We had a great outreach today at the Long Island Railroad. Here I am below giving one happy woman her only Bible after she practically begged us for one--we had a beautiful KJV Bible to give her, and she was ecstatic with gratitude! I had the joy of praying with a man into Native American spirituality to accept Jesus as his Savior after he had asked for "protection" against "spirits" he said were out to harm him. I confirmed that the spiritual battle for all of us is very real, and we have our victory in Jesus, reading him John 14:6 and John 3. Heidi and I were very busy in outreach, and we stayed until we had almost run out of materials for the day at the table. More details and photos are soon to come.
Hello and Shalom Aleichem to you all!!!!
Happy Hanukkah! and Happy Thanksgiving!
What a wonderful blessing how these two days are connected this year, as this incidence will not occur again for many thousands of years! The Light came into the world and in Hanukkah, we see His light and the light He gives to his disciples, His Talmudim, whom we are, and also being able to bless Him during Thanksgiving with our thankfulness and praise for all the blessings He has bestowed upon us!! Baruch HaShem, Blessed be the Lord!!
It is with great joy that I present to you a synopsis of our latest outreach at Penn Station on Saturday. The weather was chilly, but we were thankful to be in the station which was fairly warm. No sooner had we started to set up the table, that visitors and the curious came up to see what it was we were presenting and what we were all about.
We had several people come and ask questions. We were happy to see a gentlemen who always comes by our table to salute us and wish us well. We call him "Gunney", as he is a Retired Marine Gunnery Sergeant. He wanted to share his good news with us that his claim came through with the VA and that he was not only promoted to Sergeant Major, but was also receiving his rank pay as well!! He was also gracious enough to supply Dwayna and myself with hand warmers for our coat pockets. :)
Another visitor to our table was a young man who had previously stopped by and taken several items from our table regarding the Gospel and salvation and what it means to be redeemed or "born again" by the Holy Spirit. I wanted to test him to see if he, indeed, comprehended what he had read and what he had heard from us, so I began to ask him why he needed to be saved, who was the Messiah, why did He do what He did and for what purpose, and how could one become "born again" and receive salvation. The man was able to tell me in his own words and understanding his responses to my questions, and I was pleased to see that we had done a good job of explaining the greatest gift one could receive from God - Jesus' atoning death on the Cross/Tree for our sins and subsequent salvation to eternal life from death, from the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of Light!!
Several other people stopped by the table with whom we were able to engage in conversations and answer questions, and/or persons who requested prayers. One individual was Cuamel (not sure of his name spelling), who indicated that he had lost his job and was now homeless, and said that he had strayed from the Lord but wanted to be right with Him again, and to get back on the straight and narrow. He said that when he had his job, he really did not focus on what was important, but that now, he has all the time to see how far away he has become. I told him that he reminded me of Job, and that he should know that the Lord is indeed with him and that He cares for him and loves him, but that he must not only repent of his ways, but should also find a good Bible church to fellowship in and to continue to grow in the knowledge and admonition of the Lord. He agreed with me on all points and was very happy that he had stopped by our table. We gave him several materials to take with him to encourage and strengthen him in the Faith.
Another young man named West came by the table and also took several items from us. We were also able to share in conversation with him.
A woman came by the table, her name was Sherri, and she indicated that she was a born-again Christian, although I am not sure how mature she was in the faith. She mentioned that she needed a good church and she requested, after I asked if there was anything we could pray for her for, that if we could pray for her family, especially the ones that were not saved, and she also prayed for peace in the world.
Another gentleman, Michael, walked past our table several times before he actually approached. He began to speak with Dwayna and we both supposed that he was probably of Jewish descent. We were able to speak with him and pray with him. He said that he would probably cry, and we said that was ok. He was slated to take a very important test on December 10th and he wanted to have peace about it and to be able to pass the test for a job opportunity and he indicated very strongly how important this is to him. We prayed in faith that the Lord would enable him to pass the test and to not worry.
Dwayna was speaking to another man and I believe she led the man in a prayer for salvation.
Several other people came up to the table and took various materials, CDs on sermons and apologetics, and Bibles, so much so, that we need to be replenished on all these items!!! What a joy!!!
A gentleman from our church, Alex, stopped by the table. He had no idea that we were there, so it was a Godincidence!!! He was extremely anxious about an insurance situation he was having and how a particular insurance agency was requiring him to take a long trip out to where they were to inquire about lowering his rates or something to that effect. I told him that if the agency were legitimate and professional, they would send him the requested information by e-mail. I told him that he should speak with Pastor regarding his concerns but he said that he had already bought a train ticket that cost him around $14-16. In that instance, I happened to be calling our Pastor to alert him to the possibility of many guests coming to the Thanksgiving dinner, at which point, I was able to put Alex on the phone with him. When I saw Alex the next day, he gave the testimony to myself and Dwayna that after he had spoken with us, when he left the station, he felt such a peace about the whole situation and his anxiety was gone!!! I told him that that was Yeshua's Shalom, to which he repeatedly said, yes, Shalom, yes. :)
As our church was celebrating Thanksgiving the next day (Sunday) with a dinner after service, we invited all who came to the table to come visit our church for service as well as for dinner, and offered to them an opportunity to seek fellowship at a Bible believing/Bible teaching congregation.
A couple (friends) came up to our table and indicated that they were photographers and desired to take some photos of Dwayna and myself and wanted to know who we were and what we were doing. Not only did they take the photos, but we also exchanged information and networking possibilities. We hope to stay in touch with them through social media. As always, we are glad to be able to proclaim the Good News/Besorat of Jesus/Yeshua and how one can know for sure that there is life after death and peace with God through His Son and Messiah, Jesus Christ, Yeshua HaMashiach!!! As we approach Hanukkah and Thanksgiving, let's seek to remember and be grateful for all He has done for us and, that the reason why we love Him, is that He first loved us and gave His Son a ransom for us all.
1 Timothy 2:5-7 New King James Version (NKJV): For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time, for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle—I am speaking the truth in Christ and not lying—a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
1 John 4:19 : We love Him because He first loved us.
I want to leave you all with a song I was blessed to sing at church recently. It is a song called "Chanukah", which is composed and sung by Marty Goetz, a Jewish believer, and indicates how precious our lives and bodies are to God our Father, and how He desires that we be separated from the world in righteousness and holiness, so that our light can shine into the darkness!!!
THANK YOU again to all of you who continue to pray for our ministry, and for all the donations and materials which we are blessed to receive and, in turn, pass on to others!!!
Shalom and Blessings in Yeshua,
The Light of the World, Ha'Or Ha'Olam
Your servant and friend,