Israel Study Tour with Neighborhood Church

June 18-30, 2016

Led by Forrest Jenan, Stephanie Bartsch
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Trip Blog Posts

Study Tour Wrap Up

posted on Sunday July 03 2016 at 4:05 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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Broken for you, broken for me, broken for the world

posted on Thursday June 30 2016 at 12:46 am UTC

Today was our last day in Israel. It was fitting that we spent our day walking the same road that Jesus walked. He walked the route from Mount of Olives to the place he was crowned king, Golgotha. Though he wasn’t crowned King in the way we would have expected, or even in the way that some of his followers...

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Gathered close to Him

posted on Wednesday June 29 2016 at 1:34 am UTC

Today was a day filled with mixed emotions for our group. We knew what we were in for today. We knew that we would see not only the Western Wall of the ancient temple, but that we would also end our day at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum located in Jerusalem. We boarded our bus for a short drive...

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A near transcendent experience

posted on Tuesday June 28 2016 at 12:53 am UTC

Our first day in Jerusalem was an incredible one. The current hotel that hosts us boasts a stunning view of the city. Morning couldn’t come fast enough for us. We were finally ready. Jerusalem. After a quick breakfast we were on the bus and out to the city. As we drove through the city one can see...

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The Way to Jerusalem

posted on Sunday June 26 2016 at 7:54 pm UTC

We pulled out from our kibbutz along the Sea of Galilee for the last time today. It has been an amazing experience in Galilee, but we are off now to Jerusalem! There were three sites that took our attention today as we traveled to Jerusalem: Meggido, Mt. Carmel, and Caesarea. Meggido sits upon...

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Shabbat Shalom!

posted on Saturday June 25 2016 at 7:34 pm UTC

Today was our last day in Galilee, and though we are sad to leave this beautiful area, we are ready to finally head to Jerusalem. Our guide, Ronen, told us on the first day of our trip that one-day we would be ready. That day has come. Our last day in Galilee was a peaceful day, a Sabbath day. We...

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Hazak Hazak V’Nithazek

posted on Saturday June 25 2016 at 12:42 am UTC

When we started our day we were ready for comfort. After a long day of hiking and seeing many sites in Galilee, we were ready for what one might call, a “comfortable” day. In fact, we were ready for a day on our terms; yet, what we learned seemed to put this thought to the test. Every morning...

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Welcome to…Jesus land

posted on Friday June 24 2016 at 12:44 am UTC

Pulling away from our hotel we looked out at the calm and serene Sea of Galilee. It was here in this region that the majority of Jesus’ teachings and ministry took place. “Welcome to…Jesus land!” our guide Ronen called out on the bus. We all perked up in our seats to look out, as if...

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Living Water

posted on Thursday June 23 2016 at 12:59 am UTC

“We’re still in the desert!” Ronen shouted as we boarded the bus for our third day out and about in Israel. There were a few chuckles on the bus as some of our minds immediately went to the Ancient Israelites in the desert, wandering 40 years before making it to the Promised Land. I can only imagine...

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It’s good to be the King

posted on Tuesday June 21 2016 at 8:02 pm UTC

As we began our second day, our guide Ronen, wore a shirt with the phrase, “It’s good to be the King,” plastered across his chest. Little did we know that this would be the lesson learned at our first very site for the day. It’s about a 20-minute drive from where we were staying, but on...

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Think of a Garden

posted on Monday June 20 2016 at 10:45 pm UTC

“Think of a garden. What comes to mind?” When our guide, Ronen, asked us this question, our answers were filled with flowers, and bushes, and memories of our own gardens at our homes. “But what good is any of that?” Ronen replied to our answers as he led us through a tour of a “biblical garden.” When...

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A Long Flight Ahead

posted on Saturday June 18 2016 at 7:33 pm 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. LAX to Istanbul Istanbul to Tel Aviv ...

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Preparing for Israel

posted on Saturday May 21 2016 at 7:08 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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