I have a friend in the Midwest named Frank. Frank is a godly man, but he isn’t a missionary or a minister. He works in a factory. Frank isn’t Jewish; in fact, he hasn’t had very much acquaintance with Jewish people in his 50-some years of living. But because Frank loves the Lord Jesus, the Jewish Messiah, he loves the Jewish people.
In particular, Frank had a special burden for a Jewish family in his area. One of their two sons was handicapped. Frank began spending time with this family, and especially with the handicapped boy, who loved to play ping pong. Frank often went to the family home, where he would play game after game of ping pong with him.
About that time, Frank asked me if I could help him to witness to that Jewish family. While I was visiting in Frank’s hometown, I had the opportunity to accompany him to their home where I, too, played ping pong. Frank introduced me as a Jewish person who believed in Jesus, but not much else was said about religion at that time.
After our visit, I left some evangelistic materials with Frank. Among them was our book Share the New Life with a Jew, written specifically to help Christians witness to Jewish people. I tried to encourage Frank. I told him that the first step in witnessing to anyone is to make friends with that person; and he certainly had started the right way. Then I told him that I would be praying for him as he continued his relationship with that family.
Every now and again I heard from Frank. Gradually he was having more opportunities to discuss his faith with his Jewish friends. Then I heard some wonderful news. One of the family had come to Christ, and another was very close to making a decision.
I am telling you this story as an encouragement. Many of you who read this are like Frank—or at least you could be. You probably are not Jewish, nor a missionary or a minister. But like Frank, you do love the Lord Jesus and, consequently, the Jewish people. Jews for Jesus would love to help you have a rewarding witnessing experience like Frank’s. We have the knowledge and materials to do this.
You might want to order our Share the New Life with a Jew book or other of our evangelistic materials. Perhaps you’d like us to contact your Jewish friend. Just know this: God will honor his word as it is faithfully proclaimed by his children—and we at Jews for Jesus are here to help in any way we can.
…And You Can Help Us By Being A Bird Dog” For Jesus…
Bird dog n. 1: a gundog framed to hunt or retrieve birds; 2: one who seeks out something for another; 3: Jews for Jesus designation for a friend who points out to us a Jewish person who wants to know more about Jesus.
If Jews for Jesus has ever come to your church or fellowship, or if any of us have ever spoken to you or sent you a letter, you have probably heard us say, “Send us the names and addresses of your Jewish friends who might like to hear from us about why we as Jews believe that Jesus is the Jewish Messiah.”
When you send in those names, you help us do our work. If you have ever done that, that makes you a bird dog for Jesus. And if you haven’t yet, think about it. Maybe someone will come to mind. We can use all the help we can get.