Blue Mosaic is Jews for Jesus’ newest, and very international, musical team.  They focus on evangelism in secular venues like coffeehouses and campuses, in addition to performing in churches and Messianic congregations. You can read their full bios, listen to sound samples, and find their schedule at www.bluemosaic.org. Pray for Blue Mosaic, and check out their site because we are looking for others to be part of the team in the near future!

Havurah put a series of incisive, probing questions to the team members. Here are their revealing responses, introducing to the world for the first time ever, the mind of Blue Mosaic.

Giselle Le’Aupepe

Born in: Sydney, Australia.
Your instrument(s): Vocal cords and percussion, as well as piano and guitar
Languages you know fluently: Australian
Favorite music band or artist: Wilco
Influenced musically by: All things that make sound
Favorite movie: Before Sunrise
Favorite book: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Favorite food: Pomegranates
Favorite city: Brussels or Florence
A Scripture verse that means a lot to you: Amos 5:6 – “Seek the LORD and live . . .”
Most interesting encounter (evangelistic or otherwise) you’ve had while traveling with Blue Mosaic: Whilst in Hinesville, Georgia, Julia and I realised that we were staying only about an hour away from the beach. A little stir-crazy after not having seen the ocean for four months, we drove down to beautiful Tybee Island for the afternoon. Not having a church meeting that Sunday evening gave us an opportunity to attend a service. So I looked up churches on our GPS and we picked the first one, called Chapel by the Sea. Entering the tiny sanctuary, we were warmly greeted by a dozen people. It turned out that their mission country for the year was Australia, and after discovering that I was Australian, they hauled Julia and me up on stage to share about our work. And the pastor was also a Jewish believer with a passion and affinity for our cause. How cool!
Shade of blue (as determined by the editors of Havurah): Bondi blue*

Nathaniel Wiseman

Born in: Canada
Your instrument(s): Voice (baritone)
Languages you know fluently: English and Hebrew
Favorite music band or artist: Take 6
Influenced musically by: Classical music of various kinds, Take 6, Andre Crouch, D.C. Talk, a variety of worship bands, U2, and more
Favorite movie: Henry V
Favorite book: The Bible (of course!); Lord of the Rings and the Narnia series
Favorite food: Ice cream
Favorite city: Not applicable [Ed.—We don’t know if this means Nathaniel likes all cities equally or dislikes them equally. We hope it’s the first.]
A Scripture verse that means a lot to you: Ephesians 4:29 – “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”
Most interesting encounter (evangelistic or otherwise) you’ve had while traveling with Blue Mosaic: At our first open mic in Brooklyn, New York, a young Jewish man, not a believer in Jesus, got up and read a hilarious piece about his guilt-laden struggle with his Jewish identity and his love-hate relationship with his Yiddishe momme. Then, as an encore, he sang a very soulful (and beautiful) rendition of “Amazing Grace”! Whether he really understood the song or not, I don’t know. One of our Brooklyn staff, Jeremiah Zaretsky, got a chance to speak with him afterwards.
Shade of blue (as determined by the editors of Havurah): Azure*

Mandie Greenberg

Born in: USA
Your instrument(s): Vocals
Languages you know fluently: English
Favorite music band or artist: Justin Nozuka and Imogen Heap.
Influenced musically by: Regina Spektor, Ella Fitzgerald, Kerah Hanes, Batya Segal, Rachel Boskey, Coldplay, and in the most generous amounts: my mother!
Favorite movie: A Knight’s Tale.
Favorite book: Lord of the Rings. And definitely the Bible!
Favorite food: Does coffee count? Because it should. If not, then roasted red peppers.
Favorite city: It’s a tie between New York City and San Francisco.
A Scripture verse that means a lot to you: Proverbs 18:10 — “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.”
Most interesting encounter (evangelistic or otherwise) you’ve had while traveling with Blue Mosaic: At the University of North Carolina, there was a man in the free speech courtyard preaching the gospel, but in a really inflammatory way. So we set up our guitars on the other side of the courtyard and handed out broadsides while some of us played and sang. I sat down next to one guy and asked what he thought of the “Preacher Man.” It turned out that his dad was a missionary to Israel, and during their travels as a family, he had turned from Jesus and towards Judaism. I challenged him to consider whether a life without Jesus was actually better, and he sincerely said he would.
Shade of blue (as determined by the editors of Havurah): Baby blue*

Julia Pascoe (team leader)

Born in: London, England
Your instrument(s): Guitar
Languages you know fluently: British English!
Favorite music band or artist: Nanci Griffith
Influenced musically by: American folk music
Favorite movie: Forrest Gump
Favorite book: A Thorn in the Flesh by Pablo Martinez
Favorite food: Lamb chops and shrimp!
Favorite city: Nashville and Barcelona
A Scripture verse that means a lot to you: Romans 8:28 – “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
Most interesting encounter (evangelistic or otherwise) you’ve had while traveling with Blue Mosaic: Giselle and I were at a Florida university wearing our T-shirts that said, “How can you be Jewish and believe in Jesus? Ask me!” A Jewish girl approached us and said, “So—how can you?” We shared our stories with her and were gratified to see her face light up as she told us that she thought Jesus was a really good person. She knew that she wasn’t “supposed” to believe, yet she wanted to really know. In the end she gave us her information to receive literature and further contact.
Shade of blue (as determined by the editors of Havurah): Royal blue*

 

*See Wikipedia for visuals of the various shades.