Bits from Massah and Summer Campaign
Here are some glimpses of how God answered prayer last summer—to encourage you to pray for the evangelism taking place right now!
Ben: So many nights after a long day, we go out and talk to people who are enjoying the Tel Aviv nightlife. Last Thursday, my team–four of us–went to an area where there are a lot of clubs. Many people wait outside for their friends to meet them. They are totally willing to talk about anything until their friends arrive. Everyone wonders why we Americans are out in the Tel Aviv nightlife. This allows us to explain our group, what we think and so on.
It was after midnight when Elissa and I started talking to three gentlemen who have known each other since they were boys. They were good friends. One guy did most of the talking; he was mostly happy being a secular Jew, but had some issues dealing with hurt and loneliness. We were able to tell him how we deal with these issues through our relationship with Yeshua. As we were leaving, I asked if they know about Yeshua more than just from movies. They did not know much. So I took out a Brit Hadasha, a New Testament in Hebrew. I told them what it was and that it has reliable and true information about Yeshua. They looked at it and were very impressed that it was in Hebrew, not English. [When] they said they did not know what to do with it while they go out, I suggested that since it was small it could fit in a pocket. They decided to keep it. Our team had chances to witness to five more Israelis in one hour. Wow, God can do amazing things with a tired team of workers!
Daniel: After a week in Leh, our team made the long trip down south over the second highest pass in the world (5600 meters). The trip was one obstacle after another—a flipped over truck or two, closed road blockade, a truck stuck in the waterfall that the road goes through, and so many more. But every time, our driver got us through. God has been protecting us and watching over the group.
We spent two days back together as a whole team and then split up again into smaller teams, going to different areas for our last week of evangelism. There have been many great opportunities for evangelism and altogether we’ve talked to over a hundred Israelis about Yeshua. Yesterday, Isaac prayed with two Indian men to receive the Lord!
Liz: I’m learning how honored I am to have Jesus in my life. He’s more than someone to pray to when I’m afraid, more than someone to talk to when I can’t fall asleep. He is someone who has loved me enough to ask me to help Him, who blesses my life with purpose. Truly, sharing the gospel with others has been such a blessing to ME. Does this make sense? They say you learn something the best when you explain it to others. I’m learning. Hallelujah.
New York City Summer Witnessing Campaign
Sorcha and Patrick were passing out broadsides, waiting for team member Isaac to finish up with a conversation. A man stopped and began trying to provoke Sorcha. He boasted that he was happy with his life, but Sorcha replied that she didn’t believe him, pointing out that he seemed lonely and discontent, out on the streets late at night hitting on girls. The conversation turned to Jesus and Edwin prayed to receive the Lord into his life.
Giselle was at Highline Park where she met a man calling himself Viking, who claimed to be a committed atheist. Giselle said “We’re committed believers, and I want to tell you that God loves you.” He completely softened and began to pour out the details of his life. We hope and pray that he’ll see that God is real and is after his heart. Please pray for him.
Guy met a man named Benjamin who was raised by a Jewish father and a Gentile mother. He had heard the gospel before but had never considered it for himself. Guy explained how the Jewish Scriptures are fulfilled in the New Testament with the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. When Guy asked Benjamin if there was any reason that he should not ask Jesus into his heart right then to save him from his sins, he said no. So Guy asked if he would want to pray to ask Jesus to come into his heart and he was very eager to do so. After they prayed, Benjamin told Guy that he knew that this encounter was from God, and that he was enthusiastic about his new life in Yeshua.
Sara was encouraged when a Jewish man named Brandon said he liked her shirt and that he had prayed to receive Jesus with one of the Jews for Jesus campaigners a few summers ago!