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.

COMING UP:

For Passover

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.

Washington D.C.

Welcome to the Festival

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:

Phoenix Outreach

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.

Carnaval Outreach

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.  

Olympics Outreach

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”

 

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.