Eli Birnbaum reports, “We hosted another art exhibit at the Moishe Rosen Center here in Florentin: ‘India in the Eyes of the Traveler’ was a collection of the work of 15 photographers and one sketch artist. We opened our doors and hosted an event that any India lover would enjoy. Our objective for this and other events is to be relevant as a community of Jewish believers in Yeshua, and an active agent in our own neighborhood/culture.
“One of the photographers had been doing research on the concept of the Messiah for an art project. It was a very interesting interaction as we explained our belief that the Messiah has already come and how He, Yeshua, has changed our lives. Our hope and faith in Him are forever shaping our actions. We gave her a Y’shua book and we hope to hear more from her as she continues to discover what the Messiah was supposed to accomplish and how this was to affect the world. She wants to hold her final project exhibition about Messiah here at the Moishe Rosen Center!
“One by one, the photographers approached us to let us know how honored and grateful they were to have their work shown in such an exhibition, and they also wanted to know more about the place. We tell everyone that we are Jews for Jesus and that the Center is named for the founder of our ministry, an American Jew who came to embrace Yeshua as his Messiah. We explained how we use our building for our own events and studies. But our interest goes beyond our own use, as we want to be available to those around us and share what we have with our neighbors. (This is often surprising to people, who are accustomed to thinking of religious people as focused inwards and not especially engaged with those around them.)
“In addition to enjoying the exhibition, visitors were invited to be photographed with a setting familiar to anyone who’s traveled in India. The back of a bus! It was my concept, my wife Shoshana created the poster and our maintenance man did the cardboard cutout. Teamwork! As you can see, people had a lot of fun with it.
“201 people came through our doors to view the gallery. Of them, 177 were Jewish people who do not yet believe in Jesus. We had a total of 30 visits with Jewish unbelievers (extended conversations in which we opened Scriptures and explained why we believe Yeshua is the Messiah), in addition to some amount of gospel interaction with almost everyone that came. We ended our time with a concert from an upcoming artist who wrote his entire album while traveling in India.
“Please pray for the exhibitors as well as those who came to see the exhibit at the Moishe Rosen Center, that they will return to hear more about Yeshua.”
Editor’s note: This gallery dovetailed with our Massah program, an annual short-term mission trip to India where we meet many Israeli backpackers and have opportunities to share the gospel. India is one of the major destinations for Israelis who have finished their military service and are traveling to get a different perspective.
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