Berlin Praise report
Thanks to everyone who prayed for our Berlin campaign June 24-July 12. God is so good! We saw 35 people saved, including three Jewish people. 414 people gave us contact information to hear more about Jesus, including 89 who are Jewish. Please pray for fruitful follow-up! We saw so many answers to prayer during the campaign, we know God is faithful! Please pray for the new believers to grow strong in their faith, and for God to continue His work in the hearts of those who don’t yet believe but were willing to hear more.
Irina says, “The highlight of our campaign, for me, was our Jesus March. Our team marched along two streets to the Brandenburg Gate chanting “Jews for Jesus – Jesus for all!” This gained a lot of attention. Once at the Brandenburg Gate, several team members gave short testimonies, in six different languages: German, Hebrew, English, French, Russian, and Hungarian. Then we dispersed into the crowd to talk with people, 29 of whom gave us their contact information. We had dozens of conversations and one person prayed to receive the Lord.
“It rained just before and just after the rally—but during our time at the Brandenburg Gate, the weather was perfect. That was a real answer to prayer!”
The salvations we saw were a series of divine appointments that the Lord arranged with a very diverse range of people.
Avi Snyder says, “A young German named Fabian approached me as I handed out my literature at Alexanderplatz. ‘Juden für Jesus,’ he said pensively as he stared at my shirt.
“‘Yes,’ I said. ‘May I ask you a question? Do you already have an opinion about Jesus? Who do you think He is?’
“Fabian thought, then answered a bit uncertainly. ‘I’m a Christian.’
“‘I’m glad,’ I said. Then I probed a little. ‘What does that mean to you?’
“Fabian paused and thought once again. ‘I don’t know,’ he finally admitted. He listened intently as I expounded on the meaning of the gospel. When I’d finished, he asked me, ‘Do you really believe that?’
“‘I do,’ I told him, ‘with all my heart.’
“‘I believe there’s only one God, but I don’t know if the name is so important.’ That’s when I introduced myself, and that’s when he told me his name in return.
“‘Names are important, Fabian. Our names are who we are. We can’t have a real, personal relationship with a person if we don’t know the person’s name.’
“‘That’s true,’ Fabian agreed.
“‘That’s what Jesus wants. A real, personal relationship with each one of us. With you.’ I went over the heart of the gospel message once again while he listened as intently as before. When I invited him to start that relationship by asking Jesus to forgive him, he said he’d like to do just that, and he prayed to receive the Lord.
“Fabian has been referred to a young pastor in Berlin named Jay who’s been very successful in establishing a core of small churches, and who’s helping us with the follow-up work. Please pray that Jay will be able to connect with Fabian, and please pray that Fabian will grow in his new faith.”
Beate reports, “An Israeli couple from Tel Aviv, Oded* and Danya,* asked me about the location of a particular mall. I couldn’t give them directions to the mall but told them that Yeshua the Messiah loves them and wants to be invited into their hearts and forgive their sins. They said that they’d spoken with someone else from our team a few days ago, and had given their contact information to find out more about Jesus. But they already seemed ready to receive Him, so we prayed together for them to do just that!
“I was with my teammate, waiting for the train when Paschal, a slightly drunk man in his mid-20s, appeared in front of us. He had received one of our tracts. I told him the gospel, and we prayed the sinner’s prayer together. My teammate, who lives in Berlin, made an appointment to meet with Paschal for follow-up. Paschal’s great hope is to be free of alcohol and find a way out of homelessness. I gave him the address of a Berlin church that works with the homeless.
“I also prayed with Maria, a very elderly woman from Poland, to receive the Lord. She was on the sidewalk, begging. I gave her the address for a church that works with the homeless.
“I met a young man who sells tickets for city tours. I gave him a tract and told him that Jesus loves him, and he replied that he is Jewish. I shared the gospel with him, and the Jewish Messiah moved into his heart! Pray for Dennis, that he will grow in faith.”
Richard says, “As I was handing out broadsides, a family approached me. I handed them a broadside and in English the husband and wife said thank you. I presented the gospel, and they informed me that they are believers. They turned out to be from Arkansas, my home state. What were the chances of meeting one another in Berlin?!
“Another day I saw a young man wearing a Southern Arkansas T-shirt. I engaged him in a conversation and learned that he had been an exchange student to Magnolia, Arkansas, where I used to live and had an office on campus. He had attended a Baptist church in Prescott, Arkansas, which is an hour from where I lived. Then a man stopped his bicycle to inform me that he was a believer, and just wanted to encourage me in my work. Both were German and came at a time when I needed to be uplifted. Praise be to God!”
Rudi reports, “I was on Potsdamer Platz when a young woman took a tract and appeared to be very moved, as she stood off reading it in a corner. I went and asked what was going on. She told me that she was Muslim, and was very moved and joyful to read our tract because now she has Christ. She had become a Christian just a week earlier! It’s amazing to see God working among Muslims.”
Igor reports, “We had an outreach at the zoo and while there were a lot of people, they didn’t want to take tracts. I prayed that God would send me people to talk to. I saw a young man in his mid-20s, who was on crutches because he had a broken leg. His name is Brian,* and he is originally from San Francisco, but has lived in Berlin for 20 years. I told him we didn’t meet by accident. He knew about God, but doesn’t actually know God, so I used our proposal statement to explain the gospel. He was ready to receive Christ, and repeated the sinner’s prayer after me. He gave his complete information, and we then prayed for healing for his leg.
“I was passing out tracts near the Brandenburg Gate when I noticed a young man looking at me. As I was about to go to him, he approached me and we started talking. His name is Mikhail, he’s Jewish, and his parents moved out of the USSR when he was about four years old. He is interested in learning more about Jesus, and Jews for Jesus, and was glad to give me his contact information. This really encouraged me!
“Later on the train, I met a Jewish man who used to live in Moscow, where I used to serve with Jews for Jesus. He also gave his contact information. I asked God to send me Jews to talk to, and He did. He answers prayers!
“My teammate and I went to the synagogue during the break because I wanted to have my picture taken there. Next to the synagogue was a Grill & Hummus restaurant, and two Israelis were sitting outside. I offered them both a tract, and one took it. I shared the gospel with them both, and the one who took the tract gave me his contact info to learn more about Yeshua. Please pray that God would touch both their hearts so that they can receive Yeshua as personal Savior and Lord.”
Eric reports, “It was my last day of this campaign and while I’d rarely received contact information from Jewish people, that day I got two! In the afternoon three men in their 20s saw me distributing broadsides and teased me, and in the course of the teasing, one volunteered that his friend is Jewish. I turned to him and began a conversation. He was open to receiving more information, and gave me his contact information. Later, a young couple approached me. She said she is a Christian, and her boyfriend is Jewish. I asked if he’d be open to receiving information to consider, and he said yes!”