Israel Study Tour - Joshua Wilderness Institute

Apr 22 - May 4, 2014

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Trip Blog Posts

Touchdown at LAX

posted on Monday May 05 2014 at 12:45 am UTC

We've safely touched-down at LAX! It was just a handful of days ago that we excitedly stepped off the plane to explore the places we read about in Scripture—where Jesus and His disciples walked, talked, ate, slept and lived. We've seen and learned so much and we're so glad you followed along. Hopefully...

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The Last Day

posted on Sunday May 04 2014 at 12:35 am UTC

Family, friends, other curious individuals – Shabbat Shalom! This is Brent, writing here from our kibbutz overlooking both the cities of Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Today was our last day here in Jerusalem, as well as our last day in Israel. We had the fantastic opportunity to...

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Tunnel tours and Shabbat Shawarma    

posted on Saturday May 03 2014 at 12:48 am UTC

Erev tov and Shabbat shalom (“good evening and happy Sabbath”), friends and family! This is Amanda, bringing you the news from our second to last day in Israel. Today was our second day in Jerusalem, and we had just as much of an adventure as yesterday. My group started off with a visit to the...

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Bent but not broken

posted on Friday May 02 2014 at 12:37 am UTC

Shalom to all our family back home! Halie here. I typically don’t write the blogs, but today was close to my heart, so here goes nothin’. Last night we arrived at our hotel in Jerusalem (which may or may not have been a dream, we still can’t decide) and awoke this morning ready for our first...

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Puzzle Pieces

posted on Thursday May 01 2014 at 12:04 am UTC

Shalom Y’all, Evie here! Can I just say…we’re in The Holy Land!! Sometimes I just have to tell myself that over and over because it still doesn’t feel real. We’ve done so much and have gotten to see so many crazy things that act like puzzle pieces. As a group, I think, we’ve grown to appreciate...

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Something new and exciting

posted on Tuesday Apr 29 2014 at 11:32 pm UTC

Hey friends and family! Sydney the kiwi is here right now overlooking the Sea of Galilee-where Jesus walked on water and performed so many of His miracles around this body of water. I do not know how we have already walked through more than half of the trip but I am so thankful for this land but most...

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The Holy Land (Is Real)

posted on Tuesday Apr 29 2014 at 12:57 am UTC

Shalom friends and family! Amanda here. It’s been a crazy busy few days in Israel, and today is no exception. This morning we started off going to Kursi, which is an area of Susita, where Rich’s favorite story to teach on, “Crazy Larry”, a demon...

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I felt like I was there

posted on Sunday Apr 27 2014 at 9:58 pm UTC

Day four in  Israel. We hiked. We talked. We sweat. We swam. Happy day. Really good food. Sometimes you have to embrace the oncoming Galilean Cow, sometimes you have to eat a falafel, and sometimes you have to show your chutzpah (Passion, Determination) in passing...

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An inlet and an outlet

posted on Saturday Apr 26 2014 at 11:01 pm UTC

Hello y’all!! Hannah here to update you on our third day here in the Holy Land!!!! And let me tell you, it was definitely an adventure. We started this morning with waking up for our last sunrise over the Dead Sea (which was majestic) and packed all of our things to head out of our hotel. Rich took...

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Climbing around like the native ibex

posted on Friday Apr 25 2014 at 10:17 pm UTC

Mother and father your fourth daughter Ruth Braica (also Andrew… no relation) sends you greetings from the Holy Land!!! Our day started waking up to a breathtaking sunset over the salt sea does it get any better than that?? Dewey reminded us this morning before we began our adventure to listen...

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Compromise, Forgiveness, and Victory!

posted on Thursday Apr 24 2014 at 11:18 pm UTC

Shalom! Today was our first day exploring the rich country of Israel! After a delicious and healthy Israeli breakfast, which included 15 inch long bagels and other bizarre treats, we headed out to the Soreq Valley and Beth Shemesh to see the place of Samson’s roots, as well as an old cistern where...

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We Made it to Israel

posted on Wednesday Apr 23 2014 at 9:13 pm UTC

Wow, what a long trip but we have finally arrived in Israel. You wouldn’t believe the amazing conversations and adventures we have already experienced. Istanbul was great but we really only had enough time to run through the airport to catch our flight to Israel. A few of us had the opportunity to...

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Leaving on a Jet plane

posted on Wednesday Apr 23 2014 at 12:37 am UTC

The time has finally come at last.  Today we all met at 3 pm at the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX to begin the check in process with Turkish Airlines for our trip to Israel.   Everyone is really excited and we can’t wait to begin our study tour through the Holy Land.   Once we board...

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Israel in a few days

posted on Friday Apr 11 2014 at 9:20 pm UTC

[bs_row class="row"][bs_col class="col-sm-6"] Shalom friends and family It’s hard to believe that over 7 months of Joshua has already passed and we are closing in on the last months of the program.  I think that I can speak for everyone in that we are all really excited about our trip to Israel...

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