Most of you cannot be with our team in Israel this month, or even in New York City this July . . . but you can still have your own personal witnessing campaign.
Hey, if you don’t know any Jewish people, you can look in the phone book for surnames that are always Jewish: Cohen, Katz, Levy, Rosen (and anything that begins with Rosen, like Rosenberg, Rosenbloom or Rosenfeld). Decide how many people you want to call each day, and try telling them something like this:
“Mr. Cohen, I get a wonderful publication from an organization called Jews for Jesus. I realize you might not think it’s wonderful but they say good things about Israel and they help Christians appreciate Jews. Would you mind if I sent you a piece of their mail? It doesn’t cost anything and no one will show up at your door unless you let them know you are interested.” Most of the people will probably say “no” but if you make enough calls, someone is bound to show some interest. At that point, you can take their mailing address and send it to us, along with their name and phone number. We will then send them a Letter of Witness, a copy of ISSUES (our publication for Jewish seekers) and an offer for a free book. It is important that you allow us to send evangelistic literature; please do not send your own copy of the Jews for Jesus Newsletter because we write that for you, committed believers in Jesus, not to those who are seeking.
Whether or not you plan to have your own witnessing campaign, here are four tips that I hope will help and encourage you to share your faith with Jews and Gentiles:
1. God told you to proclaim, not persuade, so don’t feel like you’ve failed if your friend is not immediately convinced.
2. Remember that your message is about Jesus, so no matter how interesting your own life is, when you give a story make sure that He’s the hero of your story.
3. God uses imperfect vessels; don’t worry about making mistakes. You can’t turn anybody off when the Holy Spirit is turning them on.
4. Sow a lot of seed; let the Holy Spirit water it and know that there will be a harvest!
Ed: If you would like Moishe to answer a question that you have about witnessing to Jewish people, please write to me, Ruth Rosen, at Jews for Jesus, 60 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA 94102. We might be able to use your question for Moishe’s Musings. Moishe particularly enjoys answering questions that begin: “What do I say when they say . . .”
A 60th Birthday Quiz
- What is the title of Israel’s national anthem (either in Hebrew or English)?
- Who wrote the lyrics?
- Was it written before or after Israel’s statehood in 1948?
- What is the melody of the anthem based on?
- Where else might you hear that melody?
- Can you describe the colors and design of the Israeli flag?
- What piece of clothing was the inspiration for the flag’s design?
- What did an Israeli flag “win” in 2007?
- Hatikvah, the Hope.
- Naftali Herz Imber, a secular Jew from Galicia, who later became a Christian.
- Imber wrote the words as part of a nine-stanza poem in 1878.
- The melody for Hatikvah is based on “La Mantovana,” a 16th-century Italian song.
- Bedrich Smetana used the melody in his famous piece “Die Moldau.”
- Two blue stripes (at top and bottom of flag) and a blue star of David in the center of a white field.
- A tallis (prayer shawl).
- An Israeli flag measuring 660 by100 meters and weighing 5.2 tons was unfurled near Masada, an ancient Jewish fortress. This flag won the Guinness World Record for the largest flag on earth, with a total area of 18,843 square meters (that’s a total area of 202,823.55 square feet).