Doug Drake shared the following story:
“I was at Ayts Chayim Messianic Congregation in Boca Raton, Florida for a Rosh Hashahanah service. Being new in the area, I was having a typical first-time conversation a man named Rick when he asked me what I do. I told him I am a missionary trainee with Jews for Jesus and that my wife Heather has been a missionary for more than nine years.
“A big smile formed on his face as he said, ‘You folks are very brave.’
“Then he went on, ‘I have a confession. I lived in New York and for many years I would see your people in the subway. Every time they handed me something I would stop, wad it up and throw it back into their faces. Could you tell everyone I am very sorry for that? Now I know the truth about the Messiah and I admire your courage.’”
There are many ways to engage people in public places and handing out gospel literature is only one of them. Jews for Jesus founder Moishe Rosen used to say, “If you have a better way to do street evangelism than handing out broadsides I’m all for it… so long as what you do takes as much courage.”
Doug’s encounter with Rick reminds us that even when people respond negatively to our efforts to tell them about Jesus, it’s not the end of the story. We hope you’ll be encouraged too, and remember that God is always at work, whether we see it or not!