I found my two weeks of Campaign training in Chicago quite rigorous but very enjoyable. I appreciated most the lasting things I took with me from that experience.
I came away with friendships. As we all strove to meet deadlines, memorize Scripture, and write papers as creatively as possible, I became closely bonded with many people I had never met before. I made new friends from Australia, Canada, Israel and all around the United States. In a very short time we learned to support one another through prayer and encouraging words, to be interdependent in our team accomplishments and to set our mutual sights on our common objective—winning souls to Jesus the Messiah.
I came away with an extra dose of boldness. As we took the time to consider what motivates people to respond as they do, we learned to address the real issues in our conversations on the streets. We learned not to be afraid of moving past false objections to get to the real questions. This entailed a great deal of self-examination. I had to ask myself why I had been afraid before to close the sale,” just to ask people straight out if they would like to pray to receive Christ. I found the answer uncomfortable, to say the least. I realized that my fear of rejection had hindered me, as though by refusing the gospel, people were refusing me. It was a hard lesson and an ongoing one, but it bore fruit. That introspection led me to a bolder approach in my witnessing.
I came away with memories of accomplishment and growth. I recall the hard work, the testing and the relinquishing of personal goals in exchange for ministry goals. I remember lively discussions over lunch and dinner in the cafeteria and wonderful street rallies where we ministered to dozens of people.
I also came away with resolve. I determined that the next year, if possible, I would like to repeat the experience.
Even more rewarding than Summer Campaign training is the Campaign itself. I heartily recommend Jews for Jesus’ annual Summer Witnessing Campaign for those who don’t mind being stretched to their limits in order to bear much fruit in their Christian lives and to take with them lasting memories of friendships, boldness and resolve.