JFJ at Boston Marathon

Israel Independence Outreach 2013

We had five people handing out our gospel broadsides at the Boston Marathon last month. Long-time friends and faithful volunteers David, Karen, and Joel came to assist Larry Dubin (our Washington D.C. branch leader) and Karl deSouza (who leads our Montreal outpost).

The Cohens had advised them a month earlier to situate themselves at the finish line, as they had done during their years in Boston. But instead, they ended up positioning themselves at Kenmore Square, near Fenway Park-where the Red Sox baseball game was taking place. So they were about a mile from where the bombs went off, and neither they nor the people they were trying to reach were aware of the attacks until after the sortie.

Karl reports, “We sensed a hardness in the crowd towards our presence and/or towards spiritual matters. People were there to celebrate human achievement (running 26 miles is quite an accomplishment!), as well as human determination and perseverance. And of course they were there to cheer on family, friends, and all who were running in the race.”

Larry observed that at the Red Sox baseball game sortie, “It seemed that 99.9% of the people were absolutely not interested in the gospel. Not only did they not want to accept a broadside, they did not want to engage with us.”

However, the placard shown in the above photo with the Isaiah 40:31 verse attracted quite a bit of attention. All in all, our team gave out 2300 broadsides.

Despite the low take rate, many people were offered an opportunity to consider Jesus at the Boston Marathon, and who knows what some may have thought after realizing what happened at the finish line. Pray with us that the gospel seeds sown that day will speak into the lives of those affected by that senseless tragedy.

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. (1 Cor 15:58)

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