• For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream ...

    • Jeremiah 17:8

    • The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

    • Psalm 18:2

With God all things are possible

 
 

How fast can a prayer request be answered? Check out what happened in Daniel 9. Before Daniel even finished praying, the angel gave him an answer. Let us ask, in faith, believing that our prayers as well can be answered quickly, that joy would so soon fill the heart. That is what one team felt when they prayed for a  particular woman’s attitude to change. And God heard their pleas… when we pray to God, can we not expected the unexpected? With God, all things are possible.

June 4, 2019 Knock and Talk.
We were two teams that evening, visiting a large apartment building where many Jewish people reside. The first team had the time to complete 2 floors. At the first door was a French speaking Moroccan woman about 80 years old. She said she was just released from the hospital and was bent over saying she could not stand very long as she was weak. One of the team members suggested she go sit down and that they could come in to explain the reason they were at the door. An English set was offered to her but she said that unfortunately she does not speak English and that she does not know how to read, even if it was in French because in her younger years, it was only the men who were instructed, the women cared for the family. But she said her children however are fluent and read well in English and Hebrew. She accepted a set for them. As soon as she took the set, the phone rang and it was her daughter to find out how she was doing, so the team left.
At another door, a woman of around 70 years of age was interested and took the set. After the team finished presenting the set to her, another woman of about 40 years old came up behind her and the team presumed it was the daughter. She asked what this was all about and when they explained it to her, she refused the set and said it was not the real Tanach without even looking at it. She went on further to say we were proselytizing, and she did not want to discuss anything and closed the door on us.
Further along, we were answered at another door by a French woman who said she has already received a set. The team asked if she reads it; she said yes and even went to get it to show us. She said she enjoys reading it at night because it makes her feel good. We suggested that she read Isaiah 53 that very night and ask herself who this could be? Could it be the Messiah? She agreed to read.
After this, the woman who had earlier on angrily closed the door on us, came over, almost yelling that we had no right to do what we are doing and demanding that we should leave the building. When we tried to speak to her to explain ourselves, she became even angrier… almost like a roaring lion. She had actually called ahead to complain to the caretaker of the building, and finding us, he asked us to leave the building. As the caretaker walked with us towards the exit door, we explained why we were here. A smile grew on his face as he told us that Jesus is his life. While outside, we started to pray for the team still in the building. Our prayers were in particular for the angry woman who had yelled at us, that the Lord would give her calm and remove the veil from her eyes. We also prayed for seeds to be planted through the other team’s labors.
Report from the second team:
After refusals at three consecutive doors, we met a young man, with a kippah, who, with a smile, gratefully received a whole set.
At another apartment, a man spoke to us through a closed door and asked us to leave the set at his doorstep. Another couple received a whole set, also with joy and gratitude. The woman said it was very nice of us to offer this gift for books are so expensive these days. She asked us why we do this. We explained that it was a gift in gratitude for the Jewish people, in how they guarded and protected the written word over many centuries. We blessed her warmly as she did us. Please pray for this sweet woman.
Then while knocking on another door, a woman came up to us to ask us what we were doing. She insisted that we were forbidden to do this proselyting, that it made no sense that people go door to door to give books to Jews about their own religion… that we should keep this faith of ours to ourselves. She said the nations had refused the Word of God so He gave it to the Jews.
We asked her if she knew that the Jews were to be a light to all the nations, in that they were to share the Word of God with them.  She answered that if someone wants to come and get teachings from a rabbi, he/she can. We spoke for almost half hour at the door. We touched on some very important points such as:
– her need to read Isaiah 53
– that fact that the prophets were killed by the religious leadership
– that works and deeds do not save
– that we all need Messiah
– that God is calling us to a personal relationship
– that the rabbi will not be there when we have to face God…
And here is the beautiful thing that happened through it all: She was first aggressive towards us but as the conversation continued, we believe a good camaraderie developed between us. We believe this happened because of how we expressed our love for the Jewish people and the Word of God. What makes this even more interesting is that when both teams put their stories together afterwards, we realized that this woman who warmed up to us was most likely the same one who had initially showed great anger and had called the caretaker. How beautiful that the other team had opportunity to pray for her, for the veil to be lifted and for calmness to reign in her heart and how blessed we were to be able to experience the result of those prayers.  We believe this woman was truly seeking God, deep inside and we could see that God He was seeding something in her heart! Beautiful Abba, sweet loving Father. May You bless her!!!
At the last door a lovely woman of about 80 years old received the whole set with so much joy, gratefulness and tenderness! We blessed her and her smile was so amazing! We did not really want to leave this door… it was a precious moment.
A total of five sets were given out that evening.
Report from Calgary,
Last week God opened a door for Donald who had the blessing of giving the gift of the Scriptures to a young Jewish woman in a shop.  Along with another person who joined our team that evening, we braved the cold only to discover that everyone was away except two home owners who declined our gift.  We had the opportunity to teach a new member while we went from door to door.  So, we still have two members who will hold down the fort over the summer while one of those in leadership will be away.  We also have a third participant in mind who can join us for the Calgary outreach. Please keep our team in prayer.
May God’s protection shield us  from the rise of so many anti-God activities on our streets.

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published.

Latest News

  • What a privilege it is to be part of the Knock and Talk team of Beth Ariel Congregation. I have been with this outreach for a number of years and experience it as a great blessing. My husband and I listen to the messages from our Pastor Jacques Isaac Gabizon. Preached from a Jewish perspective... [read more]
  • While we are still in quarantine from going door to door, we continue to pray and be encouraged concerning the work that God has given us for this Kingdom march. Here is a testimony of another team member of the Knock and Talk outreach, recounting what this work has meant to her. As Covid -19 sti... [read more]
  • Through the Knock and Talk ministry, God rejoices our hearts week after week with encounters, touching stories, and sometimes with the privilege to pray with His people. We also witness some of their personal suffering. Some of these Jewish people we have met were eagerly hoping in the soon coming o... [read more]
  • One thing I have been taught at my congregation is: “Evangelize here and now because this is what we will not be doing in heaven… after all, there are no sinners there”. Here is our second testimony, this one coming from a long-time member of the Knock and Talk team as she shares the incentives i... [read more]
  • Since the Covid 19 outbreak, many activities have come to a standstill. One of those ministries which was affected was the Knock and Talk outreach. It has been about one month since the group stopped going out, but they met up in another great way; the strategic battle plans changed their course of ... [read more]
  • As messianic Jews we are often reminded by the more scholarly orthodox that we cannot understand the scriptures unless we know the Hebrew language very well. So what happens when a Hebrew teacher reads the language in a different way, for now she recognizes the Spirit Who authored the letters. What ... [read more]
  • … And they will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not lift up sword against nation. And never again will they learn war. Isaiah 2:4b Knock and Talk February 17th, 2020   A total of nine sets and one Tanakh were received during the ev... [read more]
  • We sometimes worry about what our neighbors (especially in apartment buildings) might think when our music is just too loud. But how beautiful it is when the sounds of praise reach the recesses of our hearts. Music was therapy for King Saul but the Spirit’s soothing vocals is what gives rise to the ... [read more]
  • Sometimes cell phones do not work so well in buildings…but this time it did! We finished it all in one night! We were three teams this past Monday night. It took us about one hour to find a building that would allow us entrance. Condos are difficult to get into because there often is security at th... [read more]
  • Someone once said, the word listen has the same letters that are in the word silent. We met a man who said he was a speaker, but we pray that this speaker would be quick to hear and slow to speak (James 1). Hasty speech proves conceit and ensures defeat (based on Proverbs 18:13).   Dear Reade... [read more]
  • Sadly, in the modern orthodox world, the Scriptures are not valued as much as the writings of men. On one of our recent sorties, we saw a refreshing respect and concern for the Word of God which is rather unusual. Read below concerning one such man who showed that the Word is so valuable in his eyes... [read more]