Joel: “I was handing out broadsides on Michigan Avenue and was a little discouraged because it seemed like every Jewish person I offered one to said, ‘No, I’m already Jewish,’ and sped by before I could respond.
“Finally, a young man came up to me, and said ‘What is this? I’ve always wondered about you people but I’ve never asked.’ I explained about our mission and quickly shared the gospel. Although he didn’t give his contact info, Daniel told me his name. I was encouraged to find a young Jewish man who was open to hearing our message.”
Phillip: “The question, ‘Who do you think Jesus is?’ seems to be a loaded one. People’s answers seem to come from deep inside them. A Jewish Korean War veteran said he didn’t believe everything the rabbis told him, but he couldn’t hear the possibility that Jesus claimed to be the Messiah. Regardless of what I asked, he ‘road blocked’ the simple question about Jesus. In the end, however, he took a broadside and I pray that he reads it and thinks about the Messiah.”
Alexander: “During my first sortie in Chicago, a fireman took my broadside and asked me in Hebrew, ‘Mi Hu?’ ['Who is He?']. I asked if he knows Hebrew, and he said, ‘I’m from Israel.’ I told him, ‘Me too. God must have something to say to you. He sent both of us out of our country and we meet here. It can’t be coincidence!’ So he told me that he wanted to know more and gave me his contact info. Maybe I’ll meet him again in Israel!”
Tamar: “I spoke with a young woman who was spiritually ripe and ready to receive the gospel and the free gift of salvation right there on the street. She walked away excited and called her boyfriend to tell him about it right away.
Samuel: “I offered a broadside to a Jewish man who responded, ‘Get out of my face!’ and then stormed off. About ten minutes later, I saw the same man coming right for me, so I braced myself to get yelled at some more. But instead he said, ‘I owe you an apology.’ He felt terrible for what he had said to me. After a short conversation I offered him a broadside and he reluctantly accepted.”
Rebekah: “While broadsiding on Michigan Avenue I met a Jewish lady called Rutie, an Israeli on holiday with her friends. She told me that back in Israel she had a friend who was a ‘Jew for Jesus.’ She thought it might be true that Jesus was the Messiah, but asked why it was that the rabbis didn’t believe in Him. I challenged her to read the Scriptures and consider Y’shua for herself. Please pray that she continues to talk to her friend about Jesus and discovers the truth.”
Warren: “I went to the Peace and Love Festival, which was a hippie event full of people on many substances. Being in recovery from substance abuse myself, I thought this would be tough. But through my weakness, God gave me His strength to face my problems and talk of His Messiah. During this sortie I got three Jewish contacts, including two who were quite open to the gospel. Please pray for them and followup.”
Keilah: “Handing out broadsides and engaging people can be challenging. But I’ve realized that even if people don’t take one you can ask them a question. One young man refused to take a broadside, but he did stop to talk with me. He had never considered the possibility that Jesus might be the Messiah. Although he was unwilling to receive more information, I know our encounter challenged his beliefs.”