We hope these photos and stories encourage you and remind you to pray for our staff and volunteers currently campaigning in Israel. (We’ll mention which region at a later date.)
Pray as campaigners engage people in conversations, and pray that people who allow us to send them further information (as with the woman in the last photo) will be open to meeting with us as well. Pray for physical and spiritual protection and for God to glorify Himself through our efforts.
We had put up our usual gospel message in Hebrew on 13 billboards throughout the campaign region. (If you are not already familiar with the Behold Your God Israel slogan pictured here from previous RealTime articles, please click here for a full explanation.)
Within days, only 6 of the 13 billboards remain. The rest had either been removed or defaced beyond legibility. Those who removed our message had been threatened—told that if they did not remove our billboard, their business would suffer.
Someone threw a sizeable rock through the window of the media company that has been helping us to place those billboards. The rock crashed through with such force that it actually damaged equipment within the office. The company has no doubt that the crime was committed in response to their working with us but so far, they refuse to be intimidated and wish to continue working with us.
Campaigners Reflections and Reports
“The first day of the campaign, it seemed like just about all of us got bruised, either physically, emotionally or spiritually. But we know that what might seem bad to us, God can use for good. I was talking with someone about Yeshua when she asked, ‘But why are people beating you up over there?’ I turned around and saw across the street a couple of our people were being assaulted. We made our complaints to the police but I think the people on the street can see the difference between those who love Yeshua and those who try to physically prevent us from talking about Him.”
“As we held up a banner that said, ‘Yshua the king of the Jews,’ people responded in many ways. A taxi stopped and the driver said, ‘WOW that is interesting.’ Yet he wasn’t willing to receive our literature. Later that day we took a taxi home from a different location and when I opened the door, it was the same driver who had stopped in the morning. He said, ‘Is it you?!!!’ and this time he gave his contact information to receive a New Testament.”
“An Orthodox man was yelling at me in Hebrew and I asked him softly to speak in English and he did. So he began in English, ‘I hate you! I hate you!’ and I answered, ‘I love you! I love you!’ and he left.”
“While in the mall some of us stopped for a water break when an Orthodox Jew named Ari pulled up a chair and asked if he could join us. While he did not give his contact info he was clearly curious about our beliefs.
“Also in the mall, someone tried to tell me, ‘You have to take that T-shirt off or you have to leave the mall.’ I responded ‘You have to take your pants off or you have to leave the mall.’ He was speechless and left me alone.”
“It was the end of a difficult day that began as we got a flat tire, then we were lost, arrived late and as a result, took only a short break. As the day ended, we were being followed and surrounded by opposition. I turned to speak to an Ethiopian woman and she raised her hand and said, ‘Praise the Lord, I am a believer!’ It was very encouraging—just what I needed at that moment!”
“Ayne and I were commenting about how quiet it was where we were handing out broadsides when suddenly a man came out of nowhere and punched Ayne in the face, then hit her hand, dislodging her tracts. Next he grabbed my hand to take my tracts but wasn’t able to get them. So instead he grabbed my glasses, twisted them, and threw them on the ground. We shouted for the police while the man tried to continue hitting Ayne. I stood between as the attacker rained down blows on my back. I took out my camera and photographed the assailant, then tried to call the police but accidentally called the ambulance instead! When the police finally came they took my tracts and refused to return them. Our assailant claimed that Ayne (a petite Ethiopian woman) had hit him first, and that is why he was attacking us. He actually filed a complaint! We filed one too, of course, but we also received a ticket for handing out tracts—even though we showed them the letter from our attorney explaining that it was legal. Please pray for strength for me as I am having some pain in my back.”
(Meanwhile, across the street, the police approached one of our campaigners and demanded he turn over his tracts to them. The campaigner, an American, refused, saying he had a letter from the lawyer stating that he has a right to hand out the literature. They wanted to take him to the police station and asked for his passport but again he refused, asking if he had committed a crime and if he was being arrested. This happened three times and the police finally left him alone.)
“I was sweeping (handing out broadsides while walking) along with two teammates and we had only gotten about one block before several Orthodox came up behind us and began yelling for us to go home. They surrounded us and one man (who seemed like the leader) gave me a push and demanded that I leave. I told him I would not leave and also said in a loud voice, ‘Don’t touch me!’ (Orthodox men are forbidden to touch women other than their own wives.) I stepped into a store and put my tracts behind my back, but the store owner grabbed the tracts from behind me, gave them to our opposition and pushed me out of his store, shouting at me to leave.
“Back on the sidewalk I stood before our opposition, repeating I would not go home. Other people were gathering and the assailants seemed to be backing off a bit, so I took a few more tracts to hand out. We were walking up the street peacefully when they followed us and began the process of pushing us and taking our tracts over again. I called Shlomy who reminded me that the police station was just a block or two away, so we headed that way and I told the men I was going to the police. They said, ‘Go ahead…’ and followed us to the station. I told the police that this man (I took his photo) had molested me and he didn’t deny it. The police took our report; they also brought the two Orthodox men into the station and took their information. Please pray for the police to take the proper action to discourage this kind of aggression.”
“We had a team of 5 going door-to-door and the LORD opened not only the doors but also many hearts. We got three contacts in a row, and I had five Jewish contacts altogether from our door-to-door time. I even met a Jewish believer in Jesus from Moscow, and discovered we have some mutual friends.”
“I was walking down the street and saw something I’d never seen in Israel— a ‘big man’ store. Being of the appropriate size, I went in. The salesman didn’t speak any English and I don’t know much Hebrew but I used the few words I knew in Hebrew like, “Brit Hadashah” (New Testament) and gave the man a contact card to fill out—and he did!”
“A man who received one of our tracts called with many questions. I was able to explain to him the entire gospel and he was so open he simply wanted to hear more and more. I asked him if wanted to have Yeshua in his heart. He agreed and in a prayer over the phone he confessed his sins and his need for Yeshua. After I prayed for him he still had many questions. He told me he was from Jerusalem and in a Yeshiva (an Orthodox school for the very religious). He was afraid to give me all his details and wondered how he might receive the Scriptures without others finding him out. I assured him that he could call daily and someone would be available to read and discuss the Bible with him. Please pray for Isaac.”