Find out what happened at our recent leadership meeting, how to pray for special outreaches that are happening in our branches right now and more…
Leadership from Jews for Jesus around the world met on February 9, 10 and 11. The meeting began with a teaching on the future of creativity at Jews for Jesus based on the first three chapters of Genesis, with lots of interaction and insights from the senior staff. This carried over into discussions about our music ministry and how to make sure that our efforts are centered around evangelism. We particularly discussed how to keep creative communication fresh and up-to-date as an important part of reaching people with the gospel. Please pray for God’s guidance and success for this ongoing task.
The Council also interviewed people who have applied to serve with us, and as a result we are welcoming three new people onto our staff. Kata, from Hungary, was a teacher before coming on staff with us; Simon, a businessman, comes from the UK, with his wife, Maxine (Max), and their children. Gabi, whose parents are part of our Israel staff, will be coming on as an associate student while he attends Bible college. Gabi has been interning in several of our branches throughout the world—but, prior to that, graduated from culinary school in Israel and worked as a chef. Please pray for God’s work in their lives and for a good transition for all.
Bearing One Another’s Burdens
Please pray for Ze’ev (one of our Israeli staff) and his family as they mourn the passing of Ze’ev’s father, Joseph. Joseph passed away last Friday. About sixteen months ago he confessed his belief in Yeshua (Jesus) as our promised Messiah who died for our sins and rose again.
Ze’ev’s mother and sister do not know the Lord yet. Please pray for their comfort and salvation.
Please also pray for strength and grace for Ze’ev, who is scheduled to leave for a Passover tour in two weeks, and not long after that is scheduled to lead the next Behold Your God campaign in Israel.
Current Jews for Jesus outreaches you can pray for now!
Last month we needed you to pray for the preparations, and this month it is all happening!
Our two-week outreach in Phoenix began on Feb 14 and will continue through the 28th. The team is focusing on campus evangelism, spring training baseball games and street evangelism/music.
Our Winter Olympics outreach in Vancouver began February 11 and will run through February 21. This is our first outreach planned and carried out by PUMA,” a special corps of our Co-Laborer in Messiah volunteers.
Just wrapping up:
Our Carnaval outreach began Friday night, February 12, and will finish Wednesday morning the 17th. Carnaval is similar to the Mardi Gras festivals, so the “normal” outreaches to those partying in the streets begins around 3 P.M. and the final sorties end between 4 A.M. and 5 A.M.. Campaigners sleep during the rest of the morning. Please pray for the health and strength of our campaigners and stewards as they complete this intense five days of evangelism. We’ll be letting you know how your prayers were answered next month.
Report from South Florida
Is There Anything More Important Than Football?
Super Bowl Outreach
Greg Savitt reports, “Jesus is super and His Word went out at the 44th annual Super Bowl in Miami. The last time the game was here was when my Bears blew it to the Colts.” Greg probably was not too sad that this year the Colts lost to the Saints, but more importantly, he and the seven folks that joined our Super Bowl outreach were offering this broadside tract, hoping that people would consider the gospel.
Greg said, “In my twelve years of doing sorties (tract-passing expeditions) this was one of the hardest crowds. We only handed out 2,100 tracts. Jesus said, ‘It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God.'” According to Greg, the average price for Super Bowl tickets was $5,150 dollars, so plenty of camels came to the game, and they weren’t lining up to go through the eye of the needle. Despite the difficulty and a relatively low number of tracts that were taken, Greg said, “In the end, we were pleased because light shined in darkness.”
The branch and volunteers returned to Miami just a week later for the long weekend to evangelize at the Coconut Grove Art Festival. Over 750,000 people were expected to attend. More on that outreach next month…