8,000 – 15,000 backpackers
History of Chosen People Ministries in New Zealand
Chosen People Ministries’ work in New Zealand consists of four strategies that fall under the categories of evangelism and equipping:
Sizzler Outreaches – About 2.5 million young adults from all over the world hike through New Zealand each year, and 8,000-15,000 of them are Israelis. Typically, these backpackers are sensitive, intelligent, thinking people, and very open to discussing spiritual issues. Our evangelistic “sizzlers” have proven to be wonderfully effective in reaching these travelers. Along with a BBQ, our guests (typically more than 50 per event) receive “Backpacker Bibles,” individual attention (and prayer) from our team members, and a see a presentation of a believer’s testimony. Invariably, some linger for more meaningful conversation. These outreaches have been so successful that we will be replicating them in several New Zealand locales.
Short Term Mission Groups – A number of overseas churches are enthusiastic about sending groups of young adults to New Zealand for evangelistic purposes. Our plan is to receive, equip and send these teams on prescribed routes, utilizing backpacker buses and accommodations as well as hosting outreach events in strategic locations.
Christians Hosting Israelis – Hundreds of Christian households throughout New Zealand are hosting young Israeli travelers. Some of these hosts have singlehandedly received thousands of Israeli guests in their homes! This phenomenon presents our greatest opportunity to “bring the message to the original messengers,” but many of these wonderful followers of Messiah lack confidence and training in sharing the Gospel with Jewish people. We are now hosting events throughout New Zealand specifically designed to equip and encourage these faithful hosts.
Christians in the Local Church – Many evangelical churches in New Zealand are expressing sincere interest in discovering more of their Jewish roots. We are humbled and excited by the many opportunities God is giving us to teach in churches, church camps, conferences and on national radio.