Hanna Wago: March 13, 1895 to March 11, 1985
Two days short of her 90th birthday Mother Wago,” a dear saint of God, was called to her eternal reward. Although she was born a Gentile (of German parents in Russia), her love and zeal for Jewish people often exceeded that of many of Abraham’s physical seed.
She was married in 1933 to Oscar Wago, a Jewish believer and missionary to the Jews. Together they served under the American Board of Missions to the Jews in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After her husband’s death in 1940, Mrs. Wago moved to Denver, Colorado, where she labored for the Lord under the same mission board until 1970. Even after her official retirement at that time, she continued to serve through Bible studies and a forthright word for the cause of Jewish evangelism at every opportunity. Although afflicted with infirmities for many years, she gave selflessly of her time and energy to the Lord and to the cause she loved until shortly before her final decline.
Hanna Wago had no physical children, but she left many spiritual children and grandchildren who came to faith through her ministry. Among these are my husband Moishe and I. Beloved Bible teacher and mentor in the early days of our faith, she left an indelible impression upon us and upon thousands of others through the ministry to which God called us. As a final loving tribute to Hanna Wago’s memory, we present the following Bible study taken from a study guide that she compiled.
Pray for Israel — Love Israel — Witness to Israel
Because Israel is beloved of God for the fathers’ sake (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob), and holds a high place in Gods’ favor.
Isa. 43:4; Isa. 46:13; Isa. 49:15, 16; Jer. 31:3-12; Hos. 14:4-7; Zeph. 3:17-20; Zech. 2:8; Rom. 11:28, 29; Jer. 31:35-37; Isa. 54:11-17.
Because it is God’s command.
1 Sam. 12:23; Psa. 122:6; Isa. 62:6, 7; Ezek. 2:7; Ezek. 3:17-19; Ezek. 33:7, 8; Luke 24:47; Acts 1:8; Acts 26:20; Rom. 1:16.
(It does not teach preference but God’s divinely ordained order.)
Because they are lost and need to be saved.
Isa. 53:6; Isa. 5:13; Ezek. 18:20; Hos. 14:1; Ezek. 33:10, 11; John 8:24; Rom. 3:9-12; Rom. 10:12-17; Gal. 2:16.
Because the Body of Christ is made up of Jews and Gentiles.
Rom. 11:23; 1 Cor. 12:13, 14; Gal. 3:28; Eph. 2:1-Chap. 3:12.
Because God promises us blessing.
Gen. 12:3; Gen. 27:29; Psa. 122:6; Matt. 25:40; James 5:20.
Because God promises punishment for those who persecute them.
Gen. 12:3; Matt. 25:31-46; Isa. 54:15; Jer. 30:11, 20; Joel 3:2, 7; Zech. 14:12.
Because Christians are debtors to the Jews.
John 4:22; Rom. 9:4, 5; Rom. 1:16; Rom. 15:27; Acts 13:26, 27; Gen. 25-27; Heb. 11.
The rich young ruler asked, “What must I do to have eternal life?” Nicodemus, a great ruler in Israel, asked the same question. The answer has always been the same for both Jew and Gentile.
When the head of the human race fell into sin, all men became sinners. To be restored to God’s favor and have eternal life, man must be saved (converted), or renewed in spirit, after the image of Him that created him. This experience is a miracle and only God can perform it.
Lev. 16:30, 31; Lev. 18:26; Isa. 45:21-25; Psa. 80:3-7; Psa. 51:11-15; Isa. 6:10; Psa. 13:5, 6.
“Conversion,” or being “saved” is also called “circumcision of the heart.”
Deut 10:12-17; Isa. 64:5, 6; Lev. 26:40-45; Jer. 4:4; Jer. 6:9, 10; Jer. 9:26.
The prophets of God, looking into the future, saw a day coming when the division between the Jews and Gentiles, the wall of partition, would be taken away. That event was always connected with the coming of the Messiah.
Isa. 53:6; Isa. 42:1-6; Isa. 45:21-25; Isa. 54:5; Deut. 31:11-13; Gen. 12:3; Isa. 11:10; Isa. 60:3; Mal. 1:11.