Israel Study Tour

Mar 20-31, 2019

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Trip Blog Posts

The foundations of our faith…

posted on Sunday Mar 31 2019 at 12:00 am UTC

We got to begin our final day on one of the most amazing and powerful spots in Jerusalem. We made our way through the crowds and camels, and got to sit down in an amphitheater on the top of the Mount of Olives. So much happened in this one spot, it was amazing to relive it. We could see in front of us...

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Every day is a new surprise

posted on Saturday Mar 30 2019 at 12:00 am UTC

The penultimate day in The Land was exciting, but also a little bit different. That is one of the best things about this trip! Every day is a new surprise. We began the day by visiting the Israel Museum. This expansive museum is far too much to take in on one day, so we focused in on two sites: the...

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A Day of Surprises…

posted on Friday Mar 29 2019 at 12:00 am UTC

We got up early today to be at the Temple Mount before the crowds…and it worked. It was smooth sailing all the way through. On top of the Temple Mount it was both eerie and exciting. There is a powerful sense of history, as well as excitement for the future, but also a bit of a darkness with the...

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Definitely a “wow” moment…

posted on Thursday Mar 28 2019 at 12:00 am UTC

After a morning of rain, the sun came out just in time for us to hike up the back side of a beautiful hill, only to be surprised by what Dan said would be a “wow” moment. He was definitely right! We crested the hill and sprawling out before us was the most amazing, completely excavated Roman...

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A Change of Pace…

posted on Wednesday Mar 27 2019 at 12:00 am UTC

This day was a nice change of pace. We began the day walking through an authentic village from the time of Jesus. We dressed up and lived out what “insula” is all about. We saw an olive press, as well as made and ate our own bread. We then squeezed into a first century house and saw what...

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From mountaintop to mountaintop…

posted on Tuesday Mar 26 2019 at 12:00 am UTC

This was an exciting day, because we have fully transitioned from the Old Testament and the desert time of the children of Israel, up to the New Testament stories in the Galilee. We began our day with a devotion at a spot near Susita (Hippos). We heard about Jesus crossing the Sea of Galilee with an...

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In a Dry and Thirsty Land…

posted on Monday Mar 25 2019 at 12:00 am UTC

For our final day down at the Dead Sea, we learned more about how, although is it beautiful on the outside, the Dead Sea is indeed dead on the inside. There is nothing that can live in its waters. In contrast, we visited what has to be one the highlights in any trip to Israel. The Springs of Ein Gedi...

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Wandering in the Desert

posted on Sunday Mar 24 2019 at 12:00 am UTC

Some 3500 years ago, when David was hiding in the wilderness strongholds, it was most likely in the same area where famous fortress Masada was located. We don’t know for sure if Masada was one of his hiding places, but we get a hint in Psalm 18:2 where David cries out to God in praise for His deliverance....

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Our first day!

posted on Saturday Mar 23 2019 at 12:00 am UTC

We started our day with anticipation, not knowing what God had in store. Our first stop was at an amazing Biblical experience at a site called Yad Hashmonah. It was a lovely garden like experience with examples of a biblical wine press, olive press, burial tomb, Mikveh (ritual bath), threshing floor,...

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We Have Arrived!

posted on Friday Mar 22 2019 at 12:00 am UTC

Just a quick update to let everyone know that we made it to Israel safe and sound. After almost 24 hours of travel, we are tired, but we are here. And we are excited to get started. After a very short night’s sleep, we will be up and at it bright and early tomorrow. Continue to follow along as...

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Preparing for Israel

posted on Thursday Feb 14 2019 at 5:44 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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