What are “Brews for Jesus” and how do they play into our gospel outreach in New York City? Our NYC outreach team’s message: We’re Jewish & we love Jesus. We care for what He cares for and want to show the love of our Messiah in NYC!

Direct from New York City: On Tuesday, July 1, the Jews for Jesus outreach team hit the streets of New York, ready to share the gospel and bless our neighbors. One team gave away iced coffee in Herald Square. Across the street, another team set up a prayer station.

At the coffee station, a line formed as soon as we set up the table. We gave away 225 cups in just 45 minutes; each cup had two labels: “Brews for Jesus” on one side and our local Jews for Jesus contact info on the other.

At the prayer station, we handed out cards with a simple message and a phone number, welcoming prayer requests via text. We also brought people over to our table, where they could write their prayer request on a paper tag, pin it to our prayer wall, and receive prayer immediately from the team. Some tags voiced a simple request: “Pray for peace.” Others subtly heartbreaking: “That Helen would come back.”

On Wednesday, July 2, our outreach team went to Riverside Park, on the Upper East Side, to help pick up trash, pull weeds, and rehabilitate a section of the park. The team was hard at work for several hours, joyfully serving the city in 95 degree heat.

As the team continues these and other creative ways to reach out, please pray for lots of good conversations and encounters with people who will want to know more about Jesus.

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Note: photos by Rachel Friedlander