Is a spiritual awakening coming? New York Times, Jerusalem Post and other media cover Joshua Fund poll showing 44% of Americans see virus as “wake up call” to turn back to God and the Bible.

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Apr 032020
 

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(Jerusalem, Israel) — With the coronavirus pandemic worsening, the death toll climbing, and more than half the world in lockdown, even those in the secular media are writing about how Americans are viewing the crisis in spiritual terms, and whether any of this has to do with Bible prophecy.

I’ve been encouraged that in the last few days, a number of major media outlets — in the U.S. and here in Israel — have covered the poll that The Joshua Fund commissioned.

It’s too soon, in my view, to know whether a spiritual awakening is coming. But clearly, tens of millions of Americans are asking questions and searching the Bible and Christian teaching for answers and this is a dramatic and important development.

Please take some time to read these articles and share them with family and friends on social media. (see below for links to the full post on The Joshua Fund’s website)  

As I noted earlier this week, these are no ordinary times. Americans in near full lockdown are anxious, and understandably so. Yet millions are turning to God, the Bible and Christian sermons for answers, some of them for the first time. That may be the most important silver lining in this crisis so far.

In response to these results, The Joshua Fund has published “What Does The Bible Teach About Pestilence, Plagues & Global Pandemics?”, a 12-page fact sheet derived from insight from a number of senior pastors, theologians and seminary professors. It can be found at http://www.joshuafund.com.

The full survey is also posted on The Joshua Fund website at https://www.joshuafund.com/. 

I hope that you and your family will gather together daily to pray for God to have mercy on us all.

“Go, my people, enter your rooms and shut the doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until his wrath has passed by.” (Isaiah 26:20)

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How do thriller writers predict future headlines (or try to)? I have no idea how others do it. But I spoke to the editor of @TheRealBookSpy about my process — and he wrote the most interesting profile of any done on me in 20 years. Here it is.

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(Jerusalem, Israel) — The most important journalist covering the world of spy novels and thrillers is a fascinating guy in Michigan named Ryan Steck. His site, “The Real Book Spy,” is must-reading for anyone who’s anyone in the thriller-verse. 

So, I was more than happy to do an hour-long interview with Ryan — not just to discuss about The Jerusalem Assassin, which we talked about at length at the end of the interview, but about how I got into writing fiction in the first place, why I do it, what world leaders are reading them, and how I write political thrillers that seem (sometimes) to predict the future. (spoiler: not easy)

I could post the first few paragraphs of the article so you get the feel for it. But as President George H.W. Bush used to say, “Not gonna do it. Wouldn’t be prudent. Certainly not at this juncture.” (Thank you, Dana Carvey.)

Let me just give you the link to the whole thing and encourage you to read it all, from beginning to end. Honestly, this was, by far, the most fair, thorough and creative profile ever done on me. And I’ve been in the business for almost 20 years.

Thank you, Ryan — rock on, brother! May you and your family be healthy and safe. 

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BREAKING: White House warns 240,000 Americans could die from coronavirus. Amidst chilling forecast, new poll finds 44% of Americans believe virus a “wake up call” to return to God and the Bible. Here’s the latest.

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Mar 312020
 

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(Jerusalem, Israel) — The White House issued a chilling warning on Tuesday: the “best case scenario” now is for upwards of 100,000 to 240,000Americans to die as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

If proper social distancing measures aren’t followed, the numbers could spike beyond 1.5 million deaths, the experts said.

“This could be a hell of a bad two weeks,” the President said, in his most sobering comments of the crisis, thus far.

The country will remain in near lockdown mode through April, at least, at devastating economic cost. But what other choice is there?

It is little wonder, then, that nearly half of Americans (44%) say they believe that the coronavirus and resulting economic meltdown is a “wake-up call for us to turn back to faith in God,” and/or “signs of coming judgment,” according to a new poll commissioned by The Joshua Fund.

“This survey provides a fascinating window into how Americans see the COVID-19 pandemic and how it is dramatically increasing their interest in spiritual matters,” I noted in a press release that went out yesterday. “The results are clear: this unprecedented global crisis is causing Americans to start reading the Bible and listen to Bible teaching and Christian sermons online, even though they usually don’t; search online for teaching on Bible prophecy and God’s future for mankind; and/or engage in more spiritual conversations with family and friends.”

The breakdown of those who believe this crisis
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is a “wake-up call” back to faith in God includes:

  • 25% of self-identified “secular” Americans;
  • 42% of Jewish Americans;
  • 58% of Republicans; and
  • 41% of Democrats, including 34% of liberal Democrats and 47% of moderate Democrats.

Additionally, 22% of self-identified non-Christian respondents and 40% of Christian respondents indicate the global coronavirus pandemic and economic chaos have resulted in more interest in God and spiritual matters.

These are no ordinary times. Americans in near full lockdown are anxious, and understandably so. Yet millions are turning to God, the Bible and Christian sermons for answers, some of them for the first time. That may be the most important silver lining in this crisis so far.

In response to these results, The Joshua Fund has published “What Does The Bible Teach About Pestilence, Plagues & Global Pandemics?”, a 12-page fact sheet derived from insight from a number of senior pastors, theologians and seminary professors. It can be found at http://www.joshuafund.com.

The full survey is also posted on The Joshua Fund website at https://www.joshuafund.com/.

The crisis is worsening here in Israel and throughout the Middle East, as well. More than 5,300 cases and at least 20 deaths, so far, and this is expected to spike up sharply. Plus, nearly 1/3 of the labor force out of work.

I’ll report more on this on this blog in the days to come, and on Twitter more frequently.

For now, I hope that you and your family will gather together daily to pray for God to have mercy on us all.

“Go, my people, enter your rooms and shut the doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until his wrath has passed by.” (Isaiah 26:20)

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BREAKING: 44% of Americans say virus a “wake up call” to return to God. Nearly 1/3 believe we are living in “what the Bible calls the last days.” Fascinating if surprising results in exclusive poll released by The Joshua Fund. Full details.

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(Jerusalem, Israel) — The Washington Examiner was the first to publish the story, “Poll: 29% see Biblical ‘last days,’ 44% say virus is God’s ‘wake-up call.'”

You can read the full results of the exclusive national poll by clicking here.

Here’s the press release that just went out:

Exclusive New Poll Shows COVID-19 Creating Enormous Spiritual Interest, Causing Americans To Read The Bible, Listen To Sermons, Some For First Time.

Results Indicate Millions See Pandemic as a “Wake-Up Call” to Return to Faith. Nearly one-in-three Americans believe we are living in the “last days.”

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Nearly half of Americans (44%) say they believe that the coronavirus and resulting economic meltdown is a “wake-up call for us to turn back to faith in God,” and/or “signs of coming judgment,” according to a new poll commissioned by The Joshua Fund.

The survey was conducted March 23-26, 2020, by nationally respected pollsters McLaughlin & Associates. It was commissioned by The Joshua Fund, an Evangelical non-profit educational and charitable organization founded in 2006 by Joel C. Rosenberg. Rosenberg is a New York Times best-selling author of non-fiction and fiction books. He is best known for writing about “worst-case scenarios.” He has specifically written about pandemics in his 2006 book Epicenter: Why the Current Rumblings in the Middle East Will Change Your Future, and his 2012 book, Implosion: Can America Recover from Its Economic and Spiritual Challenges in Time?

“This survey provides a fascinating window into how Americans see the COVID-19 pandemic and how it is dramatically increasing their interest in spiritual matters,” said Rosenberg. “The results are clear: this unprecedented global crisis is causing Americans to start reading the Bible and listen to Bible teaching and Christian sermons online, even though they usually don’t; search online for teaching on Bible prophecy and God’s future for mankind; and/or engage in more spiritual conversations with family and friends.”

The McLaughlin & Associates questions were asked of 1,000 likely American voters. The poll had a margin of error of +/- 3.1% at a 95% confidence interval.

The breakdown of those who believe this crisis is a “wake-up call” back to faith in God includes:

  • 25% of self-identified “secular” Americans;
  • 42% of Jewish Americans;
  • 58% of Republicans; and
  • 41% of Democrats, including 34% of liberal Democrats and 47% of moderate Democrats.

Additionally, 22% of self-identified non-Christian respondents and 40% of Christian respondents indicate the global coronavirus pandemic and economic chaos have resulted in more interest in God and spiritual matters.

“These are no ordinary times,” said Rosenberg. “Americans in near full lockdown are anxious, and understandably so. Yet millions are turning to God, the Bible and Christian sermons for answers, some of them for the first time. That may be the most important silver lining in this crisis so far.”

What’s more, nearly one-third of all Americans (29%) said they believe that this crisis indicates that “we are living in what the Bible calls the ‘last days.’” Broken down by demographic, this includes:

  • Nearly 30% of Jewish Americans;
  • 30% of Democrats, including 27% of liberal Democrats and 34% of moderate Democrats;
  • 39% of Republicans;
  • 37% of military households;
  • 40% of African Americans, 50% of Hispanic Americans and 25% of White Americans; and
  • Some 28% of individuals 18-29, 33% of people age 30-40, 29% of people age 41-55, 33% of those between 56-65, and some 24% of seniors over 65.

In response to these results, The Joshua Fund has published “What Does The Bible Teach About Pestilence, Plagues & Global Pandemics?”, a 12-page fact sheet derived from insight from a number of senior pastors, theologians and seminary professors. It can be found at http://www.joshuafund.com.

The full survey is also posted on The Joshua Fund website at https://www.joshuafund.com/.

NOTE: The Joshua Fund is a nonprofit, non-partisan educational and charitable organization created to mobilize Christians to “bless Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus” by caring for the poor and needy, strengthen the Church in the Middle East and teach the importance of the Scriptures and biblical prophecy. The purpose of the survey was to better understand Americans’ spiritual views, not advance any partisan political objectives or influence federal, state or local legislation. The organization was founded in 2006 by Joel and Lynn Rosenberg. For more information, visit https://www.joshuafund.com/.

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Is Israel (finally) about to have a unity government? Will it work? Will Netanyahu really step down after 18 months? How will this affect the peace process? CNBC asked me these questions. Here’s what I told them.

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Mar 302020
 

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(Jerusalem, Israel) — The deal is not yet done. Negotiations are in on-going, but there are lots of thorny issues on which the two leaders will have to compromise. That said, it does look like a 36-month unity government will come together in the coming days.

Over the weekend, a CNBC reporter here in the region asked me four questions:

  1. Will this unity government between Netanyahu and Gantz work?
  2. Will Netanyahu really step down and give Gantz the PM seat after 18 months?
  3. Netanyahu is seemingly the politician with nine lives — is this approaching the end of the road for him?
  4. How do you see both Gantz and Netanyahu navigating the peace process with such differing views?

The article ran today, I’m accurately quoted, and you can read it by clicking here.

For those of you who are interested in more detail, I’ll post in full the answers that I sent to the reporter. Hope you find the analysis helpful.

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  • The coronavirus pandemic appears to be accomplishing something that three elections couldn’t – it’s forcing Israel’s deeply-divided leaders to put the health and safety of the nation ahead of their own political fortunes.
  • Yes, there is a very good chance that this broad-based, emergency unity government will work, for several reasons.
  • First, the enormity of the threat of the coronavirus outbreak to Israel, a nation of only nine million people – a significant percentage of whom are elderly and thus particularly vulnerable – should keep the new government focused on dealing this all-important mission and not get side-tracked on petty issues, at least until the crisis has passed.
  • Second, the Israeli people are overwhelming in favor of a unity government and have been calling for one through the past three rounds of elections. In fact, a new poll by Israel’s Channel 12 found that the proposed new unity government is supported by 61% of Israelis. Only 30% are opposed. Nine percent expressed no opinion. What’s more, 56% of the voters of Gantz’s party — Blue & White – support Gantz’s move into a unity government, while 39% are opposed to it.
  • Third, Netanyahu knows he needs this new government to work, not unravel. Under indictment in three separate corruption cases, Bibi is determined to stay in power as Prime Minister for the next 18 months, at least, because it will help him deal with the trials from a position of optimum political strength.
  • Fourth, Gantz knows that he needs this new government to work just as much as Netanyahu. Several of his closes political partners are furious at him for making a deal with Bibi. Nearly 40% of his voters are opposed to this move. As a result, the Blue & White party that Gantz had created has blown up in recent days. There is no clear political base or coalition for Gantz to return right now, if this unity government falters.
  • Whether Netanyahu will really step down as Prime Minister in 18 months to allow Gantz to become the premier is the big unknown. No one knows the answer to that, and all Israelis will be watching carefully to see if Gantz is emerging as the nation’s next leader, or will go down in history as a sucker.
  • That said, it’s increasingly possible that we are seeing the dawn of the post-Bibi era. Whether that’s a good or bad development for the country remains to be seen.
  • For all the political rhetoric of the campaigns, Netanyahu and Gantz do not have strikingly different foreign policy principles or objectives. While Netanyahu would have liked to have annexed portions of Judea and Samaria as Israeli territory to please his right-wing supporters, this is very unlikely with Gantz in the government. Gantz is open to annexing at some point. But he is looking at the bigger picture, knowing that the prospect of forging historic peace treaties with the Gulf Arab states is increasingly possible, unless Israel moves rashly with annexation of the territories. I suspect that Gantz and Netanyahu will be able to come to an agreement that securing one or more of these peace treaties in the next few years is the bigger prize and should be the higher objective.

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“The Jerusalem Assassin” — new thriller about an American-Israeli-Saudi peace summit and plot to blow it up — hits #10 on the Wall Street Journal best-seller list.

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Mar 292020
 

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(Jerusalem, Israel) — More good news on the novel front: The Jerusalem Assassin just hit the Wall Street Journal hardcover fiction best-seller list this week at #10.

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This comes after hitting two other lists last week.

Once again, let me say a HUGE THANK YOU to all of my readers in the U.S., Canada and around the world — not only for buying and enjoying this new one but for reviewing and promoting The Jerusalem Assassin on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blogs and so  many other forms of social media. I couldn’t be more grateful for all this word of mouth, especially since the coronavirus scuttled the book tour.

God bless you guys — stay safe and healthy!

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What does the Bible teach about pestilence, plagues & global pandemics? So many are asking that The Joshua Fund and I have published a fact sheet for pastors, ministry leaders, lay people and the media. Feel free to quote and share.

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Mar 282020
 

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(Jerusalem, Israel) — As the global coronavirus pandemic worsens, and fear and confusion grow, I’m being asked by pastors, ministry leaders, radio and TV hosts, and journalists around the world what the Bible teaches on the subject of pestilence and plagues, and whether they factor at all into future prophecy.

For the past few weeks, I’ve been studying these issues carefully, and consulting with senior pastors, theologians and seminary professors whose insights and expertise I trust.

Now, my colleagues at The Joshua Fund and I have published a 12-page fact sheet. We hope that you will find it helpful as you study the Scriptures, teach Bible studies, prepare sermons, and discuss such matters with family and friends. Please feel free to quote and share the link and information with others.

  • The fact sheet is available on The Joshua Fund website by clicking here.
  • You can directly download the PDF document (for free) by clicking here. 

For those of you who are not familiar with our work, The Joshua Fund is a non-profit educational and charitable organization that my wife, Lynn, and I founded in 2006 to mobilize Christians to bless Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus, according to the Abrahamic Covenant of Genesis 12:1-3.

As part of its mission, The Joshua Fund seeks to educate the Church and all those who are interested about God’s plan and purpose for Israel and the nations, the purpose and power of Bible prophecy, and the relevance of the Bible to the people of the Middle East and to all people around the world. 

Our team of Evangelicals loves Jews, Arabs and all other ethnic and religious groups in the region. One of our projects is providing food and humanitarian relief on a monthly basis to thousands of Israelis and Palestinians who are needy, widows, single mothers, Holocaust survivors, refugees and other families struggling to make ends meet. This work is especially needed right now as so many in our part of the world are in partial or full lockdown.

To learn more about this ministry, please visit our website at www.joshuafund.com

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“The Jerusalem Assassin” hits #6 on Publishers Weekly hardcover fiction bestseller list. Also hits USA Today list at #13. Here’s the latest.

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Mar 272020
 

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(Jerusalem, Israel) — Despite the cancelation of the book tour, I’m thrilled to announce that The Jerusalem Assassin has hit two major national best-seller lists in the U.S. this week.

Unfortunately, we did not hit the New York Times List. Not sure how that’s possible given the strong sales and high ranking on the other lists. But c’est la vie.

That said, I want to say a HUGE thank you to all of my readers in the U.S., Canada and around the world. My team and I are incredibly grateful that you purchased the new novel and that you’ve liked it so much.

On behalf of our entire publishing and PR team, we’re also grateful for everyone who has been write about and reviewing The Jerusalem Assassin on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blogs and other forms of social media. They e been fun to read. Please don’t stop — and please encourage your family and friends to buy and read and review this thriller during this crazy global lockdown!

More interesting news to announce next week. But for now on this lovely Friday afternoon — as I continue my quarantine here in Jerusalem — Shabbat Shalom.

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BOMBSHELL: Emergency unity government suddenly forming in Israel. In shock, Gantz to serve as Foreign Minister for 18 months, then become Prime Minister. Netanyahu then to step down. Blue & White Party breaking up in fierce disagreement. Here’s the latest.

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Mar 262020
 

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(Jerusalem, Israel) — The coronavirus pandemic appears to be accomplishing something that three elections couldn’t. It’s forcing Israel’s long-deadlocked party leaders to put the well-being of the nation ahead of their own political fortunes.

More than 2,500 Israelis now have the virus. Eight have died. Decisive action is needed to save lives and our economy.

Like most Israelis, I’ve been calling for months for a unity government. It now appears to be at hand. But it‘s a bombshell story — almost entirely unexpected by most Israelis — and events are fast-moving and updating almost minute by minute.

Here’s what we now so far:

  • Netanyahu and Gantz are creating an emergency unity government, in a deal apparently brokered by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. 
  • Gantz was just elected as Speaker of the Knesset, winning 74 votes in favor, 18 were opposed, and the rest abstained.
  • But this is only temporary — once the full agreement is finalized and signed, Gantz will become Foreign Minister for 18 months.
  • Netanyahu will serve as Prime Minister for 18 more months.
  • Then, Gantz will become the Prime Minister.
  • It’s not clear at this hour what happens to Netanyahu at that point.
  • Upset with this move, two of Gantz’s key allies — Yair Lapid and Moshe “Bogie” Yaalon — have rejected the Gantz move.
  • The Blue & White Party is now breaking up.
  • Gantz’s team are expected to get the major Cabinet portfolios, including the Foreign Ministry, Defense Ministry, Justice Ministry and the Economic Ministry.
  • These are enormous concessions by Netanyahu and the Likud.
  • In his first speech after being elected Knesset speaker, Benny Gantz says “democracy has won,” the Times of Israel reported. Gantz says he was chosen “to unify the people and not divide.” Gantz added: “I promise to all Israelis to do the right thing at this time. The Knesset will work for the people and citizens — all of them.”
  • Not clear yet: what happens when Netanyahu goes on trial. 

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“The Jerusalem Assassin” book tour was scuttled. I’m now back in Jerusalem in quarantine for 14 days. Here’s what that really means and what I’m doing with my time.

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Mar 242020
 

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(Jerusalem, Israel) — The Israeli Foreign Ministry is urging all Israelis to come home ASAP or risk all flights being canceled and the doors to the country being closed indefinitely.

So, after several weeks in the States, I flew back to Israel and arrived Sunday afternoon. Thanks so much to the amazing pilots and crew of United Airlines who got us back safe & sound!

Obviously, The Jerusalem Assassin book tour had to be scrapped. (That said, I do hope you’ll buy, read and post your review of my new novel. You can download the e-book reader on a Kindle, Nook or iPad, or download the audio version directly to your phone.)

Now that I’m home, I’ve had to enter a 14-day quarantine period. I thought that meant just staying home in our apartment here in Jerusalem with my family. Didn’t sound so bad. My wife, Lynn, however, informed me just before I got back on the plane what was actually in store for me.

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She said that she and one of our sons would drive both of our cars to the airport. They would leave the keys to my car on the front seat and wave to me from the other car. I would not be allowed to hug them, or kiss them. Then, wearing a protective mask and plastic gloves, I would follow them back up to Jerusalem.

When we got home, I would have to proceed directly through our apartment without stopping, heading straight for the master bedroom, and locking myself in for 14 straight days. Lynn said she had cleared out all of her things from our room, and was moving into our guest room. She was giving me the master bedroom since it’s the only one in our small apartment that has an adjoining bathroom.

Every day, she or our sons set meals and bottles of water, and occasional mugs of coffee outside my door. They knock and back away. I can open my door just enough to get the food and drinks, then quickly shut it again. Crazy, but true. Here’s a photo of me goofing around with my family, they in the backyard of our garden-level flat, and me looking through the barred-window of our bedroom.

I’ve just begun Day #3, so I’ve got a long ways to go. Still, I’m very grateful to the Lord and my family for taking care of me. So far, I’m healthy and peaceful. I can study the Bible and pray for so many family, friends, leaders and all of you. I’m doing radio and print interviews by phone and Skype, doing conference calls and Zoom meetings, posting on social media and keeping track of the latest news. Not terrible.

And while I’m deeply grateful for your prayers, please pray especially for all the Israelis and Palestinians who are elderly and infirm, poor, shut-ins, single parents, and even single young people who have little or no human contact these days, have lost their jobs or are about to, and are growing worried about their future.

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By God’s grace, The Joshua Fundministry that Lynn and I founded in 2006 is delivering food, other practical supplies and encouragement to thousands of such people in Israel and the West Bank — and this work is more important than ever.

Unemployment here has shot up from 4% to nearly 20% in just a matter of weeks. About 500,000 people have applied for unemployment benefits just in March. The number of corona cases has shot past 1,600. Two Israelis have now died. And just like in many countries, anxiety — even fear — is mounting. These are the folks who really need our love, prayers and practical assistance.

May the Lord keep you and your family healthy and safe. In the meantime, I’ll do my best to keep you posted on the latest news and trends via this blog, Twitter and Instagram. Let’s pray this is all over soon.

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