Backpack alongside Israelis and share Messiah in New Zealand
Our Messiah commanded His disciples to bring the Good News “to the Jew first” (Romans 1:16) and “to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8). There you have it: Jewish evangelism in New Zealand!
Amidst intense natural beauty at the end of the earth, we backpack alongside Israelis and share Messiah in relevant and relational ways. The team experience is drawn of young people coming from Israel, the U.S., Australia, and beyond. As young Israelis desire to see the world and contemplate the answers to life’s questions, we want to be there to give them THE answer: Jesus.
The team stays at one of our three facilities, like the Zula Lodge, a very comfortable hostel our staff in New Zealand purchased in 2016. Zula Lodge enables many Israelis to live in a believing environment for a few days without cost. In fact, more than one thousand Israeli travelers stay at our various facilities over the course of the summer season.
One of the outreach events during the week is a corporate Sabbath dinner where 50-60 Israelis gather to celebrate the Sabbath. The young Israelis help cook the meal and contribute to the service as well. These evenings last well into the night as conversations about life, travel, and the Gospel happen so naturally between the travelers and staff.
During the week the team will have countless opportunities to relate with Israeli travelers on New Zealand’s magnificent hiking trails, or just hanging out at the Zula Lodge.
Most importantly, the relationships that are begun in New Zealand continue when the travelers return home to Israel. Our Israel staff is following up on the travelers we meet in New Zealand and other regions where we have short-term outreach among Israelis.