Come, Stay, Celebrate! By Judith Galblum Pex
The story of The Shelter Hostel in Eilat, Israel.
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 extraordinary work.
Come, Stay, Celebrate! is a breath of fresh air in a world full of strife. It's the story of a hostel in the southern reaches of Israel, a place where travelers, hikers, drug addicts, and refugees of various generations and wars gather to find hospitatlity and acceptance. Each world conflict of the past four decades leads to new waves of people coming through the Shelter Hostel, and Judity Galblum Pex presents their stories with grace.
"It was one of those days when you feel stuck in front of a hair dryer and think you'd collapse after walking a block. Anyone arriving in Eilat after the six-hour drive throught the desert was struck by the dryness in his nostrils and burning in his throat.
The Peace Cafe' provided little respite from the heat, being just a hole-in-th-wall with an awning out front. Located right off the town's main street, the Peace Cafte' was the popular hangout for travelers in Eilat, a place to meet friends, get a cheap meal or drink, listen to music, or simply sit and watch the world go by. Joh often found a reason to drop by there, whether to quench his thirst or just strike lup a converstation. Speaking five languages fluently plus bits of others, John was rarely at a loss for words and always found someone to talk to."