Ringing in the New Year Jews for Jesus-Style
Rained out in Pasadena
Jews for Jesus has been handing out tracts at the annual Rose Bowl Parade since the 70s. This is the first year we were truly rained out. However, our LA missionaries and volunteers still reached the crowds with our gospel broadsides at the float-viewing event prior to the parade.
Following through in Philadelphia
A team of ten gathered in Philadelphia for a BYG reunion outreach. Team leader Bruce Rapp reports, Larry Stamm, plus eight volunteers (six of whom were on the Philadelphia BYG) and myself joined together to do evangelism. We handed out broadside tracts in Penn’s Landing during the New Year’s Eve fireworks, followed by two sorties (tract-passing expeditions) at the Mummers Parade (105-year-old Philadelphia tradition that draws 100,000 people). Then we wrapped up our outreach at the Philadelphia Eagles’ final season game.
“I was truly blessed to minister again with this group. It was very heartwarming to have them stand with Jews for Jesus to reach the Jewish community of Philadelphia. I thought it was pretty cool that we were at the Philadelphia Eagles’ season opener during our BYG campaign in the fall, handing out broadsides—and there we were again at the final game of their season. In fact, people commented about seeing us out there again.
“All in all, we distributed 10,575 broadsides and prayed with one Jewish person and one Gentile to receive Jesus.”
New Year’s in New York!
Aaron Abramson gathered ten college age Jewish believers together in New York City to usher in the New Year Jews for Jesus style. He reports, “Between December 29th and January 3rd, we made our way through the city wearing Jews for Jesus beanies, reaching out with the gospel and having lots of fun. We participated with the New York branch of Jews for Jesus to reach the masses that flock to Times Square on New Year’s Eve.
“Besides giving out thousands of pieces of gospel literature, we spent time in the Word, in prayer and in worship. We celebrated Hanukkah and discussed important identity issues that Jewish believers face today.
“We also had a citywide scavenger hunt, a trip to Ellis Island, a viewing and discussion on the Israeli film Ushpizin, an evening of ice skating and some fantastic cuisine. It was a terrific time of ministry and fun as we spent time together in the Big Apple.”
To see a few pics from the New Year’s in New York event, go here.