Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with
you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your
God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help
you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right
hand of rightness and justice. (Isaiah 41:10 AMP)
And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! 2 Corinthians 9:15
hope against hope he believed. . . . Without
becoming weak in faith he contemplated his own body . . . and the deadness of Sarah's
womb; yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform. (Romans 4:18–21)
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16 ESV)
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
Margie’s Comments: Ever since I first read and reviewed Judith Pex’s other two books with Cladach—Walk the Land: A Journey on Foot through Israel and A People Tall and Smooth: Stories of escape from Sudan to Israel—I’ve wanted to know more about the hostel she and her husband run in southern Israel. Their testimony of how they came to know the Lord and each other and how the Lord drew them into this wonderful ministry through the hostel is fascinating. Come-Stay-Celebrate is full of stories about Judy and John’s life together. I thoroughly enjoyed reading their story . . . and who knows? Maybe one day I will get to meet this fascinating couple who continue to use their gifts and talents to glorify their Lord. I highly recommend this book to all my readers.
About the author:
Judith Galblum Pex was born in
Washington, D.C., but has lived with her husband, John, in Eilat, Israel, since
1976. Twenty-six years ago John and Judith began The Shelter Hostel, a guest house for
travelers from all over the world and a drop-in center for anyone searching for
physical, emotional, or spiritual support. John, from Holland, is the pastor of
the Eilat Congregation, a multi-cultural, non-denominational fellowship.
Judith and John are the parents of four grown children, two
of whom are married. All the children live in Israel. In her free time Judith
likes to read, hike and camp in the mountains around Eilat, and to snorkel in
the Red Sea. Learn more about Judith, her books, and the Pexes’ work and
"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
Memoir/ Evangelism/ Christian Life/ Messianic Faith/ Israel
May our Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father, who loved us and in his special favor gave us everlasting comfort and good hope, comfort your hearts and give you strength in every good thing you do and say. (2 Thessalonians 2:16–17 NLT)
Shout joyfully to
the LORD, all the earth. Serve the LORD with gladness; come before Him with
joyful singing. Know that the LORD Himself is God; it is He who has made us,
and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter His
gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless
His name. For the LORD is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting and His
faithfulness to all generations. (Psalm 100)
Praise the LORD!
Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty expanse. Praise Him for
His mighty deeds; praise Him according to His excellent greatness. Praise Him
with trumpet sound; praise Him with harp and lyre. Praise Him with timbrel and
dancing; praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe. Praise Him with loud
cymbals; praise Him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath
praise the LORD. Praise the LORD! (Psalm 150)
fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is
the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It's
our handle on what we can't see. . . . It's
impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who
wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares
enough to respond to those who seek him. (Hebrews 11:1, 6 MSG)