Executive Director of Celebrate Messiah Australia
INTRODUCING THE ZULAROO NETWORK
Establishing a hosting network in Australia for Israeli travellers has been a long-standing goal of Lawrence and Louise, who have hosted many Israelis in their home over the past few years.
Over the Summer holidays, outreach worker Mark had the opportunity to volunteer for six weeks at the Zula Lodge in New Zealand. This enabled him to experience first-hand the tremendous opportunities for Jewish evangelism through the simple and biblical approach of showing love and hospitality.
Mark returned to Australia with fresh vision and inspiration, and together with Louise, over the past three months, we are pleased to report that Celebrate Messiah has now officially launched the ZulaRoo network, and held a number of events as well as welcoming new hosts.
A webpage was launched on the Celebrate Messiah website to serve as a portal for ZulaRoo volunteer hosts. The website will provide information, online application forms, and eventually be a virtual hub for hosts to share testimonies, photos, and access quality training materials.
We are excited to report that five new hosts have been welcomed to the ZulaRoo network. We are working closely with Chosen People Ministries as well as Celebrate Messiah New Zealand who are also working on and expanding and consolidating their networks.
Once a month on a Saturday night, we have hosted a Hummus Night, inviting the Israeli backpackers and young adults from Beit HaMashiach as well as extending the invitation to local young Jewish adults.
There have been many wonderful discussions among a healthy mix of young Israelis and Australians, Jews and Gentiles, believers and not-yet believers, with shared testimonies and friendships created through these evenings. We hope to expand these sorts of events in the Caulfield Messianic Centre when it opens.
Louise reports that, “One young Jewish boy, Lior, had his father pick him up, and his dad stayed for another hour asking so many questions. He cried when I introduced him to our disabled daughter Sarah asleep in her bed and I told him her story. He was so moved and has said he wants to come to our congregation.”
Roadtrips to the countryside
A great way to have conversations about faith, is on the road with guests, sharing a meal by the campfire or sleeping under the stars. Israelis love to travel and are keen to see some of the great natural wonders of Victoria such as the 12 Apostles on the Great Ocean Rd. Mark took a group to Warburton, a gorgeous country town nestled along the banks of the Yarra River at the foot of Mt Donna Buang.
A highlight was speaking at length with Roy, a young Israeli, who had been moved to tears the week before when he came to Beit HaMashiach. “A week later I found myself hosting Roy for three nights at my home, and on the last evening, we spoke for hours about Yeshua. I offered him a New Testament in Hebrew, and he said that Louise had already given him one and that he would definitely read it.