Encouragement for your daily walk with God
They called themselves Beta Israel (the house of Israel) and used the Torah to guide their prayers even though they lived in thatched huts in Ethiopia. Their neighbors called them Falashas (the alien ones, the invaders).
The first modern contact with them came in 1769, when Scottish explorer James Bruce stumbled upon them while searching for the source of the Nile River. His estimates at the time placed the Beta Israel population at 100,000. It soon became clear that they were, indeed, descendants of Jews who came to Africa in ancient times and had intermarried with the locals.
In 1975, the Israeli rabbinate officially recognized the Falashas as Jews. For a variety of circumstances (including famine and the ongoing civil war), Israel began airlifting thousands of the Falashan Jews to their ancient homeland, Israel.
We should not be surprised when things like that happen. It’s just another evidence that God is faithful to His Word. In this case, bringing His children home.
God keeps His Word, His promises. You can count on it. You can never be so far away that His arm is too short to save!
Do not fear, for I am with you; I will bring your descendants from the east, and gather you from the west. I will say to the north: Give them up! and to the south: Do not hold them back! Bring My sons from far away, and My daughters from the ends of the earth—everyone called by My name and created for My glory. Isaiah 43:5-7a