The Liberated Wailing Wall Sees Souls Liberated
But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, ‘The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest'”
This Scripture inspired me to join The Liberated Wailing Wall almost a year and a half ago. But after praying to the Lord to really break my heart for the lost, He has suddenly shown me how to grieve for His lost sheep.
It all seemed to begin a few weeks ago when we were in Detroit, calling people with Jewish names from the phone book, inviting them to our presentation and talking to them about Jesus. When I asked one woman who she thought Jesus was, she said that she’d always thought He was the Son of God. She had never found out any more than that—never read or had anyone to lead her through the Bible. No one had ever reached out to her to tell her about her Messiah. And why? Because she’s Jewish, and no one seemed to think she needed to hear about Jesus—or perhaps people feared offending her.
I remembered that earlier I’d called an elderly Jewish woman in Florida who answered my question by saying, “I really believe He is the Son of God!” My friends, when I heard those words again in Detroit, God pierced my heart! There are Jewish people out there who are open to Jesus, and someone needs to reach them!
After our presentation in the Detroit area, I met a Jewish woman named Jan who is married to a church member there. She was going to begin a course of Bible study classes the next day. She had never asked Yeshua (Jesus) to forgive her sin and be her Lord. As we prayed for her to do so, she choked back tears.
A week later, at the close of another meeting, I saw a couple who remained seated in the sanctuary after almost everyone had left. I stopped to talk and found out he was Jewish and his fiancTe was a Gentile. They had been visiting this congregation, seeking satisfying spiritual truth. Stuart had been an Orthodox Yeshiva (Jewish academy) student, but he strayed from that discipline and fell into what he described as “drunken debauchery.” He dabbled in New Age religion but found that unsatisfying. Stuart had come to church seriously looking into the claims of Jesus. I was surprised when he told me he wanted to pray to repent and ask Jesus into his life. His fiancTe confessed she was really backslidden and quickly agreed to pray with me to rededicate her life to the Lord.
I shouldn’t have been surprised. God is answering prayers—my prayers, the whole team’s prayers, and all of your prayers—to see fruit for His harvest!
Indeed the LORD has proclaimed to the end of the world: “Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Surely your salvation is coming; behold, His reward [is] with Him, and His work before Him'”
Missionary, NYC Leadership Team
Amer Olson is a senior missionary at the New York branch of Jews for Jesus. In addition to studying at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Amer received his theological training at All Nations Christian College. Amer’s wife, Paige, is also an artist. They have five children: Josiah, Abigail, Zechariah, Samantha and Benjamin.