Israel Study Tour with Faith Chapel Billings

Apr 24 - May 5, 2023

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Day 09 - Leaving but Never Forgetting

posted on Friday May 05 2023 at 12:00 am UTC

“As the Mountains are around Jerusalem, The Lord is all around His people.” We started out our last day in Jerusalem singing this song on our way to the Mount of Olives. Overlooking the valley below and the Temple in the distance, we were seeing where 1/2 of all recorded history of mankind...

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Day 08 - Temple Mount, Saint Anne’s, Pool of Bethesda, Via Dolorosa (first part), The Israel Museum, Yad Vashem

posted on Wednesday May 03 2023 at 8:00 pm UTC

As you can see from the list of sites visited today, we were quite busy and I am pretty sure we all met our step goal for the day. Our first stop was the Temple Mount with its iconic golden dome. The Temple Mount is so much more than just the golden dome though. Dan gave us a thorough lesson on Muslims...

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Day 07 - City of David, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, Herodium, Bethlehem, Church of the Nativity

posted on Tuesday May 02 2023 at 5:00 pm UTC

The first mention in the Old Testament of Jerusalem as the “City of David” is found in 2 Samuel 5:7. Upon winning the city of Jerusalem from the Canaanites, the Phoenicians were sent to build the house of David and it was forever known as the City of David. Walking around this site first...

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Day 06 - Bet She’an, Megiddo (Armageddon), Caesarea Maritima

posted on Tuesday May 02 2023 at 12:00 am UTC

Today was all about the lifestyles of the rich and famous, namely the Romans. They were great about picking strategic locations to build great cities. The fertility of the land and the abundance of water led the Jewish sages to say, “If the Garden of Eden is in the land of Israel, then its gate...

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Day 05 - Ancient Katzrin Village, Mount Bental, Caesarea Philippi, Tel Dan

posted on Sunday Apr 30 2023 at 10:00 pm UTC

They say that to truly understand a man, you must spend a day in his shoes. This morning we did just that, as we lived as Jewish people (specifically from the Menasha tribe) in the small archeological village of Katzrin located in the Golan Heights. Ok, so maybe we did not live exactly as they did, but...

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Day 04 - Mount Arbel, Tabgha, Capernaum, Falafel, Chorazin, Mount of Beatitudes, Boat ride on Sea of Galilee, Peter’s Fish.

posted on Saturday Apr 29 2023 at 8:00 pm UTC

Wow! Today was a very action-packed day on the Sea of Galilee! I lost count of how many times we got on and off the bus and we did not let the much-needed rain slow us down one bit. The clouds and coolness in the air were a reprieve from the hot day we had yesterday. Today was all about walking in...

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Day 03 - Living Water

posted on Friday Apr 28 2023 at 10:00 pm UTC

“There’s plenty of water in the universe without life, but nowhere is there life without water.”- Sylvia Earle. This quote rings so true as we compare our last two days at the Dead Sea to our day today being surrounded by the beauty of life that comes with water. Ein Gedi Nature Reserve...

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Day 02 - Negev: Masada, Bedouin Hospitality, Tel Arad, Dead Sea

posted on Thursday Apr 27 2023 at 8:00 pm UTC

Well, today was hot and I am pretty sure most of us are a little redder tonight than we were this morning. Driving to Masada first thing this morning, the topography started to look more and more like what you think Israel would look like, hot and dry. In what seemed like the middle of nowhere stood...

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Day 01 - The Contradiction of Old and New

posted on Wednesday Apr 26 2023 at 7:00 pm UTC

Today, marks the 75th Anniversary of Israel as a free state. Such a young country in comparison to so many other countries, yet a land full of so much history. As we journeyed away from Petah Tiqwa bright and early this morning, you could not help but notice the contrast between old and new in this land....

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Day 00 - Arrival

posted on Tuesday Apr 25 2023 at 8:00 pm UTC

Our group has arrived safely! We are at the hotel and ready for a good night's sleep after so many hours of travel. We will begin our touring tomorrow morning! SHALOM FROM ISRAEL...

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Preparing for Israel

posted on Wednesday Apr 12 2023 at 1:35 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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