Israel Study Tour with Campus Ministry at GVSU

May 5-19, 2016

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Study Tour Wrap Up

posted on Friday May 20 2016 at 12:00 am UTC

Now that our study tour is complete hopefully you'll 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 like GTI...

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Who Are You and What Are You Doing Here?

posted on Thursday May 19 2016 at 12:38 am UTC

Today our last full day here in Israel has come to a close. To start out our day, we met down by the Sea of Galilee for our morning devotional. We discussed the two different words for love in the Greek language, and the exchange of the word from Simon Peter and Jesus in John 21. The two forms of the...

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When your legs don’t work like they used to before

posted on Wednesday May 18 2016 at 12:57 am UTC

Today we rejoice after [barely] surviving 3 days peaking at 118 degrees. As we walk outside into the cool 80 degree morning air, we all debate grabbing a sweatshirt. It's funny how us Michiganders break out the bikinis and Chacos on the first day above 50 & here I am wearing a sweatshirt in Israel...

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For we walk by faith, not by sight

posted on Tuesday May 17 2016 at 12:57 am UTC

The sun was shining brightly this morning as we all woke up pretty exhausted from the long day we experienced yesterday, and drained from the heat. With another 100-degree day ahead of us, we knew we needed to stay strong, look out for others around us, and be cautious of the ways our bodies were reacting....

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I Surrender All

posted on Monday May 16 2016 at 12:55 am UTC

Today reached a peak of 108 degrees; weather that us Grand Valley students never knew existed. We always expect it to be “a great day!” as Ben Post says every morning, but little did we know that God was about to blow our minds (again) before 9 a.m.! Ben set the mood for the day by teaching us a...

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It’s All About Perspective

posted on Sunday May 15 2016 at 12:00 am UTC

We’re in Galilee! Our first full and 100-degree day here started off with a breathtaking view on the Cliff of Nazareth. Here, we learned about why Jesus took his disciples up to this ridge and why it’s so important to step back (or in this case, up) and gain a new perspective. But, more on this later....

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Journeying Jesus’s Last Days

posted on Friday May 13 2016 at 10:14 pm UTC

As Ben started off the morning by telling us that “this is going to be a great day,” as he does every morning, he again told the absolute truth. Departing from our Jerusalem hotel one last time, we headed to an overlook on the Mt. of Olives where we had a view of the whole city that we have spent...

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And You Together Are That Temple

posted on Thursday May 12 2016 at 10:20 pm UTC

Day 6 has come to a close here in the Holy Land, and God is clearly not as tired as we are because He is moving here in this place. The day started with an overlook of David’s City, what Jerusalem would have looked like in the time of David. Here we talked about how the location and characteristics...

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May All Who Come Behind Us Find Us Faithful

posted on Thursday May 12 2016 at 12:05 am UTC

Today was another busy day! If you have not gotten the theme yet, Ben and Stacie keep us busy from our 6am wake-up calls to our 7pm (most of the time) dinners. We started off the day donned in our skirts/pants and long sleeve shirts and walked from our hotel to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. It was a...

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Down in the Valley

posted on Wednesday May 11 2016 at 12:57 am UTC

Today we started out our morning by heading to the Shephelah Region were we went to Beth-Shemesh in the Soreck Valley. There we learned that this was very fertile and lush land so there were lots of fights to take possession of this lands. This area was often a crossroads between two world views since...

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Adonai Roi Lo Echsar (The Lord is My Shepherd)

posted on Monday May 09 2016 at 10:07 pm UTC

It’s not everyday you start off climbing the caves that the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in. Our group started off the day in Qumran, which is home to the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Today a special guest joined us on our hike. Joel, a friend of Ben and Stacie’s came with us...

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Mayim Chayim (Living Water)

posted on Sunday May 08 2016 at 10:37 pm UTC

Day two of exploring Israel was physically grueling for the whole group, but so worth every minute of it! We began our morning hiking Wadi Zohar, in the Judean wilderness. During the hike, we focused on how the Israelites were tested by God in the desert for 40 years. The number 40 denotes change. Change...

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Go Forth, Believe and Obey

posted on Sunday May 08 2016 at 12:17 am UTC

Our first hiking day has come to a close, and I think it’s safe to say that everyone has already been amazed by God’s power and majesty. Today we traveled to several different locations including, Beersheba, Nahal Zin, and Maktesh Rimon. In Beersheba, we talked about Abram and his faithfulness...

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We Have Arrived!

posted on Saturday May 07 2016 at 1:12 am UTC

Israel bound: T-minus two long plane rides, two bus rides, a layover, and more general waiting. The Israel-bound 2016 trip congregated at Grand Valley (minus two who met us in Chicago) with friends and family to see us off. A shout out to all of the parents, whether present or not, who maintained...

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A Long Flight Ahead

posted on Friday May 06 2016 at 12:34 am UTC

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

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Preparing for Israel

posted on Wednesday Mar 16 2016 at 8:06 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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