A Double Blessing
Rea responded to our media campaign, requesting Stan Telchin’s audiotape Betrayed.” When I called to follow up, she agreed to meet with me.
Rea is an eighty-six-year-old woman from a Conservative Jewish background, but when she was a young girl, she attended a Catholic school. She enjoyed the songs about Jesus without understanding much about Him.
As I explained the gospel to Rea, I could see that she was taking in every word, especially as I read from the Bible. When I asked if there was any reason for her not to entrust her life to Yeshua and accept His atonement, she said, “No.” With tears in her eyes, Rea prayed with me to do just that.
After my visit with Rea, I decided to stop by and visit Lea, a Jewish woman who lived nearby. I used to visit Lea regularly but I hadn’t seen her for a while. She had welcomed my visits and Bible studies at first, but eventually said it would be too hard for her to change. After that, whenever I called, it seemed she was feeling ill. I would pray for her health, but she did not seem interested in discussing the Lord.
Since I was in the neighborhood, I thought I would take a chance. Lea was not only willing, but also very happy to visit. She was feeling better and thanked me for praying for her health. She told me that she recognized her need for Yeshua and wanted to accept Jesus as her personal redeemer. After she prayed with me, she opened her eyes, took my hand in both of hers and said, “I feel great.”
I felt great too! I had just witnessed the birth of two new creations in one day—one blessing after the other! Please pray for the growth of Rea and Lea, two new sisters in the Lord.
Rahel Hirshenson Landrum was born in Romania and at the age of twelve, moved with her family to Israel. While her Jewish father was not a believer in Jesus until late in life, Hirshenson grew up attending church in Romania with her Christian mother. Before going into the Israeli army, Rahel accepted her pastor's invitation to take a short Bible course. Through that study she became convinced that Jesus' claim to be the way to God is true. Rahel has a B.A. in English from Haifa University, an M.A. in Jewish Missions from Fuller THeological Seminary, and studied at Capernwray, a Bible school in England. She and her husband Mark were missionaries in Chicago and London before their move to Sydney.