By the time you read this a crucial event may have taken place. Our case for proclaiming Christ in public places may already have been argued before the Supreme Court of the United States. The high court, however, will not deliver its verdict until July. Then we will know how much of religious freedom and the right of free speech we have left in the United States. In the meantime we should all be much in prayer over this matter.
I don't take transitions very well. I suppose not many of us do. We all seem to crave security and normalcy. We all want to be in control of our lives and our environments. Yet, as Christians dedicated to God's service, we often find ourselves in times of transition.
About a year ago, Gina and I had a picture from our wedding printed in this Newsletter. We have been married for a year now, and our ministry and marriage are going through a major change as we leave the Los Angeles branch to join the Liberated Wailing Wall music team for another tour of duty.
It was a Monday night, a good time to find people at home, and I was calling some Jewish people who receive our bi-monthly publication, ISSUES: A Messianic Jewish Perspective. My purpose was to find out what they thought about Jews and Jesus and whether or not they would be interested in meeting one of our Jews for Jesus staff members to discuss it further. Although most of the people with whom I spoke that evening were not interested, I did have a few meaningful conversations. One of those was with a Jewish woman named Gayle.
The Jews for Jesus ministry has been blessed by our Co-Laborers in Messiah," who serve as volunteer missionary coordinators. These are the people who do much of the "behind the scenes" support work that enhances our outreach. They call churches, provide housing for our mobile teams and speakers and generally make themselves available as the need arises. Sometimes our co-laborers get an opportunity to become actively involved in Jewish evangelism in unexpected ways.