Come, Stay, Celebrate


by Judith Galblum Pex

Memoir / Israel / Messianic / Christian Life

Make yourself available to God, and He will use you in ways you can’t imagine!

What an encouraging account of God working through His people in southern Israel. When God’s grace got hold of John (from Holland) and Judy (a Jew from America), they were hippies roaming the world in the 1970s. They met the Messiah while reading the Bible in Israel; found each other in Jerusalem and married in the U.S.; shared the Good News with everyone they met; felt God’s call to immigrate to Israel; and walked through the doors that opened for them to start a hostel near the Red Sea. For thirty years the Shelter Hostel has provided a point of reconciliation between believers and non-believers, Jews and non-Jews, Israelis and Arabs, all staying together under one roof. In the volatile and highly-charged atmosphere of the Middle East, people from over ninety countries have found a beacon of light and a welcoming home, as the Pexes use their gifts of hospitality and evangelism. Read how the Lord is using ordinary believers to participate in His extraordinary work in Israel.

Paperback / 5.5″x8.5″ / 264 pp. / with Photos / ISBN: 9780989101448


Reader Reviews: Come, Stay, Celebrate!

“A breath of fresh air in a world full of strife, an honest account of the lives touched by the Shelter Hostel in the southern reaches of Israel. Each world conflict of the past four decades brought waves of people coming through the Shelter, and Judith Galblum Pex presents their stories with grace. 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. A fast-paced read full of humor, insight, and emotion.”

Eric Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of Fireproof, October Baby, and Field of Blood

“The Shelter Hostel in Eilat lies at the crossroads of a troubled world. Located on the borders of the Sinai Desert, its doors are always open. 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 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,’ are lived out daily at the Shelter Hostel 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 vignettes of searching, discovery, and redemption are too wild to make up!”

− Paul and Traci Valerio, former managers, Bethel Hostel, Haifa, Israel

Other books by Judith Galblum Pex:

A People Tall and Smooth: Stories of Escape from Sudan to Israel



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