Today is my last day in New York this month. I will be returning each month indefinitely. I suppose it seems shorter this time, because except for the past 3 weeks at home, I have been here for the prior 2 1/2 months. A lot has happened and I am starting to have a pretty regular rhythm. New York is fast paced and I’ve acclimated to it very well. It is the complete opposite of the country life which I also enjoy at home. I am really a very blessed guy to be able to share in both.
My week has been varied. On Monday there was a staff meeting which took the first half of the day. The main objective for this week was to make visits and to get into conversations with unsaved Jewish people. Both happened.
On Tuesday I was part of the team that set up a table at Hofstra University on Long Island. It has a large student body with about 60% of them being Jewish. The Long Island resident missionary, Susan Mendelson, had been trying vigilantly over time to be able to set up at the university, but when they found out it was Jews For Jesus it never seemed to get approved. Suddenly, the approval came. It was an answer to prayer. We were the first to set up in the common area, and as soon as we did our neighbors were Hillel and Chabad which are both Jewish groups. They honestly didn’t care for us being there much at all. It seems their eyes never stopped watching us, which was fine.
A group of orthodox young men that were “investigating” various religions were quite open and before the conversation was over a gentleman with Chabad came over to invite them to Rosh Hashanah ( Jewish New Year ) next week. We are also having two of them in the area, but it will have a totally different message. Not one of mitzvahs ( keeping the 613 commandments ) which is not possible for us to keep perfectly, but our message will be that Yeshua ( Jesus ) successfully kept the law and became the substitute for sinners. Both messages are diametrically opposed to one another. It is law versus grace. Grace triumphs every time, and will in the end.
The rest of the week I accompanied a NYC veteran missionary, Stewart Weinisch, on visits to Jewish men that he had recently led to The Lord. It was a real blessing to hear their testimonies to answer Bible questions they had. I hit the streets when time allowed by myself and engaged 3 different conversations and invited them to the Rosh Hashanah service here in Manhattan and gave them contact information. Our job is to plant the seed and The Holy Spirit does the rest. That’s what I love about the great commission; we are to proclaim the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus and the rest is His work.
I was invited to the Weinisch’s home one evening for a great dinner and fellowship, and attended a send off party last night for a long-time employee who is moving to Pa.
When in Manhattan, there are 2 things that I don’t tire of, and those are the long walks in the City and the wonderful food. I always have the best pastrami sandwich and matzo ball soup at Sarge’s Deli. I can’t even eat a whole sandwich so I order a half since they’re so thick.
It was a great week and am thankful to be a part of the NYC office even though it is a long way from home. I will finish today on the streets seeing who The Lord opens up for me to speak with. In the least, I will plant some more seeds by handing out our great tracts. You can usually hand out 300 or so in an hour or so in the busy part of the day.
Shalom, until next time, Lord willing,