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Bits from the Branches


Bruce Rapp reports, I've been meeting with Joe, a retired policeman who served for 32 years on the NYPD. He also went to Israel in 1973 to help during the 'Yom Kippur War.' 

"For many years, Joe did not believe in God, mostly because of all the evil in the world. Only in these last years has he begun to believe that God is real and has been watching over him. But Y'shua, Jesus? That was a stretch for Joe. When we talked, he'd look down and say how religion has been the cause of so much conflict in the world. As I listened, I would silently pray, 'God help me to show him Your love for him and how You sent Your Son to take on the sins of the world.'

"Finally I touched his hand and asked him to look at me. His eyes met mine and I began to say how it wasn't about religion, but at this moment it was about him and his relationship with God. Joe continued to look at me, and I found the words begin to come. God enabled me to speak into his heart and tell what Y'shua had done for him.

"Joe got it! He nodded his head in agreement, and when I asked him if he wanted to reconcile with God and receive Y'shua, he said yes! After he prayed, his eyes welled up with tears, he said he felt a great heaviness lifted from him. Please pray for Joe as I continue to meet with him, and try to help him to get connected with a messianic congregation not far from his home."


Karl deSouza reports, "I met David five months ago at a local mall during our Christmas Outreach. He was glad to see us and told me he had just started to believe in Jesus as the Messiah about a month earlier. 

"We followed up with a meeting at that same mall. David explained how he'd been raised in a religious home, went to Jewish school, and had never considered Jesus until a Christian couple shared the Gospel with him and invited him to church. He had come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah but didn't believe He is God. We studied Zechariah 12, where God is seen and 'pierced,' and related it to its New Testament fulfillment in John 19:37 and Revelation 1:7-8. David exclaimed, 'I believe it!'  We looked at other passages like Isaiah 9:6-7 and considered the titles of Messiah, some of which are completely inappropriate for a mere human being. David prayed to turn from his sins and received Y'shua as his Messiah, Saviour, and God.  Please pray for him in his new walk with the Lord and that his family would be open to Y'shua."


Laura Barron gives an update on Kathy, whom she asked prayer for in the March Newsletter. "When I first met Kathy, she had so many questions about faith in Jesus and whenever we talked, she brought her list for me to answer. During one of our visits, I could tell that it wasn't so much the questions keeping her from Jesus but more a fear of what it would mean for relationships with her Jewish family and community.

She came to my house a couple of weeks ago for a Shabbat fellowship and she was talking as if she was already a believer in Y'shua. She even broke off a relationship with a man who 'wasn't going in the same spiritual direction' as she was!

The next time I contacted her she told me that she had been going to some Bible studies and when someone asked her if she was a follower of Jesus and she surprised herself by replying, 'Yes!' When I asked her if she had verbally offered her life to the Lord and asked him to forgive her sins, she wondered if she had to make a formal appointment at a church to do that. She was delighted when she realized that she could confess her faith right on the phone with me. Please pray that she will grow and that God will continue to bless her with fellowship."

Bits from the Branches

Los Angeles

Tuvya Zaretsky reports, Two years ago we published an article in our newsletter titled "Never Too Old" about a Jewish man named Chuck. Cyril Gordon and I had ministered to Chuck and he repented and came to faith in Messiah in August 2008. I visited him last year, just before Christmas at the invitation of a family member. Chuck was dying of cancer, but his spirits were good and his faith was unwavering as he looked ahead to the shalom of being with his Lord. He asked me to help out with his funeral; specifically he wanted to insure a testimony of his Jewish identity and his faith in Y'shua to unsaved family members. So, after 89 years of life on earth—and more than two of those walking with the Savior—Chuck passed into life everlasting in the presence of Messiah Jesus—on December 27. Please pray that God will work in the hearts of family members who heard of his faith.

New York

Shoshannah Weinisch reports, "I received a phone call from Bonnie, a Jewish believer I meet with occasionally. She called to tell me she met another Jewish believer and as he shared his testimony, he explained that eighteen years ago two of his [then] patients, Stewart and Shoshannah, shared the gospel with him. And now he is a believer! They were surprised they both knew me, and I was floored to hear the news. We all will be getting together soon. Bonnie was so excited to tell me, 'A seed you planted long ago has bloomed!' I hope this will encourage anyone who has prayed and witnessed without seeing fruit. 'Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up' (Galatians 6:9)."

Tel Aviv

Yarden Nasser reports, "It was my second visit with Mila. She invited Moti (a student intern) and me to come inside her small apartment with a mattress on the floor. She has a boy about eight years old. She was very glad to meet with me and even though she didn't agree that Jesus is the Messiah, she was willing to investigate and study the Bible together. As I taught her about the meaning of the Messiah and the priest in the Hebrew Scriptures, she listened carefully. Then we read some prophecies from Isaiah. She agreed about the sin in the world and commented that most people don't want to come to a holy God 'because they want to continue to sin.' She didn't resist hearing the gospel. After I prayed for her, she began to tear as she explained how difficult her life is. She is a single hardworking mom. Please pray for Mila to be saved; she seems very close."

"Gozena, a Jewish-Spanish woman in Tel Aviv, is a brilliant woman who has her own business. I met her for the first time a year ago; she is a contact from the Behold Your God Gush Dan campaign. When I came to her home, her family members were there. She invited me to speak what was on my mind in front of all of them. I thought they might kick me out of the house! But after they listened a little bit, everyone except Gozena went to do whatever they needed to do. Gozena said that she felt what I believe about Jesus could be true. She invited me to visit her at her work. I came and we began to study from the Gospel of John.  Gozena's assistant kept interrupting to contradict the gospel. Finally Gozena told her assistant that she wanted to read and to learn about Jesus, which was a victory in my eyes! The next time we met at her office, we studied Isaiah 53 together and she agreed that it's about Jesus. She wants to continue studying the Bible with us. Please pray for Gozena to receive Jesus as her Savior!"

Bits from the Branches

New York

Simon Lissak reports, I was in the Diamond District of New York when I met Jacob, a young Israeli in his twenties who came up specifically to ask me, 'What is Jews for Jesus all about?' I answered his question and at the end of our conversation I offered to meet with him to talk about this further. Jacob agreed and gave me his e-mail address and phone number. Please pray for God to work in his heart.

"I then met Lauren, a Jewish woman, also in her twenties. Amazingly, it emerged that she was English, lived in London, even went to my old school—and was only in New York for a few hours! Lauren never really connected with the Orthodox synagogue that her family attends and feels in limbo about her faith. I explained how I was fulfilled as a Jew through faith in Jesus. She gave me her e-mail and has agreed to meet when I finish my New York training and return to London."


Oded Cohen reports, "After asking you to pray for Ami,* I want to share the good news that he now believes in Jesus! Before we left for a recent trip, we took Ami to a congregation and he has attended every week since. After returning home to Israel I called Ami, and during our conversation I asked, 'Where are you at now? Did you come to believe that Jesus is your Lord and Savior?' Ami responded, 'Oh yes, yes, definitely.' He added, 'Since I came to believe, I can really pray to God.' He has already told his mom and thinks that she is not too far from believing herself. He also told his friends—one of whom has already met with another of our missionaries. This friend said he wished he could believe, too. Please pray for Ami's spiritual growth and for salvation for his friends and family."

Bimini Cohen reports, "One of our missionaries in New York requested by e-mail that we follow up with Avi* (an Israeli believer he met who was vacationing in New York). We recognized from the brief description of his salvation story that we know him! My husband Oded and Avi attended the same Jews for Jesus Bible study back in 1999—when they were new believers. We also had the privilege of attending Avi's baptism under the Golden Gate Bridge in the Pacific Ocean, but we lost touch with him when he moved back to Israel. Not too long ago, we thought of him and were wondering how we might find him. Well, God certainly answered that prayer! He is now married with a child and lives near us. We look forward to seeing him again and hope to have a ministry to his wife, who does not yet believe. Please pray for our contact with them."
*not his real name


Dina Markova reports, "Olga* and I live in the same block. In the past, I shared the Good News with her and told her about our faith in detail. Olga didn't seem to show interest, and I stopped calling her. Recently, when I saw her in the neighborhood, she asked me why I hadn't call her in a while. It turned out that she was far more interested and open than our last visit had indicated. She asked me to visit her home for a cup of tea. We came to her place and the first thing we did was to pray the sinner's prayer. Olga thanked Y'shua for the gift of eternal life!"
* not her real name

Igor Shelest reports, "I visited an elderly woman named Zlata who has multiple sclerosis. One woman I used to minister to died from this disease, so I realized that every minute with Zlata was precious. I had visited her before and this time I prepared a study about sin.  God opened her heart to the gospel and she said she believed. I asked her if she wanted to ask forgiveness for her sins from God in the name of Jesus Christ, and she said yes, so we prayed. After the prayer she said she felt as if something had filled her inside. I could really see a difference in her countenance. Please pray for her to grow in the Lord."

Bits from the Branches


Josh Turnil reports, Sylvie is a Jewish woman in her forties. She and her Jewish husband were married in a traditional synagogue and are raising their children as Jews. In fact, Sylvie has had little interaction with non-Jews. Then she took a summer job at a novelty shop to help out the owners, who were friends of hers. One day, a couple of Jehovah's Witnesses walked into the shop and what they said got her thinking and questioning a few things. She talked to her family about it, but they didn't seem to find the topic too interesting. One day, Sylvie's mother-in-law received a Jews for Jesus broadside tract. She gave it to her daughter-in-law and said, 'You'll like this! Maybe they have some answers for you!'  Sylvie called the number on the tract and we connected. I invited her to come to the office and she prayed to accept Christ! Pray the seed of faith grows in fertile ground and that we get a chance to minister to others in her family."


Leonid Dolganovsky reports, "When our publication for Jewish seekers returned to me with a note saying the person was no longer at that address, I phoned to check our information. The man, Ilya, confirmed that he hadn't received any publications from us for a long time. He was curious about what he had missed, and asked what the last issue was about. I explained that it featured an article about Jesus and about how He was mentioned in the Kabbalah.* Ilya asked me to send him a copy of that edition. When I asked Ilya who he thought Jesus was, he said he wanted to talk to me about that after reading the publication. Please pray for Ilya."

*The article is not designed to endorse the Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism), but to engage those who are interested in it with the truth of Jesus.


Jeremiah Zaretsky reports, " I was on a noon-time outreach to Williamsburg's Hassidic Jews with Anna Marie (our Manhattan office manager who has been witnessing in the Hassidic communities for several years). She was especially hoping to connect with two people whom she has been ministering to over the last few years.

At first we walked the neighborhood praying for God to direct and lead us to those individuals who were open—whose hearts God was touching. Evangelism among Hasidic Jews requires thoughtfulness and carefulness. Approaching the wrong person or saying the wrong thing could cause a riot.

Towards the end of our time, Anna Marie stopped by to see "H," a Hasidic Jew who she led to faith after our Behold Your God Brooklyn Campaign. As she spoke with him, I engaged with a Hasidic man across the street. Surprisingly, when I told him that I believe Jesus is our Messiah, he didn't seem startled. In fact, we conversed for another few minutes about why I believe that Jesus is our Messiah.

I returned to the car and Anna Marie was already waiting for me—but before we went home she had to see " F."   " F" had come to faith just four weeks prior to the time of this writing. He had seen an evangelistic ad in the paper by Jews for Jesus and kept it for a few years before calling the number. When he called, Anna Marie answered. She had been talking to him on the phone for four years and had finally led him to the Lord, yet they had never met in person. She called " F" to tell him we were in the area. He described his location and Anna Marie told him the color and kind of car we were in as we headed in his direction, so he'd know what to look for. Finally Anna Marie asked, 'Is that you by that big truck on the corner?  If that's you ...' [she asked him to make a particular gesture that we could see.] Sure enough, he did. As we drove by him, he turned and as our eyes met his we saw him smile. I will never forget that moment. After four years of ministering to him on the phone, Anna Marie finally got to see this man's face.

"F" has received a Hebrew New Testament and other literature from Jews for Jesus and says he can't stop reading!  He is now encouraging us to talk to his wife about Y'shua—please pray for her to be open to the gospel."

Bits from the Branches


Sam is a 23-year-old Hasid who called us a few months ago. He met with Jhan Moskowitz once, then spoke with Karol Joseph on the phone several weeks later. Their conversation went something like this:  

Sam:  ”I understand you have a program for helping Hasids leave the community.”

Karol:  ”Well, not exactly. Let me ask you why you want to leave the community; are you looking to know more about God and Jesus?  Or are you looking for something else.”

Sam: “I just want an easier life.”

Karol: (with a smile) ”Well, then, you don’t want Jesus.”

Karol says, “We continued to talk about what it really means to believe and follow Jesus, and Sam wasn’t exactly open to that. He called back again a few weeks later, this time wanting to talk more about Jesus. I wasn’t there, so he spoke to Nicole (our office administrator), who shared Isaiah 53 with him and led him in a prayer to receive the LORD. However, within ten minutes he called again to change his mind. This is not uncommon among Hasidic seekers on their journey of faith. I believe we haven’t seen the end of Sam, but he really needs our prayers.”

Peter Blitshteyn reports, “Sixteen people attended one of our recent Shabbat services, including three new visitors: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob! We actually have been praying faithfully for at least three new Jewish seekers to visit. Praise God who hears and answers our prayers. One of the visitors, Isaac, came all the way from upstate New York. Please pray that each one of these precious souls will continue to attend faithfully and take root in this community of Russian Jewish believers in Jesus.”


Ed: Massah is not a branch, but it is a fluid and growing experimental outreach of Jews for Jesus. Daniel Goldstein, who is part of our Tel Aviv branch, dreamed of and helped create this program to send small communities of young Jewish believers out to witness to Israeli backpackers in different parts of the world.

Daniel reported, “In May I went to South America to ‘scout out’ potential evangelism to Israeli backpackers there. I gave a few people Hebrew copies of the Brit Hadasha (New Testament). I also left a few in key places at guesthouses, and gave an e-mail address inside in case anyone wanted to interact.

“About five months later after returning to Israel, I checked that e-mail and found that someone from Peru had written to me after he found the New Testament at a guesthouse. He said he was really glad to find it, and gave it to an Israeli friend of his who was also glad to receive it. I answered his e-mail and learned that he loves Y’shua too, works at one of the biggest Israeli hostels in a major city in Peru, speaks Hebrew and interacts with Israelis daily! He was excited about our efforts to share Y’shua with Israelis and asked if I could send him more New Testaments that he could give out.

“Please pray that God will continue to pave the way for ongoing evangelism to Israelis in South America.”


Svetlana Kotlomina reports, “I am amazed by how DVD resources help me build bridges to visit and minister to Jewish hearts. I began with three of our own DVDs: ‘Survivor Stories’ (testimonies of Holocaust Survivors who came to faith in Jesus), ‘Forbidden Peace’ (personal stories showing how Jesus can reconcile Jews and Arabs who have come to faith), and ‘Sam Rotman’ (the testimony and performance of a Russian Jewish believer in Jesus who is a gifted pianist). Then, from I also downloaded a series of Russian language discs that ‘tour’ biblical sites in Israel, complete with Scriptures to go along with the sites. I have given these discs for use to approximately 50 homes, but each time I find that people who receive them share them with their relatives, neighbors and colleagues.

“People who were slow to meet with me before, or would cancel visits, are now calling me to ask questions about what they saw, and to ask when I will bring the next ‘installment’ of DVDs. So far, the DVDs serve to expose people to the Bible and the person of Jesus. Please pray that these bridges will lead people to real understanding, repentance and reconciliation.”

Bits from the Branches

New York

Anna Marie Misiti reports, I had an amazing opportunity last week, when two of our Hassidic contacts began verbalizing their desire to meet someone else who believes as they do from the Hassidic community.
"I have been having phone visits with Joseph for four years, though we have never met face to face. He prayed to receive Jesus over the phone and has been praying for his wife's salvation on a daily basis. He says that he longs for the day that he can be outspoken about his faith and meanwhile he continues studying the word and praying—he loves the intimacy he has with Jesus.
"I began witnessing to Harry as a result of our Behold Your God New York campaign in 2006. Karol Joseph has had a good ministry to him also. Harry  prayed to receive Y'shua but has had numerous stops and starts in his faith journey. We have asked you to pray for both these men at various times.
"Hassidic believers in Jesus are truly afraid of being discovered because their tightly knit community views them as guilty of a crime for which there is zero tolerance.  I suggested a safe way for them to meet, using conference calling. This way their identities wouldn't be compromised and they could chat freely. They both agreed!
"It was wonderful to hear them interact. They covered all kind of topics, including baptism. Harry said that he was baptized at heart and doesn't need to be immersed in water. Joseph challenged him saying, 'No, it's about obedience; if Jesus got baptized, how much more should we?' Powerful statement!
"A few days later, Harry called me for our usual weekly phone appointment. We typically end with prayer, and usually I pray for Harry. This time I asked him to lead in prayer and it was amazing! He cried out to Jesus, asking Him to keep him close and to help him walk honorably before Him. I wept as Harry prayed, knowing that the Lord has truly done this in Harry's heart . . . when I heard him utter the words 'in the Name of Jesus Christ, our Lord' I was greatly moved, to say the least.
"My hope is that the Lord will open the doors for a gathering place for all of our Hassidic contacts. Wouldn't it be wonderful for them to gather and encourage one another? Please pray that the Lord would raise up these men for His glory."


Bimini Cohen reports: "We remain so grateful in our hearts to you for your prayers for our ministry. We have been especially concerned for Avram, who prayed with Oded last December to receive the Lord. In February, he told his brother and sister about his new faith and they reacted with severe anger. They threatened to disown him. Avram became deeply depressed, so Oded rushed to see him. Avram said, 'I cannot deny Jesus, but I also cannot explain what I believe. All I know is that I love Jesus.' This man lost most of his family in the Holocaust and his brother and sister are all that remain. They haven't spoken to him since he told them of his faith. Recently as Oded and I were at a church to present 'Christ in the Passover,' we were encouraged to meet a Christian who works and holds a Bible study at the same place 'Avram' works! Please pray for them to connect and for God to keep Avram's faith strong."

Los Angeles

Tuvya Zaretsky reports, "I've been working with a couple for some two years, a Jewish man who does not believe in Jesus, and his Christian girlfriend. Finally the boyfriend said, 'I will never believe in Jesus.' His girlfriend, not wanting a marriage where mutual faith is missing, broke up with him. Once she was out of the picture, he bought a Bible. Then he asked me to 'tutor' him in the 'Jews for Jesus concept.' Pray for the ex-boyfriend, as the Lord is likely to make him eat his words after studying God's Word."

Bits from the Branches


Back in July, 2005, we reported* that the window of our Sydney storefront was shattered in an act of vandalism. While this kind of attention is never welcome or sought, God can still use it to His glory. As a result of the vandalism, two newspaper articles and one national television spot made the public aware of the existence of Jews who stand for Jesus. Several unbelieving Jewish people dropped by the storefront as a result of this coverage.

Nearly four years later another such incident occurred. Branch leader Bob Mendelsohn reports, The Jewish news recently reported on two Jewish teenagers who vandalized our office. The 19 year olds, one of whom stood trial, came into the shop and made amends. They appeared contrite and paid for the damages." Pray for these young men to reflect on the kindness they received in response to their apologies, and that God will enable them to discover His love and mercy, through Jesus.

*We reported this in our monthly e-publication, RealTime. Click here if you would like to receive RealTime.

Los Angeles

Is Jews for Jesus' Los Angeles Branch Going to Pot?!

Tuvya Zaretsky reports, "A new Medical Marijuana office, complete with a neon cannabis leaf in the window, has opened next door to the Los Angeles branch office in Westwood. "While Tuvya joked, "That should draw a whole new crowd to see the bookstore resources in our front window." In fact, if the new office does attract many clients and/or people who are curious about their sign, they might just find their way to the Jews for Jesus center next door.

Cyril Gordon reports, "'J.L.,' a new Jewish believer in Jesus from an Orthodox background, shared his testimony at the Los Angeles branch's Jewish Men's BBQ. It was encouraging to hear him tell fifteen other guys how Jesus healed him from drug and sexual addiction. J.L. was first pointed to Jesus by a Gentile Christian client. After two years of wrestling with the Messianic claims of Jesus, he decided to look up Jews for Jesus for answers to his questions. Over a two-year period, three of our staff have ministered to him and finally 'the veil was lifted.'

"Thanks to the Lord Jesus, J.L. is healed of his addictions. He has recently been baptized, is plugged into a local Bible-believing church, and we are discipling him. Please pray for J.L., who works in an Orthodox Jewish company."

South Florida

Greg Savitt reports, "More than fourteen volunteers came to help us at the Coconut Grove Art Festival and together we handed out over 13,200 tracts. We were most encouraged by the number of Jewish conversations. Two Jewish people in separate instances told me, 'Give your best reasons why you believe Jesus is the Messiah.' I gave them both two reasons: the evidence of the Resurrection and Messianic prophecy. Both of these people promised to read Isaiah 53."


In last month's newsletter we had an article titled, "Never Too Old." This month, Alison Barnett asks prayer for a 92-year-old Jewish woman she met while making evangelistic phone calls from our contact list. "Millie regularly attends shul (synagogue) and has been enjoying receiving ISSUES* (our print publication for seekers). However, she made a point of telling me, 'I couldn't believe in Jesus, though, because I am Jewish. Jews don't believe in Jesus.' I replied, 'Well, I am Jewish and I believe in Jesus. In fact, my husband is also Jewish and he believes in Jesus too. 'Millie seemed truly surprised. I asked if she would like to meet up and talk more about it and she agreed. Please pray that God opens her heart to the gospel message."

*If you have a Jewish friend who does not know Jesus, you can use this link to request that we send him or her a free subscription to ISSUES. Include a phone number if you would like us to follow up by phoning to see what your friend thinks about the publication. Unless you indicate otherwise, we will not mention your name as the referrer.

Bits from the Branches


Lyn Bond says, I received the following message on my answering machine: 'Hello, this is Joyce, trying to call a nurse named Ann; please call me back. If you are not Ann please call me and let me know that I have the wrong number.'

"I called Joyce and said, 'I am not a nurse, but I am a minister and I would like to pray for you,' which she gladly accepted. I ended my prayer 'in Jesus' name.' Joyce thanked me for the prayer, but added that she is Jewish and does not believe in Jesus. I replied with a smile I'm sure she could hear in my voice, 'I'm Jewish too, and I believe that Jesus is our Messiah.' Later, I used the reverse directory to write Joyce a letter, which began: 'It is no accident that you called me. . . .' I told her that I hoped she was seeking God and would contemplate whether or not Jesus is the promised Jewish Messiah. I mentioned that I was going out of town and that I would call Joyce back as soon as I returned.

"Several days later, I was packing to leave when the phone rang. It was Joyce! She was touched by the letter and by the literature I sent, and asked me to call when I got back. When I did, she wasn't feeling well enough to get together, but asked me to call back in a few days to set up an appointment with her to read the Bible. She also asked me to pray for her sister's health. Please pray for my continued ministry to Joyce and that God will bring her to faith."


Teresa Sischy reports, "Recently at a local church where I was speaking I met a man, Mike, who had converted to Judaism many years ago, but later recommitted his life to Jesus. He introduced me to his wife, Marissa, who is Jewish and was brought up in a traditional Jewish home. Three weeks before, she had received Jesus as her Messiah and Savior.

"She told me that she believed in Jesus without a shadow of a doubt, but needed assurance that she had done the right thing. We began meeting weekly to pray, read the Bible and rejoice in what the Lord is doing in her life. Her prayer is that the Lord will give her wisdom regarding her two teenagers who are coming to terms with her newfound faith.

"I have also been meeting with a Jewish woman named Laura who has been dating a new Christian. She has been much affected by his faith and that of his Christian parents. She earnestly wants to know if Jesus is the Messiah, but has many real fears and anxieties that make her search for the truth very difficult. Her two teenage daughters attend a Jewish day school and her relationship with her parents is tenuous. She is very worried about how her family would react if she professed faith in Jesus. Please pray for God to give her faith and courage."


Karol Joseph reports, "In September, three of our staff (myself, Oded Cohen and Karl deSouza) placed scripture cards all around local Hasidic communities to be 'discovered' by those going by. We also sent a recorded phone message in Yiddish to some 20,000 plus ultra-Orthodox Jewish homes, inviting them to contact us for more information about Jesus.

"At first, our phones weren't nearly as busy as when we did this a year ago. One Hasidic woman did call and when I asked if she had received our phone message, she replied, 'I did, but why don't you just speak to us in English?' Then she hung up on me.

"While Yiddish is the mother tongue of Hasidic Jews, we took some time to pray and we decided to do a test run with the message recorded in English. By that night, we'd received 90 responses and had 24 conversations in which we were able to communicate the full gospel, with five people willing to hear more from us. Please pray for one of those contacts, Max, who was interested in receiving the 'Days of Moshiach' DVD as well as the New Testament in Yiddish. After he looks at those, perhaps we'll meet."

Bits from the Branches

San Francisco

Viktor Moiseyenko reports, “I have been asking God to give me more Russian-speaking Jewish people to minister to. Recently, I visited a woman named Fruma. After we finished our discussion, I ‘happened’ to run into a lady who had also come to visit Fruma. I introduced myself and told her the reason for my visit. It turned out that she was from Kiev (like myself), had lived within two blocks of where I lived and her father taught at the same University where I taught for 29 years before immigrating to the United States. God has a way of putting pleasant little surprises along our way. We exchanged phone numbers and I will visit her family in San Jose. Her name is Irina. Please pray for my ministry to this family.

“Then, while distributing broadsides (i.e., gospel tracts) at De Anza College in a suburb of San Jose, I noticed a man observing me from a distance. Finally he came over and asked, “Are you working on behalf of Jews for Jesus?” I could tell that he was Russian. I replied that his English was impeccable, but suggested that we speak in Russian. His name is David.

“It turned out that he worked in the same area where I worked back in the former USSR. We had attended the same conferences and even met each other back in the former USSR! Here we were, more than 30 years and 10,000 miles from where we had met. I offered to answer all of his questions and have an indepth conversation at a time convenient for him.

“Later we met and continued our conversation. David told me the story of his immigration. We then moved on to spiritual matters.

David said that it had been many years since he’d read the Bible, but when he did read it back in the Baltic, he had a lot of questions. We started to read and discuss the Gospel of John. I gave him the New Testament in Russian. We set up a time for the next visit. Please pray that David will be encouraged to continue the study of the Holy Scripture and that God will open his eyes to Jesus.”

South Florida

Greg Savitt reports, “I received a phone call from a rabbi who frankly told me that he wanted to educate his people on why Jews should not believe in Jesus. He felt a good way to do this would be to have an open forum at a synagogue, where he would explain why Jews cannot believe in Jesus and I would explain why I think that Jews can and should believe in Jesus.

“At first, I thought it was a crank call. But upon further discussion, the rabbi seemed to be genuine and fair. After consulting with Jews for Jesus staff more experienced than I, I decided to accept his invitation.

“It would be an understatement to say that I was nervous. God led me to a passage that gave me great comfort. “And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power” (1 Corinthians 2:1-4). After reading this I knew that the Holy Spirit would show up in a powerful way.

“This event was publicized and drew many believers in Jesus; still, the rabbi estimated that 150 or so who attended were not Christians.

“The moderator gave me permission to have Jews for Jesus literature on the table in the sanctuary. We had to restock it because so many people took brochures such as “Jewish and Christian, Can it Be?”

“I used my 20 minutes to make a clear gospel presentation, including bits of my own testimony. The rabbi could have used his 20 minutes to challenge everything I said, but instead he lectured on how Jesus was a good Jew, and would not have liked the message that Paul brought. (It is a common Jewish belief that Paul, not Jesus, is responsible for the Christian religion.)

“During the question and answer time, a woman asked me to read from Isaiah 53 and comment on it. Later, she whispered in my ear, ‘I am on your side; I believe in Jesus, but don’t tell the rabbi.’ I am still amazed by this opportunity. God certainly is full of surprises!”

Bits from the Branches


Karl deSouza reports, “‘Sam’ is a Jewish man who found our website, looked up my itinerary and came with his wife to hear me speak at a local church. For the past two years, we’ve been studying Messianic prophecy, looking at Jesus’ claims, and talking about differences between rabbinical Judaism, world religions, and what the Bible says about salvation by grace through faith.
I challenged Saul to ask God about Jesus: ‘God won’t lie to you; He’ll show you who Jesus is. He wants you to take Him at His Word.’

“Yet I must confess that after two years, I did not approach my recent meeting with Sam with a great deal of optimism. In fact, I had begun to doubt that he would ever believe. So I was nearly as amazed as he was when he recounted to me what had happened to him during the past week. He had suddenly found himself in tight financial situation, which would impact his future plans.

“As a man who plans and thinks about the future, Sam felt helpless, out of control, and in need. He prayed to Jesus and surrendered his burden to Him, and then he felt at peace. The next morning, three different provisions for Sam’s need came through.

Sam knew that God had heard his prayer. I explained that while God had graciously provided for Sam through this experience, faith is not merely based on our experiences, but what we’ve learned of God through the Bible. I told him that God did not merely want him to surrender his financial burdens to Him, but that He wanted Sam to entrust his life and salvation to Messiah Y’shua.

“Sam prayed that day to receive Y’shua as His Messiah, Lord, and Savior. Afterward, he commented, ‘I feel different. I feel, for the first time, like I’m grounded.’ Please pray for Sam as we continue to meet for discipleship.”


Lyn Bond reports, “A chaplain called our office and asked for someone to bring literature to ‘a Jewish woman who prayed to receive Jesus, but is dying of cancer and only has about a week left.’ I visited Ellen, who had many questions like, ‘What’s in the “New Bible”‘ It was my joy to give her a brief New Testament overview. I prayed with her for her children to be parented by our heavenly Father, and for her to be truly aware of His presence in her life now that she trusts Jesus for salvation. She passed only six days after I met her.

“I called the chaplain to let him know of our visit and asked how he happened to call our office. Ellen had specifically asked for someone from Jews for Jesus to come see her. She apparently knew of us because of our public (street) ministry. We hand out so many gospel tracts and sometimes it is hard to know if we leave a lasting impression. Ellen did not find Jesus through our ministry, but she did find comfort and assurance in her last days. Please pray for the salvation of her teenage children and husband.”

Brooklyn by way of Boston

Oded Cohen is ministering mainly in our Boston branch, but he has done much outreach in New York among the Hasidic (fervently observant) Jewish people. He therefore receives many of the phone calls from Hasidic Jews in New York. Oded recently reported, “When you answer the phone and hear only silence, it might be a prank call . . . or, it might be someone who wants to speak but is frightened. So when I answered the phone and no one replied, I simply spoke gently to the caller as my wife Bimini and I interceded in prayer. Eventually a timid but sincere voice responded! A man in his early 20’s, married with children, wanted to know more about Jesus’ claim to be the Jewish Messiah. After speaking to him for a while, I gave him the telephone number for our Brooklyn staff. He called them immediately and received a New Testament that same night. Please pray for God to protect and draw this Hasidic man and others like him to Jesus. Family, jobs and homes are all on the line for those who depart from the strict religious teachings of this community.”

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