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On #GivingTuesday, would you help The Joshua Fund assist struggling Israelis and Palestinians, encourage pastors, teach the Word and strengthen the Church? We would be so grateful for your help!

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(Jerusalem, Israel) — As today is #GivingTuesday, would you consider making a tax deductible donation to the work of The Joshua Fund?

Your support is most appreciated — and more needed during this pandemic and economic crisis than ever.

Many of you know that in 2006, my wife, Lynn, and I founded The Joshua Fund, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit ministry to educate and mobilize Christians to “bless Israel and her Arab neighbors in the name of Jesus.”

Specifically, TJF works to strengthen the Church in Israel and surrounding Arab nations so they can….

  • preach the Word of God
  • shepherd the flock
  • proclaim the Good News
  • care for the poor and needy
  • comfort widows and orphans, refugees and Holocaust survivors
  • assist single mothers and their newborn children
  • encourage pastors and their wives, and
  • train future ministry leaders

From the perspective of our board and staff, The Joshua Fund (TJF) is like a spiritual venture capital fund. TJF comes alongside small but growing and promising congregations and ministries in Israel, the Palestinian Authority (West Bank and Gaza), and five neighboring Arab countries (Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt) to invest in them with encouragement, prayer, and financial resources, allowing them to plant more seeds of God’s Word and bear more eternal fruit.

0E9021FC-758F-4429-A040-FEF91CAD3029From the perspective of donors, TJF is like a ministry mutual fund. Many Christians want to help proclaim the Gospel and grow the Church in the Epicenter, but few have the time to crisscross through the region getting to know hundreds of pastors and their ministries, assessing which ones are theologically on track and walking closely with the Lord and stewarding their resources wisely and bearing real fruit and truly in need of assistance. That makes it hard for individual Christians and even some Christian foundations to know where to invest and how much to invest.

That’s where The Joshua Fund comes in. Our team of experienced and faithful pastors and ministry leaders does careful, prayerful and continual vetting of ministries in Israel and the Arab world and makes recommendations to our senior leadership on where we should invest the precious funds that our donors entrust to us. 

In this way, TJF endeavors to act as a trusted resource, helping you maximize the immediate and eternal impact of your charitable giving. 

Whether you’re a regular donor, or someone just learning about The Joshua Fund, please read our “2019 Impact Report” to learn more about what we do and the fruit the Lord is bearing through your prayers and financial support.

Would you also make a generous donation to work of The Joshua Fund? You can give securely online by clicking here, and your gift is tax deductible.

On behalf of our board and staff, Lynn and I want to thank you so much for you gracious prayers and generous giving. We are deeply humbled and honored to be engaged in this exciting and eternal work together, and we look forward to working side by side throughout this pandemic crisis and throughout 2020!

(Please share this report with friends and family on social media so they also can get involved with The Joshua Fund, blessing Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus — thanks so much!)

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“How Can I Live By Faith, Not Fear, Amidst Worst Case Scenarios?” Did you miss the special webcast we did from Jerusalem? Watch the 55 minute video online for free. Here are the details. (Please share with family and friends.)

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(Jerusalem, Israel) — Thanks so much to everyone around North America and the world who watched the webcast. And thanks to everyone who has sent me notes and comments. Hope you found the event helpful.

If you missed it, here’s the link to the site. The moment you register, you’ll be allowed to watch the recorded video for free. It’s not available on YouTube — only here. 

(Please share this message and the link with family and friends on social media so they can watch as well.) 

DETAILS OF THE WEBCAST FOR THOSE WHO MISSED IT

Join Joel Rosenberg for an exclusive webcast from Jerusalem, where he will share a message of hope and encouragement from the Scriptures that will help bring peace to you during these difficult global situations. Joel will share with you from his own life experiences, and answer your questions.

Register today – and encourage others on social media to register, as well – for this unique event in an unprecedented time.

Joel C. Rosenberg is not simply a New York Times best-selling author with some 5 million copies of his novels and non-fiction books in print. He’s an author known around the world for writing about – sometimes even seeming to predict – worst case scenarios. And creating characters forced to operate in times of grave danger and distress.

Joel is no stranger to the subject – he and his family live in the Middle East, he runs a ministry that has invested more than $50 million in strengthening the Church in Israel and the Arab world, and he’s traveled to and ministered in war zones, from the borders of Gaza to Iraq and Afghanistan.

As Joel travels across the U.S. and around the world, he regularly speaks to audiences and meets with religious leaders and heads of state.

Click here to watch for free.

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As Israel celebrates its 72nd modern birthday, only 40% of American Jews see Israel as the Biblical “promised land,” compared to 80% of American Evangelicals. Why? A few thoughts on another very special Independence Day.

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(Jerusalem, Israel) — Happy birthday, Israel!

Yes, today marks 72 years since the rebirth of the modern State of Israel in 1948 (Israelis go by the lunar calendar; on the Western calendar, Independence Day is May 14th.)  

Today, despite the coronavirus pandemic, Israelis are joyfully celebrating our freedom and security. Not everyone is happy, though. Too many in this region and the world despise Israel and seek our isolation, demise, and even annihilation.

That said, I don’t want to focus on geopolitical issues today.

Rather, I’d like to draw your attention to two curious numbers:

Set aside, for a moment, questions of how to make peace with the Palestinians, and with other Arabs in the region. Important topics. But let’s discuss those later.

Right now, just take a moment to consider how bizarre this is that twice as many American Evangelicals see Israel as the Biblical “promised land” than American Jews.

Why?

There are a number of reasons, but here’s the central one: Most American Jews do not spend much time reading, studying or memorizing the Bible. Few consider the Hebrew Scriptures the authoritative, inspired, inerrant Word of God. Thus, what the Bible teaches about God’s love and plan for Israel and the Jewish people is not something they spend much time thinking about, much less believe.

For most Evangelicals, just the opposite is true.

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and praying on this topic, specifically about how to help Jews, Christians, Muslims and others better understand Israel’s place in the region, the world, in history and in the Bible. I’ve been talking with a wide range of leaders. As a result, I’ve got some thoughts that I’d like to share with you. But not right now.

At the moment, I’m going out to our grill in the backyard of our Jerusalem apartment to make dinner for my family and celebrate the Lord’s unfailing love and mercy for my family and my people. Shalom from the City of the King!

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BREAKING: U.S. coronavirus death toll now exceeds Americans killed in Vietnam War. Total U.S. infections tops 1 million. Here’s the latest. And please join me tonight for a special webcast from Jerusalem, “How Can I Live By Faith, Not Fear, Amidst Worst Case Scenarios?”

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(Jerusalem, Israel) — As someone born and raised in the United States, and still an American citizen, and deeply in love with “the land of the free and home of the brave,” it grieves me to see how hard the coronavirus pandemic is hitting the American people.

Understandably, frustration with the lockdowns is building — people want this to be over and to go back to their lives.

But fear is growing, too — so many have lost their lives, many more may still die, tens of millions of Americans have lost their jobs, and many businesses are increasingly in danger of going bankrupt, devastating their owners and throwing more out of work.

The latest figures I read this morning hit me hard — “The U.S. death toll from the novel coronavirus on Tuesday exceeded the 58,220 American lives lost during the Vietnam War as cases topped 1 million,” reported Reuters.

Below, I’ve posted important excerpts from the Reuters report.

First, a reminder: I hope you’ll join me tonight for a free webcast from Jerusalem. You need to register while there’s still space available — you can do so by clicking here.

  • Topic: “How Can I Live By Faith, Not Fear, Amidst Worst Case Scenarios?”
  • Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2020
  • Time: 8:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
  • Duration: 45 minutes

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Excerpts from the Reuters report:

  • U.S. cases have doubled in 18 days and make up one-third of all infections in the world, according to the tally.
  • The actual number of cases is thought to be higher, with state public health officials cautioning that shortages of trained workers and materials have limited testing capacity.
  • About 30% of the cases have occurred in New York state, the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak, followed by New Jersey, Massachusetts, California and Pennsylvania….
  • The outbreak could take more than 74,000 U.S. lives by Aug. 4, compared with an April 22 forecast of over 67,600, according to the University of Washington’s predictive model….
  • Globally, coronavirus cases top 3 million since the outbreak began in China late last year. The United States, with the world’s third-largest population, has five times as many cases as the next hardest-hit countries of Italy, Spain and France.
  • Of the 20 most severely affected countries, the United States ranks fifth based on cases per capita, according to a Reuters tally. The United States has about 30 cases per 10,000 people. Spain ranks first at over 48 cases per 10,000 people, followed by Belgium, Switzerland and Italy….
  • The coronavirus deaths in the United States fall short of the approximately 100,000 Americans killed by seasonal flu in 1967, according to the CDC. It is also far less deadly than the Spanish flu, which began in 1918 and killed 675,000 Americans.
  • Unprecedented stay-at-home orders to try to curb the spread of the virus have hammered the economy, with the number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits over the last five weeks soaring to 26.5 million….

Please continue praying:

  • for all those who are suffering in Israel, the U.S. and all over the world that the Lord would heal and comfort them
  • for all those who have lost a loved one, that the Lord would comfort them
  • for all those struggling with fear and anxiety to turn to the Lord for comfort and the Bible for answers
  • for protection and strength for all health care workers and first responders
  • for wisdom for our national leaders to know how best to contain/defeat the virus
  • for pastors to continue teaching the Word of God with clarity and compassion, and to know how best to minister to people with church doors closed
  • for all those who have lost their jobs and all who are struggling financially, and for the economy to recover quickly
  • for The Joshua Fund team to have both the wisdom and financial resources to continue investing in, strengthening and encouraging vital ministries in Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and the neighboring Arab countries

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Join me for an exclusive Webcast from Jerusalem this Wednesday: “How can I live by faith, not fear, during worst case scenarios?” Please register today (and invite family & friends to watch, as well).

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(Jerusalem, Israel) — Please join me this Wednesday for a special webinar that I’m quite excited about. You have to register, which you can do by clicking here.

Here are the details from LifeWay and Tyndale House Publishers: 

  • Title: How Can I Live By Faith, Not Fear, Amidst Worst Case Scenarios?
  • Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2020
  • Time: 08:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
  • Duration: 45 minutes

Join Joel Rosenberg for an exclusive webcast from Jerusalem, where he will share a message of hope and encouragement from the Scriptures that will help bring peace to you during these difficult global situations. Joel will share with you from his own life experiences, and answer your questions.

Register today – and encourage others on social media to register, as well – for this unique event in an unprecedented time.

Joel C. Rosenberg is not simply a New York Times best-selling author with some 5 million copies of his novels and non-fiction books in print. He’s an author known around the world for writing about – sometimes even seeming to predict – worst case scenarios. And creating characters forced to operate in times of grave danger and distress.

Joel is no stranger to the subject – he and his family live in the Middle East, he runs a ministry that has invested more than $50 million in strengthening the Church in Israel and the Arab world, and he’s traveled to and ministered in war zones, from the borders of Gaza to Iraq and Afghanistan.

As Joel travels across the U.S. and around the world, he regularly speaks to audiences and meets with religious leaders and heads of state.

Register here.

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Israel leading the league in battling pandemic. With far lower death toll than comparably-sized countries, Israel begins to cautiously re-boot the economy, re-open society. Here’s the latest.

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(Jerusalem, Israel) — April has been a bitter month, but there are signs of hope.

  • Worldwide, nearly three million people have contracted COVID-19.
  • Of these, 203,332 people have died as of Sunday morning, according to Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Resource Center.
  • One in four were in the U.S., which tragically has seen some 54,265 deaths.
  • The economic toll has been devastating, and social and political pressure is building on governments to re-open society rather than risk total economic collapse.

That said, Israel is faring far better than most countries — indeed, one might say it is leading the league in terms of containing the virus and saving lives.

Compare, for example, Israel and Belgium.

Why does is Israel’s death toll 35 times smaller than Belgium’s? An analysis published this morning by The Jerusalem Post notes the reasonis in large part because Israel’s government responded to the threat much faster, imposing an escalating series of ever-tighter lockdowns, quarantines, business closures and restrictions on social interaction than Belgium or most other countries.

Based on the early trends experts were seeing, if Israel hadn’t acted fast, “today we’d have over 600,000 people [sick], over 10,000 on ventilators, and many thousands who would have ended their lives,” noted Moshe Bar Siman-Tov, director-general of Israel’s Health Ministry, specifically comparing the situation with Belgium.

Consider another comparison.

Thank God, the number of recoveries in Israel is growing. The number of Israelis on ventilators is dropping. The crisis isn’t over, but authorities believe they’ve been successful in containing it. Therefore, they’re beginning to allow a growing number of sectors of society to re-open, and preparing for a full reboot of the economy, even  requiring masks and other protective measures and closely monitoring the situation to guard against new spikes.

Please continue praying:

  • for all those who are suffering in Israel, the U.S. and all over the world that the Lord would heal and comfort them
  • for all those who have lost a loved one, that the Lord would comfort them
  • for all those struggling with fear and anxiety to turn to the Lord for comfort and the Bible for answers
  • for protection and strength for all health care workers and first responders
  • for wisdom for our national leaders to know how best to contain/defeat the virus
  • for pastors to continue teaching the Word of God with clarity and compassion, and to know how best to minister to people with church doors closed
  • for all those who have lost their jobs and all who are struggling financially, and for the economy to recover quickly
  • for The Joshua Fund team to have both the wisdom and financial resources to continue investing in, strengthening and encouraging vital ministries in Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and the neighboring Arab countries

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New poll finds Israelis very supportive of new “unity government,” even as Gantz’s former allies eviscerate him.

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(Jerusalem, Israel) — To put it mildly, some of the political allies that were once closest and most loyal to Benny Gantz are livid that he has formed a national unity government with their mortal enemy, Benjamin Netanyahu.

Yair Lapid, for example, charges that Gantz is perpetrating “the worst act of fraud in the history of this country” by agreeing to work with Netanyahu.

Lapid apologized “to all those people who I convinced to vote for Benny Gantz and Blue and White this past year. I didn’t believe that they would steal your vote and give it to Netanyahu, that they would use your vote to form the fifth Netanyahu government.”

That said, frustrated and exhausted by three national elections in one year, most Israelis are very supportive of the deal and want it to work.

“Sixty-two percent of Israelis support the newly agreed upon Likud-Blue and White unity government, while just 22% oppose it, according to a survey released Tuesday,” reported the Times of Israel.

Other key findings:

  • “The coalition deal inked Monday between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White chief Benny Gantz was supported by 80% of Likud voters and 57% of Blue and White voters, the Channel 13 poll found….
  • “However, only 31% of respondents believed Netanyahu would honor the rotation deal requiring him vacate the Prime Minister’s Office; 41% believe he won’t do so and 23% said they don’t know.
  • “Finally, 48% believe Gantz gave up more to strike the deal, while 25% said Netanyahu made greater concessions.
  • “Channel 13 polled 710 Israelis and the survey had a 3.7% margin of error.”

I have no idea if this new government can work. But I certainly hope so. The country needs unity right now, not more partisan division.

Please continue to pray for Israel’s leaders to know best how to help Israel defeat the coronavirus, reboot the economy, and to effectively deal with a range of other threats, including from Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas. Thanks.

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BREAKING: Netanyahu and Gantz just signed deal forming emergency unity government. Here’s what we know so far.

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(Jerusalem, Israel) — Most Israelis thought it wasn’t going to happen. 

Three elections. Millions of dollars in campaign ads and statements trashing each others. Marathon negotiating sessions. Ultimatums. Threats.

And yet, just minutes ago, Netanyahu and Gantz signed a deal creating a national emergency unity government.

Netanyahu “will remain Prime Minister for another 18 months and then be replaced by Blue & White leader Benny Gantz, who will serve as vice prime minister in the meantime,” reports The Jerusalem Post. “Netanyahu will be vice prime minister under Gantz after that.”

“The cabinet will include about 30 ministers,” reports Ynet News. “Blue and White will receive 16 ministries, including defense, foreign affairs for half of the term, justice, immigration and absorption, culture and sports, economics and welfare…communications, agriculture, strategic issues, tourism, social equality and diaspora affairs. Likud will receive the foreign affairs portfolio for half of the term, public security, transportation, housing, education, environmental protection, energy, Jerusalem affairs and other less key posts.”

“We prevented fourth elections — we’ll safeguard democracy,” Gantz said, reported the Times of Israel. “We’ll fight the coronavirus and look out for all Israeli citizens. We have a national emergency government.”

Developing…..

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BREAKING: US coronavirus death toll hits two record highs this week. Israel doing significantly better. Here’s the latest.

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(Jerusalem, Israel) — The coronavirus pandemic and related lockdown in Israel has been painful. Fully 26.1% of Israelis are out of work, and businesses are hurting.

That said, strict containment measures taken by the Israeli government — earlier than almost every other country — appear to have proven effective.

  • Israel currently has 12,591 confirmed cases of infection
  • 141 Israelis have died, almost all over the age of 70 — each case is very sad, but overall the numbers are quite low given the high percentage of elderly and thus vulnerable people in Israeli society
  • 2,626 Israelis have recovered

Increasingly, authorities are discussing how/when to re-open society and reboot the economy. We’ve been on a full lockdown through much of Passover. Now, restrictions are easing a bit. Netanyahu and Gantz still haven’t finalized a national unity government — and on-going negotiations may still fall apart — but more on that later.

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Globally, nearly 2.1 million people have been infected, with 138,008 deaths as of April 16th, according to tracking done by John Hopkins University.

In the United States, the pandemic entails a far more sobering story. The curve may be flattening, but the number of deaths have hit record highs for the past several days.

According to a report by Reuters:

  • U.S. coronavirus deaths increased by a record number for the second day in a row, rising by at least 2,371 on Wednesday to top 30,800.
  • The United States recorded its first coronavirus fatality on Feb. 29.
  • It took 38 days to reach 10,000 deaths and just nine more days to go from 10,000 fatalities to 30,000.
  • The previous high single-day death toll was 2,364 on Tuesday.
  • U.S. confirmed cases topped 635,000 in the United States and 2 million globally

The good news: “FEMA is actually working as we speak to move facial masks to priority infrastructure,” Vice President Pence noted yesterday. “There’ll be 6.5 million masks that go out before the end of this week and additional 20 million before April the 20th. And then we’ll be adding 6.5 million each and every week.”

Here are some useful numbers, provided by the White House:

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) deliveries coordinated or currently being shipped by FEMA and HHS:
    • 2 million N95 respirators
    • 6 million surgical masks
    • 5 million face shields
    • 7 million surgical gowns
    • 3 million gloves
    • 212,000 coveralls
    • 8,600 medical station beds

Please continue praying:

  • for all those who are suffering that the Lord would heal and comfort them
  • for all those who have lost a loved one, that the Lord would comfort them
  • for protection and strength for all health care workers and first responders
  • for wisdom for our national leaders
  • for pastors and ministry leaders to continue teaching the Word of God with clarity and compassion, and to know how best to minister to people with church doors closed
  • for all those who have lost their jobs and all who are struggling financially
  • for The Joshua Fund team to have both the wisdom and financial resources to continue investing in, strengthening and encouraging vital ministries in Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and the neighboring Arab countries

(Photo from the White House website. Graphic courtesy of the Times of Israel)

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Wall Street Journal lists “The Jerusalem Assassin” one of the “best spy novels to read while stuck at home.” Here’s the story.

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(Jerusalem, Israel) — “We put out the call for subscribers’ favorite spy novels, to provide a bit of international intrigue for any grudgingly homebound readers,” the Wall Street Journal reported on April 10. 

“Many readers remembered the book that began their obsession with the genre. ‘Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Identity,’ one subscriber wrote, ‘was the very first spy novel I read and led me on a 40-year journey through Ludlum, Clancy, Silva, Flynn, Thor and so on.’”

“Some of those names—Robert Ludlum, Tom Clancy—may be known to those who have only a passing familiarity with the genre,” the Journal noted. “But their contemporary peers also turned out to be among the favorites of many WSJ readers.”

I’m deeply honored that my latest international political thriller, The Jerusalem Assassin, made the list. It’s the third in my new series that began with The Kremlin Conspiracy and The Persian Gamble.

“During these times of quarantine and distancing,” another Journal subscriber wrote, “finding a new novel is great but finding a new series is gold!”

Couldn’t have put it any better.

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