80 people dropped by our Los Angeles branch last Thursday night, most of them right off the street! They came to check out our “Multitudes” art exhibit, which was planned to coincide with Hanukkah. About a dozen who viewed the paintings stayed to have significant gospel conversations with our staff. Over the next few days, the gallery remained open to visitors twice a day for a couple of hours at a time, and each day a dozen or so dropped in to see the art and meet the staff. Our front window offered an inviting glimpse of the event inside. Postcards posing the question “What is this place?” (pictured in photo gallery below) let visitors know a bit about Jews for Jesus.
We hope to show “Multitudes” (original art based on the Gospel of Matthew with its many references to the Hebrew Scriptures) in many more of our branch cities. (The exhibit launched in San Francisco earlier this year and traveled to New York and Washington, D.C. prior to the LA showing.)
Our LA team has been working hard to renovate our space in Westwood Village, which is a very “happening” part of town (and just across from the UCLA campus). Their vision for a more creative use of the space has involved learning to wield hammers and hardware, not to mention paint rollers.
Our staff continues going out to connect with people on the campus/streets, but the recent art show is the beginning of a dream come true: an inviting space to host events that will add a creative presence to the community, while providing opportunities for people to see the gospel in new ways. Please pray for our Los Angeles branch as they plan continued improvements to our Westwood Village space, and new ways to utilize it for the Lord and His purposes.