March 9, 1954 - July 21, 2017
For more than 30 years, our brother and colleague Peter Parkas fulfilled his passion to proclaim the Gospel. Although Peter’s childhood home environment was decidedly Jewish, he grew up embracing a secular humanist philosophy. In 1984, however, Peter read the Bible for the first time and was drawn to its truth. After coming to faith through the witness of a believing Jewish friend, Peter felt the call to reach “the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” To witness more effectively, he earned both a Master’s degree in Intercultural Studies and a PhD in Bible Apologetics. In March of 2001, Peter joined the CJF team, serving faithfully as our representative in the northeastern region of the United States, particularly in the heavily Jewish areas of New York and New Jersey.
Despite his academic credentials, Peter had a special knack for reaching those on the periphery of life—the outcasts, and people on the lower rungs of society. His own early life helped him identify with their struggles.
Peter never let his failing health hinder his witness. Whether in a doctor’s office, a hospital room, a local restaurant, or in line at the grocery store, Peter always engaged people with the message of the Gospel. If they responded, Peter offered to lead them in prayer right on the spot. Truly, he was “not ashamed of the Gospel.”
We will miss Peter’s passion and his burning desire to see every Jewish (and Gentile) person find new life in Yeshua. May we all have such boldness!
Our deepest sympathies to his wife, Diann, and their four children.
And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, And come to Zion with singing,
With everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness,
And sorrow and sighing shall flee away (Isa. 35:10)