Our New Zealand team is dedicated to “bringing the message of Messiah to the original messengers,” and God has blessed our efforts by bringing thousands of Israelis to our various outreach facilities. After several months of prayer, discussion, and investigation of a new property, Chosen People Ministries-New Zealand board approved the purchase of a new facility—the Punakaiki Beach Hostel—an oceanside property on the South Island’s beautiful west coast. Not only does this hostel contain multiple spaces for group and private conversations, but its best feature is the immediate proximity of world-class outdoor activities. This purchase will mark the beginning of an aggressive, exciting new evangelistic initiative: We will be inviting Israeli seekers to participate in small-group “spiritual intensives” that will provide Bible training in the context of adventure outings.
While we intend to continue ministering to larger groups of Israeli guests in our various facilities, this program will be geared exclusively toward seekers who are ready for an immersion in scriptural truths. We have a lot of work to do to craft this program, but our New Zealand ministry team cannot imagine a more satisfying assignment! Of course, we do not expect to see Israeli travelers in New Zealand for at least another eight months, and we are committed to reopening our ministries safely. In the meantime, we will be using the new facility to host Bible training and other events for local Christians and churches, as local, state, and national precautions allow.