When you turned 18 years old, you may have entered the military as a conscripted serviceman. This is a reality for every 18-year-old Israeli man and woman today. Straight out of high school, they must serve for 2–3 years in the military or related logistical service. Once done, it’s common for these young adults to take a year off and go on an international backpacking trip before going to college. Many choose to hike the exotic terrain of New Zealand, where they receive the warm hospitality of our FOI team and lodging, warm meals, hot showers, and comfortable beds. Just beginning their new, post-military season of life, they often ask spiritual questions; and with gentleness and respect, our team is able to give testimony to those who ask. You can help make an Israeli backpacker's stay in New Zealand unforgettable, maybe even life-changing, by making it possible for him or her to learn of God’s love for them.
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