Las Vegas—what a great place to challenge people to Behold Your God!” According to the April 18, 2005 edition of The Jerusalem Report, the Jewish population of Las Vegas is “now 85,000 and clocking in 600 newcomers a month.” In an article titled Viva (Jewish) Las Vegas by Sheli Teitelbaum, we read, “‘You cannot find another community, anywhere or anytime that has grown this fast this quickly,'” says Las Vegas Jewish Federation president Meyer Bodoff.…Indeed, the fastest-growing city in America—the population [of Las Vegas] has doubled since 1990 to 1.6 million [and] now boasts the fastest-growing Jewish community on the continent. The result: a profusion of new Jewish congregations, institutions and services sprouting in the 500-square-mile Las Vegas Valley like overnight blooms of desert lichen.”
Our Behold Your God Las Vegas witnessing campaign will include a unique aspect inasmuch as the campaign leader, Tuvya Zaretsky, has a keen interest in effectively ministering to Jewish-Gentile couples. In fact, his doctoral dissertation was published one year ago as Jewish-Gentile Couples: Trends, Challenges and Hopes* (*co-authored with Enoch Wan). He anticipates the start of several small groups for these couples that will continue to meet beyond the campaign, to discuss spiritual issues, including how Jesus, the Jewish Messiah, can bring spiritual harmony.
Of course the campaign will include the usual hand distribution of our broadside tracts, including one titled, “What Happens in Vegas…” which challenges the popular marketing slogan, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” The broadside points out that our choices do have consequences, but there is One who is ready to forgive us when we go astray. We also have a new tract titled “December Dilemma” that muses about the holiday choices this year, with both Christmas and Hanukkah occurring on the same date. The tract (to be included with next month’s newsletter) points out “The best gift of the season can only come from God…and your dilemma is whether you are willing to receive it.”
Do please use the enclosed prayer bookmark to keep this campaign in prayer—that as we lift up the Name of Jesus, it will outshine the glitz of Las Vegas and the glitter of commercialism that typically surrounds the holiday season.