These are just a few highlights from the first few days of the Sharon campaign, which began the day after Moishe’s homegoing.
Casey, one of our American campaigners, told Oded, one of our Israeli staff, that she was feeling ineffective as most people seemed to be uninterested and closed to the gospel. Oded reminded her that God had brought her to this campaign and she could trust Him. Within the next five minutes, Casey began witnessing to an English-speaking shopkeeper. When she had explained the gospel, he indicated that he believed and wanted to pray to receive the Lord. Casey couldn’t believe it, and explained the gospel again. The shopkeeper insisted, “I want Mashiach now!” So she prayed with him. Afterward she reviewed the gospel yet a third time—and he brought her into his store to introduce her to the other employees, asking her to give them literature.
Heather was with a team in Herzylia. They were handing out leaflets near a club, asking people, “Do you know who Jesus is and do you know what He did?” One young woman left her place in the line outside the club to come and talk. Heather explained the gospel and told her what it meant to receive Y’shua (Jesus) as Lord and Savior. When she invited the girl to repent of her sins and surrender her life into Y’shua’s hands, the girl said she wanted to do so. As they started to pray, about five of the girl’s friends came to drag her back into the crowd. Heather followed after and heard the friends laughing and mocking. She told the girl who’d begun to pray, “God cannot be mocked. Do you really want to do this?” The girl replied, “They are mocking, but I really want to do this,” and together they finished the prayer.
Tuvya began witnessing to a couple of men on the beach at Herzylia. They were cynical and angry about the fact that as homosexuals they were hated and have suffered at the hands of religious people. As Tuvya patiently persisted, one of the guys asked him, “Are you happy?” Tuvya responded, “No. Happiness comes and goes. In fact today I am grieving for the death of a friend.” The man appreciated Tuvya’s transparency, and Tuvya went on to explain that believers in Jesus have hope and a foundation of joy in life. He also pointed out that although Jewish believers in Y’shua are treated like second-class citizens, we are glad to come tell people about real joy in life. The demeanor of both mean profoundly changed. They didn’t give any contact information, “But,” Tuvya said, “I have no doubt that they were both deeply moved by the power of the living God. It was a very spiritual moment.”
Heather shared the gospel with a Jewish grandfather. After she explained the gospel, he said, “How can I come to Y’shua? She said, “First you must believe he died for your sins. Do you believe he died to be a kapporah (atonement) for your sins?” He said, “Yes.” She went on to explain, “This is a covenant between you and the almighty God based on what Jesus did. In order to come to the Lord Jesus, you must repent and ask for forgiveness of your sins. Then you must ask Jesus to come into your heart and begin a new work in your heart. Do you want to do this?” The man prayed with her and then said, “My life is totally empty. I have two cars, two houses and I eat steak, but I am empty. When I was saying the prayer, I felt something happening to me. What must I do now?” Heather promised to send him more information, encouraged him to go to a congregation and told him that someone would contact him to help him grow in his faith.
For more details on the Behold Your God campaign that took place in May, see the June edition of RealTime.