(Jerusalem, Israel) — My wife, Lynn, and I founded The Joshua Fund in the summer of 2006 to mobilize Evangelical Christians to do more to care for the poor and vulnerable in the Middle East and to strengthen the Church in Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and in five neighboring Arab countries (Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt).
Nearly 15 years later, this ministry remains one of the deepest joys of our lives, because the needs are so real and urgent — especially in such dark times like the COVID-19 pandemic we are going through now.
- The pandemic has been devastating here in Israel. We have just entered our 3rd national lockdown. Nearly 1-in-5 Israelis are unemployed. More than 75,000 small businesses have had to shut their doors. The entire tourism industry is shut down. And the end of the tunnel is not yet in sight.
- Lebanon, meanwhile, is suffering not only from COVID but from the horrifying explosion at the Beirut port in August that left 300,000 people homeless.
- Economic, psychological and spiritual pain and depression is plaguing everyone in the region.
Now, more than ever, it’s vital that follower of Jesus demonstrate love and compassion to those who are hurting.
And that’s why The Joshua Fund exists.
We think of The Joshua Fund like a venture capital fund. We identify small but growing and promising congregations and ministries in Israel and neighboring countries and invest in them. We come alongside them with encouragement, prayer and financial resources so that they can be the hands and feet of Jesus — blessing, comforting, encouraging, feeding, and caring for those around them.
As you invest in us, we invest in them, allowing these wonderful believers to teach the Word of God, love their neighbors, plant more seeds and bear more fruit.
The Lord God has blessed The Joshua Fund with an amazing board of directors and staff — but it’s your faithful prayers and generous financial support that truly allows us to invest in God’s Kingdom work to make an eternal impact. Thank you so much for all your help.
Whether you’re a regular donor, or someone just learning about The Joshua Fund, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to read this. Would you be able and willing to make a special contribution here in the final hours of 2020 since the needs are so enormous?
Your prayers and gifts make a tremendous differences in the lives of believers in the epicenter who feel alone and need encouragement — and in the lives of those who don’t know Jesus personally but are so grateful when His followers show unconditional love to them in a time of great need.
On behalf of Lynn and our entire team, may the Lord richly bless you and your family as you bless Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus, according to the Abrahamic Covenant found in Genesis 12:1-3! We praise God for your hearts of kindness, compassion and generosity.