Bits from the Branches
Branch leader Greg Savitt passed on the following e-mail, saying it reminded him once again how we are to sow gospel seed, and God is the One who reaps.
I want to start with a heartfelt thank you!
I don’t know if you remember me, my name is Michael. I am sure you meet with several people; you made a trip from Ft. Lauderdale to meet with me a few times. I am married to a Christian woman, if you do remember.
Anyway, I wanted to let you know that I did recently come to Christ, as well as being baptized, and I am so grateful that you helped lead the way for me! I still have not figured out how to tell my family, which has always been the problem, and I feel that if I do not, I will . . . not [be] allowing his [God’s] blessings to get through.
I know that you went through a similar experience and would love to hear your opinion on telling them . . .
I want to let you know that you have been an inspiration to me, and I appreciate your helping Jesus in his quest to grant me Salvation!
All the best to you and your family!
Oded reports, While I was on a sortie in front of Boston University, I met a young man named Craig who was very curious about Jews for Jesus. He had some church background but had never had a personal relationship with Jesus. As we talked, he was ready and willing to receive Jesus into his heart so I led him in a prayer to receive the Lord. We will ask a local church to follow up. Please pray for Craig.
“During the same sortie, I met two Jewish students (one of whom was Israeli) who claimed to be atheists. We had an in-depth conversation about Jesus, Judaism and Christianity—and how they all fit together. One student exchanged phone numbers with me, saying that he was happy to meet me and could relate to my faith from a Jewish perspective.”
Out of the “nest”
The New York training time was drawing to a close when two of our trainees reported a similar experience.
Aaron called it, “a pivotal day, as I had not been assigned to go on a sortie, but woke up and realized that for the first time ever, I wanted to hand out tracts. That sortie felt like an initiation to me, as the status of my ministry switched from ‘lease’ to ‘own.'”
Alison had scheduled herself to do extra phone calling instead of handing out tracts. Then missionary Larry Stamm mentioned that he was going on a sortie. Alison said, “I thought of telling him I’d already made other plans, but I just felt it was right to go with him. We went to West 4th Street in the Village—a new spot for me. I handed out all my broadsides and had to get more from Larry. It encouraged me and I felt that I had moved on in my training as a missionary.”
Please pray for Alison and Barry B., who are now back in the UK with our London branch; for Rachelle and Aaron Trank, who are now with our San Francisco branch; and for Deb Dubin, in our Washington, D.C. branch.
Igor Barbanel reports, “When Benzion first began receiving our literature two years ago, he decided to go to a synagogue and ask the rabbi if Jesus was the Messiah. The rabbi told him, ‘God forbid. Believing in Jesus is a great sin. You should go to synagogue, pray in the morning and in the evening, and ask forgiveness from God for such thoughts.’ After that, Benzion did not consider Jesus an option. I recently visited him and asked if the rabbi had explained why it was forbidden to believe in Jesus. He had not. I began to show Benzion certain Bible prophecies about Messiah, and watched as he grew interested. Benzion is 73 years old and is not well. Please pray that the Lord will reveal to him the truth about Yeshua and that he will receive that truth while there is time.”