Israel Study Tour with Joshua Wilderness Institute

Apr 9-21, 2016

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Trip Blog Posts

Day Ten: Via Dolorosa and the Shrine of the Book

posted on Thursday Apr 21 2016 at 12:17 am UTC

Today we walked the Via Dolorosa, the Way of Suffering. Essentially we traced the path Jesus took from the Mount of Olives where he was arrested all the way to the place where he was crucified and buried. We had a couple really awesome teachings from Rich and Jeff as we made made our way through the...

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Above, Below and Through the Old City

posted on Wednesday Apr 20 2016 at 12:55 am UTC

Day nine of our ten-day tour of the Holy land! “What did we do today?” you might ask, and let me tell you, it was a crazy full day. Energy is running low as the Joshua students get more and more tired from all the crazy things that we have seen and done during our trip so far. However, that doesn’t...

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Tunnels, Palaces and Churches

posted on Monday Apr 18 2016 at 7:25 pm UTC

What another great day in the Promised Land! Today was our first day in Jerusalem and it was amazing. The day started out with us going to David’s City. It’s been incredible to see throughout this whole trip the thousands of years of history through architecture. Jen gave us an incredible teaching...

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Going Up to “the House”

posted on Sunday Apr 17 2016 at 9:07 pm UTC

Howdy! Emily, Mimi, and Alexa here. Adventure is around every corner here in the Holy Land. It has been so much fun getting a chance to watch our Bible come alive and to hear again all those stories we learned about growing up in Sunday school while actually sitting in those very same spots they happened. Today...

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From Sea to Shining Sea

posted on Sunday Apr 17 2016 at 2:34 am UTC

Shabbat Shalom! Today has been a great day in the land of the bible. It was a slower day than what we’ve had, which was really nice since we’ve all been in need of a little down time. The morning started out with a beautiful boat ride across the Sea of Galilee. We were blessed with an amazing...

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From Galilee to Golan

posted on Saturday Apr 16 2016 at 12:55 am UTC

Hello! This blog is brought to you by Matthew Gross, Mikayla Miller, and Emma Tucker. You’re welcome in advance. Today we started out the day by going to Qatzrim. While we were there we learned about insula, which is a small community that shares with each other. At the end of our tour of the...

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Galilee (Day 1)

posted on Thursday Apr 14 2016 at 11:18 pm UTC

To be able to sit on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, the water that Jesus walked on, and write a blog about a day filled with the Bible hard beneath our feet is such a blessing and a privilege. This trip is only on its fourth day and it feels like we’ve been here for weeks. We’re literally in...

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The Rift Valley (with some slight detours)

posted on Thursday Apr 14 2016 at 12:25 am UTC

Shalom from a bus on the way from Jericho to Galilee. We have seen quite a bit today: Ein Gedi, Qumran, the Jordan River, and Jericho. The first place we visited today was Ein Gedi. It is a large oasis with a natural spring, so it has a lot of vegetation, which is rare in the dry desert. Jeff Lilley...

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Day Two in the Judah Mountains

posted on Tuesday Apr 12 2016 at 8:12 pm UTC

The hearts of the history nerds rejoiced in excitement over our first stop today: the Jewish monument MASADA! We first hiked the trek of the entire steep incline as a group. We have been training for that hike this whole year by walking the hill to the Joshua building at Hume everyday, and so this...

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Day One in the Shephelah!

posted on Tuesday Apr 12 2016 at 1:09 am UTC

Our first day of touring Israel has gone swimmingly. Now some of these things we once thought of as mere stories, in the form of flannelgraphs and Veggie Tales, feel a little more real. Today, we started in the memorial of Yad Hashmona just a stone’s throw from the mountain, Kiriath Jearim, where...

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We Made it to Israel

posted on Sunday Apr 10 2016 at 8:09 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...

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Leaving on a Jet plane

posted on Saturday Apr 09 2016 at 11:45 pm 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 Saturday Apr 02 2016 at 12:49 am 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 Thursday Mar 10 2016 at 4:51 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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