PHOENIX, Ariz. A team of 170 healthcare professionals, intercessors and outreach workers, led by Jewish Voice Ministries International Executive Director Jonathan Berniby, conducted a medical clinic outreach to Ethiopia May 12 to 26. The team worked in the cities of Addis Ababa and Gondar, providing much-needed medical, eye and dental care to the abandoned Jews remaining in the Beit Avraham and the Beta Israel communities.
The team, comprised of 54 Americans and Europeans and 120 indigenous Ethiopian believers, provided medical care, free medicines, eye care, eye surgery, glasses and dental care to more than 7,500 of the poorest of the poor in Ethiopia.
The health providers dispensed medicines, vitamins, and glasses valued at more than $250,000. Eye-care professionals distributed nearly 5,000 pairs of eyeglasses to the people, many of whom would be considered legally blind in the United States. The team also transported optical grinding equipment, which allowed many of the eyeglasses to be custom made to prescription on site.
All who received treatment were invited into a counseling area where spiritual counselors prayed for them and shared the Gospel. The counseling team saw more than 600 salvations in the Jewish community and six salvations of Muslims. They also distributed 200 solar-powered audio players programmed with the book of Luke and the soundtrack from the Jesus film in Amharic, the language spoken by the communities. These devices, made in Israel by MegaVoice, are the size of a deck of cards yet are powerful enough to reach a roomful of people.