Bringing Someone Alongside
Many times our work in Jews for Jesus involves bringing someone alongside,” and that is a very satisfying part of our work. Scheduled to present a Christ in the Passover demonstration at a church in Connecticut, I felt it was a good occasion to bring someone along. The travel time was about three hours, which allowed six hours for potential conversation, not including the time at the church. I thought of a certain Jewish woman with whom I had been meeting, and I called to invite her.
Judy was really pleased and said she would love to come along. I picked her up early on Sunday morning, and we set out. Although we had two very meaningful conversations on the way up and on the way back from the meeting, I think what made an even greater impression on Judy was everything in between.
Before the meeting, as I was setting up the book table, Judy stood by my side drinking cup after cup of coffee. She was nervous because it was her first time ever in a church. After I set up the table I introduced Judy to the pastor. I had told him ahead of time that she was coming, and being a very sensitive man, he tried to put her at ease.
As I began to present Christ in the Passover, a quick glance in Judy’s direction told me that she was a little uncomfortable. Her body language gave her away. But as the presentation continued, I noticed that Judy had become absorbed in what I was saying about the Passover and Jesus being the Lamb of God and the Bread of Life. She had begun to relax. After the service she stood with me at the book table and listened to all the comments of the people who stopped to greet us. As we packed away the materials, Judy could not stop commenting on how nice everyone was and how those Gentile Christians seemed to love the Jewish people and were so excited about the work of Jews for Jesus. She was really amazed. Then when the pastor came over and invited us to join him and his wife for lunch, Judy accepted for both of us before I could say anything. Of course, we went!
We had a delightful time. Judy was feeling more and more at ease, and she opened up and asked all kinds of questions directed at both the pastor and me. For an hour and a half we had a wonderful time of non-stop conversation and opening the Scriptures.
Later, on the drive home Judy expressed how different she felt than when she had first walked into the church that morning. She said that just being there, hearing me speak about familiar things, seeing the congregation’s response, and spending time at the pastor’s home had left a tremendous impression on her. She said that she had never expected to be so comfortable among Christians and to be so positively impressed.
Judy has since become a Christian herself, and she told me that she will never forget the day I brought her along to my meeting in Connecticut. Please pray for Judy and others like her and for us in Jews for Jesus as we continue to “bring them alongside” so that they may come to Jesus.