We Jews for Jesus are grateful for believers who share our burden for Jewish evangelism. One such friend, who worked in a crisis center, called our Chicago office about Carol,” a young Jewish woman who wanted to know about Jesus.
Eagerly I called Carol that night. I had been praying for weeks that the Lord would allow me to bring more Jewish women into his kingdom. Carol was 20 years old. She had grown up in a traditional Jewish home, celebrating all the Jewish holidays, but not attending synagogue on a regular basis. She considered herself culturally rather than religiously Jewish.
Carol seemed very interested in my story and explained why Jesus was becoming a part of her life. Recently Carol had attended a friend’s funeral in a church that served communion. Not wanting to offend those around her, Carol had also gone up to receive communion. As she returned to her seat, she felt very different and was beginning to believe that Jesus was the Messiah.
After that incident, Carol dreamed about her deceased friend. He was wearing white and handed her a cup to drink from. He said she was not dead and her “time” had not yet come. Then he pointed to a long staircase. As Carol climbed the staircase, she saw a very bright light and at the top a man whom she could not see very well. The man smiled at her, and Carol asked, “Jesus?” He kept smiling at her and stretched out his hand toward her, but then she woke up. That dream made Carol believe that somehow Jesus was the Messiah, but she did not know why.
Amazed, I told Carol I felt God was certainly trying to reach out to her. After speaking with Carol, I knew in my heart that God had answered my prayer and that Carol would soon receive Yeshua as her Messiah. We talked a bit longer, and I suggested that we get together to discuss this further. She agreed, and we met a few days later at a restaurant of Carol’s choosing.
She was really excited about looking into the New Testament to read about Jesus. Carol had never read the New Testament, but her mother used to read a portion of the Hebrew Scriptures to her every night before bed. We discussed Isaiah 53:5, 6 so that Carol would understand that the Messiah would be our sin-bearer and that through him we could have forgiveness from God. From movies, Carol was familiar with the account of Jesus’ death and resurrection and she also believed that Isaiah was talking about Jesus. Then we read John 3:16, Romans 3:23, and Romans 10:9-11. Carol understood that she was a sinner, and that she needed to have God’s forgiveness. When I asked her if she was ready to receive Yeshua into her life as Lord and Messiah, she agreed and we prayed together.
Even in the midst of a crowded restaurant, the reality of the Lord’s presence in this situation was overwhelming. Carol has been reading the New Testament and learning about what God expects from us as his children. We will also be studying the Bible together.
I am reminded of the passage in Mark 4:26-29: “So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. For the earth bringeth forth fruit of itself: first the blade, then the ear, after that the full grain in the ear. But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.”
Please pray that Carol will always seek the Lord and his will for her life.
Editor’s Note: We extend our best wishes to Cara, who last November announced her engagement to a Jewish believer in Jesus. She is no longer on staff with our Chicago Branch, but continues as a volunteer worker.