On February 7, Jews for Jesus Founder Moishe Rosen was inducted into the “Evangelism Hall of Fame” at Shasta Bible College and graduate school in Redding, California.
His daughter Ruth received the award on his behalf during chapel. She said, “There’s a reason these honors are given posthumously; probably in part because how one finishes the race is important. But with my father, there is another reason. Do you know what he would have said if you tried to confer this honor on him while he was living? I know just what he would have said. ‘Fame Shmame. Let God be famous; just tell people about Jesus!’”
That being said, Moishe cared deeply about the college and we are grateful that they chose to recognize his life’s work in this way.
Speaking of Moishe and his life’s work, an excellent publisher has taken an interest in his biography. They have made a preliminary offer, which we hope to see solidify into a contract that will be a blessing for all concerned. Please keep this process in your prayers.
Thrice yearly, Jews for Jesus holds a three-day meeting for our leadership to review and vote on prospective missionaries, as well as discussing various plans and reviewing our progress. The council met at the beginning of this month. It seems God is answering prayer for workers for the harvest! We are pleased to welcome Elli Marks and Jeremy Saadoun, who will begin training for full-time missionary work in the fall. Elli is a first generation British Jewish believer who came to faith in part through our ministry. His wife, Aliza, is the daughter of former Jews for Jesus missionaries Loren and Martha Jacobs, and the niece of David Brickner. Jeremy is a first-generation Jewish believer from France and his wife Ibtissame comes from an Arab-Muslim background. Both have a desire to reach the Jews of France with the gospel.
We also voted for two of our Israeli interns to become associate staff: Eli Birnbaum and Moti Vaknin. Eli has served faithfully on various Jews for Jesus campaigns, including a leadership role in the most recent all-Israeli Massah trip to South America.Moti came to know the Lord through our ministry in Brooklyn. Since returning to Israel he is using his gifts in photography to do evangelism with the branch.
Speaking of Israel …
God is bringing more workers to the harvest in Israel! Here you see our Israeli missionaries, interns, volunteers and associate staff. Please pray for them as they focus on following up the thousands of Israeli seekers who have given contact information during our first six Behold Your God Campaigns, and as they pray and plan for the next six campaigns.
If you haven’t already viewed the trailer for our new “Flowers of the Son” DVD, please watch it and consider ordering the DVD. It will open your eyes to the need to preach the gospel in Israel, and will help you pray for those of us who are involved in direct evangelism there. Click here for a review of the DVD.
Please pray as Blue Mosaic, our mobile evangelistic music team, will be singing at Arizona State University this Friday at 11:30 a.m. Pray for good conversations with students. The team is also scheduled to minister at a prison in Phoenix on Friday, February 25 at 2:30 p.m. May all details work out smoothly for their time there; may inmates who are believers be blessed, and may those who are seeking find freedom in Jesus as a result of the concert.
Thank you for praying
Last month we asked for prayer concerning our Wonderful Winter Weekends (WWWs) taking place throughout February. (These weekends are an important time of fellowship and discipleship for those who are part of the Jews for Jesus “Camp Gilgal family,” which is now is being led, in large part, by young adults who have come up through the camps themselves. As of this writing, two Wonderful Winter Weekends have taken place, with two more coming up. Please continue praying for hearts to be touched during this time, and we will report on the WWWs next month.