The Joshua Fund was founded by Joel and Lynn Rosenberg in the summer of 2006. The desire of their heart was to mobilize Christians to “bless Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus,” according to Genesis 12:1-3.
In this famous passage from the book of Genesis, the Lord promised to bless those who bless the children of Abraham and curse those who curse them. In Matthew 19:19, Jesus instructed His followers to “love your neighbor as yourself.” In Matthew 5:44, Jesus told His disciples to “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” In Matthew 25:31-46, Jesus exhorted His followers to feed the hungry, give water to the thirsty, care for strangers, clothe the naked, care for those who are sick, and visit those in prison.
Seeking to obey these biblical commands, the Rosenbergs established a non-profit educational and charitable organization that works closely with Jewish and Christian allies in Israel and the Middle East, as well as Christian allies around the world.
As an educational organization, The Joshua Fund has sought to engage Christians globally about God's love and plan for Israel and her neighbors. The Joshua Fund has:
- Led multiple prayer and vision trips to Israel.
- Organized conferences, retreats, and seminars about the epicenter for Christians in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.
- Addressed millions of people globally through TV, radio, video, print, and the web.
- Built relationships with government, business, and religious leaders.
As a charitable organization, The Joshua Fund has worked in Israel to:
- Enable key support to help advance major media evangelistic efforts taking place in Israel - in both Hebrew and Arabic languages.
- Provide outreach celebrations, Holiday parties, and other key projects to share the Gospel among Arabic and Hebrew speakers.
- Fund Youth events to enable the teaching of the Bible in both Hebrew and Arabic – in Israel & the West Bank.
- Sponsor evangelistic bus tours of Biblical sites for unbelievers.
- Support key evangelistic workers sharing their faith in Israel & the West Bank – in Hebrew, Arabic, Russian and Amharic languages.
- Enable evangelistic sports ministry & outreach.
- Support vital Arabic language, long term Gospel outreach, ministry, and discipleship from home-to-home throughout villages and cities in the Galilee.
- Fund Bible teaching and Gospel Radio Broadcasting in Arabic throughout the West Bank.
- Sponsor Biblical education efforts for Israelis in Hebrew & Arabic languages
- Provide long-term outreach and care being supported among Bedouin populations in Israel
- Provide an expositional Bible study and teaching seminar.
- Provide food to individuals and families in severe need.
- Provide food for Holocaust survivors.
- Provide care for the elderly.
- Help protect and care for unwed mothers and their unborn children.
- Provide medical help for children needing open-heart surgery.
The Joshua Fund has also worked in the Palestinian Territories, as well as in Israel's neighboring countries to:
- Fund life-sustaining heart surgeries for Arab children through a regional ministry partner.
- Assist local ministries that provide food and spiritual support for hundreds of refugee families in neighboring nations through a local Christian humanitarian relief organization.
- Host retreats and Bible teaching conferences throughout the Middle East for pastors, ministry leaders, and their spouses.
- Fund women’s Bible conferences and discipleship programs for those marginalized by violence.
- Facilitate the distribution of Arabic and other local language Bibles throughout the region. This number has exceeded 40,000.
- Conduct women’s ministry activities with those coming out of a religious background and new believers in the region.
- Fund the production and broadcast of Evangelical programs for Arab satellite television.
- Invest in supplemental support for pastors, evangelists, and gospel workers throughout the Middle East.
- Support and provide Bible school scholarships for students from a religious background.
- Assist with support for local evangelistic outreaches in war-ravaged areas throughout the Epicenter.
- Help local Believers in establishing church planting efforts in Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, and Iraq.
- Support efforts to reach the Majority people group by way of Bible teaching, discipleship, and mentoring.
- Establish the first-ever legally-sanctioned Christian radio station in northern Iraq, owned and operated by Iraqi Christians.
- Help build a ministry training center in Iraq, run by Iraqi Christians.
- Provide food and relief supplies to Muslims and persecuted Christians.
- Distribute New Testaments and the Jesus film in Arabic and other languages to Muslims.
These are critical times.
Approximately one-in-four Israelis live under the poverty level, including about one-third of Israeli children. Palestinians are even more impoverished, and the global economic crisis has not helped matters. Moreover, the geopolitical situation remains extremely volatile. In its first three years of operation, The Joshua Fund team responded to two wars against Israel—one provoked by Hezbollah in Lebanon in the summer of 2006, the other provoked by Hamas in Gaza in December 2008 and January 2009. Violence inside Iraq has created significant humanitarian relief needs there, too. Meanwhile, new threats against the Jewish state by Iran, Syria, and others continue to mount.
As a result of such troubling trends, the leaders of The Joshua Fund are committed to praying that the Lord blesses and protects Israel and her neighbors and gives them true, just, and lasting geopolitical peace and economic prosperity.