Turkey Greece Study Tour with Dr. Jeffrey Weima

Jan 3-17, 2017

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Better on the margins

posted on Tuesday Jan 17 2017 at 12:23 am UTC

The final day. It seems so strange to be at the end of the trip. Less than 2 weeks ago everything was so fresh and new. It simultaneously feels like we have been here for a very long time and that we just got here. While the weather hasn’t worked in our favor most of the trip, today, God blessed...

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Our first allegiance

posted on Sunday Jan 15 2017 at 11:45 pm UTC

Today was our second day in the beautiful city of Athens and what a beautiful day it was. The sun was shining and it was warm enough to go without a jacket for part of the day. Yesterday we got a view of the Athens from atop the acropolis where we got a look at the Parthenon, several temples, and...

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For His eyes only

posted on Saturday Jan 14 2017 at 10:23 pm UTC

This morning I had to admit that my belt was to tight. I took a deep breath and loosened it. Eating has been so delightful in the last ten days that despite all the steps that I have taken, I am gaining weight. Early in the morning we set out for the city of Athens, the capital city of Greece. When...

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Cities, treasures, and monasteries

posted on Saturday Jan 14 2017 at 2:13 am UTC

Although Paul had to leave Thessaloniki under cover of darkness and threats from the ruling authorities, our group was able to leave on a much more positive note. This was our second consecutive day of sunshine and blue skies as we traveled anticipating out of the way cities, treasures, and the monasteries...

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Experiencing Greek Culture

posted on Friday Jan 13 2017 at 12:54 am UTC

The day started off with a couple of unexpected surprises. The first was the weather. After a few days of not the best weather, the sun was shining and the snow started the early stages of melting. That made for a much lively group as we were able to get off the bus and makes some much needed stops....

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In whose steps we are following

posted on Thursday Jan 12 2017 at 12:49 am UTC

"..I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation.." Today I was supposed to blog about Acts 16: the Philippian jailer. However in the last 48 hours Turkey and Greece have both dumped record amounts of snow. Due to this Midwest-like weather that we had all hoped to briefly escape,...

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Greetings from Canakkale!

posted on Wednesday Jan 11 2017 at 12:50 am UTC

Our day started off with the pleasant surprise of bacon during breakfast. In all of our previous hotels, there was a full breakfast buffet but no bacon to be found. Instead, we were greeted with hot dog chunks that were presented as “breakfast sausages”. So you can imagine my excitement when there...

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Preconceived ideas

posted on Tuesday Jan 10 2017 at 12:56 am UTC

If you had any preconceived idea that ancient peoples were primitive and unsophisticated, you must immediately set aside those notions! The last two days we visited one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Lost Temple of Artemins in Ephesus (which unfortunately is now mostly rubble). Then today,...

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Describing vs Seeing

posted on Sunday Jan 08 2017 at 7:57 pm UTC

Cold! Today was really cold! I never expected Turkey to be this cold! After a sweet rest in our hotel with an amazing view, we started our journey to Ephesus. Ephesus was about only 20 minutes away from our hotel. We left our hotel at 8am and it was freezing. When we arrived in Ephesus around 8:25,...

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Rocks, Rubble, Ruins, and Relics

posted on Saturday Jan 07 2017 at 8:33 pm UTC

It's hard to imagine it's only the third day of visiting sites! We've seen so many different things, and every day someone says "surely it can't get better than this!" then Dr. Weima brings us somewhere new that proceeds to blow our minds. Today's class portion took place at the Turkish crack of...

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Our perception of Paul’s world

posted on Friday Jan 06 2017 at 10:07 pm UTC

It’s hard to believe we’ve only really been at this four two days. We’ve already seen so much and been bowled over so many times by the sights we’ve seen. This morning we left Antalya and drove all morning through the Taurus mountains. This was a phenomenal drive. We wound through the mountains,...

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Our first day!

posted on Thursday Jan 05 2017 at 9:58 pm UTC

After leaving Antalya in the morning we traveled to the first site called Perge. You may know this as being the place where Paul and Barnabus went their separate ways. The city full of ancient columns and walkways that have been there for over 2000 years. Knowing that Paul probably walked to same streets...

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Preparing for our Study Tour

posted on Tuesday Dec 27 2016 at 8:24 pm UTC

Our study tour will be here before you know it! Once we're underway, 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, to not only bring...

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