Susan Mendelson graduated from the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York and pursued a career in country music. Because of severe performance anxiety, Susan cried out to God for help the last week of July, 1990 and over the course of three days, had a profound spiritual encounter with Y’shua in response. She came to faith in Jesus as her Messiah at that time and in 1992, the Lord transformed music performance, the very thing that brought her to Y’shua, from a cause for anxiety into her ministry when she joined Jews for Jesus' traveling music team, the Liberated Wailing Wall! As music director of the team, Susan toured the U.S. for eighteen months singing Jewish gospel music, evangelizing, handing out tracts on street corners and creating many of the vocal arrangements for the team's 1994 album, David's Hope. She has also recorded an album of her own, Jewish Gospel Favorites. In 2003, Susan began serving as a full-time missionary in New York City. Susan served on the final Liberated Wailing Wall team in 2009-2010. After the completion of this tour, Susan returned to serve as a full time missionary in NYC. She moved to Long Island in 2011 to be near her dad until he passed away three months later. In July of 2011 Susan was able to open the Jews for Jesus outpost on Long Island and continues to minister there.
Did you ever walk away after sharing your faith with someone and wonder, "What just happened?"
How a nice, Jewish country music-singing girl from Long Island came to a crossroads. Stage fright led her to consider a huge taboo in her family and community: Jesus.
I hail from West Islip, New York. Yes, you pronounce it like I slip”—and we’ve heard all the jokes about falling down! Whoever named the town must have had a sense of humor because there are also the towns of East Islip, Central Islip and Islip Terrace as...