The first (and sometimes only) interaction that many Jewish people have with Jews for Jesus is through social media. When the coronavirus pandemic forced people to shelter at home, social media became even more of a global hub for people looking to connect with other people over important issues—and we have been right there with the gospel message of hope!
We aim to provoke thought, prompt deep questions, and create opportunities for people to engage in conversations about Jesus, the Jewish Messiah. Thanks to your prayerful support, we are interacting with more Jewish people online than ever before.
Stephanie reports from our communications team: “Reuben* is a Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) man who contacted us over Facebook. He began by asking whether we observe certain Jewish holidays, but it soon became clear that he had a much bigger question. He wrote, ‘I have been an Orthodox Jew for a long time but recently have been interested in Jesus as the fulfillment of the messianic predictions in the Hebrew Bible.’ Reuben asked many thoughtful questions, and eventually agreed to give us his contact information so he could hear from one of our missionaries! Please pray that Reuben and many others who engage with us on social medial will come to recognize Jesus as the Messiah our prophets foretold!”
Roughly 11,000 people see Facebook posts like this one every day. Many people like Reuben interact with us, but God can use the gospel content to work in the hearts of the “silent wallflowers.” In addition to our Facebook posts, every month we’ve been reaching nearly 100,000 people per platform on our main Instagram and Twitter pages! Praise God and please pray for the individuals that these numbers represent—that whether or not they interact with us, they would seek the truth.
Recently, we posted an article about why many Jewish people don’t believe Jesus is the Messiah. We intended to start a conversation about how to be sensitive when sharing the gospel with Jewish friends and family. Many Jewish people who don’t yet believe in Jesus saw it—and left more than 800 comments! While most of these interactions were argumentative, it gave us the opportunity to respond in love and speak truth.
Ketzia, an intern with our communications team, reports: “Moshe* came across the article and left several comments, and then he also visited our Canadian Facebook page. He clearly wanted to disprove our belief in Jesus. But he also clearly cared. I persisted in a conversation with him, patiently asking about the source of his atonement. He explained that it came as a result of acknowledging his wrongs and bettering himself. So I asked, ‘Why then the need for blood atonement in the Hebrew Scriptures? Is there any explanation to be given that would cause you to think differently about Yeshua?’ Moshe said that he would be swayed by ‘clear and unequivocal proof that Jesus is the Messiah and convincing evidence that the suffering and blood of Messiah atones for sin.’ Please pray that Moshe will continue to wrestle through these important issues, take us up on our offer to connect further, and that his eyes would be opened to the evidence that Jesus is indeed the Messiah.”
We praise God for the plentiful opportunities to have gospel interactions on social media, and we praise God for passionate and generous ministry partners like you who help make it possible for ministry like this to take place! This mission field is vast, and the work is challenging. Please remember to pray for our global social media team—for wisdom, discernment, and protection—as we share the gospel online with Jewish people every day!
*Names changed to protect privacy.