Friday, July 6, 2007

Romans 10:1-4 Brethren, my heart's desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation. 2 For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge. 3 For not knowing about God's righteousness, and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God. 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.
Please pray with and for Elizabeth and I as we head to New York City. A world center for commercialism, financialism, professionalism and sexualism (and many other "isms").
It is truly our privilege and honor that we bear the responsibility of wearing the name of Jesus on our chest (literally) for the next week walking the busy streets of Manhattan to share the Gospel with both Jews and Gentiles. This is the Jews for Jesus' mission statement:

"We exist to make the Messiahship of Jesus an unavoidable issue to our Jewish people worldwide."

To see a short video of what J4J is all about. Watch HERE. You can also see a short video as to what we'll specifically be doing in New York City. WATCH THIS HERE. I have been a part of this Summer Witnessing Campaign (SWC) for many summers now and it is always my joy and delight to go again and share the gospel with so many people who are on the broad path and in need of repentance and salvation.

You'd be shocked. The SWC is very "successful" (in every sense of the term). Not only do hundreds of people pray with us and receive follow-up discipleship, but millions of people see us every day in the subway stations, street corners, in parks, squares, or just walking the streets lifting high the name of our Savior, Yeshua (Hebrew for "Jesus").
You can pray for our busy schedule. Here it is in a nutshell. We go out four times a day for a sortie (a sort of "code word" for evangelism). These four sorties each day are for two and a half hours in length each. We begin at 5:30am and conclude at 10:30pm. This goes on for six days a week. It is hard, intensive, hot, aggressive, bold, unabashed and unashamed.
We would covet your prayers as we serve faithfully on the streets of New York City to "make the Messiahship of Jesus Christ unavoidable to our Jewish People [and all people in NYC]."

This is a crucial time for us to be sharing the gospel and evangelizing our Jewish people. Not only does God have a clear and distinct plan for future, national, ethnic Israel (cf. Rom 11:25-27; Jer 31:31-36), but we are also commanded to be His ambassadors (2 Cor 5:20) and go to "all the world" and take this glorious gospel to all (Matt 28:18-20).

I conclude with the introductory statement:

Romans 10:1 Brethren, my heart's desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation.
May we be those this week, the next for the rest of our lives, who are truly zealous for seeing the Jewish people come to faith in their Messiah. He has come. He has purchased salvation for them. May the Lord open their blind eyes and soften their hardened hearts so as to see the glory of the crucified Savior (Psalm 22:16; Zech 12:10) and come to faith in Him. For only He can truly save them from their sins (Isa 52:13-53:12).
Let us long for Israel's future salvation:
Zechariah 12:10 10 "And I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him, like the bitter weeping over a first-born.


Anonymous said...

You'll both be in my constant prayers.
-Jill the MIL

Geoffrey R. Kirkland said...

Thanks Jill.

We had a great time on the streets last night near the Lincoln Center in the Upper West Side. Many great conversations. I probably had about 10 different occasions where I presented a good 2-3 minute clear Gospel presentation. We'll see what the Lord does.

Thanks for the prayers.

Geoff and Elizabeth

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