Recently I spoke at the funeral of a Jewish believer in Jesus named Barbara whom I had discipled. I emphasized to those who gathered that Barbara had realized that Jesus was the promised Messiah for whom the Jewish people had been waiting. God used Barbara’s story in her life as well as in her death. While it was difficult to say goodbye, it was a joy to see her complete her race and know that she was in the presence of her Lord.
Two weeks after the funeral, I received a call from Frankie, a Christian woman who had attended the service. Frankie is a hairdresser who frequently witnesses to her Jewish clients. She was thrilled to discover that Jews for Jesus exists to reach people, and especially Jewish people, with the gospel. She wanted me to know that she had given my telephone number to a client who seemed particularly interested in knowing more about Jesus.
Soon after, I received a call from Tracy. Tracy had been surrounded” as she put it by Christians all her life and had finally decided to search for some answers. She especially wanted to know if she could embrace Jesus as her Messiah and remain Jewish. I have begun meeting with her on a regular basis for Bible study.
God is gracious to give us opportunities to use life events (such as funerals) as a story to His reality and faithfulness. Barbara’s faithfulness to make sure her funeral was a story converged with Frankie’s faithfulness to tell her Jewish friends about Jesus and has enabled me to have a ministry to Tracy. I believe that she is close to making a decision and would appreciate your prayers during her time of searching.
I want you to know that I have seen my outreach to Jewish people multiply because of fellow believers [like you who are reading this!] who are willing to join us in the harvest.