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.
David Randle reports, “Together we served the Lord by serving people in three different kinds of ministry over the course of the three days. The first day, we volunteered with a Christian organization called Phil’s Friends that witnesses to cancer patients by sending them a package of physical and spiritual necessities, including a Bible and an introduction to the gospel.
“The second day we went to the Jewish United Foundation’s Uptown Café, which serves low income families in Uptown Chicago. Unlike a normal soup kitchen, this café provides food service restaurant style. Volunteers take people’s orders and serve their food and drinks. When the teens explained to the Jewish volunteers that they were with Jews for Jesus, several started asking them about what they believe. It gave the teens a great opportunity to share their faith with other Jewish people.
“The third day, New Year’s Eve, we did a hot chocolate sortie in downtown Chicago. It was 11 degrees and snowing, but the teens did not complain and handed out about 500 tracts as well as about 500 cups of hot chocolate in two hours. It was a little too cold to stay out longer, but they would have if they could. A local Russian congregation opened up to allow us to make the hot chocolate just a couple of blocks from our sortie site.
“This was the first sortie for four of the six teens, and they realized it was not as scary as they thought it was going to be. We met a Jewish girl named Tara, who was open to what we had to say. Please pray that God will put it on her heart to contact us and meet. Tikkun Chicago was a fantastic way to end and start a year. The teens are looking forward to participating in more outreach. Please pray for God to bless each of them for their great attitudes and willingness to serve.”
*“Tikkun Chicago” is taken from the Jewish concept of “Tikkun Olam,” which is the idea of working and serving to repair the world. We know that the only real and lasting repair comes through Jesus, who alone can forgive and change us from the inside out. Serving God by meeting both spiritual and physical needs at the same time is a real blessing, and that’s what Tikkun Chicago was for these kids.