Keren HaShlichut is an Israeli association of Jewish emissaries founded in 1999. Keren HaShlichut sends emissaries throughout the world in various educational and humanitarian relief efforts, in particular among indigenous tribal peoples. This includes bringing the message of Yeshua (Jesus in Hebrew) both in words and in actions.
Keren HaShlichut facilitates the sending of Jewish emissaries from Israel to the nations. Since the year 2000, more than thirty emissaries sent by Keren HaShlichut have served among many hundreds of people groups in more than ninety countries. These emissaries each served in their respective destinations for periods ranging from one week to one year.
There is a growing trend among indigenous tribal people to translate the Bible for themselves. In most of these cases, they already have a translation of the New Testament received at the hand of foreign translators. Many of these peoples are now initiating their own translation projects of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) led by native translators who previously served as assistants to foreign translators. We have a number of projects in process toward Israelis teaching biblical Hebrew to native translators and serving as consultants on issues of Jewish culture, Hebraic thought, and on Israel's geography and natural history. This facilitates better translation by indigenous translators done directly from the original Hebrew text into their own languages. This avoids the centuries old tradition of Bible translation done from European translations and spares these new translations from being filtered through another language and from being removed one step further from the original record.
Keren HaShlichut has sent emissaries in immediate response to a number of earthquakes and to the great tsunami in South Asia in December 2004. The tsunami relief outreach in South Asia included coordinating the collaborative involvement of forty-one Israeli congregations and organizations. This was a particularly groundbreaking effort, as most of these entities had never given financially to non-Jews outside of Israel.
Followers of Jesus
There is a growing phenomenon taking place concurrently within at least every sizeable region of the world today. People within numerous different tribal cultures and also peoples within the cultures of each of the major world religions are increasingly accepting Jesus without converting to Christianity and without joining churches. They are encountering Jesus in ways that change their lives forever, without them leaving one group for another. Emissaries of Keren HaShlichut are serving alongside followers of Jesus like this within other cultures in many countries around the world, as they learn to discover for themselves what it means to be faithful to Jesus each within their own heritage and tradition.
We provide fellowship for Israeli emissaries. We bring together Israelis serving around the world for times of discussion, teaching, sharing of reports from the field, mutual encouragement, and prayer.
The Name Keren HaShlichut
A literal translation of Keren HaShlichut would be The Foundation for Emissary Work. Keren is Hebrew for horn, ray, fund, or foundation. Ha means "the". Shlichut is emissary work. An emissary, someone who is sent, is a shaliach. Shaliach comes from the same root as the word shlichut, and is the original Hebrew word for apostle.
The founding director of Keren HaShlichut is Gavriel Gefen. Gavriel was born in the United States and immigrated to Israel at the age of seventeen together with his family in 1983.