Dear Faithful Friends of The Joshua Fund –
As you well know, 2014 has been fraught with hardship, persecution and heartache for many Jews, Arabs, and Christians living in Israel and the Arab world. We are witnessing an historic wave of evil, war, terrorism & persecution — and much spiritual darkness.
The Joshua Fund Board and staff can testify to this first hand. Members of our team have traveled into Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and to the borders of Syria this year, despite the worsening situation. Our team has traveled all across Israel and throughout the West Bank, despite rising tensions. We have huddled with, prayed with, and sought to serve Jews and Arabs who are enduring tremendous hardships. We have listened to their stories and looked into their eyes. And then in August, my family and I left our home in Virginia and moved to Israel during the Gaza War.
Yet we see God at work. Just as Isaiah prophesied, “The people who walk in darkness will see a great light; those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them.” (Isaiah 9:2)
This was true 2,000 years ago when our Lord Jesus Christ was born in a manger in Bethlehem. This is true today as the Lord Jesus prepares to come back to earth to reign from Jerusalem.
Despite the darkness and devastation, we have much good news to report! People in the region are coming to faith in Christ. Others are hungering after God and His Word. We see believers growing in their faith. We also see pastors and ministry leaders serving the Lord with great courage and conviction.
In short, we see that God is moving powerfully, and we are deeply grateful for your faithful prayers and generous financial support.
Please join us in thanking God for His mercy in allowing The Joshua Fund to make a real difference in 2014. With His guidance and strength, and bolstered by your loving and sacrificial help, we have touched real lives with God’s love and mercy at a critical moment. Together, we have the honor of shining His Light in the darkness.
On behalf of The Joshua Fund’s Board and staff, thank you so very much for every prayer, every gift and every message of encouragement that you have sent to us. We sincerely appreciate the trust you have placed in our stewardship of your gifts.
As we move forward, major challenges lie ahead in 2015. The spiritual and humanitarian needs in neighboring countries are overwhelming. Christians in the Epicenter remain under siege. Many have been forced to abandon their homes and all their belongings. Meanwhile, Israelis live under the threat of terrorism on a near daily basis.
This is exactly why The Joshua Fund was created — for such a time as this:
• To bless Israel and her Neighbors, especially in the midst of intense evil and darkness, because this is what God commands us to do.
• To help care for the needy and the vulnerable, especially during times of war and terror.
• To strengthen and encourage the Church to be God’s lighthouse in the darkness, and now more than ever.
Given the urgency of the crises in the region, our board senses that the Lord may be calling The Joshua Fund to do more to meet spiritual and physical needs of Jews and Arabs in the Epicenter in 2015. Indeed, we are seeing new opportunities emerging where we believe we could truly touch the lives of more people with God’s love, and do more to strengthen the local followers of Jesus Christ. Would you please pray for our board and staff as we seek God’s direction for 2015? We are fully confident that God will raise the amount best suited for The Joshua Fund.
By God’s grace and through your consistently generous giving, we have been able to steadily increase our investments in God’s work in the Epicenter since our founding in 2006. We praise Him for growing this ministry on His timetable and for His glory. Our pledge to you is to continue endeavoring to be faithful stewards, prayerfully investing every dollar with wisdom and discernment to bear good and eternal fruit. We are so deeply grateful for your trust.
Thank you for standing with us so faithfully at this extraordinarily challenging time. May the Lord deeply bless you and your family as we work together to shine His Light in the midst of such darkness.
Yours for Christ Jesus in the epicenter,
Joel C. Rosenberg
Founder and Chairman of The Joshua Fund