Dog-lovers: canine companions can help you share Jesus!

Dog-lovers: canine companions can help you share Jesus!

I’d seen him so many times before; usually I just smiled or nodded a quick hello, and kept on walking with my 30-pound white and black bundle of energy (Carli Grace, a terrier mix). But this time I stopped and asked, “Didn’t you used to have a Doberman?”

He nodded. “Yes, I loved that dog,” he said, in a thick Russian accent. “He was my best friend.”

I stood and listened as Max told me about his dog who had passed away a couple of years previously. I asked if he thought he would ever get another dog. He shook his head. “I’m afraid,” he said, “It hurts too much to lose them.” I could sympathize. I too had lost a dog I loved a couple of years before, and I told him a little about her.

“I hope you don’t mind my saying this,” I told him, “but I believe that God created these beautiful animals and gave us the ability to bond with them. I think that bond is a gift to help us understand something about the way God loves us, and the close relationship that He wants us to enjoy with Him.”

Max shrugged. “I believe in God.”

(At this point, the conversation might be different for you than it was for me.)

“Well, I’m Jewish,” I informed Max.

“So am I!” he said, lighting up. (I’d figured out by this time that was probably the case.)

“And I believe that Jesus is the Messiah. I believe He made it possible for us to have that wonderful bond with God.”

I could see that Max was not especially interested, which was not surprising. But he was still happy to chat, so I asked him about his life. I learned that he and his family had left Russia because of anti-Semitism and moved to Israel for a few years. But they could not adjust to life there, and moved to the United States. I told him that I hoped to meet him again, and we pointed out to one another where in the neighborhood we each live.

“Thanks for stopping to talk,” I told him. “I would love to meet your wife (Olga) and maybe we can have a cup of coffee or tea together.”

Max was very happy for the chat and said he’d like that.

“I hope you don’t mind that I’m going to pray for you, Max,” I said, “that God will give you a hunger to know the bond He wants to have with you that is even sweeter than what we have with the animals He’s given us.” Maybe you’ll join me in praying that God will give Max that hunger, and that I’ll be able to connect with him and his wife.

—Ruth Rosen, editor

Names are changed to protect privacy

If you are encouraged to read about creative ways to share the gospel with Jewish people, you might enjoy this quick story featuring a board game in Budapest, also from the February 2019 edition of the Jews for Jesus Newsletter.

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Ruth Rosen | San Francisco

Newsletter Editor, Missionary

Ruth Rosen, daughter of Jews for Jesus founder Moishe Rosen, is a staff writer and editor with Jews for Jesus. Her parents raised her with a sense of Jewishness as well as "Jesusness." Ruth has a degree in biblical studies from Biola College in Southern California and has been part of our full-time staff since 1979. She's toured with Jewish gospel drama teams and participated in many outreaches. She wrote and/or edited quite a few of our evangelistic resources. She has also helped other Jewish believers in Jesus tell their stories. That includes her father, whose biography she authored in what she says was "one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life." For details, or to order your copy of Called to Controversy: the Unlikely Story of Moishe Rosen and the Founding of Jews for Jesus, visit our online store. Ruth also edits the Jews for Jesus Newsletter for Christians to help those who want to pray for our ministry and our missionaries stay connected. In her spare time, Ruth enjoys her personal writing projects (fiction and non fiction) and hanging out with her dog, Carli Grace, whom she rescued. Ruth says, "Some people say that rescue dogs have issues, and that is probably true. If dogs could talk, they'd probably say that people have issues, and that is probably even more true. I'm glad that God is in the business of rescuing people, (and dogs) despite—or maybe because of—all our issues."

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