Running and Praying for the Peace of Jerusalem
On Sunday, September 7th 2014, a team of thirteen runners represented Life in Messiah to thousands of racers at the Chicago Half Marathon and 5k. What a unique way to honor the Lord! This event served as a great opportunity to share about Life in Messiah with those who inquired about the Hebrew letters on the front of our shirts. It also provided us with a time of focused prayer for the peace of Jerusalem, and for the love of Messiah to be made known among our Jewish friends and family. We are looking forward to how the Lord will use next year's event to reach others with the message of His salvation.
The team received warm responses from many who saw the shirts! Great conversations were had. Take a moment to please pray for those who interacted with team members and for those who were encouraged by our shirts and conversations!
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"Why are you wearing a shirt that has 'shalom' written in Hebrew letters..."
"You're clearly not Jewish. Why why are you wearing a shirt that has 'shalom' written in Hebrew letters across the chest?" asked one Jewish woman in response to the team shirts. The woman made a light-hearted joke about the unlikelihood of some of our team being Jewish based on hair and eye color. The group explained that some of the team members were Jewish and some were not.
Michael,* a Jewish believer in Jesus, responded to her question, "I am Jewish, but I believe in Jesus as the Messiah."
Michael continued and explained how he came to believe in Yeshua, the Jewish Messiah, through his Gentile friend. "My business partner provoked me to jealousy when I learned he knew more about 'my book' (the Bible) than I did" he explained. Pray for the Lord to show this woman how much He cares for her.
The Lord can use each of us to bless the "lost sheep of Israel" (Matthew 15:24) with the love of Jesus, the Jewish Messiah. We are thankful for interactions like the one mentioned above and we pray for more opportunities for the joining of Jewish and Gentile friends as "one new man" (Eph. 2:15) to bless the Jewish community with the gospel message.