Breaking Up Rocks in the Hard, Holy Land
A Jewish follower of Christ doing street evangelism as a native missionary to his own people in Israel was unable to strike up a conversation with a married couple, but they did accept his book about prophecy in the Book of Isaiah’s chapter 53.
A few days later they called him, asking for more literature on the subject – a rejected, pierced man who comes from God and makes many accounted as righteous by bearing their iniquities. Having devoured the book, they had a little more to talk about before saying “Yom tov (good day).”
“When I came to their house with the literature, we continued our conversation,” said the evangelist, Jacob*. “The couple was involved in Jewish religion studies and believed in God. I tried to point to the sinfulness of man and to the true meaning of the sacrifices in the Law, that the blood of animals cannot cleanse hearts, only the blood of sinless Jesus.”
Some of the hardest ground for evangelistic seeding is in Israel, where centuries of persecution of Jews at the hands of people within Christendom loom large in people’s minds. Veering away from the Scripture, the couple pointed to historical persecution of Jews in Christian-majority societies and anti-Semitic tendencies in the Christian world today.
“I explained that both Jews and Christians need a personal relationship with Christ,” Jacob said. “At the end, I asked to pray for them.”
“I explained that both Jews and Christians need a personal relationship with Christ,” Jacob said. “At the end, I asked to pray for them, and they agreed.”
The couple thus got their first sight of what it is to have relationship with God through Christ, even if they were not persuaded to place their faith in Jesus. For Jacob, praying in Christ with fellow Jews was a precious opportunity to break up some hard ground, and he asked for prayer for the couple and others hearing the gospel for the first time.
The native ministry spreads Christ’s love in several ways, including inviting Holocaust survivors to Passover events where a hot meal comes with a message about Christ as the Passover Lamb. At other Passover events, friends and relatives are invited.
The ministry’s congregation has steadily grown. Earlier this year, a teenage aunt and her niece, just six years younger, put their faith in Christ and were baptized at the congregational gathering.
“The parents and grandparents have attended for a couple of years now, and the fathers of these teenagers stood with them in the baptismal waters,” the ministry director said. “The sight of three generations testifying of Jesus as their Savior was a reminder how gracious and faithful God is to His people.”
Hard ground is being broken up throughout Israel – with spiritual harvests. Please consider a gift today to help bring the gospel to the land where it was first heard.
*Name changed for security reasons