One of the best ways to be spiritually encouraged as a Christian is to see what God is doing in today's diverse Jewish community. That's the focus of our Jews for Jesus Newsletter, written for all Christians whether Jewish or Gentile. Each month you'll read a message from David Brickner, executive director of Jews for Jesus. You'll also find reports from our staff around the world, prayer requests, teaching charts and articles…and what would our newsletter be without a cartoon every month?
If you're Jewish and not a believer in Jesus and you've ended up on this page, you may wonder what the idea of "Jews for Jesus" is all about. In that case, be sure to visit our publication ISSUES, giving the perspective of Jewish believers in Jesus on a variety of topics.
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How do you feel when someone makes you a promise and then breaks it? Depending on the importance of the promise or the person, it might be anything from mild disappointment to a deep sense of betrayal. Or maybe you know what it's like to be the one who broke a promise.
Bits from the Branches intro: Check out our field reports from around the world! This month includes stories from San Francisco, Moscow, Manhattan, Kiev and London. Plus you'll find a story about cyber evangelism and how our Facebook ministry helped a Jewish person find a "friend" in Jesus!
OK, I'm just going to say it. I love Christmas. I don't have a problem, as a Jew, proclaiming that. I admit I have a Christmas tree, I love singing Christmas carols, and if you come to my house in December, you will hear Handel's "Messiah" playing over and over again.
It was December 1970, as I sat on the large boulder next to rushing waters at Forest Falls in the San Gorgonio Wilderness Area in Southern California. Only days before, I had experienced salvation in Y'shua (Jesus). Now, as I pondered the implications of that salvation, I was in that "sacred place" to talk with God.
Outreach to Hassidic (extremely Orthodox Jewish) communities is a wonderful mystery. Here in London we've been accustomed to initiating conversations without our Jews for Jesus T-shirts, making sure to talk about the gospel, but usually not in the first sentence. But because outreach to these communities is still somewhat new, we have a lot to learn.
In Kata's article "Together as One," a volunteer who did not speak Hungarian not only brought a Jewish woman to speak to Kata during this year's Budapest campaign, but she also remained and prayed during the entire conversation ... and as a result, got to see this woman pray to receive Jesus. In "Bits from the Branches," Barry explains how one of our volunteers began praying as an irate man was yelling at her ... and when the man left her and began yelling at Barry instead, she continued to pray. Before long, the man calmed down and had a reasonable conversation. He even agreed to study the Hebrew Scriptures with Barry (though it remains to be seen if this will happen).