Tel Aviv

Shlomy Abramov reports, Amitai had recurring dreams about Yeshua (Jesus), which made him open to meeting with us. When we finally met I was able to lead him to faith. One day he came to my house, as he often does, and I shared with him the importance of baptism because we are commanded, ‘Repent and be baptized.’ When Amitai realized the significance he quickly agreed. We arranged this with a local pastor. The day of the baptism Amitai was very excited. The night before his appointment in the waters, he dreamt that Yeshua came to him again. Amitai was reluctant in his dream, yet Yeshua drew him to the waters with loving arms! The next day when Amitai came for the baptism at Tel Aviv beach, he couldn’t wait to go in the water. He knew Yeshua’s hand was outstretched, and that He was waiting to bless him when he came up from the waters. Pray Amitai grows in his faith and has boldness to share the Messiah in Israel with others.

Also from Shlomy, “It was an incredible week. Three men whom I have been trying to meet with to no avail, have started calling me, asking to come to congregation with me and wanting to study the Bible. Please pray for Ronnie, Shlomy and Igor.”

Fort Lauderdale

Mariela Perez-Rosas reports, “A woman from Venezuela left a message in Spanish, saying that she wanted to know more about Jews for Jesus. I called back and found out that she is Jewish. When I asked who she thought Jesus was, she said that she has been told that He was the most perfect person that ever lived, but she didn’t believe He was the Messiah. I offered to visit her and she agreed. When I went to her home, her husband, who is not Jewish, was also there. They both have been searching for the truth, and when I told them about the Messiah, both of them prayed to receive the Lord. When I asked how they found out about us, she said that someone gave her a pamphlet at the Air and Sea Show. Our labor is not in vain! Praise the Lord!!!”

Los Angeles

Tuvya Zaretsky reports, “A Christian friend passed along the e-mail address of a Jewish man that she met on line. I’ve been exchanging e-mails with David, a ‘non-practicing Orthodox Jew’ in Pasadena almost every day. When he asked how I came to believe in Jesus, it was fun to be able to refer him to our web site, which is featuring my story ‘Here am I, God, but where are you?’ More to come…please pray for David.”

Kharkov

Lena Gourtovaya reports, “During a Saturday sortie (tract-passing expedition), a woman named Sveta approached me for a tract. Some time later she returned and asked for another for her believing friend. So, I asked if she was also a believer. She told me she had been, but had backslidden. After reading our tract, she decided to return to her church—which she had not gone to for a long time. Again, she left, but later she came back again to say, ‘I’ve always had problems with forgiveness. After I talked with you, my mom, who abandoned me when I was a baby, called. For the first time, God helped me to forgive her.’ Please pray that God will return Sveta to the body of Christ and that her relationship with her mom will develop.”

Also from Lena, “This week, I met with a new Jewish believer, Era. It was our first visit since she repented. She was very attentive as we studied the first discipleship lesson together and read the Bible. She said she hadn’t read the whole New Testament yet, and would return the Bible to me after finishing it. I told her that Jews for Jesus had given the Bible to her, and that it was already hers. She was very glad and told me that she has lots of questions about what she reads. I told her to mark her questions in the Bible and we will discuss them. Please pray that Era’s interest in the Bible won’t fade away, but that she will grow in knowledge of God.”

Johannesburg

Michael reports, “I was recently encouraged to see a note on my desk from a Jewish man, ‘Abe,’ who wanted more information. I phoned him and he was very excited to meet. He wrote after finding our information on the web! He described himself as an elderly man who had seen some miraculous events in his life of late and wanted to know more about Jesus. We set up an appointment and had a fruitful visit. I left him with a copy of the book, Yeshua, the Jewish Way to Say Jesus ‘to read for homework.’ Pray he does his homework!”

Teresa reports, “I have been visiting monthly with an elderly Jewish lady. She recently lost her best friend, her husband of 61 years, and has been having a hard time to come to grips with her new life circumstances. When I told her about Jesus she said that she goes directly to the ‘Managing Director,’—meaning she does not think she needs a ‘middleman’ to go to God. I explained to her that if you want to see the Managing Director you can’t go straight into his office. I told her that what she is trying to do is like attempting to unlock a door using the wrong keys. What God is saying is, ‘Use My key—My key is Jesus. If you use My key the door will open and you will be able to come to Me.’ She said that she had never thought of it like that before, so maybe she will think about using His ‘key’!”