Please see your campaign bookmark (enclosed) and pray for this month’s outreaches in New York City, London, and Paris.

If you are new to Jews for Jesus and don’t know what a Summer Witnessing Campaign is all about, we hope some of these reports from the year 2000 Campaigns in New York and St. Petersburg will encourage you to be praying this year:

FROM CHICAGO

(during training for the New York campaign):

Bimini Cohen: I stopped Ram to tell him the gospel, and he said he’d actually been thinking that it might be true. But when I invited him to pray and receive salvation in Jesus, he said he was in a hurry to catch a bus. About one third of the way down the block however, he turned around, came back and said, ‘I want to pray now!'”

FROM NEW YORK:

Vicki Abramson: “Gus was playing his guitar on the street and he struck up a conversation with Sarah Abramson and me. A friend of his came up and joined the conversation. As we started to leave, Gus called out, ‘Wait, come back for a second.’ I asked if he had ever asked God to come into his life, and he hadn’t. ‘Would you like to?’ I offered. He looked down for awhile, then he looked up and said, ‘Yes, I would.’ With tear-filled eyes, Gus prayed with us to receive Jesus.” Also from Vicki: “Another Gus asked what I was handing out (he was an onduty policeman). ‘It’s free literature about Jesus,’ I told him. ‘What do you think of Jesus?’ I continued. ‘I was raised Catholic,’ he said, ‘but I never believed in Jesus, and I never wanted to go to church.’ I asked if he wanted to believe in Jesus now and he said he didn’t know if he was willing to change his lifestyle. I explained that God had the power to change Gus, if he wanted God in his life. He then prayed to receive the free gift of salvation!”

Dan Sered: “It was morning rush hour and I was handing out broadsides in Columbus Circle. A Jewish woman, around 50 years old, approached me and said, ‘The first time I saw you, I said, “Never!” I was so angry, I just walked right by. The second week, I took a tract and threw it right in the garbage. The third week, I took one and put it in my pocket to throw away when I got home. This week, I’m taking one, and I think I’ll read it!'”

Garrett Smith: “We obtained a music permit and set up our Klezmer band (with eight campaigners) on the platform of the Federal Reserve building (right across from the New York Stock Exchange). It was lunchtime—all of Wall Street could hear us. While one of the team members started telling about Jesus from the platform, I asked two Orthodox Jewish women what they thought of the music. ‘Shhhh!’ they both said. ‘We want to hear what this guy is saying!'”

David Brickner: “Outside Coconuts Record Shop, Jose, a young man in his mid-twenties, stared at my shirt and asked, ‘Jews for Jesus, what’s that?’ ‘I’m Jewish and I believe Jesus is the Messiah,’ I said. Then I asked what he thought about Jesus. ‘I think he’s God, but I don’t know. I bought a Bible recently, but I’m not sure where to begin.’ I explained the gospel to Jose and offered to pray with him to receive Jesus. ‘Yes!’ he asserted, ‘I do want to receive Jesus!’ We prayed and he left. But five minutes later he came back to thank me and tell me how great he felt. He wondered if I could give him that prayer in writing. I gave him a card with the prayer on it. Five minutes later he returned yet again to thank me! It was a joy to see Jose so excited about his decision to follow Jesus!”

FROM ST. PETERSBURG

Galina Bogomolova: “It was a day of terrible opposition. Every time I’d talk to someone about Yeshua, someone else tried to interrupt us. At one point, someone cried out, ‘When will the Jews leave Russia in peace?’ ‘I don’t know, but I’m busy right now,’ I replied, for at that moment I was leading a woman in a prayer of salvation! Praise Messiah Yeshua that He [who is in us] is greater than he who is in the world!”

Anatoly Emma: “While handing out tracts at the Metro, I recognized a Jewish man named Arnold whom I had met two days earlier. Before I could say anything, he told me he had already received our literature and that he liked what he read. We discussed the material more and I offered to pray with him to receive Jesus as his Savior. He readily accepted, and together we prayed a prayer of salvation. Praise God!”

Also from Anatoly: “A Jewish man named David stood and watched us for a while. Then he asked me why some of us wore jackets that read, ‘Not Jews, but for Jesus.’ I explained that some who were handing out literature were not Jewish, but that we all believed in Jesus. I asked if he believed in Jesus, and he told me that he’d begun thinking about God while he was a prisoner of war in Chechnya. I explained the gospel to him and afterward, David prayed with me to receive Yeshua.”Five minutes later he returned yet again to thank me! It was a joy to see Jose so excited about his decision to follow Jesus!”

FROM ST. PETERSBURG

Galina Bogomolova: “It was a day of terrible opposition. Every time I’d talk to someone about Yeshua, someone else tried to interrupt us. At one point, someone cried out, ‘When will the Jews leave Russia in peace?’ ‘I don’t know, but I’m busy right now,’ I replied, for at that moment I was leading a woman in a prayer of salvation! Praise Messiah Yeshua that He [who is in us] is greater than he who is in the world!”

Anatoly Emma: “While handing out tracts at the Metro, I recognized a Jewish man named Arnold whom I had met two days earlier. Before I could say anything, he told me he had already received our literature and that he liked what he read. We discussed the material more and I offered to pray with him to receive Jesus as his Savior. He readily accepted, and together we prayed a prayer of salvation. Praise God!”

Also from Anatoly: “A Jewish man named David stood and watched us for a while. Then he asked me why some of us wore jackets that read, ‘Not Jews, but for Jesus.’ I explained that some who were handing out literature were not Jewish, but that we all believed in Jesus. I asked if he believed in Jesus, and he told me that he’d begun thinking about God while he was a prisoner of war in Chechnya. I explained the gospel to him and afterward, David prayed with me to receive Yeshua.”