (nearly 200 people every day) is to strategically saturate areas of the city (primarily Jewish community areas) with Festival invitations (a.k.a fliers). In the process of handing the invitations to people on the streets, the team is trained to engage people in evangelistic conversations.

The results have been staggering: Sunday – 40,000 invitations and 52 salvations, Monday – 90,000 invitations and 80 salvations, and Tuesday – 130,000 invitations distributed and 170 salvations. The running tally after three days is this: 260,000 distributed Festival invitations and 302 salvations. Praise the Lord! (more…)

Discovering God’s Strategy for JVMI’s Mexico City Festival

Spotlight on singer Paul Wilbur.

Spotlight on singer Paul Wilbur.

By Jonathan Gannon,
Jewish Voice Director of Global Outreach

DATELINE: Mexico City, Mexico
August 27, 2012

As I write this I am sitting in our festival office surrounded by our JVMI and local festival team members. The phones are ringing, strategic conversations are taking place, and details are being finalized. As the group arrival day nears, there is an increasing almost tangible level of excitement from all parties involved in the Hear O’ Israel! Festival of Jewish Music & Dance. From our festival office, we have an amazing view of the city, including the Auditorio Nacional, which creates a very strategic tower-like prayer vantage point.

At this moment our street outreach volunteer coordinator “Denny” (not his real name) is with a small team somewhere in this vast metropolis finalizing his street outreach strategy. Denny has sacrificed so much to be here on the ground with us in advance, which is a clear indication of his full commitment to having the very best street outreach possible. (more…)

Woliso 2012 Outreach: Five Days of God’s Blessings

Woliso Ethiopia Photo by Sam Fontejon

Photo by Sam Fontejon

By Jonathan Gannon,
Jewish Voice Director of Global Outreach

Last week turned out to be one of the most fruitful weeks we have ever seen, thanks to the intense prayer from you and so many others.

We treated nearly 1,000 more patients than our Woliso, Ethiopia, outreach last year, including scores of sight restorative surgeries from our eye team. The clinic operated at an extremely efficient level with full dental care (extractions, cleanings, and fillings), eye care (cataract surgeries, eye saving optometry, and glasses dispensed), and medical care (pediatrics, general medicine, and gynecology). Our newest department, the Distribution Center, provided hundreds of men, women, and children with shoes, clothes, blankets, soap, and other necessities.

Our prayer team, lead by Rabbi Jack Zimmerman, did an incredible job sharing the Good News of Yeshua and praying for more than 30% of all patients—an outreach record.

I don’t recall seeing more life saving situations in any other clinic than we did in Woliso. In one such case a young teenage boy came to the clinic very near death. Derinda Walker, a registered nurse and director of our Nursing Station, told us that he would have died within one or two days if he had not come to the clinic. He suffered from a simple tooth infection that spread into his jaw. His entire body was inflamed with the toxins from the infection, leaving him unable to walk on his own. He was unrecognizable from the swelling in his face. We quickly provided him with the necessary life-saving antibiotics and fluids through an IV and rushed him to the nearest hospital for his JVMI-sponsored surgery.

His is just one of many, many cases. Each and every medical outreach reminds us of the significance of the critical work that we continue to do to bring relief to the suffering of Jewish and non-Jewish people around the world. (more…)

Pray Ethiopia Shipment Arrives for Our First Medical Outreach

Woliso Ethiopia Photo by Sam Fontejon

Photo by Sam Fontejon

By Jonathan Gannon,
Jewish Voice Director of Global Outreach

DATELINE: ETHIOPIA

The Global Outreach team has been running hard and working since we arrived in Ethiopia on Saturday night. We covet your prayers for the logistical needs of these two back-to-back outreaches to Woliso and Addis Ababa. (more…)