January 2000 Newsletter (5760:5)
From Fort Lauderdale, branch leader Sharon Freeman reports, Diane Cohen and I dropped by to follow up on some of the people who had responded to our direct mail piece that offered David Brickner's book, futureHOPE. One elderly Jewish woman named Sally invited us in and showed us the book with her marker halfway through it. We shared our testimonies with her, read Isaiah 53 together and explained the gospel. Sally was open to meeting again, so Diane will be following up with her. Please pray for her salvation."
- Written by Moishe Rosen
Some people were concerned that not enough folks were responding to the message of Christ and so they decided to form a committee. The committee then called in the experts, the consultants, the authors and all sorts of people who knew how to be successful. Everyone agreed that they needed to dress up the message to help people see how great and relevant it was. They decided to erect a huge think tank next to the church.
Many of you have asked us to provide information regarding trips to Israel and especially tours led by a Jewish believer in Jesus. Lon Solomon will be leading his 12th tour in Israel this year. Lon is the senior pastor at McLean Bible Church and a long-time member of the Jews for Jesus board of directors. As a Jewish believer in Jesus, he brings a special perspective when introducing people to the Land of Israel.
- Written by David Brickner
Mission leaders face great temptations when it comes to telling the story of the mission to friends and supporters. We want to share success stories because we know that people want and need to see how their support is making a difference. The temptation is to become selective in our reporting or to exaggerate our successes. I once heard that a group of Christian leaders made a joke about this type of exaggeration, labeling it evangelistically speaking." I don't think that is the least bit funny.