|Wanaka, New Zealand home of the largest enclave of Israeli tourists in New Zealand. Thousands of young Israelis pour through this pristine parcel of Middle Earth every summer, making it the prime location for Jewish evangelism in the nation. Director Scott Brown says the dream at Celebrate Messiah NZ was to have an Israeli Backpacker in Wanaka, where Jewish-oriented Bible studies, evangelistic films and Jewish holiday/holy day celebrations would be woven into the fabric of the daily routine, and trained staff would be alert to evangelistic opportunities among guests. But the value of property in this popular resort town is so far beyond our purchasing power that the dream was, at best, unrealistic.
“Enter: GOD! Without a trace of human striving or manipulation, the Almighty has chosen to gift us with the perfect facility in the perfect location, where we will have the opportunity to minister to dozens of Israeli guests every night for seven months of the year.”
“The Lord has even provided skilled, godly staff members, including young Israeli believers who will live at the lodge and share Good News (in Hebrew!) with thousands of Israeli peers. ZULA LODGE** is a dream-come-true, and is destined to contribute to Israel’s salvation from the ends of the earth!”
** “Zula” is an Israeli term describing a place where close friends gather.