By importing and distributing a wide variety of humanitarian aid, the Joseph Project meets the needs of Jews and Arabs alike. So, who are they and how did they come to be?
Is Israel Rich or Poor?
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.
For decades many Jews and Christians around the world felt prompted in their hearts to give towards Israel. At first, to help it grow as a nation that was making the desert bloom. Then, to also support those who arrived in the land with not much more than the clothes on their back.
As the young nation was getting re-established in their ancient land, the harsh conditions could have made it what one might call “survival of the fittest”. However, that did not happen.
How was it averted, you may ask? In major part, it was thanks to the camaraderie and generosity of the people – locals and Israel supporters abroad.
Although a lot has changed since the humble beginnings of independent Israel, these great values survived and continue to bear fruit. Thus, Jews and Christians alike continue to give towards worthy projects in Israel that care for those in need.
Humanitarian Efforts of the Joseph Project
One organization that plays an important role in this inter-sectorial supply-chain is called the Joseph Project.
The Joseph Project meets the everyday needs of many, reaching out to new immigrants, holocaust survivors, handicapped, senior citizens, single-parent families, victims of terror, orphans, and widows.
That is a long list. But 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.
“Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.” Psalm 82:3
With the help of charities around the world that send containers of supplies, the Joseph Project reaches tens of thousands of poor every year. Meaning, they provide practical aid, such as clothing, diapers, toys, linens, and even furniture.
Heralds of Hope
The Joseph Project is no small operation. They store supplies and operate out of their modern 22-thousand square foot warehouse outside Jerusalem.
They also partner with a growing network of independent local centers and reputable social welfare organizations. These may include schools, orphanages, hospitals, community centers, soup kitchens and local congregations around the nation.
Joseph Project distributes humanitarian aid also through various projects and events, and their impact is tangible.
“Our children and families are so blessed to have the Joseph Project care and support. And your generosity truly made a difference as you work for the spiritual and physical restoration of Israel. Thank you,” said Benjy Maor, International Resource Director of Beit Issie Shapiro, a therapeutic center for children and adults with disabilities.
The waves of gratitude continue coming as real needs are met.
How the Joseph Project is Expanding their Reach
Since 2000, the Joseph Project has imported and delivered over $100 million in humanitarian aid to the poor and needy in Israel. In other words, this practical expression of love and care is the Gospel in action. This living faith is breaking down barriers and imparting hope to many.
“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
The service that the Joseph Project provides 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… [They] are our response to the BDS movement,” said Nava Boker, former Member of the Knesset.
The needs are still great, but the impact of love is gaining momentum. 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.
Humanitarian Aid Goes Blue and White
The Joseph Project imports a wide variety of practical aid into Israel from charities worldwide. That is to say, they provide a channel for Jewish and Gentile believers worldwide to demonstrate mercy and love to the people of Israel.
But in recent years, they decided to also direct their efforts… inward. What does that mean? In their dedication to grow and expand, the organization took on the challenge to cultivate generosity locally – in Israel.
Aware of the surplus of goods at successful Israeli companies, the Joseph Project developed a new vision. This civil sustainability project sees local business owners supporting the needy in Israel.
The initiative was called the Blue and White Project. It focuses on receiving donations and contributions from businesses within Israel to pass forward. The goods collected from Israeli manufacturers are distributed among the disadvantaged in the land.
The Joseph Project ensures that the supply chain runs smoothly. And by collaborating with the Ministry of Welfare, they guarantee that the support reaches the appropriate households.
The Joy and Honor of Giving
It is a privilege to give. Once we experience the joy of giving, a desire springs inside of us to see even children learn how to share. We become richer when we share what we possess.
Through their incredible humanitarian work, the Joseph Project is giving believers worldwide a chance to come together and share the wealth. This opportunity is now extended to Israeli businesses, so together we can demonstrate God’s love to His people.
“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.” Proverbs 3:27
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