Israel Study Tour with Campus Ministry at GVSU

May 6-20, 2022

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Trip Blog Posts

Day 12 - Beth Shean, Caesarea Maritima

posted on Thursday May 19 2022 at 9:00 pm UTC

It seems surreal to say, but today was our last day in Israel!   We continued our journey and hiked to the Tel of Ancient Beth Shean. While we walked upon the wide Roman roads of the International Coastal Highway, we considered what Jesus calls us to in Matthew 7. He calls to enter the narrow...

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Day 11 - Bethsaida Overlook, Gamla, Caesarea Philippi

posted on Wednesday May 18 2022 at 7:00 pm UTC

We started our day on the Northeastern shore of the Sea of Galilee. There, we talked about the work that Jesus and His disciples did in Decapolis (ten Roman cities filled with Hellenism). One of these works was healing the demon possessed man. As told in Mark 5, after the demon possessed man was healed,...

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Day 10 - Tel Araj, Kinnereth Trail Hike, Capernaum

posted on Tuesday May 17 2022 at 8:00 pm UTC

At the northern banks of Galilee, Jesus called some of His first disciples with the words, “follow me and I will make you fishers of men”.    As we stood on these very same banks today, we remembered the place where these men once stood — feeling insignificant in their...

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Day 09 - Mount Arbel, Magdala, Jordan River

posted on Monday May 16 2022 at 9:00 pm UTC

We started day nine with a devotional at Wadi Hamam. We learned about how Jesus traveled from the quiet town of Nazareth to the bustling city of Capernaum, in order to bring light to the darkness.    The whole world is changed because Jesus chose the harder path, which led us to wonder...

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Day 08 - Mt. Carmel, Mt. Precipice

posted on Monday May 16 2022 at 12:00 am UTC

Today was a day of gaining perspective. Much like every day, really, as we travel to new places and see new things that help us to gain better understanding for the Word and character of God. Our new perspective for today, however, took us up around 1800 ft to the very top of Mount Carmel. Yes, you heard...

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Day 07 - Mount of Olives, Gethsemane, Church of the Holy Sepulchre

posted on Saturday May 14 2022 at 9:00 pm UTC

Day 7 y'all!! We were graciously given 30 more minutes to sleep in this morning, preparing us for another BIG DAY (Ben Post's two favorite words, as we have quickly come to find out).     We started the day by getting a bird's eye view of the Temple Mount from the perspective of...

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Day 06 - City of David, Hezekiah's Tunnel, Pool of Siloam, Southern Steps, JUC Tour

posted on Friday May 13 2022 at 6:00 pm UTC

Today started and ended through the tunnels of Jerusalem. Descending into the City of David, we waded through the waters of Hezekiah’s Tunnel—an engineering phenomenon that transported spring water over 1,750 feet into the city leading to the Pool of Siloam. Learning about the Jewish festival...

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Day 05 - Sorek Valley, Elah Valley / Tel Azekah, Shrine of the Book, Old City of Jerusalem

posted on Thursday May 12 2022 at 8:00 pm UTC

Our day began quite early in the morning, like it always does. We ventured up a STEEP hike to sit at the top of Mount Zorah overlooking a beautiful view of the Sorek Valley in the region of the Sephelah. Today, even just a few miles from the desert, we experienced a huge shift in scenery and a drop...

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Day 04 - Jerusalem Promenade, Herodian, Tent of Nations, Yad Vashem

posted on Wednesday May 11 2022 at 6:00 pm UTC

We started our day on a promenade overlooking the city of Jerusalem, learning about the significance of the rain cycle and crop seasons in determining the timeline of Bible stories.    After our morning devotion, we entered Palestinian territory to visit Herod’s Palace in Bethlehem....

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Day 03 - Qumran, Jericho, Qasr el Yahud, Wadi Kelt Overlook

posted on Tuesday May 10 2022 at 7:00 pm UTC

“The grass may wither and the flowers may fade, but the word of the Lord endures forever” Isaiah 40:8   We started our day in Qumran, where we learned about the Dead Sea Scrolls. In 1947, a shepherd boy was looking for his lost sheep and he stumbled upon a cave filled...

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Day 02 - Wadi Zohar, Masada, Ein Gedi, Dead Sea Swim

posted on Monday May 09 2022 at 6:00 pm UTC

Hello!! We started off the day with an exciting little adventure. As we quickly jumped off the bus, we began our descent into Wadi Zohar. A wadi is a canyon formed by runoff and we learned that the rushing waters can be as large as 70ft! This means that Wadi Zohar can be a very dangerous place, but only...

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Day 01 - Beersheba, Ein Avdat, Camel Ride, Makhtesh Ramon

posted on Sunday May 08 2022 at 7:00 pm UTC

The Lord blessed us with 44 negative COVID results to start the trip, can we get an amen?! We spent the entire day going south into the Negeb desert.   We began at 7am after a lovely breakfast and discussion of God’s call for Abram to “go forth”. This was a catalyst...

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Day 00 - WE HAVE ARRIVED!

posted on Saturday May 07 2022 at 9:00 pm UTC

Praise God, we finally made it to Israel!   I say that knowing full well what it took for some of us to get here. Some on this trip had no idea that they would be going to Israel until months, weeks, or even days before takeoff — believing for the provision that the Lord would provide....

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Preparing for Israel

posted on Monday May 02 2022 at 8:17 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 along...

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