Jews for Jesus News
Find out what’s coming up and how you can pray for us, as well as getting the scoop on events we asked you to pray for previously, including stories and photos from the Olympics, Phoenix and Carnaval outreaches and Wonderful Winter Weekends.
We’ll have a team of six Israelis (two staff/four volunteers) in the far east where a large pocket of Israeli trekkers traditionally come each spring. Two of the group will stay on there doing outreach until August.
Our missionaries are currently out and about on tour, presenting Christ in the Passover and hoping to meet new friends who will catch a vision for our ministry. The Passover presentations are meaningful for Christians but are also very evangelistic—a great opportunity to invite a seeking friend (Jewish or not) to church. Click here to see if we’ll be having a presentation near you.
Most of our branches are planning Passover banquets that will take place after the tours mentioned above. Our banquets are a great opportunity for you to bring a Jewish friend to hear about Jesus in a very Jewish context. Click here to see if we’ll be having a Passover banquet near you.
Once again, our team will be reaching out to the huge crowds that will be coming for the Cherry Blossom Festival. We have a new broadside written for the occasion. The outreach will take place at the parade, on April 10.
The Liberated Wailing Wall (LWW)
has finished their U.S. tour and has gone on to bring Jewish gospel music and drama to South Africa, Israel and England. Please pray for a fruitful time of ministry during this world tour, and for the team members and their “post LWW” transitions.
Behold Your God Israel
We are preparing to launch our next BYG Israel campaign. Please pray for wisdom, endurance, and for a fruitful time of ministry. (More details will follow when the campaign is over.)
Here are some outcomes for events you have previously prayed for:
During the two-week outreach in Phoenix we distributed 55,525 broadsides and met 404 people on the streets (17 of whom were Jewish) willing to hear more about Jesus. We also completed phone calls to 129 Jewish people with 8 of them wanting more information. Ten Gentiles and three Jewish people prayed to receive Jesus.
Phoenix Highlights and Photos
At Arizona State University…
Jay P. went out on his very first sortie (tract passing expedition) at the ASU campus. He had many conversations and two Jewish people who do not know the Lord gave him their contact information so they can receive literature and find out more about the Messiah Yeshua (Jesus). What a great encouragement for a first timer!
On the streets…
Steve K. was on a sortie on Mill Avenue, a local hotspot for young people when he had the opportunity to witness to Adrian. When he asked if she wanted to receive the Lord she said it was time, and prayed with Steve. Pray for Adrian to grow in her faith.
Karen and Sarah were also on Mill Avenue, giving”Psalm readings.” For each person that stopped, they shared the Psalm that “corresponds” to their date of birth. For example, if a person’s birthday was July 16 (7/16), they might read them Psalm 7, verse 16, or Psalm 71, verse 6.
A man came up with his girlfriend, Tanya, and said he wanted a Psalm read for her. The psalm Karen read spoke about God not overlooking sin, and how wicked people are. When the woman started crying, Karen asked if this psalm described her, and she said yes. Karen asked if she would like to pray to receive Jesus, and the woman said not right there but she would like to do so at home. Pray hard that God will break through her and draw her to accept God’s offer.
At the mall…
Justin went with Micah (one of our staff) to do evangelism at a very upscale mall. Justin had three solid conversations with different people. The first wanted us to pray for him; the second was open to hearing the gospel, but wouldn’t give us his contact information; the third man looked very sad and as we approached him. Micah suggested that Justin ask him about Jesus.
Justin approached him and asked him what he thought about Jesus. The man asked what kind of propaganda we could give him. Justin told him that we were not there to give out propaganda, just to challenge people to think about the evidence given in the Bible. He asked if we could send him a Bible. The man asked for prayer to be able to see his children again, and said he was willing to investigate the evidence. He gave his contact information.
Laurie spoke with four Israelis at the mall. They were friendly but not interested in her offer of a New Testament. However they did take a broadside to read. The following day Brook and Steve went the same mall and met the same group of Israelis. So by the time Laurie returned to the mall, one of the Israeli women was open to receiving the Hebrew New Testament. She took a copy of Matthew in Hebrew and gave her contact information for further follow-up!
At the airport…
Airports are always good places to pass out gospel broadsides because we never know where they may end up. It was nice to see that our work there was an encouragement to believers who used the e-mail address on the back of the literature to send the following notes:
“I was at the airport yesterday and you handed me one of your flyers. I am a Christian (Gentile) and my parents are supporters of Jews for Jesus. You were so friendly when you handed me the flyer. I prayed for you while I was on my flight back to Chicago! In Christ, Ashley O.”
“Yesterday, passing through the airport on the way to my terminal, one of your guys gave me a tract about ‘fanatics’! I am a believer in Jesus Christ, so wanted to thank you for being ‘out there.’ God bless all of you and give you success in your witness.”
—Jerry T. Granbury TX.
The Rio branch had an enthusiastic group of volunteers come alongside staff on the streets for Carnaval. The group handed out 35,525 broadsides, received contact information from 195 seekers, of whom 25 were Jewish, and prayed with seven Gentiles to receive the Lord.
Rio-Carnaval Photos and Highlights
Volunteer Raquel reports: “While I was on a sortie (tract-passing expedition) in Lapa (a very bohemian area of Rio), I gave a man a broadside-tract, and he replied that he’d already thrown away one but since God wanted him to have one so badly, he was going to keep this one and read it. I asked him what he thought of Yeshua. He said that he knew Him as Savior and knew that his own actions (he is homosexual) did not please the Lord. He said that he wanted to leave that lifestyle and knew that he couldn’t do it alone. So I prayed with him and he asked Yeshua to forgive him. He recommitted his life and gave us his contact so we could help him as he begins a new phase in his relationship with Yeshua.”
Volunteer Alexandre writes: “The first day of evangelism as we went to Lapa, where every weekend thousands of people flock to find entertainment and gratification, I had a very poignant conversation with a young man. He seemed very arrogant at first, but as we talked about Yeshua he recognized his lost condition. As all his pride melted away and gave way to repentance, he prayed to receive Yeshua as His Savior. The next day as we went back to Lapa, we once again crossed paths, and he wanted me to share with his friends what I had shared with him the night before! Please pray for his spiritual growth.”
Volunteer Flßvia shares: “The last evening of evangelism, we went to Rua Farme de Armoedo, a street dominated by the homosexual community. I approached two young men who seemed to have a relationship with each other and I began a conversation with them. As I began sharing God’s love for them and how that was demonstrated by Yeshua’s sacrifice and resurrection, both of them began to cry and asked me to pray for them. As I prayed I could feel the presence of God with us, as if it were only the three of us in that place. As I finished praying I hugged both of them and let them know that God had a purpose for their lives.
“The interesting thing was that as we finished this interaction other people around began asking what I was sharing with them, because they wanted it too…”
Volunteer Willian says: “On the first day that we were pamphleting in Lapa, a few young men approached me asking what the broadside was about. The title of the broadside was ‘Carnaval, a party like no other!’ As they continued reading, some of them laughed and left, but one young man stayed behind. He could barely speak for the tears that were filling his eyes.
“He said that he had asked God to help him on a very important test, and he had passed, but instead of keeping his promise to follow God if that happened, he was there drinking it up with his friends to celebrate. He wanted to know if God could forgive him and give him a new chance. He prayed, asking God to forgive him and renewing his vow to serve God with his life. He hugged me and his tears of joy poured all over my T-shirt but it felt like rain from above.”
Melissa Zaidman reports: “I had been out broadsiding (handing out tracts) and had some good conversations, but I had specifically asked God to send some Jewish people my way who were open to hear about Yeshua.
A woman walked by, received our broadside, crossed the street, and then crossed back to talk to me. She said, ‘Wow, I’m Jewish and I knew about Jews for Jesus in New York, but Jews for Jesus in Rio… that’s crazy!’ We talked for several minutes and she gave me her contact info, saying that she wants to know more about Jews for Jesus. ‘But really’ she said, ‘I want to know more about Him…’ And she pointed to the word ‘Jesus’ on my shirt.
“Later I met a father and daughter from Israel. They were interested to hear what Jews for Jesus was, and I explained to them. The father seemed to lose interest right away, but the daughter wanted to hear more. When I offered to send her more information about Yeshua, her father said they did not need it. She emphatically replied, ‘You may not want it, but I do,’ and gave me her contact information!”
Our ten-day outreach at the Winter Olympics was staffed completely by CLIMs! (trained Jews for Jesus volunteers) who distributed 31,355 broadsides and received 67 contacts, including five Jewish seekers. Two Jewish people and fourteen Gentiles prayed to receive Jesus.
We received the following e-mail from someone whose life was touched by the outreach:
“I met one of your clan ‘Rick’ from Kansas at the Olympics in Vancouver 2010. We prayed on the street and he gave me a Bible. His wife, don’t remember her name, is Jewish. I am not. I feel he brought me closer to Christ than I’ve been in a number of years. I would like to thank him for his efforts and tell him he was in the right place at the right time for me. I still struggle daily not with my faith but my lifestyle. Rick was great. I think he could see through my facade but remained non-judgmental. I struggle daily but I cannot shake that experience with Rick. I do believe in Jesus but I’m just not as vocal as I’d like to be. If you know Rick, his wife or his friend from Fugi, tell them thank you for the kind words and that their efforts have not gone in vain. I’m trying. Maybe someday I’ll be like Rick. Thanks, Dave”
Olympics Story and Photos
Allen reports: “While distributing the broadside, ‘Bring Home The Gold,’ I met Salif, a young man in his late twenties. He took one, read it and smiled. I asked him who he thought Jesus was. He said, ‘Oh, I like Him very much. I’ve been reading about Him.’ I asked him what congregation he attended. He replied that he had been attending a couple of Jehovah’s Witnesses meetings. ‘But I quit going because they don’t talk about Jesus like I have studied in the New Testament,’ he explained. I led him through our Proposal Statement. He clearly understood it and prayed then and there to receive Jesus. I gave him a New Testament, and that’s when he informed me that his father was Jewish and so was his grandfather.”
Wonderful Winter Weekends
In February, we held our Camp Gilgal WWWs (Wonderful Winter Weekends) for Jewish children and youth ages 8-18. WWWs provide ongoing ministry to our summer campers and give potential new campers the opportunity to “test drive” Camp Gilgal. The purpose of Camp Gilgal and WWW is to raise up new generations of Jewish believers in Messiah.
The theme for this year’s WWWs was Psalm 46: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea.” We had times of teaching, worship as well as zany activities. The campers came away closer to the Lord and to each other.
WWW East coast was held in New Jersey. Thirty-eight campers were excited to wake up Saturday morning to several inches of fresh snow! One younger camper who was homesick saw how Psalm 46 spoke to her need, and was comforted that the same God who’s with her at home when her parents are nearby was also with her at WWW, and will always be with her wherever she goes.
WWW Midwest was held in Illinois near Joliet. Twenty-one campers attended. The snow was great for sledding and tobogganing. A counselor also shared how two young boys came to him to pray for their sick grandfather. Later in the weekend, both boys rededicated their lives to Jesus.
Meanwhile, our WWW-Southern California was held in the snowy San Bernardino Mountains the same weekend. Thirty-eight campers came. Toward the end of the weekend the entire camp gathered to pray for Jonathan, a camper who’s grown up in Camp Gilgal and was scheduled for back surgery the following week.
Our last WWW 2010 was held in the Sierra foothills of Northern California. Forty-one campers were there. Everyone was thrilled to meet Corey, the son of a former camper and Camp Gilgal’s first “grandcamper” ever! Campfire the last night of camp was a special time of campers praying with staff about their burdens and bringing them to God, our ever present help in time of trouble. Many campers came away more at peace about their circumstances and encouraged in the Lord.
Please pray for God to work in the hearts of those who attended these Camp Gilgal weekends, and please especially pray for God to protect those who made commitments to Him during these WWWs.