Israel Study Tour - Joshua Wilderness Institute

Apr 10-22, 2015

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Walking the Way of the Cross and On Our Way Back Home

posted on Wednesday Apr 22 2015 at 12:46 am UTC

Today we had the wonderful blessing of sleeping in till 7:30. It’s amazing to think how much a place has changed you when 7:30 is “sleeping in.” After a hearty breakfast including scalding-hot but wonderful coffee, we had devos with Miah. He had an awesome talk ready for us. Knowing that we...

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Day 9 of our Awesome Israel Trip

posted on Monday Apr 20 2015 at 6:58 pm UTC

We started our day off by going to the Western Wall where the Temple stood before being destroyed. We went into the tunnels underneath the Wall and traveled down to the first century level. After going down, we came back up and were given the opportunity to pray on the Western Wall and even write...

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First Day in the City of Peace

posted on Sunday Apr 19 2015 at 8:18 pm UTC

Today has been no different than any other day in Israel—so much to do! We have seen so many things in such a short amount of time. To start the day off, we headed to Hezekiah’s Tunnel to venture from one end to the other. It is an underground aqueduct about 500 yards long, with water varying...

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Headed to “The House”

posted on Saturday Apr 18 2015 at 11:59 pm UTC

The first site on our journey today was the ancient city of Megiddo. This site was part of a tel. There were over fourteen levels of civilizations found here when archeologists dug down. Megiddo was an important city in the Bible. It sat at the crossroads of the trade routes, the Via Maris and the...

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Shabat Shalom! – Day 6 in Israel

posted on Friday Apr 17 2015 at 11:49 pm UTC

This morning we had an early start to catch a boat across the Sea of Galilee. We took a time of silence with the Lord as we watched the waves of the same lake Jesus walked on rush up against the boat. Alyssa spoke to us about when asking God to do big things in our lives to not be afraid to step out...

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The History of Israel, the Old and the New

posted on Friday Apr 17 2015 at 12:19 am UTC

Of course, day 5 in Israel did not disappoint. We began our day by going to Katzrin, which is a city from the first century time that has been rebuilt to give tours like us an idea of what homes and communities looked like in first century times. We sat around a threshing floor as our guides explained...

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A Great Day in Galilee

posted on Wednesday Apr 15 2015 at 11:52 pm UTC

Today was the fourth day of our Israel trip! We started out with hiking the mountain of Arbel. It was a very long hike, and challenging at times, but when we got to the top it was worth it! The view was amazing! We could see out over the sea of Galilee and a lot of the land where Jesus would have...

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Living Water in the Wilderness

posted on Tuesday Apr 14 2015 at 7:57 pm UTC

Our third day in Israel! And yet another fun and tiring one at that! Today, from our hotel, we drove to the first of three areas that we were going to, Ein Gedi (the Spring of the Goats). Just like Masada, we had to hike to the spring, but instead of going up, up, up, we hiked down, left, right, down....

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Highs and Lows of the Dead Sea

posted on Monday Apr 13 2015 at 11:48 pm UTC

Shalom, friends and family, and welcome to your day-by-day report on our trek throughout the Holy Land. Today is one of our greatest days of achievement, being that now we have the bragging rights of saying we have climbed Masada. We began our day with a simple twenty minute bus ride from our hotel,...

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Greetings from the Valley of Elah!

posted on Sunday Apr 12 2015 at 9:07 pm UTC

Today we went to a few different places on the Shephelah. We took a short bus ride over to Kiriath-Jearim. Once there, we broke up into bus groups to explore the area with our guides Ronen and Ronen. We saw a watch tower, an oil press (gat shemen in Hebrew), and a wine press along with a few more...

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We Made it to Israel

posted on Saturday Apr 11 2015 at 9:33 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 try...

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Leaving on a Jet plane

posted on Saturday Apr 11 2015 at 12:14 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 our flight...

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Israel in a few days

posted on Tuesday Mar 31 2015 at 6:00 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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Preparing for Israel

posted on Monday Feb 23 2015 at 7:51 pm UTC

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,...

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