Reach Initiative International Serves Holocaust Survivors // Love Changes Everything

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January 29th, 2018
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Reach Initiative International (RII) is a Messianic Jewish ministry born out of deep love for God and all of His people. Founded by Stewart and Chantal Winograd, with a single motivation: to follow Jesus’ example of sacrificial love.

“The Lord has given us a mandate to proclaim the gospel in word and in action. Together with friends like you, we are committed to loving people into the Kingdom of God… one at a time!” Stewart Winograd | Founder

RII is dedicated to bringing the good news of Yeshua to the people of Israel and the Nations that have never heard, serving the poor and needy, and empowering the next generations to impact their world for God. They are serving Holocaust Survivors in Israel and Belarus, loving them into the Kingdom of God one at a time. RII’s Messianic Center in the Himalayan Mountains is equipping young adult believers to reach out to some of the more than 40,000 young Israelis ‘shopping spirituality’ in India every year. RII is committed to making servant-hearted, outreach-focused disciples.

Reach Initiative has established 4 Messianic Jewish Congregations in Belarus, and demonstrates mercy and compassion to those in need through various humanitarian projects. They seek to help restore the Jewish roots of the Christian faith through Biblical teaching and co- laboring efforts, with the aim of bringing greater understanding and unity between Jewish believers and their Gentile brothers and sisters in the body of Messiah.

Project 58 Highlight:

Caring for Holocaust Survivors

One of the unique mandates that the Lord has placed on RII is to care for holocaust survivors.
The Founders of RII, Stewart and Chantal Winograd, heard a specific call from God:

“Create opportunities for Me to bring them comfort. Serve as many Holocaust Survivors that I will enable you to serve for as long as they live on earth.”

Holocaust Survivors often feel lonely and forgotten. Through the RII team they discover that they are remembered, honored, and loved by followers of Jesus!

For over 20 years RII teams have unconditionally ‘loved on’ and sacrificially served hundreds of survivors. The Lord instructed them to patiently and consistently love and serve them into the Kingdom of God, one at a time.

Over the past 3 years, 26 Holocaust Survivors have committed their lives to Jesus! They stand in awe of the faithfulness of God to move through tangible demonstrations of love and care.

“Thank you for not only doing things for us, but doing things with us. This means more to us than you can imagine!”
Boris, Leader of Holon, Israel Holocaust Survivor Group

What They Do:

  • Regular home visits are the trademark of this ministry
  • Holiday Food Baskets/Special Gifts, and group celebrations
  • during Jewish Biblical Feasts
  • Special excursions and vacation retreats
  • Humanitarian Aid: Food, clothing and personal care items
  • In-home care services to help with activities of daily living such as cooking, cleaning and shopping
  • Spiritual and emotional support
  • How You Can Help:


    Join them in prayer for the holocaust Survivors, as many of them are lonely and facing serious health issues. More and more of them are homebound and need help to manage the daily affairs of life. RII is compelled by the love of Jesus to help them! Pray that God would provide more volunteers and staff to serve them in their homes.


    For just $30 you can help them provide a Holiday Food Basket to a needy Holocaust Survivor this Pesach (Passover), Rosh Ha Shana (Jewish New Year) and Chanukah as well. For a pledge of $30 per month you help us bring ongoing love and care, week after week, for the most needy of the survivors. For more information: Comfort Holocaust Suvivors

    “I have never experienced such care, attention and sincere love in my life. I am ready to collaborate with you in all you do.” – Maya, Holocaust Survivor

    FIRM Staff
    FIRM is a global fellowship of Biblically-grounded believers committed to cultivating Messiah-centered relationships that bless the inhabitants of Israel—Jews, Arabs, and others—and the Jewish community around the world.

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