March 28, 2015
Now that we’ve returned from our study tour you’ve hopefully be able to talk to one of us in person about what we saw, heard, learned, and experienced!
Below is a wrap up video that serves as a nice summary of the trip and a reminder of all that we did.
March 22, 2015
Today started with Jim Showers speaking to us from Philippians where he reminded us that we are foreigners in this land of Israel, much the same way that Paul reminds us that we are foreigners in this world. Our citizenship is in Heaven. This world is not our home.
Our first stop was at Yad Vashem, a very moving, sad place that also has hope woven into it. Yad Vashem comes from Isaiah 56:5 where it speaks of a name, a memorial, one that will never be forgotten. In it is the tomb of remembrance which holds the ashes from an extermination camp. It holds many trees and several memorials which list many of the Righteous Gentiles, those who helped the Jewish people at the risk of their own lives.
March 21, 2015
Today was another great day in the wonderful land of Israel. First of all, the weather was perfect. It was probably the nicest day we’ve had here weather wise, and that’s saying a lot because every day has been beautiful. It was bright and sunny, with a refreshing breeze here and there. It looks like a lot of us got a nice tan and some others a little sunburn. Regardless of what end of the spectrum we may fall on, at least we got our vitamin D in excess.
March 20, 2015
It was another beautiful day in Jerusalem and another very full schedule of exciting things to see! We began when the bus dropped us off and we walked through the Zion Gate and through the Jewish Quarter. This area was controlled by Jordan from 1948-1967 until the Jews took it back during the 6-day war in June of 1967. While in the Quarter, we experienced an amazing moment. Our tour guide, Ronnie, was telling us how this area was Bible prophecy come alive. We were reading through Zechariah 8, where Zechariah contrasts Israel’s past judgment with promised future restoration, and verse 5 reads, “And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in its streets.” While he was reading it, the sounds of children playing and laughing on a nearby playground filled the air. It was one of life’s beautiful moments when all you can do is shake your head in amazement and say, “Only in Israel
March 19, 2015
Wow! What a day. This morning started out at an overlook where we could see the Temple Mount in the distance. We discussed Abraham and Isaac, the 1st Temple, the 2nd Temple, the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque. Much has happened on this piece of land, and much is yet to come.
March 18, 2015
I feel the roots of my faith growing deeper with each day we spend touring Israel. Words can’t really properly express what it’s like to actually see with my own eyes the places in the Bible that up until now have only been seen in the form of words on a page or pictures in a book. This exciting experience continued today as we went to Beth Shean, Gideon’s Spring, Neot Kedumim, the Vally of Elah, and finally…Jerusalem.
March 17, 2015
Our time in Israel thus far has been chock full of beautiful biblical sights and meaningful looks into Scripture. It’s been easy to think that we’re in paradise. However, today’s itinerary began with a sobering reminder that there is a price to pay to live in Israel. We went to the Valley of Tears, which is a memorial for the Arab-Israeli conflict that took place in 1973. It was moving to see the names of those lost, many of whom were recently out of high school at the time. As we know well in America, freedom is not free. Israel faces many challenges and enemies that wish them harm. The memorial was a great reminder that despite all of the beauty around us, Israel needs our love, support, and prayers more than ever.
March 15, 2015
Today was so surreal. We started out our journey by going to Caesarea Maritima, where we heard a wonderful message from Jim Showers. We were able to sit in the theater that has a seating capacity of 3,500. According to Josephus, this is where the death of Herod Agrippa occurred, as recounted in Acts 12. From there we took a short walk over to the Promontory Palace, which Josephus called a “most magnificent palace” that Herod the Great built. It’s a majestic sight to see it jutting out into the waters of Caesarea. Then we were able to see the aqueduct that Herod built to supply his city with water.
March 14, 2015
Today was a great start to what promises to be a life-impacting trip! After a 10 hour flight, we landed mid-morning in beautiful Tel Aviv. It was 60 degrees outside and it felt great to stand up and stretch out our legs again. We boarded our 2 busses shortly thereafter and began our tour. Our first stop was the Ayalon Institute, which tells a fascinating story in the history of the struggle for the establishment of the State of Israel. It’s here that, underground and right under the nose of the British, a factory was created for the production of 9mm bullets which was the main type of ammunition used in the wars of independence. The site operated under complete secrecy from 1945 until 1948, a period in which over four million bullets were produced.
March 13, 2015
Today is the day of departure! We arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport late morning and made our way through all of the required checks and security points. Then the real fun began, as those of us going on the tour starting meeting up and introducing ourselves to each other. Everyone couldn’t have been nicer and there’s a lot of representation from the Lone Star state. Our flight was delayed a few times for aircraft maintenance and although we were all anxious to begin our journey, we didn’t mind. Better to find any problems on the ground than while we’re 35,000 ft in the air.
March 12, 2015
We’re just one day away from what we expect will be an amazing and even life-changing adventure! If you want to track our long flight over the Atlantic, use one of the links below.
We’ll be arriving in Tel Aviv at 8am (local Israeli time) on Saturday the 14th and immediately jumping into our study tour.