I've written in past issues of Israel Today Magazine concerning the wonderful work being done by the Hosting Israeli Travelers (HIT) network.
HIT maintains a global network of Israel-loving, Bible-believing Christians who have become a tremendous witness by showing simple hospitality to Israelis traveling the world.
It all began in New Zealand, and it was there that my son and I had the opportunity to stay with several HIT hosts and experience this hospitality first-hand.
What we found is that all the hosts had several things in common - namely, a deep and genuine love for God's people, and a humble and respectful approach to witnessing through their actions.
Often overlooked is the importance the Lord places on hospitality throughout the Scriptures. For, when done properly, it is a powerful tool of witness.
What we also found among the hosts was fantastic variety. One offered a true Israeli home, complete with Shabbat dinner! Another provided a quiet apartment setting where weary travelers could unwind for several days. A third had opened up his entire property to as many Israelis as he could possibly fit - a scene of organized chaos that these young travelers could no doubt fully relate to, most having only recently completed their compulsory army service.
In short, there was something on offer for everyone. No Israeli can visit New Zealand and not find a home that suits him or her. And I use the word home rather than accomodation because that is the other thing all these hosts had in common - they each made the young Israelis visiting them feel completely at home.
Today, HIT has spread around the world, with a multitude of similar hosts now to be found in places like Australia, England, the United States, South Africa, Germany, Holland and MANY more nations.
Find out more by visiting www.hitinternational.net