Campaign Stories from Israel
Valery reports, “God always provides us with innovative ways of evangelism, but for me, [how to do] evangelism through a blue tooth transmitter* was unclear. When I had the transmitter in the mall, I prayed, ‘Lord, please open my eyes so I can see the fruit of my work, and why I am going here and there in the mall and it seems like I am doing nothing.’ Immediately after the prayer, I noticed many people began to look at their cell phones instead of looking at the merchandise for sale. Their faces changed. Some people were happy getting a message, but some were upset and angry. Observing the people, I was praising God that any work for Him is never in vain. Hallelujah!”
[*We were able to transmit a text message to people’s cell phones asking if they wanted to receive a message from Jews for Jesus.]
Avigail reports, “I was sitting in a caf? with a transmitter and I heard a woman at an adjacent table react to getting the transmission to her cell phone. ‘I just got a text message from Yeshua!’ she exclaimed!
“While phoning, I connected with a man who had many questions after having seen our banners. When he found that I was 27, he replied, ‘What sin could you have? You have your whole life ahead of you!’ I explained that we all have sinned and need forgiveness. He asked if my life was boring and why I didn’t travel like many other people my age. I told him that I wasn’t bored; that I had joy because I was free from sin and I travel everywhere and tell people what Yeshua has done for me. He asked me to send the New Testament as well as the Yeshua book.
“I spoke to another man whose whole family perished in the Holocaust. At first he didn’t know what to think about the New Testament. I shared many prophecies from the Tanakh and how Jesus fulfilled them and his heart opened up—by the end of the conversation he wanted to receive and read the New Testament for himself.
“I spoke with a religious woman who said, ‘What is this Yeshua? I believe only in Torah!’ We had a long conversation and she ended up asking for the Yeshua book. When I checked the number I had dialed, it did not match the number I had intended to call from the phone book—I had dialed the number completely wrong, but it was the person the Lord wanted me to call!
“I also connected with two people who were thrilled to hear from me, each had been hoping someone would call to offer him/her the New Testament. One also said he would welcome a visit with someone to talk about Yeshua. I even spoke to a Torah teacher who wanted to receive the Yeshua book and to use it teach her whole class!”
Anna Marie reports, “After an hour of walking on the hot beach, my campaign partner and I were exhausted so we prayed. A thought came to me. ‘Look here, Casey. Some seed is ready to be planted and there is definitely some fruit that needs to be picked. Let’s just pray that the Lord keeps us away from the bad soil as we plant the seed that we want to plant.’
“Just then I felt someone tap me on the shoulder. A couple I had met the week before greeted me with great excitement. ‘Karen! David!’ I said.
‘You remembered our names!’ they replied.
‘Yes! We have been praying for you!’ -Karen is not yet a believer. I prayed for her eyesight and the salvation of her husband. They were so glad to run into us again and were looking forward to speaking to Yarden, a Jews for Jesus missionary who had already called them to follow-up. The husband, who had not seemed open before, was now asking about a Messianic congregation. He also said he was halfway through the book we’d sent, and that it was really good. Keep praying for Karen and David!”
Casey reports, “Last week at our noon sortie, (tract-passing expedition) we met a young Jewish man named Daniel. He was from Ohio, where I grew up, so that gave us a lot in common. He gave his contact information to receive the book we’re offering. I have seen him twice since then, and he added me as his friend on Facebook. Today, we were in the same spot for a sortie and he was excited to see us and let us know that he got the book! We had a long chat about the gospel and many world events. Then he said, ‘Hey, I saw some people with your organization holding a big banner last night at around midnight. I wonder who it was?’ ‘It was us!’ I exclaimed. ‘No way! That’s so cool!’ he said, and promised that the next time he sees us he will have read the book.
“In Ramat HaSharon, I approached a man sitting in the shade under a tree and began speaking to him about the gospel. He was a Buddhist from Nepal and he looked very sad. He told me how depressed and frustrated he was, and he had no one to talk to. I told him he could always talk to God, but right now his sin burden was separating him. He was carrying burdens he was never meant to carry. As I spoke, his eyes were welling up with tears. He kept looking away so I would not see. I began sharing how he could have a relationship with God. He told me his family was telling him to meditate. I said, ‘It’s not working is it?’ He said, ‘No.’ I asked him if he wanted to enter into God’s peace. He said, ‘Yes,’ and he prayed the prayer of salvation with me. He wants to enter into fellowship and receive as many materials as we can send him.”
Francoise reports, “We met a group of young women serving in the Israeli army. One was particularly interested and we talked to her as the others listened. We explained about the book we were offering, and the first girl eagerly signed up to receive it. Her friends then followed—five of the six asked to receive the book.
“We were at a street fair when a young man approached us and we offered to send him a copy of the Yeshua book. His father had encountered us just the day before, so he was already interested and ready sign up to receive the book. The efforts of the whole team are having an impact.
“I want to ask prayer for salvation for Dalit and Rhona who were extremely open when I witnessed to them. They were so sweet that they wanted to stay in touch with me by Facebook.”
Natasha reports, “I always pray that God will bring me to those people who need to meet Him. That is how I met a 20-year-old who was open to the gospel. She told me that her mother was a believer who attended a congregation. She gave me her mother’s contact information as well as her own.
“During a clipboard outreach in Herzylia Pituach, I approached a woman sitting by the walkway smoking. She shared that she has a lot of problems in her life. I told her that God could solve the problems in her life and I offered to pray for her. She said, ‘Okay,’ and after I prayed she responded by saying that she felt like God had sent me to her. She seemed very open to the gospel and I invited her to pray a prayer of repentance. She replied, ‘Send me the book first and I will consider it.’ Please pray for Susie!”
Jonathan reports, “As I spoke to a family on the beach, one of the men said, ‘I know you guys. My company makes your banners!’ I spoke to him for a few minutes. He wouldn’t give his contact information, because he said knew he us anyway. His brother came up, however, and gave his contact information.”
Jeremiah reports, “We were doing a music sortie at Herzylia north beach. A couple of times when I stopped playing my guitar people approached me and I found myself in conversations, getting contact info from people who wanted the book.
“I was talking to a gentleman at the beach who worked at an educational institution. I asked him if he wanted a New Testament and he said, “Sure”. He said, ‘I’m not only going to read it, I’m going to put it in the library at the school so everyone else can read it too!'”
Karol reports, “A guy came up to us as we were handing out tracts and said, ‘I met one of your people last week, have already received the New Testament and have started reading it!'”
Laura reports, “Two teams were calling this morning. I have a loud voice so another campaigner, Marcel, heard me taking a contact and recognized the man’s name! He ran over and asked to speak to him. Marcel had shared the gospel with this man in Holland ten years ago! They had exchanged information but Marcel lost his address. The man remembered meeting Marcel and they exchanged information and planned to meet again!”
Heather reports, “I went to speak in Hebrew to three elderly women sitting on a bench. One of them, Sarah, was interested in the book about Yeshua. Her Filipina health care aide asked me in English what I was speaking to her about. I explained about the book and asked if she would like one as well and she said, ‘Yes.’ Just then four of her friends who also worked as aides came and said they also would like the book, and that they would read it to the people they cared for. Pray for the salvation of these women.”
Ze’ev reports, “Religious groups opposing the gospel tried to pressure the website carrying our ads to remove them, but to no avail. In fact, I received a telephone call from another popular website in Israel that saw our ads and made us an extremely attractive offer to advertize on their site as well—and we took it! Thank you again for your prayers. God is definitely using you in a mighty way as we continue to spread the gospel in the Sharon area and throughout Israel. Hallelujah!”
The Yeshua book that seekers have been ordering through our BYG Israel campaigns is an easy to understand primer showing how Jesus is predicted in the Hebrew Scriptures. Click here if you are interested in purchasing your own copy of the original (English) version by Moishe Rose.