We’ll be having all kinds of holiday outreaches in the weeks ahead. For example:
- Bruce Rapp, who heads up our work in Phoenix, is planning a Hanukkah/Latke Party for the students on the ASU Campus on 11/29, including a latke-eating contest.
- Our Los Angeles branch will be hosting a Thanksgiving/Hanukkah event from our Westwood office.
- In San Francisco, some of our headquarters staff will be joining Rob Wertheim to greet people in Union Square with the gospel on Black Friday. Jeremiah Zaretsky is planning a Hanukkah party/outreach on December 4 at the Victorian he and his family call home.
- Our New York branch is planning to reach out to people on the Upper West Side at the Balloon Raising (the event prior to the Thanksgiving Parade) with hot chocolate. Since it’s also the first night of Hanukkah, the NY team plans to create a new piece of literature to ask: "What are you celebrating?" Then the day after Thanksgiving, they plan to set up two tables at Herald Square (next to Macy’s) with holiday wrapping paper – one table with Hanukkah paper, the other with Nativity paper – and offer to wrap people’s presents for free, while sharing the gospel for free as well!
- In Chicago: Our students are working on new holiday literature to hand out, and, given the temperatures, some team members might also be handing out hot chocolate. Say "hey" to our Chicago team if you happen to see them at Watertower Place or State Street on Black Friday.
- In London: Simon Lissak will be leading a Hanukkah outreach 28th-30th November and Christmas outreach 19th-21st December. They will be handing out a postcard on the "Christmas-Hanukkah Connection."
- In Germany, the team plans to be out on sorties (tract-passing expeditions) for the week of Hanukkah and then again for the week prior to Christmas.
- Igor Barbanel, deputy director of Jews for Jesus in the Former Soviet Union, says, "We’re going to have a street outreach, door-to-door mini-campaign and special service on Hanukkah in the FSU."
Please pray for these and other branches, for many Jewish seekers to attend the events described, and for many to stop and talk to our staff and volunteers on the streets as well.