“I am a new campaigner who never broadsided [handed out gospel tracts] a day in my life before I went to training at Moody. I was thrilled to have the chance to engage in dialogue with a Jewish woman who was at least a little open to the gospel because she was willing to stop and talk to me. I continue to pray for more experiences like this throughout my next twelve months on Jews for Jesus’ Blue Mosaic music team and more importantly throughout my life.
“I was out on a sortie at the Water Tower in Chicago and as people passed by, I asked a few who they thought Jesus was. One of those people was Mike, who listened carefully to the whole Proposal Statement and much to my surprise, said ‘yes’ to receiving Jesus!
“He caught me completely by surprise. I had only been in evangelism training for a week—how could I walk someone through the sinner’s prayer and invite him into a relationship with God? I responded with more questions regarding sin, trust and what it meant to surrender his life to Christ, because I simply could not believe that this man I had just met really wanted to receive Christ right there on the corner of Chicago and Michigan Avenue. This might seem strange, but for some reason I needed affirmation that God wanted me to be the person who led him through this process. I took his contact information, which he gave to me freely. At last I was convinced that he was ready and I could not run away from this incredible blessing any more—it was then that I prayed with Mike to receive the Lord. Praise God!”
|Blue Mosaic: Music Director Jeff Millenson (center) teaching our new evangelistic music team about outdoor evangelism.|
“Today I was sortying in Chicago on the corner of Jackson and State in the Loop. Almost two hours had gone by and I had not gotten a single contact. I prayed that God would bless me with the opportunity to talk to at least one person and get their contact information for further follow-up.
Suddenly, this olive-skinned girl, who was about five foot nothing walked up to me very intentionally and said, ‘I have a question for you.’ I braced myself. She must have seen the fear in my eyes because she said, ‘I don’t want to attack you but I see you guys around all the time and I was just wondering what this whole Jews for Jesus thing was all about, so I figured I might as well ask one of you. I responded to her inquiry with, ‘Well we are Jews who believe that Jesus is the Messiah, that He came to die for your sins and mine, according to the Scriptures.’ She was interested in hearing more so I explained my upbringing and my faith. We continued to talk about what it meant to be a Jewish believer in Jesus, and then, the kicker of it all is that this young Jewish woman who does not believe in Jesus said to me, ‘Wow, I really have a lot more respect for Jews for Jesus now! I would have never guessed you have such an interesting story and strong sense of faith!’ and she gave me her contact information. How great is that?!”