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Shalom to All!
Usually, things slow down in the summer, but it’s been busy here—and there!
I was able to be a part of the LCJE (Lausanne Consultation on Jewish Evangelism) International conference. This year we met in Toronto. It was nice to be back in that wonderful city.
We had some exceptional speakers and workshops with people from all over the globe. This year we also tried something new; we were assigned to sit at tables with people chosen by the leadership. As you know, our normal behavior is to sit with friends we haven’t seen for a while. To be assigned at a certain table forced us to make new friends. It was a wonderful experience. Our table became very close over the five days and spent much of our time in prayer.
That turned out to be a very good thing. Soon after returning home, I learned about the passing of my dear friend and co-worker, Mike Campo. Mike was a missionary in Chicago with CJFM for over 20 years. Mike had been sick for a few months, and when I visited him in the hospital, he asked me if I would “do his funeral.” He had only one request: make the Gospel simple and clear so all who heard could never say they did not know God’s plan and love.
This was a simple request but not an easy one; I was close to Mike and was afraid I might not be able to make it through. I emailed my tablemates from LCJE and asked them to pray for me. Their prayers were more than answered. I spoke on the parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man. In short, I told them even though we are not perfect, our Messiah is, and our faith in Him makes us right in God’s sight. It’s hard to tell what effect our words may have, but the believers there were praying as well, and it’s in the Lord’s hands.
In addition to me speaking, there were testimonies to Mike’s faithfulness and love for God. He will be missed, but we know even though he is gone, he lives.
Many of you have asked me if I have heard from Anderson, the young Jewish man from AT&T who came to the door. The short answer is no. Maybe a better answer is: not yet. So, when he comes to mind, pray for him.
I had to replace the sprinkler control box at my house. A quick trip to Ace Hardware was in order. I asked one of the young men working there where the parts were. After he told me, Ben said: “Are you a member of the tribe?” At first, I was confused, not by the question, which means “Are you Jewish?”, but why he asked me. Then I realized I was wearing one of the T-shirts from our Live the Land tours. I said no, but I’m a close friend of the tribe. He then asked me if I had been to Israel and told me he was going soon with a Birthright tour. As we talked, I said, “Can I ask you an off the wall question?” He said yes, so I asked him if he ever had considered Jesus to be the Messiah. His answer surprised me. “I used to be Messianic.” Turns out he had been talking with a rabbi who told him, “God did not put His name on Jesus.” I asked him if he had ever checked out Deuteronomy 18:15. He told me no, but he was going to take a look at it. The next time I saw him, he told me he didn’t have a chance to look at the passage yet, but that he would.
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Thanks in Messiah,
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