It is common knowledge that young people everywhere are still enamored with mystical approaches to spirituality. Jewish people remain the largest identifiable people group dabbling dangerously in New Age philosophies. On the positive side, this statistic shows that Jewish people are hungry for spiritual truth…they are just looking in all the wrong places! This past year, the Lord generously provided yet another outreach center located seaside in one of the most beautiful parts of New Zealand’s South Island, the West Coast.
The ministry that takes place there will focus on discipleship. We are also building a prayer chapel next to the hostel, which overlooks the magnificent Tasman Sea, where we will invite Israelis and other backpackers to experience a holy encounter with God’s Word! The West Coast of New Zealand has many groups that meet to practice forms of meditation that expose people to demonic influences. Participants are encouraged to “disconnect” and empty their minds as they journey toward nirvana, but on the shores of the Tasman we will offer “Tai Tapu” (Maori for “holy wave”), in which minds will be cleansed and filled with the cleansing water of God’s Word. For those seeking “spiritual” experiences, we will offer Bible-centered meditation, leading to the gospel of salvation.