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Turkey Study Tour with The Forge

March 10-21, 2024

Led by Jared Schuler
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Trip Blog Posts

Day 09 - Western Coast: Miletus, Didyma, Priene

posted on Wednesday March 20 2024 at 7:00 pm UTC

We had a wonderful last full day in Turkey! Today was extra special because we also  celebrated the birthday of our guide Gokhan! This morning was another nice and slow start to the day. We ate breakfast at our hotel in Kusadasi and departed for the city of Priene. Before our first lesson, we of...

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Day 08 -Western Coast: Ephesus, Leather Shop, Free Time

posted on Tuesday March 19 2024 at 7:00 pm UTC

Today was another truly memorable day in Turkey! We started off our day a little bit later than usual and got to sleep, then headed from our last hotel in Kusadasi straight to Ephesus. Ephesus was one of the most remarkable archaeological sites we’ve seen in Turkey, and apparently only 10% of it...

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Day 07 - Western Coast: Pergamum Asclepion, Weaving Center, Evening Cruise on the Aegean

posted on Monday March 18 2024 at 8:00 pm UTC

Today was another great day in Turkey! We began where we left off yesterday, but this time in the lower part of Pergamum. We walked around the Asclepion, the ancient hospital of the time named after its patron god, Asclepius, the god of medicine. It was the premiere hospital of the day with the best...

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Day 06 - West Central Turkey: Sardis, Pergamum

posted on Sunday March 17 2024 at 6:00 pm UTC

Security is something everyone longs for and attempts to obtain through various means. Security is by no means a bad thing, but this morning we were asked this question “how do we seek to make ourselves secure by our own means?” Sitting in Sardis beside the largest columns still standing from...

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Day 05 - West Central Turkey: Aphrodisias, Philadelphia

posted on Saturday March 16 2024 at 9:00 pm UTC

There are few days in my life as memorable as this one was… WOW.    The common threads of our day were love + life in community, and we got to rejoice in the way our Forge class has experienced this firsthand. The celebration started right off the bat as we piled into hot air balloons...

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Day 04 - West Central Turkey: Hierapolis, Laodicea, Colossae

posted on Friday March 15 2024 at 6:00 pm UTC

Hi friends! Hannah Sizemore from the Forge class of ‘23 checking in! We got off the bus this morning and laid our eyes on the city of Hierapolis. With the city as our background Jared posed the question “what is prosperity?” And proceeded to answer his question with “prosperity...

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Day 03 - Central Turkey: Pisidian Antioch

posted on Thursday March 14 2024 at 7:00 pm UTC

Happy 3rd day in Turkey! We started the day off in Isparta and traveled to a lakeside where we were asked, “What does it mean to be tolerant?” As we traveled throughout the day, we have the quote by G.K. Chesterton lodged in our brains; "Tolerance is the virtue of a man without convictions."   Upon...

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Day 02 - Attalia, Aspendos, Perga

posted on Wednesday March 13 2024 at 9:00 pm UTC

What an awesome 2nd day! We had our second morning in Attalia and we started the day by visiting some aqueducts. Jared reminded us that everything around us is trying to communicate a message to us. A sweet note that he shared was that Rome’s ingenuity unwittingly paved the way for the gospel to...

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Day 01 - Southern Coast: Antalya Harbor, Antalya Museum, Roman Road

posted on Tuesday March 12 2024 at 6:00 pm UTC

It was a fantastic first day in Turkey! We began our day with with a breakfast and a beautiful view if the Mediterranean Sea and then headed out to Antalya (Attalia).  While sitting at the harbor with a beautiful view of the coastline, Jared laid a foundation for who Paul was and why his ministry...

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Day 00 - ARRIVAL

posted on Monday March 11 2024 at 7:00 pm UTC

Our group has arrived safely in Turkey! We are headed to the hotel for a well-earned night's sleep. We will begin our tour of Antalya tomorrow morning. Keep watching for more posts and photos! ...

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Preparing for Turkey

posted on Tuesday February 06 2024 at 11:20 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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