HaTikva Project (The Hope Project) exists to serve the needs of the poor, oppressed and needy Jewish believers in Israel. Through HaTikva Project, Christians everywhere have an opportunity to not only minister to the needs of the local believers in Israel, but to also strategically fund the growing body of Messiah in Israel – propelling forth the sharing of the Gospel to the Jewish people and helping to finance works of justice.
Less than 1% of the population in Israel have accepted Yeshua (Jesus) as their Messiah. Among the small fraction that do believe, poverty and tremendous financial difficulties are the norm – not the exception. In some cases, Israeli believers can lose the support of their families, lose their jobs, and even be the target of sustained and sometimes violent persecution on account of their faith. Romans 15:26-27 describes how the Apostle Paul would take up offerings for the poor saints in Jerusalem whenever the Lord would provide an opportunity. “Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem. Yes, they were pleased to do so,” Beyond this, Paul states that Gentiles who have received the riches of the Gospel owe a debt to the Jewish people that can be properly repaid through the ministry of material goods. “and they are indebted to them. For if the Gentiles have shared in their spiritual things, they are indebted to minister to them also in material things.” Galations 6:10 clearly states that as we are motivated to give to the needs of those around us, our first duty is to take care of those within the Body of Messiah. “So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.” For these reasons, HaTikva Project seeks to first and foremost support and stand with Jewish believers in every overture to the Nation of Israel.
By networking with the many believing congregations in Israel, HaTikva Project has become one of the first places that the local leadership turns to when the needs overwhelm their capability. Simply put, the local Israeli congregation does not have the financial ability to meet the many needs of their members. HaTikva Project works with the local leadership to identify the most critical needs and to target our donations accordingly.
HaTikva Project gives financial donations to individuals, congregations and like-minded organizations. On a daily basis we meet a wide range of needs among the body of Messiah in Israel – from the bare necessities of food, clothing and shelter – to giving people the tools they need to take a step forward in their lives or businesses. We also underwrite congregational outreaches, food and clothing distribution centers and local benevolence funds. In this way we provide the financial wherewithal for the local Body to reach out to all of Israel.