COME, STAY, CELEBRATE!
The Story of the Shelter Hostel in Eilat, Israel
by Judith Galblum Pex
Memoir/ Evangelism/ Christian Life/ Messianic Faith/ Israel
5.5" x 8.5" / 264 Pages
Illustrated: 26 photos
The True Story
Make yourself available to God, and He will use you in ways you can't imagine!
You will be convinced of this as you read the story of John and Judy Pex and their conversions as hippies roaming the world in the 1970s to their immigration to Israel, and how the door opened for them to start a hostel near the Red Sea.In the volatile and highly-charged atmosphere of the Middle East, the Shelter is a point of reconciliation between believers and non-believers, Jews and non-Jews, Israelis and Arabs, all staying together under one roof. For people from over ninety countries the Shelter Hostel has provided a beacon of light and a welcoming home for thirty years, as the Pexes use their gifts of hospitality and evangelism.Enjoy these touching and humorous stories that reveal how the Lord uses ordinary people to participate in His extraordinary work. TABLE OF CONTENTS1. Who Wants to Run a Hostel, Anyway?2. From Igloos to Palm Trees3. The Blond Dutchman4. The House on Poor House Lane5. Down the Gangplank6. Melon Box Crib & Sandstorm Solutions7. Beginning and End of a Hostel8. Flee to the Refuge9. Sorry, We're Full10. Dutch Wall Climber, Russian Coffee Seller & Egyptian Doctor11. Pee Mattresses, Snotty & Other Encounters12. Elvis & Pilgrims13. Next-Door Strangers14. Lebanese Fugitive & Jordanian Aristocrat15. Scuds, Sirens & Sealed Rooms16. The Russians Are Coming17. Seeking Culture, Finding Yeshua18. God Exists In Romania19. Chicken Feet & Dog Liver20. Visits to Court & to China21. Trail Angels22. From Sudan to Zion23. Trouble In Zion24. EPILOGUE: Musings and Memory25. POSTSCRIPT: Best News in a Zillion Years
|"Judy Pex loves the Lord and she loves Israel. My wife and I have wholeheartedly enjoyed her compelling and wonderfully-written stories about all that God has been accomplishing through her and John and their team. Their fascinating vantage point on Israel and the Jewish people and the spiritual awakening that is happening here provides unique insights that will encourage your faith!" ~ Joel C. Rosenberg, New York Times best-selling author of Epicenter and The Last Jihad"The Shelter Hostel in Eilat, Israel, lies at the crossroads of a troubled world. Located on the borders of the Sinai Desert, its doors are always open to refugees, world travelers, and many others who seek the love and encouragement offered there. Its proprietors, John and Judy Pex, have the greatest combination of gifts of spontaneous evangelism and loving hospitality that I have seen in extensive travels around the world. Firmly grounded in the Word of God, Judy Pex recounts some of the deeply moving stories of people whose lives have been changed by the love shown to them there. For all who pessimistically see the troubles in today's world, it is a refreshing reminder that God is still on the throne. I heartily recommend this remarkable book." ~ David M. Howard, International Director Emeritus, World Evangelical Alliance"Jesus' final words to his disciples, 'But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth,' is lived out daily at the Shelter Hostel. To hippies from Europe, the new immigrants from the former Soviet Union, foreign workers from Romania or China, Jordanian royalty, refugees from Sudan, Israel trail walkers or the ongoing flow of backpackers and students from every continent, John and Judy Pex have opened their hearts and home, as the 'ends of the earth' have come to them. Having run a similar hostel for nearly twenty years in the north of Israel, we can certify that these vignets of searching, discovery, and redemption are too wild to make up! Come, Stay, Celebrate! will encourage every sojourner at any stage of their journey for truth." ~ Paul and Traci Valerio, former managers, Bethel Hostel, Haifa, Israel"Come, Stay, Celebrate! is a breath of fresh air in a world full of strife. It's the story of a hostel in the southern reaches of Israel, a place where travelers, hikers, drug addicts, and refugees of various generations and wars gather to find hospitality and acceptance. Each world conflict of the past four decades leads to new waves of people coming through the Shelter Hostel, and Judith Galbrum Pex presents their stories with grace. Written in a no-frills style yet with a keen eye for detail, Come, Stay, Celebrate! is an honest account of the lives touched by the hostel. Some of the guests find healing and friendship, even love. Some turn to crime or commit suicide. Others discover new life through a relationship with Jesus. If you want to better understand the world around you, if you want to be encouraged to better care for those in need, this book is mandatory reading. It is a fast-paced easy read full of humor, insight, and emotion." ~ Eric Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of Fireproof, October Baby, and Field of Blood|