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Ingathering of the Exiles Continues: 250 Bnei Menashe will come to Israel

editor - 9 December 2020

Over the years, more than 4,000 Bnei Menashe were brought on Aliyah to Israel. There are still another 6,500 Bnei Menashe in northeastern India who are waiting to come. Full of excitement, they look forward to the day they can leave. Our partner, Shavei Israel, has permission to bring 722 Bnei Menashe on Aliyah over the coming year. The first group of 250 will be coming in December. Originally they were supposed to come in November, but the Coronavirus delayed things.

As in the past, Shavei Israel is partnering with the Israeli Government to facilitate the Aliyah of Jews from India. Shavei Israel is responsible for the cost of the airfare and transportation for the immigrants from northeastern India to Israel, and the Government will cover most of the costs of their absorption in the Jewish state once they arrive here. Founder and Chairman of Shavei Israel explains: “The cost per person to arrange the transport to Israel is US $1,000, so we need to raise $250,000 to bring the entire group here in December. For ever y $1,000 we raise, another
Bnei Menashe can return to Zion. Hence, if we raise $223,000, then we can bring 223 people. If we raise $250,000, then we can bring all 250. It is the ‘arithmetic of Aliyah’.”

Instrument to Bring His People Home
Freund shares: “For the first time since 2018, we will bring a large group of Bnei Menashe (sons of Menashe) on Aliyah from India. The return of this lost tribe of Israel back to Zion after 2700 years of exile is a miracle of Biblical proportions. Who else but the Lord could take a tribe that was lost for so long and restore them to their ancestral Land? We at Shavei Israel feel blessed that the Lord is using us as His instrument to bring His people home. And we are immensely grateful to Christians for Israel for all of their support of the Bnei Menashe Aliyah throughout the years. Whenever the Government has permitted us to bring Bnei Menashe to Israel, one of my first calls has always been to Christians for Israel because I know they have a heart for Aliyah and for the Jewish people.”

Trusting God
The work of Jewish organisation Shavei Israel trusts in God and the promises in His Word. Freund: “In Isaiah 49:22, the Lord says that the nations of the world will ‘carry’ our sons and daughters back to the Land. Christians for Israel has consistently carried us with their prayers, their love and their financial support.

The world right now is grappling with many difficult challenges, particularly the Coronavirus. But as people of faith, we know that nothing can stand in the way of God’s plan (Proverbs 19:21). Not even a global pandemic!

The Ingathering of the Exiles continues to move forward, as does the Redemptive process. Please join us – not only in hoping and praying for the redemption but in helping to bring it closer!”

It costs US $ 1,000 (€ 900) to help one member of the Bnei Menashe community home to Israel. This pays for their transportation costs to the airport in northeastern India and their airfare to Israel.


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