Ringing in the New Year
If you received this newsletter before January 1, please pray for our New Years outreaches … and if you received it after New Year’s Day please pray that God will bless the seed that was sown.
Here are a few tidbits from previous outreaches:
A team of ten gathered in Philadelphia for a Behold Your God reunion outreach. Team leader Bruce Rapp reported, “Larry Stamm (a staff alum), plus eight volunteers (six of whom were on the Philadelphia BYG) and myself joined together to do evangelism. We handed out broadside tracts in Penn’s Landing during the New Year’s Eve fireworks, followed by two sorties (tract-passing expeditions) at the Mummers Parade (105-year-old Philadelphia tradition that draws 100,000 people). Then we wrapped up our outreach at the Philadelphia Eagles’ final season game.
“I was truly blessed to minister again with this group. It was very heartwarming to have them stand with Jews for Jesus to reach the Jewish community of Philadelphia. I thought it was pretty cool that we were at the Philadelphia Eagles’ season opener during our BYG campaign in the fall, handing out broadsides—and there we were again at the final game of their season. In fact, people commented about seeing us out there again.
“All in all, we distributed 10,575 broadsides and prayed with one Jewish person and one Gentile to receive Jesus.”
New Year’s in New York!
Aaron Abramson gathered ten college-age Jewish believers together in Manhattan to usher in the new year Jews for Jesus style. He reported, “Between December 29th and January 3rd, we made our way through the city wearing Jews for Jesus beanies, reaching out with the gospel and having lots of fun. We participated with the New York branch of Jews for Jesus to reach the masses that flock to Times Square on New Year’s Eve.
“Besides giving out thousands of pieces of gospel literature, we spent time in the Word, in prayer and in worship. We celebrated Hanukkah and discussed important identity issues that Jewish believers face today.
“We also had a citywide scavenger hunt, a trip to Ellis Island, a viewing and discussion on the Israeli film Ushpizin, an evening of ice skating and some fantastic cuisine. It was a terrific time of ministry and fun as we spent time together in the Big Apple.”
New Year’s in New York is a great time for building community among the next generation of Jewish believers in Jesus. For some, it is a first taste of what it’s like to reach out to other Jewish people with the gospel of peace.
Jews for Jesus has been handing out tracts at the annual Rose Bowl Parade since 1975. Last year was the first time we were truly rained out. However, our Los Angeles missionaries and volunteers still reached the crowds with our gospel broadsides at the float-viewing event after the parade. Please pray for good weather this year! As in New York, the Rose Bowl outreach is a great time of community building as well as a wonderful opportunity to help people start the year the best way possible … by considering the new life that only Jesus can give!