Bits from the Branches
In Moscow, as outreach worker Natasha was visiting with a new-born Jewish Christian, the woman’s son came home. After Natasha explained who she was and why she was there, he began firing many questions, and it seemed to Natasha that he did not expect or care to receive answers. She didn’t expect him to take the gospel seriously, at least not at first. But with nothing to lose, she suggested, Why don’t you ask God all those questions? You only need to repent first if you want to start a relationship with Him. And for that matter, why don’t you repent and begin a relationship with God right now?” He thought for a while…and agreed to do it! His name is Sergey. Please pray for him.
Bob Mendelsohn and Moishe Rosen were in Australia and spoke in several churches. During one of the meetings, Bob had a question/answer time. One question was, “How do Jewish people respond to you? Do they get angry?” Bob answered, “Let’s find out. Is anyone here Jewish and not yet a believer in Jesus?” Three people raised their hands and Bob inquired of them if he had angered them as yet. It was a way to use their statements to answer the man’s question, as well as to determine if any Jewish people there were interested in Jesus. Afterward, Bob made a beeline to one of the people, Murray. Murray is a sixty-year-old man who grew up in Sydney, Australia. He has attended various Christian functions over the years and usually displayed a tongue in cheek “you’ll never get me” attitude. Bob asked, “What are you waiting for?” After a few minutes of conversation, Murray gave his life to Jesus.
Liberated Wailing Wall
Andy Sonsky from The Liberated Wailing Wall says, “Thanks to all of the Co-Laborers in the Jews for Jesus ministry! I really appreciate these volunteer helpers who do so many things ‘behind the scenes.’ In Dallas, Texas, our Co-Laborer Mike Falls took three of us to hand out gospel tracts on Debellum Street. The neighborhood bars and clubs attract a wide variety of people, including many younger, generation ‘X’ people who congregate there. Many of the young people appear very closed to the gospel. For example, I handed pamphlets to a couple of teens dressed completely in black, and they proceeded to burn them in front of me. While I’ve never encountered that particular reaction before, I have learned that when people respond to the gospel with hostility, they are not rejecting me but the One I stand for. I pray that God will have mercy on those two teens, and I was glad for the opportunity to shine His light in a dark place.”
From Chicago, Mark Landrum reports, “Running our Jews for Jesus booth at a Promise Keepers conference was an adventure for me. I expected to meet many Christians who would be interested in learning more about Jews for Jesus, and I figured I’d even meet some Jewish believers in Jesus who would be excited to see us. I never expected to meet an unbelieving Jewish man at the conference. But once again, God surprised me with His divine appointment book!
“Darin came with Christian friends because he was interested in Jesus and what is involved in believing in Him. He was walking with his friends, checking out displays during one of the breaks. Darin suggested going ‘against the flow’ of foot traffic and ended up right in front of our booth. I don’t know who was more surprised, him or me!
“He gave me his name, address and phone number and was eager to get together and talk about Yeshua. It took us a couple of weeks to get together, but in the meanwhile, God continued working in Darin’s life. When I finally reached him by telephone, Darin knew that Yeshua is indeed the Messiah, and he was ready to trust Him as his Lord. It was such a pleasure to pray with Darin on the phone. Please pray that he continues to grow strong in his faith in Yeshua and his relationship with God. I hope to see him become a great witness for the Messiah.”
Missionary Marcello reports from Toronto, “I was waiting for the metro on my way to visit a Jewish man downtown when I made eye contact with a woman also waiting for the train. We got off at the same stop she was right behind me on the escalator. We smiled at each other and went our separate ways. After my visit, I got back on the metro and sat down. To my amazement, I saw the same woman get on my subway car. I said, ‘OK, God, do you want me to witness to her?’ When we got off the train, she was next to me on the escalator once again. We exchanged comments on how unusual it was that we saw each other again. As we chatted, she told me that she’s Jewish, but searching. I shared a bit of my story and asked if she wanted to get together to discuss these things. She gladly gave me her phone number and acknowledged that our meeting was no coincidence. Her name is Michelle; please pray for her.”