Wednesday, August 2nd
15 Antisemitism pamphlets (10 English, 5 French) were given and 1 Tanakh in French.
A team of two ladies were out on this hot and humid day at a local mall. They met a French woman from Casablanca who took the Tanakh but refused the Brit Chadashah. They had the opportunity to speak with her about sin and the Messiah.
They then met a French speaking Jewish man who was wearing a kippa. He said he already had both scripture books so they spoke for half an hour on sin, the Messiah’s first coming before the destruction of the second Temple and that good works cannot give us salvation. This can only be accomplished by the Messiah’s death (blood) given as an atonement for us. He agreed with all that was said and was thankful for the conversation.
Later they had many conversations with people who wanted to unburden themselves. These people received the pamphlets also. The team left then as it was too hot and they wish to thank everyone who prayed for their outing.
Monday July 31st
A team of two ladies went out door to door in the West Island. They had chosen which street they were to continue on, but somehow got confused even following Google maps. A woman was walking home at that time, and while passing by the team, she was asked for directions to that street. She was very kind, and we shared a laugh as one team member mentioned that although she has lived in this area for 25 years, she suddenly wasn’t able to remember where that street was. After the woman left, the team realized she must be Jewish and so they turned the car around and found her just as she arrived at the door of her home. She was offered the Tanakh and the Brit Chadashah. Her husband had also come to the door and he too was smiling at the offer of the set. She took the set along with the anti-Semitism pamphlet. May she now receive direction to the right and narrow road which leads to salvation.
There were few mezuzahs on the street we were looking to do. One woman came to the door but stood behind the curtained window of her door. Without opening up, she waved the team away. They could see that she was perhaps afraid of outsiders in general. We pray God will keep knocking on her door.
At another home, a 40-ish year-old gentleman opened the door and looked open and delighted to receive the Tanakh. He first asked if they were Jehovah’s Witnesses. The question we ask is, do they really know the difference between our doctrines and those of Jehovah Witnesses etc.? Probably not, but this kind of question they put to us, affords the opportunity to answer, “No we are not them” and so they agree to speak with us. Thank You Lord. Once the man was offered the Brit Chadashah, he changed his mind and said that the neighbors should be approached instead and that he already had a Tanakh.
At a third home, the couple was outside their door. They refused the set. The husband looked as if he wanted to somehow engage in conversation, but the wife came in the picture to affirm the “no thank you”.
The team did however revisit, for a third time, an elderly woman of 96 years old. The team spent some time just reconnecting on general matters and then spoke once again of sin, the Jewish concept of blood atonement, and spent some time bringing her to understand that she does not need to fear death. It seems that on her bucket list is the desire to live to 100. Perhaps she sees it as the longer she lives, the longer she avoids death. She was encouraged to consider the freedom from the fear she can enjoy when knowing the Messiah since that knowledge will lead her on a road where she will know exactly where she is going at the time of her departure. They also shared that Jacob, when on his deathbed, did not sit there in fear of death because he knew God intimately. Despite being fully aware of his closeness to death, he nevertheless gave out all these promises and prophecies for each one of his 12 children. B.* was also given (along with her caretaker) a card with the radio hours for the messianic teachings at Beth Ariel. Finally, something most fascinating happened towards the end of the visit. B.* had been told that the pastor with his wife would be visiting the next time, although this visit included a team member along with the pastor’s wife. When leaving and mentioning that they can come back, she said to the wife, “Next time bring your husband”. For someone who complained of a bad memory, she surely remembered this one, and was opened to another visit. Please continue to pray for B*.