Summer Witnessing Campaign 2012 Update
Giselle reports: “I was with my team on the Upper West Side at 72nd and Broadway. Mark and I were sweeping up and down the street when a guy stopped me and said, ‘Hey, I want one of those things!’ (meaning one of my broadside tracts). His name is Paul, he’s Jewish, his girlfriend is Catholic and his best friend is a believer. He said, ‘I want to know more! I am giving you my phone number. I want you to call me … are you going to call me? Make sure someone calls me.’ He volunteers at a synagogue where they have a program for seniors and is a very sweet guy. Please pray for Paul.
“Ten later, I met a lady named Barbara; she was walking her two dogs and she had been following Mark and me up the street. I was expecting her to be hostile. (I was only allowed to pet one of the dogs because the other wanted to bite me.) I asked her nicely, ‘How are you doing?’ She replied, ‘Give me one of those,’ indicating the tracts. It turned out that she is Jewish and believes that Jesus is the Messiah but is confused about the validity of the Scriptures. I suggested, ‘Why don’t you give me your number? Someone will call and explain things to you.'”
Editor’s note: Some New Yorkers have a gruff edge when it comes to social rituals, but are really quite friendly beneath the gruff exterior.
Also from Giselle: “I was walking into the park at City Hall and a Jewish guy approached me to ask, ‘Can I have one of those?’ I gave him a tract and he said, ‘So you are Jewish and you believe in Jesus.’ I said, ‘Yeah. What do you believe?’ He responded, ‘They told me not to believe in Jesus.’ I said, ‘I know they did. What do you think?’
“He didn’t answer my question, but asked, ‘Did Jesus make your life better?’ I said, ‘It is better, but it’s definitely harder.’ He thought that was interesting. I continued, ‘I have a friend who could do some Bible studies with you. Would you be interested in that?’ He said he was. His name is Neil, and he gave his contact information. Please pray for him.”
Laura reports: “During a noon sortie, we were sweeping on the Upper West Side from 72nd and Broadway to 96th Street. As soon as we crossed the street, I saw an Orthodox man who was clearly agitated. I asked, ‘You aren’t having such a good day, are you?’ He followed me for twelve blocks. I just kept giving him the gospel. We had a lengthy conversation. Eventually he said, ‘I have tried to ruffle your feathers. I don’t know whether you are completely brainwashed or a robot or what…but I don’t know why you aren’t mad at me. And, you aren’t Jewish.’
“I said, ‘Halachically [meaning according to Jewish law], I am Jewish. My parents are Jewish. So, no matter what I believe…even if I didn’t believe in God, I’d be Jewish.’ At the end of the conversation, I gave him our ‘Turning to God’ booklet by Tuvya Zaretsky and he said, ‘This Tuvya Zaretsky guy….I’ll give him a shot.’ Please pray for David.
“During a rush hour sortie in Times Square, a Jewish man, about 20 years old, approached me. His name was Elon. He said, ‘My Hebrew teacher told me that Jesus was a Jew who started Christianity, but I don’t really know anything about Him.’ He wanted to know more and gave me his full contact information, asking that someone call him and send him something more to read.
“On that same sortie, a young woman approached me. She said, ‘I am an agnostic but I am seeking.’ She told me that her mother is Jewish. She got scared at the end of the conversation and decided to only give me her email and not her last name. But, she has started reading the Bible on her own. She said, ‘I’m stuck in 1 Samuel.’ I encouraged her to keep going and to ask God to reveal Himself to her. Her name is Maya.”
Karl: “I was standing at the open door of our building with two of our stewards when a young Jewish woman who was passing by stopped to talk to us. She’d just moved from Los Angeles to New York City. She said, ‘I saw your building and want to know what this is about.’ We shared the gospel with her and invited her to ‘Torn,’ a film we were showing on Thursday night. She gave us her contact information and said, ‘Contact me any time. Let me know about events and invite me to stuff.’
“We were walking by a park and I saw a young woman sitting there. I felt that I should go and talk to her. As she saw me, a stranger, approaching her I could see her tense up, but when I gave her a gospel tract she seemed to relax. She told me that her name was Brielle and that she recently moved to NY and was all alone. She actually came to the park that day to pray and ask God to give her direction for her life. Many of her friends are now interacting with other religions, so she was wondering if Jesus was the only way. My coming to her at that moment really ministered to her. As we prayed together, tears were welling up in her eyes. She told me that she had been looking for a church, but recently stopped. She gave me her contact information and is willing to receive a list of suggested churches.”
Ron reports, “Sunday (our day off), Robbie and I were out at Coney Island wearing our Jews for Jesus shirts, when an elderly Jewish Orthodox man named Reuben called me over and we started talking to him about the Lord. He grew up in Israel and has lived here for 52 years. He is in his 80s now. He was very knowledgable about the Tanakh and used to teach Hebrew in college. I shared my story with him and he seemed to be very open. He gave me his cell phone number so he could learn more.
“We were handing out broadsides in the subway and I noticed a guy who was just standing there, watching me. Finally, he comes over and says, ‘I’m Jewish. I don’t really want to take one. I don’t want to get involved or give you my number. Just give me the information.’ So, we gave him a broadside. Then he walked off. His name was Ross; please pray for him.
“As we were in the park on the Upper West Side, I saw a couple sitting on a bench. I said, ‘You guys look like you are in love.’ They said, ‘Yes! We are in love.’ I said, ‘It’s a great day. It’s sunny out. The birds are here.’ Then, I started sharing the gospel. I asked them if they knew who Jesus was. They said that they really didn’t know. I said, ‘The most important thing you can do for yourselves and your futures is to accept Jesus as your personal Savior.’ I shared more of the gospel with them. Then I asked, ‘Is there any reason why you can’t pray with me now to receive Jesus as your Messiah?’ They said, ‘No.’ We joined hands in the park and they prayed with me to receive Jesus as their Messiah. Afterwards I said, “Now you guys really have a future…not just with each other, but with God!’ Their names are Maureen and Chris.”
“On a sweeping sortie at City Hall, I spotted a young girl, about 25 years old, with a baby stroller. I asked her, ‘Do you know who Jesus is?’ She said, ‘Yes. I trusted Him last month. I went through a divorce two months ago.’ I asked, ‘Who talked to you about Jesus?’ She said, ‘My mother did. But, that was many years ago.’ I asked, ‘You just did this in your apartment by yourself?’ She said, ‘Yes. I got down on my knees and asked Jesus to save me.’ I asked if she was now going to a church, and she replied that she couldn’t go to church because of the baby. I said, ‘You can go to a church. They have nurseries.’ She was so excited to hear that, and gave me her contact information. That was definitely a God-ordained meeting.
“A man named James who had overheard me talking to someone else in the subway station came to ask me, ‘What is this all about?’ I began to witness to him. He told me he had just gotten out of the hospital and asked what he had to do to be saved. After I shared the gospel with him, I had to get on the train. He got on the train with me and prayed with me to receive the Lord. He was so excited after he prayed and asked, ‘What do I do now?’ I took his information and told him he needs to attend a good church. Please pray for him to connect well with the follow-up.”
Please keep praying for our New York City Summer Witnessing Campaign!