Our Paris team did some major phone calling to invite people from the local Jewish community to a Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) celebration at our office. While there was no public announcement of the event, nine Jewish people who don’t yet believe in Jesus accepted the phone invitation, as did eight Jewish believers. Add to that our Paris staff and volunteers, and it was a not-too-big and not-too-small group . . . perfect for lots of good conversations following the one hour service. In fact, guests hung out for a couple of hours afterwards, enjoying the food, decorations, and one another’s company.
One Orthodox woman who attended told branch leader Joshua Turnil that she would have planned on going to her own shul (synagogue), but they don’t allow dogs. She explained that her small dog is quiet and well behaved, and Joshua assured her that she and her dog would be most welcome. She came with her son, granddaughter and dog in tow!
Joshua gave a clear gospel message during the course of the service, and the branch had some traditional and very high quality music for the celebration. In fact, three Jewish people dropped by because they heard the music and wanted to see what was happening.
It was great to have the help of some dear friends from a mission called Life in Messiah, who came and built the sukkah (booth), and another wonderful friend who flew all the way from Switzerland to decorate and cater the food.
Most of the Jewish seekers who came had never attended a Jews for Jesus event before and were interested to come back. Please pray that our Paris team will be able to continue ministering to them!
The sign in the office window quotes John 7:2, 37-39. These verses tell how, on the last day of Sukkot, Jesus invited all who were thirsty to come to Him. He promised that living waters (meaning the Holy Spirit) would flow from the hearts of all who would do so.