Letter from Robert Specter
To Whom It May Concern:
It is my pleasure and duty to come to the defense of Jews for Jesus.
There is a saying, to give honor to whom honor is due.” This organization has made a tremendous impact on me and Rock of Israel Ministries. Jews for Jesus has been a lighthouse of information, a promoter and facilitator of Jewish ministries for many years. There is a large percentage of Jewish Believers today who owe their first invitation to the Gospel to this great organization. I can’t tell you the many times I have heard when a Jewish person is giving their story that Jews for Jesus was prominent in their hearing about Messiah.
In 1995 Moishe Rosen invited me to join their Summer Evangelism Campaign in New York City. He allowed me to receive the training and experience that would shape much of my efforts in Jewish Evangelism. In my experience I have always found Moishe Rosen and Jews for Jesus to be fair, generous, and encouraging.
Of course I have never been a Jews for Jesus employee (just a volunteer for 6 weeks), but I have had many opportunities to connect and work together with them in Jewish ministry. I do not know every detail of employment with Jews for Jesus but have rubbed shoulders with many on staff. Jews for Jesus employs many people in a number of branches so I am not surprised that someone might get hurt or offended. I’m not even surprised that there have been mistakes made by the Jews for Jesus administration. I, too, have made mistakes and reaped the consequences of my ill advised policies.
There are many people who think when growing up that their parents mistreated them or were unfair. Sometimes that was true. Often the parents are the first to admit that if they had it to do over again they would do it differently. It is also interesting to note that when the children become parents themselves they see things much differently. Those ministry employees who complained might have seen things differently if they were the employers.
Regardless, let those who would like to tear apart the ex director or the organization, beware. You will reap what you sow. Also Scripture warns, “touch not my anointed, and do my prophets no harm.” For those who have been hurt and seek healing, Scripture also prescribes the method to air injustices in the “Congregation.” (Matt. 18:15-18)
Let us do everything in love and honor to the Messiah/King whom we serve.
Robert Specter, President
Rock of Israel Ministries