Recently, one of our staff families opened the doors of our new guesthouse in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to welcome traveling Israelis! It has been a long journey of waiting and much preparation. This month, a group of Israeli believers will be staying at the guesthouse so they can reach out to other Israelis who are also visiting Rio. Their outreach strategy is to meet fellow Israelis, tell them about our guesthouse, and discuss their faith in Jesus with them. This evangelistic plan may sound a little simplistic, but our missionary invited Israelis to two other new guesthouse ministries in South America, and this is the method he used there.
In Buenos Aires, our staff member went to the airport and waited to find Israelis arriving in the country. When he spotted three Israelis exiting customs, he introduced himself, told them about the guesthouse, and invited them to come stay. The Israelis eagerly jumped in the car with our missionary and stayed at the guesthouse for a week! For weeks after, more Israelis continued to contact them to reserve beds because the Israeli traveling community is so connected.
Thank you for praying as our staff takes steps to begin inviting Israelis to stay at the guesthouse in Rio! So much of this ministry will be to gather people around common interests, create a friendly environment, and allow space for the Holy Spirit to stir the hearts of young Israelis to faith in the Messiah. Please pray that God will send many Israelis to our guesthouse so they can hear the gospel. Pray their hearts will be open to the truth that Jesus is the Messiah.