Israel Study Tour with Calvary Church Los Gatos

Jan 6-17, 2020

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We need more than mere courage

It was an incredible first day of our journey through Israel. We have bonded as a team, seen incredible sights, and fallen in love with our tour guide, Dan. We spent a lot of the day in awe of what we were seeing. The Bible is coming alive every second of the day.

During our first stop we got to see a mountain ridge where an ancient Roman road lies. This Roman road is the road that is referenced in a Luke 28 when the two men realize that it is Jesus walking with them after being resurrected. It is that road that they run on to tell others the good news. We also got to explore ancient caves that date back to when the Greeks inhabited the land. They dig deep under in order to obtain materiel to build above ground. This gave them basements that they used for all sorts of things. When the Maccabees decided to revolt against them and get their land back the Greek had two options, to convert or leave. When many left they destroyed their homes and they closed in on themselves and that is why as they’ve been excavated, there is no houses seen above land, only caves with all the house material inside. One last thing that we saw today was the place where David best Goliath. It was incredible to hear and see every part of scripture come alive as Jeff read the story in the Bible and our tour guide Dan pointed everything out. Jeff reminded us today that the story of David and Goliath reminds us that we need a savior. It’s not just telling us to mustard up the courage to stand up to what’s ahead of us. This story reminds us of how much we need Jesus.

Thank you so much so reading along as we continue our journey! Tomorrow we hike Masada and float in the Dead Sea! We are extremely excited.


The summit of Masada sits 190 feet (59 m) above sea level and about 1,500 feet (470 m) above the level of the Dead Sea. The mountain itself is 1950 feet (610 m) long, 650 feet (200 m) wide, 4,250 feet (1330 m) in circumference, and encompasses 23 acres. The “Snake Path” climbs 900 feet (280 m) in elevation. From the west, the difference in height is 225 feet (70 m).

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