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Bob Mendelsohn is the leader of Jews for Jesus' work in Sydney, Australia. He grew up in an Orthodox Jewish family in Kansas City, but became a college drop-out when he decided to look for the meaning of life in the counterculture of the '60s. He found meaning and relevance in Jesus which caused him much trouble at home. But he says, "it was worth the cost." Bob has worked for Jews for Jesus since 1979, and served as the leader of our work in Washington DC and New York City before moving to Sydney in 1998. Bob and his wife Patty both graduated from the University of Kansas and Fuller Seminary. The Mendelsohns live in Sydney near their son. Their two daughters and two grandsons live in the US. Their son has a son and is expecting another in 2019.
Mark Landrum grew up in Georgia, where his Jewish mother came to faith in Jesus when Mark was still a boy. He has shared his faith with others since his teen years. Mark's decision to be a missionary was made after a summer in Peru with Wycliffe Bible Translators. Mark met Jews for Jesus missionary Rahel Hirshenson on our New York Summer Witnessing Campaign in 1990, and they were wed in March 1992. Mark holds an M.A. in Jewish Missions from Fuller Theological Seminary. The Landrums are now serving in our Sydney branch.
Rahel Hirshenson Landrum was born in Romania and at the age of twelve, moved with her family to Israel. While her Jewish father was not a believer in Jesus until late in life, Hirshenson grew up attending church in Romania with her Christian mother. Before going into the Israeli army, Rahel accepted her pastor's invitation to take a short Bible course. Through that study she became convinced that Jesus' claim to be the way to God is true. Rahel has a B.A. in English from Haifa University, an M.A. in Jewish Missions from Fuller THeological Seminary, and studied at Capernwray, a Bible school in England. She and her husband Mark were missionaries in Chicago and London before their move to Sydney.