See how God is pursuing His people to the ends of the earth!
Who Are We?
Celebrate Messiah NZ is the New Zealand branch of an international network called Chosen People Global Ministries. CPGM exists to pray for, evangelise, disciple, and serve Jewish people everywhere and to help fellow believers do the same. The mission was founded in Brooklyn, New York in 1894 by Rabbi Leopold Cohn, a Hungarian immigrant with a zeal to introduce the Messiah, Jesus, to his own Jewish people. Today, Chosen People Global Ministries serves in at least sixteen countries worldwide.
What Is Our Vision?
Our vision is simple, focused, and Biblical:
Bringing the message of Messiah to the original messengers and equipping the Church to do likewise.
The message, of course, is the Good News of salvation delivered to all the nations of the earth by grace, through faith in the Messiah, Jesus. The “original messengers?” – The Jewish people! The very ones through whom God brought us the Scriptures, the Saviour, and even Salvation (John 4:22).
What Are We Doing in New Zealand?
“The harvest is plentiful…” Luke 10:2
Great question, and the answer is exciting! You’ll recall that Jesus the Messiah commissioned His disciples to take the message of God’s Kingdom to all the world. But imagine a place where all the world is coming! A place where, any day of the week, you can casually relate with enquiring people from dozens of nations.
That’s precisely what we have right here in New Zealand… hundreds of thousands of international visitors – including many thousands of young Israelis – streaming through our islands every year For the most part, these are sensitive, intelligent young adults who are looking for a life-changing adventure, and who are open to discussing life’s most important questions.
The Zula Lodge, our backpacker (hostel) which is free for Israeli travellers, is our primary means for reaching Israelis in NZ. The Zula has gained remarkable acclaim and popularity; most of our guests know about the lodge while they are still in Israel! We have opened another accommodation facility, “The Yellow House,” which is visited by Israelis heading south into the Catlins region. As a result of God’s favor, we have the opportunity to share the love of Messiah with thousands of young Israelis who stay at the Zula and The Yellow House.
Our outreach takes many other creative forms, including weekly evangelistic BBQs where we serve up free burgers, Bibles, and the Gospel. For many of our guests, this will be their first exposure to the Scriptures One Brazilian backpacker clutched her new Bible to her chest, and with tears in her eyes said, “This is what I’ve been searching for. Thank you.”
“Feed My sheep…” John 21:15
There’s another reason why New Zealand is uniquely postured for Jewish evangelism: Welcoming the thousands of Israeli visitors to NZ are hundreds of extraordinary Kiwis who offer free accommodation in their homes as a way of blessing the very people through whom God blessed them! By training these generous Christian hosts to effectively share their faith with Jewish guests, and by equipping them with free Hebrew Bibles and other resources, we “magnify our ministry” among thousands of Israelis whom our staff may never otherwise meet (Romans 11:13,14).
“Let us examine our ways…” Lamentations 3:40
Celebrate Messiah is also committed to serving local Christians who are eager to learn more about the Hebraic roots of Christianity, Israel in prophecy, and Jewish evangelism. We are humbled and excited by the many opportunities God is giving us to teach in churches, church camps, conferences, Bible schools and mission agencies. By providing this unique training, we’re able to build bridges between two worlds that, sadly, are historically conflicted: The world of Jews, and the world of Gentile Christians.
How Are We Financed?
Celebrate Messiah New Zealand is a non-profit organisation. We are supported by individuals and churches who recognize the need to share the Gospel with God’s ancient people. If you would like to know how you can support the mission of Celebrate Messiah New Zealand, visit our Donate page.
How Are We Managed?
Celebrate Messiah is directly accountable to a Board of Directors consisting of clergy and lay-persons of various denominations.
What are Our Core Values?
1. PRIORITY OF JEWISH EVANGELISM
We are deeply committed to bringing the Gospel “to the Jew first and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16) in light of the fact that the Bible prioritises Jewish evangelism within the broader context of Jesus’ command to preach the Gospel to all peoples.
2. MOTIVATED BY LOVE
The core motivation of sharing the Gospel with any people is the love of God demonstrated in the Person of Jesus the Messiah.
3. EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION
We are committed to sharing the Gospel in a way that is culturally relevant and effective, without compromising the claims of Jesus.
4. UNITY IN MESSIAH
We deeply value the unity of the whole body of Messiah, and will seek to maintain fellowship with all people involved in the Church and associated missionary organisations. We believe in the equality of all believers in Messiah.
5. MUTUAL ACCOUNTABILITY
We need to be accountable to each other, to associated ministries and to the wider body of Messiah.
6. INTENTIONAL DISCPLESHIP
We believe that the fruit of evangelism must be preserved by intentional discipleship, and by incorporating new believers into local worshipping communities.
7. SPIRITUAL INTEGRITY
The messenger must earnestly seek to live a life that is consistent with the Message.
8. HUMAN DIGNITY
Since all human beings are made in the image of God, how we treat them is a reflection of our love and respect for Him. The worker is more important than the work.