Bits from the Branches
Joshua Turnil reports, “I was between visits with Jewish people when I received a call from a pastor who wanted some advice. A woman from his church had brought a Jewish colleague to worship, so the pastor was asking about how to witness to Jewish people. After a while, I came to know and speak with Yves (the Jewish visitor) on the phone. He was born in France, but when he was 13, moved to Israel. He now lives back in France and was attracted to the living faith of this small, rural church. What joy it was for me when Yves decided to accept Yeshua and be baptized. The pastor called me again to speak about the baptism. We talked a little and prayed together, rejoicing in how God used the partnership between our mission and a local church to help this Jewish man come to Messiah.”
Kata Tar reports, “I was helping an elderly lady as she made her way down the high steps of a trolley with heavy bags. She, in turn, started a friendly conversation. We were startled to discover that we live on the same block and are both Jewish. She mentioned that there is ‘another of us’ [Jewish woman] on the block. After we said goodbye, I realized that she told me her name—Veronika—but no more details. I sent up a quick prayer to God to help me find her again.
“Then one Saturday somebody knocked on my door. A petite lady asked politely if I could read and evaluate the CVs of the candidates for an upcoming election. I invited her in and started reading. Meanwhile she was looking around. ‘You have a nice lamp,’ she commented, indicating my menorah. Soon she was telling me about her life in the Jewish orphanage after she lost her parents in the Shoah [Nazi Holocaust]. So I asked, “Do you happen to know another one of us in the block, called Veronika?” “Of course, she is my friend.” Gabi gave me both her and Veronika’s number and invited me over for further conversation. Please pray for my witness to these women in my neighborhood.”
New York City
Shoshannah Weinisch reports from Manhattan: “Suzy is Jewish and is in her 70s. We met her during on our 2012 summer witnessing campaign. She was not what I’d call open to the gospel.
“I kept in touch with Suzy and recently we met for coffee. She was pretty direct in stating she had no interest in spiritual matters, but I was praying for an open door. Finally, I said, ‘Life is difficult isn’t it?’ ‘No,’ Suzy replied, ‘life isn’t.’ But when I mentioned some hardships she had told me about, Suzy admitted that life had been difficult for her. ‘Do you know why life is difficult?’ I asked. ‘No,’ said Suzy, ‘do you?’ ‘Yes,’ I replied. Here was my open door. ‘If you read the first three chapters of your Hebrew Bible, you will know too!’ ‘Really?’ said Suzy, ‘I will read it.’ ‘And then we can talk about it,’ I added. We agreed.
“It can be discouraging when people don’t seem willing to receive our ministry. But if we hang in there, we may find a window of opportunity. ‘And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart’ (Galatians 6:9).”
Melissa Moskowitz reports from Brooklyn, “My dog walker left town rather suddenly. For me, walking a 77-pound golden retriever is not a joy. Coincidentally—or not—I was at the vet for my dog Strider’s exam when the technician who hoisted him up on the table turned and said, ‘You know, I also walk dogs.’
“He came to walk Strider the next day. It was Friday, so I invited him for Shabbat. He said, ‘I’m Jewish, but not very religious.’ I said, ‘I’m a Jew who believes in Jesus.’ That night he came with his brother. They had dinner, heard the Bible teaching and chatted with several of the other young men. God gave me the help I needed while providing these guys an opportunity to learn about Him!”
Editor: We love our dogs and we love opportunities to share the gospel … and we especially love it when our dogs open up opportunities to share the gospel!