Daily Topic for July 01, 2007

1 Thessalonians 1:5
"...our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit, and with deep conviction."

The goal of world evangelization will never be achieved by the brilliance of human strategy, the wisdom of cultural adaptation, or the power and effort of human determination, although each of these elements has its place. Only God’s Spirit, moving and working in the hearts of each people group, will accomplish their evangelization. Yet He uses the available human resources that are yielded to His control.

Pray that every member of each missionary team (Western or Third World) will be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s guidance in each situation as they seek to bear witness to Jesus Christ.

Jewish People in Harbin, China

In 1831, in a small Lithuanian town near the Baltic Sea, Joseph Schereschewsky was born to devout Jewish parents. From the beginning, he seemed destined to become a rabbi. But his parents died when he was young, and he went to live with a relative. He is thought to have grown up speaking Polish, Russian, and Yiddish, and he learned Hebrew from Jewish rabbis.

At the age of 19, Joseph went to Germany. There he studied the Talmud at two rabbinical seminaries, with the thought of perhaps becoming a rabbi. But he happened to become acquainted with several missionaries of the London Society for Promoting Christianity Amongst the Jews who stirred his interest in knowing about Jesus. It was his study of a Hebrew translation of the New Testament that convinced him that Jesus had fulfilled all the Messianic prophecies of the Old Testament. But Joseph was still very much a Jew. 

After graduating with honors from the University of Breslau, Schereschewsky decided to go to the United States for further study. So in 1854, at 23, he immigrated to America. In New York, he met a Jewish Presbyterian pastor who was a leader in missionary work among the Jews there. Through this man, Joseph came to know a number of Jews who had trusted Jesus as the Messiah.

(Continued tomorrow)

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that God will continue to use His Chosen people to extend His kingdom in China and beyond.-AL

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