BALCONY EVANGELISM IN ISRAEL
Robin, one of our staff members in Israel, lives in a small walk-up building with a flat and enclosed roof. She has been escaping to her roof to stretch and get some fresh air. It overlooks, at a safe distance, her neighbor’s rooftop. Robin’s neighbors, Gili* and Avishai,* are Israelis who lived in New York City for one year, and just one block from where Robin formerly lived. They recognized each other when they moved into Robin’s building in Tel Aviv.
Now, they are having regular discussions—rooftop to balcony. With more time at home, it did not take long for the dialogue to get more and more spiritual. Gili and Avishai knew about Robin’s faith from previous conversations, and now that they have more down time, they began asking more about her faith. The questions continue each time Robin sees them. The couple seems quite open and curious. Please pray that Gili and Avishai would come to know Jesus in a personal way and that the Lord directs Robin’s words.
JEWISH WOMAN CONTINUES LIFELONG JOURNEY OF FAITH
Many of our staff members have been calling those who requested a copy of Isaiah 53 Explained online. Recently, Janet had a memorable conversation with Beth,* a Jewish woman who returned her call. They had a long discussion about spiritual matters and began to get to know one another. Although Beth does not attend synagogue regularly, she did when she was growing up. She is quite literate and has been seeking God for decades. Beth shared two anecdotes with Janet about attempted conversations as a young girl with rabbis about Jesus. One rabbi got upset with her and refused to discuss the matter. Beth approached a second rabbi at her childhood synagogue, and this time she heard a different response. The second rabbi told her that he believed Jesus was the sacrifice for our sins, but he could not talk about it or he would be ostracized.
Beth and Janet talked about how God gave them prophets who called His people to turn back to Him. Janet shared Isaiah 53, and after discussing the passage, Beth agreed with Janet to pray for God to show her the truth about Jesus. Beth also agreed to participate in future Bible studies about Messianic prophecy. After the phone call ended, Beth texted, saying how she was grateful for Janet’s call and and that she was looking forward to future studies. However, Janet has not heard back from her, and is concerned that Beth may have been influenced not to pursue Jesus. Please pray for Beth.
MINISTRY IN SOUTH AMERICA REACHES INTO CHILE!
Chosen People Ministries—Argentina has been actively sharing the gospel during this time. During Passover, they hosted Messiah in the Passover demonstrations online. Through digital posting and daily broadcasts, our Argentina staff met with Jewish people—many of whom are unclear about their faith—and with Gentiles who have Jewish friends with whom they want to share the gospel. They also connected with a Messianic Jewish congregation in Chile that expressed interest in partnership.
This congregation wants to share the gospel with Jewish people in Chile who do not attend synagogue regularly. Through the resources of Chosen People Ministries, Jewish people in Chile can be introduced to Yeshua from a Jewish perspective. The Internet has become an invaluable tool for reaching Jewish people throughout the world. We recently had a group of Spanish-speaking Jews in Russia who listened to our messages! People from several other countries, as well as other provinces in Argentina, are connecting with our staff members. The Lord continues His work in Argentina, albeit in a different way!