This is Rebecca, and it’s my first time blogging, so bear with me! Today was our third day of evangelizing on the streets of Tel Aviv, and God never ceases to amaze me. After our day of rest yesterday, I was feeling pretty good and ready to share the gospel today. However, the morning started out with a little opposition, which honestly made me feel slightly discouraged. Robert and I were handing out tracts together and putting them on any cars that we saw. Robert handed one to a particular man, and he trash-talked it and tore it up right in front of us. A few minutes later we were putting them on cars in a parking lot, and we handed one to the parking attendant. When he realized who we were and what we were doing, he quickly told us to take them off of every single car. That was discouraging. Because God is so good though, he definitely lifted my spirits a little while later when Aaron was giving us a last minute pep talk before sending us out for door-to-door evangelizing. Aaron reminded us that even when people reject us in the name of the Lord we will be blessed.
Robert and I were invited into two homes, where we had some pretty interesting conversations. The first man, Eyal, admitted that the only reason he invited us inside was because of how nice we seemed and the fact that we weren’t looking for a donation. He offered us apricots, and we learned that he had lived in Tel Aviv for about ten years, but he was not religious at all. He said he believed in the energies of the world and good and bad forces. Sadly, he was not interested in hearing about Jesus, but I am confident that God will use our visit with him in some way. To our surprise, the very next apartment we visited invited us in as well. It belonged to a sweet old couple, Aviva and Elie, who were probably the friendliest people I’ve ever met. We talked with them for nearly an hour about various topics, surprisingly even politics, and we learned that they are very firm in their Jewish beliefs. We were, however, able to give them a copy of the New Testament in Hebrew. Aviva seemed very hesitant at first to take it, but she eventually did and even told me quietly that she plans to read it so she can find out more about what we believe. To say the least, I was beyond excited when she told me that! Ironically, she seemed to be more interested in what we were saying once she found out my name was Rebecca, because her mother and daughter are named Rebecca as well.
One thing that God has also laid on my heart lately is how much people actually notice your actions and attitudes. Since I’ve been in Israel, numerous people, especially in the market in Jerusalem, have commented on how happy and joyful I seem. I have realized that the words I speak to people about Jesus are certainly important, but simply the way I live my everyday life can be just as powerful of a testimony. I am so thankful for each person on this trip and for the unique talents that God has given to each of us. God has certainly strengthened all of us way beyond what we thought we were capable of and blessed us way more than we deserve. Pray that God will continue to open up the hearts of the people we come in contact with and give us the words that they need to hear.