Bits from the Branches
Marcello Araujo reports, It was the New York City Summer Witnessing Campaign of 1993, and as I was handing out gospel tracts a Jewish man walked by and said loudly, ‘Traitor!’ As he continued walking, I replied, ‘Coward.’ Five minutes later the young man came back and asked, ‘What would happen if I decked you?’ I said, ‘I would be on the ground and you would end up in jail.’ He replied, ‘It’s not nice to call people names and I am not a coward.’ I told him, ‘You are a theological coward. You called me a traitor without stopping to ask why I believe in Jesus and that is not nice.’ Then I shared the gospel with him. We exchanged names, shook hands and he went on his way. I would never see that man again—I thought.
“A few weeks ago, I was distributing tracts at Bay and Bloor in Toronto when a Jewish man walked by and called me a traitor. The voice sounded familiar so I responded, ‘And you are a coward.’ The man came back immediately and said, ‘What if I decked you?’ But he said it with a big smile on his face. Of course it was the same man with whom I had the same exchange in New York 12 years ago. Dan now works in Toronto. He has seen Jews for Jesus missionaries here and has always remembered the New York incident and how he was challenged to question his traditions. Dan told me that he has thought about reading the New Testament, but has never had the courage to do it. I asked him if he would be willing to meet with me and explore it and he agreed to do so. Coincidence? I don’t think so; please pray for Dan.”
Richard Muller reports, “Abie e-mailed our Toronto branch to let us know that he was moving here from Israel and was interested in Yeshua. We continued to exchange e-mails, and when he arrived in Toronto we met in person. “Abie had heard the gospel through his wife. He explored the issue and believed intellectually that Yeshua is the Messiah, but was unsure about receiving Him as his Lord and Saviour. Was he good enough? What would it mean to his Jewishness? What steps would be needed? I answered Abie’s questions and told him that we could pray right there and then if he sincerely wanted to accept Yeshua. He said he did, and we prayed together for Abie to receive Yeshua as his Lord and Saviour. Let’s praise the Lord for our new Jewish brother, and pray for Abie’s continued spiritual growth.”
Tatiana Bolotova reports, “During a sortie (tract-passing expedition) downtown, a 20-year-old young man took a tract from me, wrapped it around his hamburger in a pointed manner, and kept on eating. He looked at me defiantly, and it was obvious that he expected a negative reaction. But I continued my work calmly and prayed that God would touch his heart and let me talk to him. Finally, the young man, Victor, couldn’t stand it anymore and approached me. It turned out that he was Jewish, claimed he didn’t believe in God, but was interested in such issues as what faith was and why most Jewish people don’t believe in Yeshua. I shared the gospel with him and Victor gave me his contact info and said he would like to read the New Testament in Hebrew. He also apologized for having wrapped his hamburger in the tract. Please pray that Victor will receive Yeshua into his heart.”
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Here is a note from friends in Colorado, passed on by Janie-sue Wertheim: “Hi, I had contacted Jews for Jesus about a year and a half ago regarding an 8-year-old Jewish girl in the Sunday School class my wife and I teach. I had questions as to how best to speak to her about Jesus. I received a response from Janie-sue. As I later told Janie-sue via e-mail, Tegan did accept the Lord. She has now been bringing her dad to church and Sunday School. He has been to church for the last two Sundays which is very exciting. I could not find Janie’s e-mail address but wanted her to know about the latest news in Tegan’s life. We’re praying that her dad will also come to the Lord.”