Divine encounters like this are so common that Noam, a director of a cutting-edge discipleship ministry in Israel, announced that he was going to New Zealand to see firsthand if these things were true. By the time Scott connected with him, Noam had spent four days at the Zula Lodge. Here is Noam’s report:
To be perfectly honest, I was skeptical; I was pretty sure the reports were exaggerated. Everybody told me, “You’ve got to see it to believe it… it’s indescribable!” And now I see what they mean. What’s happening here is entirely unique. I’ve worked with young Israelis for decades, and I’ve never seen this degree of openness and receptivity. And it’s not just because they’re away from home. It’s because your staff has created an environment where these guys feel safe and loved, and it’s cracking open their hearts.
That very day, Noam struck up a gospel-focused conversation with one of the guests, Tali,* a post-military Israeli woman, and one hour later they were both in tears as she bounded toward the Kingdom of God. “I don’t remember the last time I had a conversation like that in Israel,” he said, barely able to contain his excitement. “What’s going on here?”