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Turkey Study Tour - Ancient Paths

August 2-10, 2021

Led by rod vansolkema
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Context is Everything

posted on Sunday August 08 2021 at 11:00 pm UTC

Day 5 of our exploration of Turkey brought us to two new cities: Thyatira and Pergamum—2 of the 7 churches Jesus wrote letters to in Revelation 2. These letters increase in value and understanding tremendously when you have the context involved. In the morning, we visited Thyatira. Thyatira...

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Counterfeit Gods

posted on Sunday August 08 2021 at 12:00 am UTC

Today’s adventure continued to take us through Revelation 3, but this time through the letters to the churches of Philadelphia and Sardis.  Though Philadelphia has not been excavated, the landscape provided the perfect backdrop to understanding the type of church that once thrived in this...

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Where Culture and Faith Collide

posted on Friday August 06 2021 at 8:00 pm UTC

Day 3 By Brittany Jacobson Over the last three days here in Turkey, we’ve found ourselves retracing a clash of kingdoms.  Today, we ventured to Hieropolis, Colossae, and Laodicea, and every lesson continued to teach us how incredibly difficult it must have been to be an early Jesus...

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Proclaiming and Living the Gospel

posted on Thursday August 05 2021 at 8:00 pm UTC

Today, we had the privilege of visiting the ancient cities of Ephesus and Aphrodesias. It’s been swelteringly hot here, but Rod and Libby have been good shepherds: constantly seeking out little patches of shade for moments of respite, reminding us to drink plenty of water and apply lots of sunscreen....

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A True Disciple

posted on Wednesday August 04 2021 at 6:00 pm UTC

The question is are you willing, to walk, to hear, to see, to follow in the footsteps of the Rabbi and be His true disciple? A true disciple does not to just walk with a teacher, hear him talk and see how he acts but the goal and purpose is to change yourself to be just like your rabbi. These...

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We have arrived in Turkey!

posted on Tuesday August 03 2021 at 9:00 pm UTC

Hello, friends and family! We just wanted to send a quick update to let you know we’ve made it safely to Turkey. We are ready to eat, settle in, and sleep! Pray for a great night's rest and energy for a big first day tomorrow!...

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Preparing for Turkey

posted on Wednesday July 28 2021 at 8:01 pm UTC

Our trip will be here before you know it! Once we're on the ground 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 you...

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