A Slice of the Big Apple
We in Jews for Jesus have said so much about New York City and the need to preach the gospel here. We have more missionary staff in New York than in any other city; we spend more money on New York than on any other city. Why? Because New York is the commercial, communications and cultural center of the free world, and because there are more Jewish people living in the greater New York area than in any other city on earth. The victories do not come easily and the cost is great, but our commitment is also great.
As leader of the New York branch, I often wonder how our Christian friends all over the country feel about the heavy commitment that Jews for Jesus has made to New York City. Do our friends in Omaha, Nebraska; Lawrence, Kansas; San Diego, California; New Orleans, Louisiana and Gainesville, Florida, share the same burden? Sometimes it’s difficult to see beyond one’s own Jerusalem,” but Jesus did call his disciples to do just that when he said, “. . .ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost parts of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
When the Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Rome, he had not yet visited there. Nevertheless, he wrote in Chapter 1, verse 9, “…without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers…” Paul had a prayer burden for a people and a city that he did not really know; yet he realized the importance of that city and of the church that was there, and of the story that would go out from it because it was the leading city of the world.
As you read this Newsletter, perhaps you are one of those who lives hundreds, or even thousands, of miles away from New York. Perhaps you have never even been to New York City. But can you see the importance of reaching the Jewish people there with the gospel? Can you catch a vision of the excitement that we in Jews for Jesus feel about New York, one of the leading cities of the world? Can you say, like Paul said about Rome, that you always make mention of New York in your prayers?
A Word from the Editor…
We know that many of you do indeed have a special burden for New York City, as evidenced by your prayers and special giving for the needs of the “Big Apple.” A year ago last spring in Volume 8:5744 of this Newsletter, we printed a short article topped by a tall picture, entitled THIS IS IT!! That was our good news to you, our supporting friends, that at last God had provided the long-sought facility we needed in New York City. In the weeks and months that followed, we asked for your prayers and material help as we planned, worked and struggled with plumbers, electricians, architects and building codes to modify the property to meet our specific needs.
God’s people did respond generously, and by his grace at last we have completed the necessary work. During the month of May we moved staff and equipment into our seven-story plaster, wood and concrete “miracle” at 109 East 31st Street.
We didn’t complete the move until June 30th, but the official dedication ceremonies took place on June 8th and 9th in the new Rachmiel Frydland Memorial Chapel. Pictured below is graphic evidence of God’s answer to your many prayers on behalf of New York City and this very important building project.