Israel Study Tour with The Forge, Pine Cove

Mar 12-24, 2016

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Trip Blog Posts

Study Tour Wrap Up

posted on Sunday Mar 27 2016 at 5:53 pm UTC

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. Leave us a comment below or head over and...

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A walk in the steps of Jesus

posted on Thursday Mar 24 2016 at 12:59 am UTC

We cannot believe our time in Israel is coming to an end. What a gift it has been to be able to experience Israel with friends who now have become family. The community we have formed these past 10 days has blessed us in more ways than we can say. We have formed friendships that will extend beyond our...

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A BIG Day!

posted on Wednesday Mar 23 2016 at 12:45 am UTC

When you wake up in Jerusalem, you know it’s going to be a BIG day! It may be day 9, but we are all feeling strong and expectant that the Lord has new things to teach us here each and every day. This entire trip has been jam-packed with new experiences and adventures, but the city has been packed with...

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Westward Bound

posted on Tuesday Mar 22 2016 at 12:57 am UTC

In the 1800s, arguably the greatest land purchase in all of history occurred as the United States doubled in size with the acquisition of Louisiana. Louis and Clark embarked on a long journey going from border to border of this young nation. Although there may be a few differences, this is essentially...

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Sea you later, Galilee!

posted on Monday Mar 21 2016 at 12:21 am UTC

Some people may say that as the Fast and Furious movies have progressed in number, they have decreased in quality. However, this assessment is far from the truth as it pertains to the time we’ve spent here in Israel. As the number of days spent in Israel have come to pass and fatigue has set in, our...

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The Straight Walk

posted on Sunday Mar 20 2016 at 2:38 am UTC

Shalom! Or at least of the time that I’m writing this, Shabbat Shalom! We have had an awesome day visiting a few sites and enjoying a little extra sleep from the Sabbath. God is continuing to do big things in the lives of those here and continues to reveal what he wants each of us to know. Rewind...

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The (Pita) Bread of Life

posted on Saturday Mar 19 2016 at 12:57 am UTC

Shalom family and friends! It’s been a very BIG day as we continue our tour of Israel. We have definitely seen the Lord’s goodness and faithfulness in the form of waking up to the Sea of Galilee another day, pita bread and hummus, and a Shabbat (Sabbath) dinner where we enjoyed lots of food and...

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Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

posted on Friday Mar 18 2016 at 12:55 am UTC

It’s not every day that you wake up next to the Sea of Galilee, and yet…here we are! This morning, our team awoke to the sound of waves from the body of water that Jesus actually walked on. It is absolutely surreal! We are absolutely loving our time here in Israel, and this is certainly no exception. This...

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Water and the Word

posted on Thursday Mar 17 2016 at 12:53 am UTC

Day 3, y’all, was a BIG day! Although Matt says that about every day, it’s always true. We’re slowly overcoming jet lag, which is good because the hikes are quickly getting bigger, and I daresay the lessons are, too. I’m excited to share them with you! We began the day beside the Salt Sea...

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Flourishing in the Wilderness

posted on Wednesday Mar 16 2016 at 12:58 am UTC

Shalom friends and family! Thanks so much for following along with us on our adventure in Israel and for praying for us. Today was our second full day and we had a GREAT day today! We are still getting over some jet lag and sleeplessness, but for the most part we are feeling well! Today we went into...

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First Day of Faithseeing

posted on Tuesday Mar 15 2016 at 2:19 am UTC

This is it, people: we’re actually in Israel. We were all very grateful for a chance to sleep horizontally and try out some of the Israeli fare for breakfast before we headed out for our first full day in the land. Being here feels… real. I am still astounded by how different reading about, hearing...

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A long flight ahead!

posted on Saturday Mar 12 2016 at 11:00 pm UTC

After many months of anticipation, our study tour is upon us! We'll be departing today on our two-leg journey to Israel. If you want to follow along with our flights, check out the links below. Houston to Istanbul Istanbul to Tel Aviv ...

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Preparing for Israel

posted on Tuesday Feb 23 2016 at 10:38 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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