At City College, photo by Bob Mendelsohn

Sukkot is a time of rejoicing and thanksgiving, so last week, we took a break from our Council meeting* to do the very work we’d been discussing and praying about. We were going to hand out gospel broadsides, but then we thought, “Hey, it’s the Feast of Tabernacles! We should bring a little Sukkot/Jesus joy to City College of San Francisco (pictured above), San Francisco State University and U. C. Berkeley.” So we set up booths and offered a “gratitude challenge” for anyone who wanted to stop and tell us what they were thankful for, or what they were hoping and praying for. We also offered fruit snacks in keeping with the harvest theme. One of the teams played live music as well.

People wrote their words of thanks and/or requests on strips of paper that we linked together as garlands to decorate the booths. Many said they were thankful for family (especially for Mom, or Mama), friends and education. One said, “I’m thankful for being closer to God” and a particularly poignant one said, “I’m thankful for my foster family.” Another said, “I’m thankful that I don’t have to worry about the future, thank God.” For requests, it was anything from asking that two particular people would get along, to “pray my surgery tomorrow goes well.”

Lots of people stopped to talk and to hear about Jesus. In the photos below, you’ll see Max, an Israeli newly voted onto our staff, engrossed in conversation at U. C. Berkeley. Lizzy, who also was just voted onto our staff, is seen witnessing to a student at San Francisco State University (SFSU). You’ll see Igor, who is in charge of our work in Russia and Ukraine, taking down contact information from a Jewish seeker at SFSU, and Stephen, who leads our work in Switzerland, doing the same at City College.

Five Jewish people and three Gentiles gave us contact information to hear more about the gospel. Please join us in praying that God will nurture the gospel seed that was planted; please pray especially for those who gave contact information to read and be willing to discuss what we send with an open heart.

*Our Jews for Jesus leadership Council comes together from all over the world, three times a year. We pray, strategize, discuss, vote and eat—for three days! David Brickner gives a leadership lesson based on biblical teaching (this time it was adaptability), and we almost always have a time to go out and do evangelism together.