RealTime January 2014
Watch David’s video update on: Why we must pursue justice re: the Israel arrest, and why we wore masks at our recent Council meeting
Check it out: Read David’s thoughts on the start of a new year.
Offering unexpected challenges to the status quo in ways that interest and engage others can disrupt people in a good way… that’s what Jesus did. And that’s what we’re doing in Kiev, amidst the political unrest.
We love raising the name of Jesus in season and out of season, and the Rose Bowl is what you might call "in season." We’ve been greeting crowds at the float viewing, parade and game with the gospel for decades as a great way to start the new year.
Our Chicago branch had a special Midwest Teen Event to celebrate Jesus and the New Year. From December 28 to January 1, six teens participated in “Tikkun Chicago.”* Our missionaries David and Arielle Randle, along with Nathan Schwartz, guided them through a time of Bible study, service, and fun.
It was below freezing, but that didn’t stop more than a million people from flooding Times Square on New Years Eve. Before the police barricaded the streets, the sun set behind the skyscrapers, and the confetti fell, Jews for Jesus arrived at the popular intersection to hand out literature and engage with the forming crowds.
Sam Rood (pictured above in the Jews for Jesus beanie) was one of our missionaries “Heating up Herald Square” last month. Sam happened to see an ultra-Orthodox man using his cell phone to photograph the team. He reports, “In Israel, Orthodox anti-missionaries often do this in attempts to intimidate us. “It’s not uncommon for secular…
Check out some fun photos of our New York team’s holiday outreach in Herald Square. In case you missed last month’s update, our staff and volunteers set up a free gift-wrapping station and passed out complimentary hot chocolate. It worked so well they did it again.
Jews for Jesus Israel director Dan Sered reports, “Every December there’s a four-day festival in Haifa–every Saturday, all day, to bring Jews and Christians together as they celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas. It’s called ‘Chag HaChagim’ (Festival of the Festivals). This year, two congregations, one mostly Jewish believers in Jesus and the other mostly Arab believers, decided to reach out and share Jesus at the festival. They reserved a booth, and knowing that Jews for Jesus has done this type of ministry, they called to ask us to join them.
Bimini Cohen (pictured above) said, "I think that one of the biggest surprises for me was the openness of so many Arab and Bedouin women who, more often than not, accepted a tract from me." Please pray for the gospel seed that was sown in these women’s hearts. Maybe the other two surprises should not have surprised us at all, nevertheless…
Oded and Bimini Cohen (pictured above) report: "Miki* has been seeking God for years and has been through many phases, including becoming ultra-Orthodox and joining the Gur sect after marrying a Hasidic man who was a part of this radical group. (The Gur is a small minority sect that has heavily persecuted believers in Arad.)
It’s taken lots of teamwork to follow up on the many people who gave us contact information during the recent Behold Your God Israel campaign. Two of our missionaries remained in the Negev region for two weeks; another returned for a couple of days to help, while a team back at our Tel Aviv branch made lots of phone calls. Plus, no Jews for Jesus team could do much without players–that is, pray-ers–like you! Here’s what’s happened so far: