Bits from the Branches
Teresa Sischy reports, A Christian named Bernice called our office, asking me to pray for her son and his Jewish fiancee. Her desire was for both of them to love and serve Jesus as their Messiah and Savior. I maintained contact with Bernice over the following months, giving her pointers on sharing Messiah with her new daughter-in-law, Laura. I had not heard from Bernice for some time and was planning to call. That Sunday I was scheduled to speak at a church about Christ in the Feast of Tabernacles, and was delighted to see that this was Bernice’s church. Not only was Bernice there, but her son and daughter-in-law had come, too. After the service Laura asked me several questions about Jesus. She gave me her telephone number and agreed to meet with me. Please pray that Laura and her husband will both come into a relationship with our living God through His Son, our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus.”
Sabrina Babin reports, “Marc A. is a 45-year-old traditional Jewish man. He came to the office with many questions: ‘Why do you say that you have peace with Jesus?’ ‘What does this peace give you?’ ‘How can I get this peace?’ As I spoke to him, he seemed very close to faith. He gave his address and his phone number. He’s said he would come to our Thursday night Bible studies. Please pray that the Holy Spirit may guide him.”
Shaun Buchhalter reports, “I was at my desk preparing for a visit with a Jewish lawyer who recently came to faith. About 20 minutes before we were supposed to meet, he called to cancel. I was disappointed but decided to make some phone calls. I began by calling Jack (not his real name), whose contact information was given to us by a Christian friend who wanted to remain anonymous. For the first five minutes of our phone call, Jack only seemed interested in knowing who gave us his contact info. Finally I said, ‘Listen, I cannot tell you who that person is, but let me simply ask, who do you think Jesus is?’ To my surprise, he answered the question and afterward asked me what I believe. I gave him my answer and he asked what Jesus had to do with being Jewish. Since the High Holidays were right around the corner I spoke to him about Yom Kippur, comparing Jesus’ sacrifice to the Levitical system.
“At that point Jack said I had caught his curiosity. He told me that he was sitting at a Starbucks across town and if I had some time he would be free for the next hour and a half. Would I meet him there? Since my original appointment cancelled I was free to do so. I brought Ze’ev, one of our missionary trainees, with me and 20 minutes later we were having coffee and sharing our testimonies with Jack. Our time together concluded as Jack asked me to send him some literature. Not that he was open to receiving Jesus, he assured me, but he was curious . . . . Praise God for the Christian who referred Jack to us, and for God’s timing! Please pray that Jack’s curiosity will turn to a genuine spiritual hunger.”
Rob Wertheim reports, “I have continued meeting with Kathy (see our October 2006 newsletter) who was referred to us by a Christian coworker. In the context of reflecting on Yom Kippur, Kathy finally understood how Jesus became our sacrifice. She asked, ‘What do I need to do to be forgiven?’ I asked if she believes that Jesus died for her, was buried and raised from the dead, and she said yes. I asked if she was ready to receive and follow Jesus and she was! Please pray that God will help her truly surrender her life to Him and that her daughter Nancy will see changes in her mom’s life and come to faith as well.”