Bits from the Branches
Ze’ev reports, “During a sortie in Rabin square, I saw a small group of older men quite a distance away. It was so hot that, frankly, I was not inclined to cross the square just to hand out four or five more broadsides. Thank God, I felt compelled to do so. One of the men, an octogenarian named Alex, was willing to talk. He said, ‘How can I believe in God after all He did to me?’ Alex had survived four years in a Nazi concentration camp; he, like my father, lost his whole family in the Holocaust. To my surprise, after I stated some of my thoughts regarding the Holocaust, Alex was open to hearing more about Y’shua. We started meeting regularly: we read Isaiah 53 and watched the ‘Survivor Stories’ video. Then Alex had a stroke. I visited him in the hospital, and though weak, he was happy to see me. I visited him again after he returned home and we read from Ezekiel 37. I pointed out that God sent Ezekiel to speak to the dried bones when they were in the valley, without hope, and asked Alex if he wanted to receive the gift of eternal life through Y’shua—and he did! Afterward, tears of joy ran down Alex’s face as he said, ‘Hu Hoshia Oti, Hu Hushia Oti’ (‘He saved me, he saved me’).
“Please pray for Alex’s complete healing, especially for his right side, and that he will grow in the Lord.”
Ofer Levy reports, “I was calling people who I’ve visited, phoned, or met on street corners. As usual, I called Yehuda, a Holocaust survivor who I met on the Upper East Side. I have spoken with him on a weekly basis, sent him our ‘Survivor Stories’ video, and was praying that we’d be able to meet. He told me, ‘Don’t take it personally, but I don’t want you to call here anymore.’ Discouraged, I focused on my other duties.
“Sarah Herr, David Liebman and I took a group of volunteers from San Antonio, Texas on a sortie to the ever-busy Union Square. I spoke with Baruch, a young Orthodox man, who asked for a New Testament and wanted to hear from me after he’s read it. Two college-aged friends approached one of the Texan volunteers: one had a Catholic background, while the other, Nimrod, was an Israeli, originally from New York. They had been discussing Jesus before meeting us, and had sincere questions. Nimrod wanted to meet with me.
“I met Nimrod in Union Square Park the next day. He had many questions about sin, good deeds and righteousness stemming from his experience with Conservative Judaism. We discussed how the New Covenant was inaugurated by Messiah’s death and Nimrod took some literature for further study.
“As 2 Timothy 4:2 says, ‘Preach the Word, be ready in season and out of season.’ We all have our own schedules and hopes for evangelism, but the Lord’s plans are the only ones that matter.”
Mira Gracheva reports, “I taught mathematics for the last 15 years of my unbelieving life. I was considered an innovative teacher; my students excelled in their exams and their parents (unbelievers) used to tell me, ‘You are a teacher from God!’ For eight years of ministry with Jews for Jesus, I have ministered mainly to Jewish people aged 50-95. Yet, I have often dreamed of telling my former students about heaven’s equations and how they add up to the love of the living God! Fifteen years have passed since my dear students finished school. Last week, a new stage of my ministry began. I visited with Boris, a grownup Jewish seeker whom I once taught mathematics. Then, at a university group reunion (I graduated 35 years ago), I testified tirelessly to those with whom I spent my younger years. This week, I also had three interesting meetings with young Jewish believers: Lilia (18), Vladimir (22) and Elya (20)! They fervently want to love and serve God! Glory be to you, Mighty God, who gives immeasurably more than we ask!”