“Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.” Psalm 82:3
This is the aim of The Joseph Project – to demonstrate the love of God to the residents of Israel by providing aid to those in need.
The Joseph Project meets the needs of Jews and Arabs, religious and secular in Israel by importing and distributing a wide variety of humanitarian aid. With the help of charities around the world that send containers of supplies, the Joseph Project reaches tens of thousands of poor and needy every year with practical aid such as clothing and shoes, diapers and toys, blankets, furniture and linens, medical supplies and other household items.
Israel is considered a modern developed nation, yet extremely low wages and a high cost of living take their toll. Over 1.7 million people, including 900,000 children, live below the poverty line in Israel. The Joseph Project meets the everyday needs of many of these people, reaching out to new immigrants, holocaust survivors, handicapped, senior citizens, single-parent families, victims of terror, orphans and widows.
Their motivation: love.
“Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” James 2:15-17
Their impact is tangible, evidenced by waves of gratitude and open hearts as real needs are met.
“Our children and families are so blessed to have the Joseph Project care and support. Your generosity to the children of Beit Issie Shapiro and their families truly made a difference as you work for the spiritual and physical restoration of Israel. Thank you!”
Benjy Maor, International Resource Director of Beit Issie Shapiro
The Joseph Project is no small operation. They store supplies and operate out of their modern 22-thousand square foot warehouse near Jerusalem.
They also partner with a growing network of independent local centers and reputable social welfare organizations. Humanitarian aid is distributed through various projects and events in cooperation with schools, orphanages and hospitals, community centers, soup kitchens and local congregations around the nation. And the testimonies abound:
“Thank you for the donation of furniture to our after school facilities for children at risk and families in Beit El. Thank you to all those who took part in this wonderful and exciting project. All the items we received were beautiful, clean and in great condition. May you continue your generous work.”
Dorit, Social Worker in Beit El
Since 2000, the Joseph project has imported and delivered over $100 million in humanitarian aid to the poor and needy in Israel. This practical expression of love and care is the gospel in action, a living faith that is breaking down barriers and imparting hope to many.
Joseph Project Director Jim Schutz says,
“We are here to raise a messianic testimony of love, to help that testimony grow. This is definitely a language and an expression of love coming from the nations.”
That testimony of love is bearing good fruit. The service that The Joseph Project provides on behalf of the people of Israel is opening doors of influence into homes across the nation and does not go unnoticed, even by members of the government.
“I was deeply impressed by the activity of the organization and their desire to contribute and assist the state of Israel and its people – you are our response to the BDS movement.”
Nava Boker, Member of Knesset
The need is still great but the impact of love is gaining momentum. Partners around the world can continue to bless Israel by partnering with the Joseph Project to meet the practical needs of many. From Holland and Germany to Australia, from China to the United States, the nations have come together to bless Israel and demonstrate God’s love.
Please join with us this week as we pray for The Joseph Project in the following ways:
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.