Bits from the Branches
Cyril Gordon reports: “Venice Beach is a popular attraction in Southern California and it draws a lot of Israelis. It’s not Disneyland, but it can be a happy place for missionary outreach! The LA Branch of Jews for Jesus has had a regular presence there for the past ten years. At Jhan Moskowitz’s suggestion, we recently set up a Jews for Jesus free literature table at Venice Beach. Coupled with a team of broadsiders (staff and volunteers handing out our literature), in two days we got 29 contacts (including six Jewish believers in Jesus we hadn’t known before and one Jewish seeker) and handed out almost 4,400 broadsides. We look forward to setting up the literature table there on future occasions.”
Somewhere in Belarus*
Dima reports, “It was so good to complete my first visits in (unnamed location), because I had feared the names and contact info of those interested in hearing from us was too old to be of much use. It had been many years since our staff had been in (unnamed location), and now I’ve returned with my family to pioneer a work there.
“I rang the first doorbell and was in for a surprise when a young lady opened the door. I asked if Phira still resided there. She replied that Phira was her grandmother, who had passed away two years ago. I asked the granddaughter if she was Jewish, and she said, ‘Yes, I finished a Jewish school. Where are you from?’ I explained that I was from Jews for Jesus. Her benevolent tone immediately vanished as she raised her voice and announced that we were deceivers and traitors, and that I should never come to her door again.
“The second visit was more peaceful. Natalia invited me in, and we had a good visit. She will be going to Israel for two weeks, but we agreed to meet again to open the Scriptures when she returns.
“On the next visit, a Jewish woman named Galina opened the door and was surprised that, after ten years, we remembered her. She listened to my message attentively and responded by telling me that she knew little, but was ready to try to read the Bible.
“Please pray for the above mentioned people, and also for Rema, Yefim, and Vadim and Larissa, that God will put into their hearts a fervent desire to learn the truth. Pray also for me to reach as many Jewish people in this location as possible.
Mikhail Vayshengolts reports, “As I was handing out broadsides, a 40-year-old man named Dmitry, who was hurrying by, suddenly stopped when he saw my T-shirt. He informed me that he was also Jewish. I asked, ‘Are you for Jesus or against?’ He replied, ‘I don’t know. Help me.’ His words touched me to the innermost part of my heart. He gladly gave his contact information to hear more.”
Dina Markova reports, “I was handing out The Only Hope for Peace broadsides when a Jewish couple who had passed me by returned. The husband asked for a broadside, but his wife was not pleased. ‘Let’s go,’ she said. ‘I’m sick of this!’ I turned to both of them and asked, ‘Who do you think Jesus is?’ The man replied a little off the topic, ‘Our granddaughter goes to a boarding school; they learn there about the Virgin Mary and about Jesus, and she tells us…’
“The wife was impatient, so I interjected, ‘Perhaps it will be interesting for us to talk about Jesus together? We believe that He is the Messiah of Israel and the Savior of all people.’ After a few more minutes of conversation, Eduard and Lusya seemed relieved to hear that we do not worship Mary. They gave me their phone number and said I could call. Please pray for us to get to know each other better, and for Lusya and Eduard to be open to the gospel, see the Messiah in Jesus and come to believe in Him.”