- WE’VE GOT AN OUTREACH PLANNED FOR SUPER BOWL SUNDAY IN MIAMI.
Greg Savitt, leader of our new Miami outpost, assures us that from January 29 through the big game on Sunday, February 4, Miami will be a zoo.” He says, “We look forward to lifting up the name of Jesus as we hand out a broadside tract called, “Sudden Death Does Not Always Lead to Overtime.” (Download tract here.) PLEASE PRAY for some of this seed to fall on good ground, and for the event to draw volunteers with whom Greg can share a sense of camaraderie as he pioneers the Miami outpost.
- WE HAD OUR FIRST NEW YEAR’S OUTREACH IN PHOENIX AND OUR ANNUAL ROSE BOWL OUTREACH IN LOS ANGELES.
Phoenix outpost leader Bruce Rapp reports, “Happy New Year!
Here in Phoenix seven volunteers, Tracy [Bruce’s wife] and I went out to the Fiesta Bowl block party in Tempe to hand out broadside tracts on New Year’s Eve. Four of our seven volunteers had never handed out tracts before. I am excited that we are finding friends to help with the work here. Together we handed out 3800 broadsides and had a good time closing the year by telling people about Jesus.” PLEASE PRAY for a continuing sense of community and enthusiasm in our Phoenix branch, and for souls to be saved there.
LA branch leader Tuvya Zaretsky reports, “The Los Angeles branch and volunteers distributed over 38,000 gospel tracts during our New Year’s outreach. Two days later we received a sweet card from Chaplain Bob Maase in Alhambra, California. The card’s message was,
‘You’ve touched my life just by being who you are and living what you believe. The tract: “I’m Good” (which you can download here) was given to me at the Rose Parade float exhibits yesterday. It was well done and hopefully will be read by many…. I wish everyone who was given this tract would read it. I pray many will and will seriously think about the Lord who is the only good One who can save us. Love in Jesus name, Chaplain Bob Maase.’
A love-gift, in the form of a check, was included in the card. That’s a double encouragement.”
Rose Bowl outreach coordinator Rob Wertheim reports, “During our New Year’s outreach, at the post-parade float viewing, I met a woman who told me that she used to be a Mormon living in Salt Lake City. During a trip to Southern California, she visited a church that was hosting a Jews for Jesus presentation. When the offering was taken, she gave a gift and also indicated she was a Mormon. Soon after, our headquarters returned her gift with a kind note explaining that we didn’t receive gifts from non-believers in Jesus, and the note included some Scripture verses that clarify what it means to be a Christian. She looked these verses up and this started her on a search that ultimately led her to faith. She told me that, as a result, she witnessed to several of her Mormon co-workers who in turn came to faith as well. She continues to enjoy our newsletters. What a blessing to meet her at the start of this year!” PLEASE PRAY for people who attended the Rose Bowl festivities to reflect on the truth of the gospel message they received.
- WE’D LIKE TO TELL YOU WHAT IT WAS LIKE AT LAST MONTH’S URBANA (INTERVARSITY CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP’S MISSIONS CONFERENCE).
Even though the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship missions conference has moved from Urbana, Illinois to St. Louis, Missouri, it is still known as “Urbana.” Some 22,500 students gather at the end of December to consider whether God is calling them to the mission field. A huge variety of missionary organizations send representatives to meet and talk with these students, through speakers, seminars and one-on-one interaction. Last month, Aaron Abramson, our Minister-at-Large, had a crew of seven young Jews for Jesus to interact with these missions-minded students. We had a booth where students could come to meet with us, but in addition:
Aaron teamed up with an Arab believer from a Muslim background to teach a seminar on reconciliation. The room (which was set up for 50 attendees) was filled to overflowing as 150 people packed the room and the adjoining hallway to listen.
Jews for Jesus gave a seminar on Jewish evangelism that was also well attended (though not to the extent of the reconciliation seminar).
We facilitated a fellowship meal for students who are Jewish believers to meet one another.
As a result of this year’s conference, we met 40 Jewish believers in Jesus we had not known before (one of whom is already applying for a short-term ministry opportunity with Jews for Jesus). Please pray for God’s direction in their lives. PLEASE PRAY that some of them will one day join us as colleagues to help us lift up the name of Jesus.
“After spending five days with over 22,000 missions-minded people, it is even more apparent to me that Jews for Jesus has something important and unique to contribute to the overall goal of world evangelism. Our mission to reach the Jewish people is barely a blip on the world mission radar. Because Jewish missions comprise such a small piece of the picture of world evangelization, we have something important to contribute. People, especially Jewish believers at the conference, recognized this and sought us out to spend time and get to know who we are.
I hope that if you come in contact with college-age Jewish believers in Jesus, you will invite them to get to know us (and the Lord) better through our short-term mission opportunities. If you have anyone you would like to recommend, please contact me at [email protected].”
- WE HAVE POSITIONS OPEN FOR THE NEXT LIBERATED WAILING WALL.
The next Liberated Wailing Wall—our traveling music, drama and evangelism team—begins training this June and will be “on the road” through November 2008. We’re now accepting applications from musical Jewish believers (who can sing and preferably play an instrument) between the ages of 18-39 to be part of this exciting team. We’re especially looking for a skilled pianist!
We’re ALSO on the lookout for a bus driver/sound person for the Liberated Wailing Wall. The term of service is June 2007-November 2008, with full salary and benefits. We need someone with:
- a vital relationship with the Lord and a servant’s heart
- the ability to learn quickly, be flexible, and be a team player
- bus driving experience, basic knowledge of tools and vehicle maintenance
- a Class B commercial driver’s license with air brake and passenger endorsements
- a desire to help reach Jewish people for Jesus
Audio experience is strongly preferred, but not required. The bus driver does NOT need to be Jewish, but must be either single or, if married, have a spouse who also qualifies to be on the team.
If you or someone you know is qualified for either of these ministry positions, please contact: Jeff Millenson, Director of Music, at [email protected] or 415-864-2600, ext. 151. In any case, PLEASE PRAY for God to gather just the right group of people to serve Him in this unique way.
- WE PRAISE GOD THAT THE POSITION OF SUSAN PERLMAN’S ASSISTANT HAS BEEN FILLED!
We are so happy to have Esther Lee as Susan Perlman’s new assistant. Thanks to those who were praying, and PLEASE PRAY for Esther as she transitions, both to the work set before her and the city of San Francisco. Pray for the Lord’s guidance and grace as she seeks an apartment.