The Only Hope for Peace Was Born in the Middle East
Dear Friend in Christ,
It is our prayer, at this thanksgiving season, that your heart and home be filled with the blessings of thankfulness to God. We at Jews for Jesus are certainly thankful to God for you, and even more important, our hearts resonate along with the Apostle Paul in proclaiming, Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!”
Think about it. God has blessed each of us. We can trust Him to meet all of our needs because He’s promised to do so. Maybe you are looking for a way to show your thanks to Him. I am asking each of our staff and board members to consider what they might do to show their thanks, and I’m inviting you to thank and honor the Lord with us.
Here’s the idea: one of the bold things that Jews for Jesus does is publish full-page gospel statements as paid advertising in the secular media. Over the years, we have effectively put the gospel before more than one hundred million readers of major newspapers and magazines throughout the United States and abroad. Literally tens of thousands of individuals have read and responded to these catchy and thought-provoking statements, particularly over the Advent season.
This year I think we can capture the attention of people all across this land with this arresting statement:
“The only hope for peace was born in the Middle East”
Think about it and dream with me. Is any message more important? Of all the advent themes, the promise of “peace on earth” touches people’s deepest desires. In a time when there is so much turbulence and uncertainty, especially in the Middle East, our message of hope is a lifeline that lifts the heart and can save the soul. We can get this message out to as many people as we have the resources to reach. For example, an ad in Parade magazine nationwide reaches more than thirty million people. An ad in the Chicago Tribune reaches 684,366 people and an ad in TIME magazine reaches four million! But that ad in Parade magazine costs about $98,000, and that’s after negotiating the price. The Chicago Tribune runs about $23,000 and TIME runs about $107,000 (that’s before any kind of discount). And we’d like to place that statement in many, many more publications and even on billboards!
But to make it happen, I need your help. Enclosed is the mock-up of one of the advertisements we wish to place on billboards and in newspapers all over the United States. How can you help? Every dollar you give at this time is a step toward placing one more ad. What better way can there be for us to give thanks to God for His indescribable gift?
Now do you see the power of thanksgiving? As you join us in giving thanks to God through a special gift this month, we will amplify your thanks as we publicly proclaim the good news that two thousand years ago a child was born in the Middle East, in the town of Bethlehem. That child was born to die so that we could have the hope of peace with God. Such an indescribable gift demands unending, unspeakable thanks. Thanks that will stimulate us to surrender our lives into His hands. Thanks that will propel us to go and tell and give so that all might hear of the indescribable gift that God is offering—the person of Jesus, who alone brings peace.
Will you stand with us to make His name known in this way? Will you prayerfully consider honoring Him with your thanksgiving offering to proclaim the peace on earth that only the Prince of Peace, Jesus our Messiah can bring? Please use the enclosed card and envelope and join us as we say “thanks” to God.
Yours in the Shalom of God,
Executive Director, Missionary
David Brickner is executive director of Jews for Jesus. David oversees the world-wide ministry from its headquarters in San Francisco. David received his Master’s degree in Missiology with a concentration in Jewish Evangelism and Judaic Studies from the Fuller School of World Mission. He has authored several books, and has been interviewed on national television shows such as Larry King Live. David’s daughter Ilana is a graduate of Biola. His son Isaac is on the missionary staff of Jews for Jesus. Isaac and his wife Shaina have one daughter, Nora, and a son, Levy, which makes David part of the grandparent club, a membership he is very proud of. See more here.