Hey, if you don’t know any Jewish people, you can look in the phone book for surnames that are always Jewish: Cohen, Katz, Levy, Rosen (and anything that begins with Rosen, like Rosenberg, Rosenbloom or Rosenfeld). Decide how many people you want to call each day, and try telling them something like this:
Mr. Cohen, I get a wonderful publication from an organization called Jews for Jesus. I realize you might not think it’s wonderful but they say good things about Israel and they help Christians appreciate Jews. Would you mind if I sent you a piece of their mail? It doesn’t cost anything and no one will show up at your door unless you let them know you are interested.”
Most of the people will probably say “no” but if you make enough calls, someone is bound to show some interest. At that point, you can take their mailing address and send it to us, along with their name and phone number. We will then send them a Letter of Witness, a copy of ISSUES (our publication for Jewish seekers) and an offer for a free book. It is important that you allow us to send evangelistic literature, please do not send your copy of the Jews for Jesus Newsletter as we write that for you, committed believers in Jesus, not those who are seeking.
Whether or not you plan to have your own witnessing campaign, here are four tips that I hope will be a help and encouragement for you to share your faith with Jews and Gentiles:
1. God told you to proclaim not persuade, so don’t feel like you’ve failed if your friend is not immediately convinced.
2. Remember that your message is about Jesus, so no matter how interesting your own life is, when you give a story make sure that He’s the hero of your story.
3. God uses imperfect vessels; don’t worry about making mistakes. You can’t turn anybody off when the Holy Spirit is turning them on.
4. Sow a lot of seed; let the Holy Spirit water it and know that there will be a harvest!
Don’t forget to write in with your questions about “What do I say when they say…” if you have been stumped while witnessing to a Jewish person. Moishe will begin addressing those questions in next month’s newsletter.