Study Tour Wrap Up

April 24, 2016

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.

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Being Tourists…Kinda…

April 23, 2016

Our final day in Jerusalem was a big one! We began by visiting the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem. Everything from the architecture to the landscaping was symbolistic of different aspects of the Holocaust. The museum itself was astounding with information on events leading to the antisemite practices of that time to the events following the winning of the war. It was horrifying, informative, and in a way beautiful all at once. Though the events are nearly unmentionable, the resilience of the Jews and their trust in God for deliverance is astounding.

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Unexpected Blessings

April 21, 2016

We had a great day today!! We started by the surprise of being able to go on the Temple Mount. It is not always open, and especially with Passover right around the corner, it was up in the air on whether we would get to go there or not. Scott said that the peace and ease with which we walked around the Temple was rare and a blessing for us from God! It was incredible walking around where the Temple once stood.

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Mount of Olives and the Old City

April 20, 2016

Today was our first full day in Jerusalem. We began by going to the top of the Mount of Olives and looking over the Mount and the Eastern Wall of the Old City of Jerusalem. Scott helped us see where Jesus most likely stayed while He was here in Jerusalem, and what gate in which He most likely entered, the Sheep’s Gate (Lion’s Gate). We also learned that Gethesemene is a thing, not the name of a place! It is a huge olive press, and one is located on the Mount of Olives where Jesus and his disciples stayed while in Jerusalem.

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Heading up to Jerusalem

April 19, 2016

We have begun our ascent to Jerusalem from the Sea of Galilee!! While we actually headed south, scripture always tells us of people going up to Jerusalem.

We began our journey by stopping at one last place by the Sea of Galilee where Jesus cast out the legion of demons from the demoniac. We all learned about some great historical and cultural details related to that story, but you will have to ask us about them when we get home!

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Challenging the Status Quo

April 18, 2016

After a great challenge from Scott on serving ourselves and others, we headed to Gamla where we would spend the first half of our day. We began by sitting in an outlook over looking the city of Zealots that was conquered by the Romans in 67 AD. We then went among the ruins and worshipped God in the first century synagogue, a synagogue in which Jesus most likely worshipped and taught. That was an experience that I am sure moved each of us deeply.

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Day of Rest and Work

April 17, 2016

Today was most certainly a day of rest and work. We began with a good breakfast and a great devotional on service and allowing others to serve you from Scott. We were surprised when the bus pulled up to the docks! We went into the boat and began our journey across the Sea of Galilee. Once we were in the middle, we had a great discussion retelling the stories of Jesus on the Sea of Galilee and discussing Jesus’ great love for us and belief in us as He calls us out of the boat.

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Day of Discovery

April 16, 2016

Today has been incredible. It is so amazing that we are walking in the places where Jesus, David, Peter, Phillip, and many others whom we know from Scripture walked. We can no longer read names of things and just skip over them. We are beginning to have images in our minds about what this all looked like. We can understand that when Jesus says “Cast your net on the other side” he is making a cultural statement about the Decapolis or “other side.” I think it is safe to say that most of us are simply in awe of what God has done, is doing, and will do through this experience!

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Masada, Ein Gedi, & Qumran

April 15, 2016

We began today with a swim in the Dead Sea and a great breakfast at the hotel. After a devotional, we headed out to Masada. We rode the gondola up, saw Herod’s palace, and the Roman rampart that led to the mass suicide of the Zealots and the Roman capture of Masada. It was fascinating and daunting to look all around and imagine the 10th Legion of the Roman army completely surrounding the plateau on which Masada sits.

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Israel By Way of Iceland

April 13, 2016

Today has been wild and crazy, but at least most of us made it, right? We began the trip with 17 but we had to leave 3 in Iceland due to a medical issue. God willing, they will join up with us soon and we will have our complete team once again!

The trip was a little longer than expected, but we are all excited for what God has before us. We have enjoyed the landscape and getting familiar with the geography. While on the way to the hotel, we got a little lesson (with huge impact) on Psalm 23 and just what those images that David portrays REALLY look like and mean.

We have arrived at the Dead Sea safely and eaten well. Tired and exhausted, I am sure all of us will sleep well tonight! We can’t wait to see what God has in store for tomorrow!

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Preparing for Israel

March 16, 2016

Our trip to Israel will be here before you know it!

Once we’re on the ground in Israel, we’ll post periodic updates and photos. Check back often or get update notifications using the subscribe options on this page.

We’ll be sharing our travel experiences online with you, our friends and family, to not only bring you along on the journey with us, but to also solicit your ongoing prayer and support. Most of us on this trip have been preparing mentally and spiritually for what will be a life-changing experience in the land. We’re also preparing physically as we train our bodies to handle all the time we’ll spend on our feet walking. So please pray that we would be diligent in our preparations and we would all be ready to learn what God has to teach us!

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