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Article by Aden Friedmanmissionary, Jews for Jesus

What used to be the Jews for Jesus New York Summer outreach has changed to a Fall outreach with the emphasis being placed on reaching out to university students in the city. Cara and I were excited to serve on the Fall outreach and to try the new methods being implemented by the team in New York City.

Led by Eryn and Elizabeth Black, a well organised and creative outreach was put together with the hope of engaging with as many Jewish people as possible. We would start our mornings with chapel, where a visiting church would provide a praise and worship team, as well as a guest speaker for each day. As a group we read A.W. Tozer’s “Attributes of the Holy”. This served as a valuable tool in aiding our team to consider the attributes of God and contemplate his greatness and holiness as we took to the streets of New York. The chapel times proved enriching and encouraging as they helped us focus on the task ahead.

Most mornings would start with two teams going out and distributing “Brews for Jesus”, iced coffee or tea, at a few of the many great locations to meet and talk with people. Cara and I were so excited to see that after three years of handing out ”Brews for Jesus” the people of New York have started responding so positively to our ministry. People would greet us with, “Hey guys, we love this!”; “We appreciate what you guys are doing”. Most importantly, people would stop to talk to us and ask us what Jews for Jesus really is. We were able to have many great conversations about the Gospel and Messiahship of Yeshua.

Each Friday, we would host a Shabbat dinner and while we were out we would invite interested seekers to join us for Shabbat. We were overwhelmed by the amount of people that we had coming to the Shabbat dinners. The dinners were very successful, the atmosphere was light and cheerful, and each week one of the team members gave a drash (short talk) on the portion of scripture that was read that Shabbat. This proved to be great way to engage further with the people we had been meeting out on the streets of New York.

During the day we would put up a board in the city and invite people to participate in the statement or question on the board. This too proved to be an effective way to engage with New Yorkers and also address spiritual questions. Many times we would walk into a coffee shop in our Jews for Jesus T-shirts and read devotions together. On many occasions curious people would ask what we are all about. The methods employed, certainly worked in providing a platform to talk to New Yorkers about the Gospel.

We came away from our time in New York not only having built meaningful relationships with our colleagues but also experiencing great Gospel conversations with people. The people we met will continue to be ministered to by our colleagues in New York and we pray for fruitful relationships to form. Thank you for your prayers as we took the Good News of the Messiah to New York City.

AltText‘How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion,“Your God reigns!” ’ (Isaiah 52:7)


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Aden reports: “I met Stan (not his real name) a young Jewish man at Columbia University. He was initially quite aggressive and was not
impressed that we were out on the streets “converting” people (according to Stan).
When I was able to tell him why I believe that Yeshua is the promised Messiah of Israel, he agreed to come to our Shabbat dinner and ended up coming to our Rosh Hashana event as well! He was able to connect with a few of our colleagues who will stay in touch and continue to build a relationship with Stan.

Cara reports: “I met Rebekah and Bella (not their real names) at Columbia University. Rebekah is Orthodox and was very intrigued to hear that you can be Jewish and believe in Jesus. I told Rebekah that Yeshua fulfilled many of the prophecies in the Hebrew Scriptures, and that the New Testament is a Jewish book, written by Jewish authors. She was amazed and said, “I definitely want to read the New Testament, where should I begin?” I told her that our New York branch holds Bible studies and introduced her to some of the other missionaries. Please pray that as Rebekah reads the New Testament that she will find her Messiah too!

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Aden reports: ”I met Manfred (not his real name) while using a conversation
board on 72nd street in Manhattan. He was so interested to hear how you can be Jewish and believe in Yeshua. After a great conversation with Manfred we were able to get together again. A colleague and I met with him in a coffee
shop to talk more about the Gospel and Yeshua; he was very open and
explained that a large part of his family is Ultra Orthodox . We all look
forward to hearing about how Manfred’s relationship with our team will develop and the great testimonies that will follow from that.”


BERLIN OUTREACH: DO YOU KNOW THE PEACEMAKER?

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Sahar Sadlovsky reports: “I called and spoke with Shmuel, who is married with children. I explained to him that we are doing a project to provide free literature about the most influential figure in the history of Israel, the Messiah. Shmuel was interested and asked a few questions about us. I shared with him about Messianic Jews and about Yeshua as the promised Messiah.

‘It’s not fair that only Gentiles should experience the love of the Messiah,’ I said. ‘Our Jewish people can as well.’ I told him that we are offering a free book that expounds on how Yeshua fulfilled the promises of the Tanakh. Shmuel said that he
wanted to get the book but was uncertain about it because his wife is Orthodox and he doesn’t know how she will respond.

‘I think it’s great,’ I exclaimed, ‘you can read it together. She shouldn’t mind that you are reading prophecies from the Tanakh.

Together you may see what it has to say about the Messiah.’ He agreed and gave us his contact info. I look forward to hear what he has to say in the coming weeks.”


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Sahar Sadlovsky reports: “I called and spoke with Shmuel, who is married with children. I explained to him that we are doing a project to provide free literature about the most influential figure in the history of Israel, the Messiah. Shmuel was interested and asked a few questions about us. I shared with him about Messianic Jews and about Yeshua as the promised Messiah.

‘It’s not fair that only Gentiles should experience the love of the Messiah,’ I said. ‘Our Jewish people can as well.’ I told him that we are oering a free book that expounds on how Yeshua fulfilled the promises of the Tanakh. Shmuel said that he wanted to get the book but was uncertain about it because his wife is Orthodox and he doesn’t know how she will respond.

‘I think it’s great,’ I exclaimed, ‘you can read it together. She shouldn’t mind that you are reading prophecies from the Tanakh. Together you may see what it has to say about the Messiah.’ He agreed and gave us his contact info. I look forward to hear what he has to say in the coming weeks.”