“Life in Israel is very intense. This has a profound impact particularly on young people,” says Victor Kalisher, General Secretary of the Bible Society of Israel.
Many young Israelis, who are desperately seeking happiness and peace of mind, experiment with different religions and cultures. New Age festivals, which are held every year, are another major draw card attracting tens of thousands.
Bible Society is using these festivals as an opportunity to reach out to young people.
It pitches its tent, alongside others on the site, and the staff and volunteers begin to worship, pray and read the Bible.
Inevitably, this draws young people to the tent. All through the day and late into the night, members of the team engage in conversations with young people about God and the Bible.
One young woman, who was given a Gospel of Matthew, clutched it to her chest saying, with tears in her eyes, “thank you.”
Thousands of Bibles and Scriptures are also distributed throughout the camp by the team to reach out to all who may be seeking.
This article is from The Word at Work – New Year 2012.
Seventy year old Jin can’t stop smiling or singing. She’s walked for three hours in sub-zero temperatures to get to church.
The reason? Today, free Bibles are being given out to the congregation. And she’s got one.