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Did you see the Olympics? The streets of London were bustling with visitors and tourists from all over the world. Regent Street was magnificently decked out with rows of colourful flags from different nations, the atmosphere was joyful and people were friendly and cheerful. We had a golden opportunity to welcome the world to London and to reach out to the nations with the Good News of Jesus!

The CWI Olympic team consisted of 21 international participants with nine different languages between us! We worked with local churches both in central London and in the Jewish suburbs.

The weather was pleasant and mostly sunny during our open air preaching and street evangelism in central London and I was particularly encouraged by our door-to-door ministry in the Jewish areas. We also spent one day in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish area which I had not visited for several years. I was impressed by the willingness of the team members to step out of their comfort zone. We were supported not only by the prayers of pastors and members of local churches but also by their company, as they ventured out with us on the door-to-door visiting.

In central London, we joined the Olympic hospitality programme of All Souls, Langham Place. We gave out gospel leaflets, Christian booklets and bottles of water on the steps of All Souls. Many visitors and tourists – some of whom had never been to a church or even met Christians before – came to the special gospel events.

 

Reaching out together

The Lord really blessed our Olympic outreach and we had many opportunities to share the gospel with people. We were able to minister in areas like Covent Garden, Stamford Hill, Oxford Circus and door-to-door in the Finchley/Hendon area. During the Covent Garden outreach, we met a lady handing out products from her shop and one of our team gave her a tract. When we found out she was from Israel I told her I had relatives in the Land and was learning Hebrew. She was not very religious – certainly not as religious as her grandparents – but she believed there was ‘Someone out there’. I shared my testimony with her and explained that after having both atheistic and slightly religious influences in my life, and struggling with scepticism, I could relate to her feelings. I explained that we’ve all done wrong (she agreed with me) and that Jesus was the promised Messiah who came to die for the sins of Israel. She seemed to be receptive and wanted to receive a New Testament Prophecy Edition and also the four Gospels in Hebrew. We will hopefully keep in touch!

In Hendon, we spoke to a secular Jewish couple. Realizing they were Jewish, we gave them the Shalom evangelistic newsletter and a leaflet from the church with which we were partnering. When I told them I was Jewish, the lady asked how the Shalom leaflet, being Jewish and visiting homes on behalf of ‘the church’ worked. That opened the way for me to share part of my testimony.

 

Loving the Jewish people

Joining the CWI Olympic outreach fortnight was a fantastic opportunity. It was great to be around people who all have a love for the Jewish people. I particularly loved the lecture room, which reminded me of my time at the Faith Mission Bible College many years ago. It was good to join CWI Field Worker Paul Morris doing door-to-door work in an area where there were many mezuzahs hanging on the doors. It was a great privilege to be able to meet so many Jewish people in London and I wish there were more in Holland. Let’s pray that the Lord will bless his holy Word, especially to the hearts of the Jewish people who heard it during the Olympics, and that they will come to know their own Messiah!

Christina Geluk – Holland

 

Out on the doors

One of my colleagues at the Birmingham City Mission recommended CWI to me as I had previously expressed my ambition to evangelise Jewish people in the land of Israel. I visited the CWI website and decided to get involved in an outreach to the Jewish community in London, as well as people from around the world, during the Olympic Games.

In Stamford Hill I did door-to-door work with Beryl. Although we were not able to engage in an evangelistic conversation with anyone from the Jewish Orthodox community, we met a young woman called Leah who was open to the message of the Good News. In Finchley I did door-to-door work with a fellow volunteer called Rachel. One of the people we spoke to was a young man called James who responded positively and said that he was planning to go to Kensit Evangelical Church in order to find out more.

Dara Singh – Glasgow

 

New experiences

The Olympic outreach was a new experience for me. It was the first time I’d joined a team of complete strangers and I thought my age (a young 71!) might go against me but I’m glad to say it didn’t. I thank the Lord I was able to keep up with the younger ones during the long walks to and from the Underground trains, plus all the walking and standing to give out tracts at our different destinations. Even though the team consisted of quite a few different nationalities (I’m Latvian) and backgrounds, we gelled together very well. We were also from different denominations but that didn’t matter; there was unity in the Lord. The short worship/praise times during the morning devotions were very uplifting. The chef at the London Theological Seminary fed us very well; too much in fact! Some people didn’t accept the leaflets we gave out, but a lot did and I trust the seeds we sowed will eventually bear much fruit. We had a good week and I was privileged to be part of the team.

Maija Dennison – Swindon

 

Divine appointments

On Monday afternoon at Covent Garden I noticed a young woman watching and listening to us as we sung a gospel song. She was standing on her own so I offered her a leaflet. She introduced herself as Jane, a young lady in her twenties with a Jewish mother, who felt she had drifted from Judaism. We talked about the Bible, starting with Abraham. She clearly knew her Torah and went on to mention the prophets, including Isaiah. She thought chapter 53 was about the sufferings of the Jewish people while I told her the passage was a prophecy about Jesus. Jane was very open and friendly, and willingly took gospel literature.

A highlight of the Olympic outreach, for me, was meeting and working with the CWI staff and Field Workers. As they shared, encouraged and led us, the need for prayer commitment and steadfastness in their work came home afresh. Jewish evangelism demands patience and perseverance under God. It was good to have fellowship with Christians of all ages from Holland to Brazil, the USA to Scotland, and Israel to England. Our fellowship was enriched by our daily devotions from the book of Acts, our times of calling on the Lord for those with whom we had made contact, and the worship led by Feri and Bogi from Hungary. The song, ‘Let the weight of your glory fall’, expressed our need to depend on God and to be empowered by Him.

God graciously gave us divine appointments at our various venues. A young lady opened up to the gospel and a young Jewish mother asked us about the New Testament. An office worker from the BBC shared something of her spiritual quest and admitted that she had lost touch with her Jewish faith. Many people received the gospel literature, bringing to mind the scripture that God’s word does not return to Him void. The visit to Stamford Hill was a new and thought provoking challenge. It was so good to gain greater understanding of Orthodox Jewish life and to see the book table outreach to those who, like the Bereans, were willing to look into these things.

Evening ministry from Ben Hersh, Paul Morris and Ben Midgley put our activities into a biblical context. Spencer Cunnah, the pastor of Kensit Evangelical Church, urged us to leave fear and nervousness behind and to go out with the gospel, knowing that the Lord would be with us as we went.

Sarah Crowther – Thatcham

 

This article was first published in the Winter Herald 2012

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