Bits From the Branches
Jesus Does What Communists Couldn’t
In Moscow, an elderly man named Leonid committed his life to Jesus. Outreach worker Ella discipled him. She says, During our first meetings, he was always angry and nervous, obsessed with politics, complaining about how bad the President is, etc. But as he began walking with God, Leonid gradually changed. His heart softened, his face became younger, his eyes brightened, he began to smile.”
Ella recently met Leonid in the street, and he was smiling to himself. She told him how striking the changes in him were. He replied that he now thinks about God and puts all his hopes in Him. He said with enthusiasm that God answered his prayers. Ella says, “Communists wanted to forge a new man. Well, Jesus is able to accomplish what Soviet power was unable to!”
Cheese Is Nice but It Can’t Save Your Soul!
In San Francisco, missionary Robyn Wilk and volunteer Anna were handing out broadsides (tracts) titled “Rat Race” when a lady politely asked what they were about. When she heard the reply, “Jesus,” she refused the tract, explaining that she was lactose intolerant. It turns out the lady thought she heard “cheeses.” Despite our less-than-subtle “Jews for Jesus” T-shirts, we’re occasionally mistaken for Jews for cheeses—the more liberal spin-off from Hasids* for Havarti. (*an ultra-Orthodox Jewish sect)
“Believe in the Lord Jesus and You Will Be Saved—You and Your Household”
In Buenos Aires, when missionary Carlos Morgenfeld led a Jewish woman named Debbie Romano to the Lord, he rejoiced to see her sincerity and commitment. Soon her sister and her mother were also open to Bible study.
The only one in the family actively resisting the Lord is Debbie’s father, Isaac. Isaac’s resistance to Jesus is the major obstacle for Debbie’s sister and mother to know Jesus. Please pray for Isaac to be saved so that we may soon see the blessings of Acts 16:31.
An Unexpected Response
In Toronto, missionary Marcello Araujo presented a Christ in the Passover demonstration for a group of 30 teenagers. One young man was laughing and talking to his friend through most of the presentation. It wasn’t surprising that the disrupter was the first to leave afterward. What was surprising was that he returned after all the other teens had left. He introduced himself as Sandro and apologized for his distracting behavior. He told Marcello that this was the first time that he could see how real Jesus is, and he wanted to give his life to Him! He asked Marcello what he had to do, and Marcello led him through a prayer of repentance and commitment. He then asked Sandro to tell someone else what he had done. As Marcello was leaving, Sandro returned with his parents and told them in Marcello’s hearing that he had accepted Jesus as his Lord. His parents were thrilled. They said, “We’ve been praying for this to happen, and had almost given up hope.”
A Dog’s Life
In Los Angeles (actually Orange County), missionary Rob Wertheim was following up with people who responded to our most recent gospel ad in the secular media. He decided to drop in at the home of Bosco Murphy. Bosco had no telephone listing and his name didn’t sound especially Jewish, but Rob was in the area and did not want to neglect a possible ministry opportunity. Too bad Bosco turned out to be a dog. Bosco’s owner was not interested in Jesus and thought the neighborhood children had pulled a prank. “But,” says Rob, “it was a fitting day to follow up on Bosco since it was raining cats and dogs!”
Networking for Jesus
A Christian man named Ban was “surfing the [world wide] web” for a ministry to help him share the gospel with his Jewish friend, Haim. He discovered our web site* and met our scholar-in-residence/web master Rich Robinson. Rich passed his information to our San Francisco branch, and two weeks later chief of station David Mishkin was sitting down with Ban and Haim for a visit! Haim is an Israeli who is skeptical but curious. David lent him a book of Israeli testimonies in Hebrew and they plan to meet again to study the Bible. (*printed at the bottom of page 2)