Israel Study Tour with Grace Bible Church Ann Arbor

Feb 7-17, 2020

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Trip Blog Posts

It’s over, already?

posted on Monday Feb 17 2020 at 1:00 am UTC

(At the time of this posting, the GBC Israel 2020 team has arrived home safely. Tired and weary from travel, but energized and excited by this mountaintop experience!) “Next year in Jerusalem,” said our seemingly all-knowing tour guide, Ronen, as we parted ways for the final time. This...

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What day is today?

posted on Saturday Feb 15 2020 at 11:00 pm UTC

 This is Jerusalem, so it must be Saturday, right? We started the day with a beautiful bright-blue sunny sky on the Mount of Olives. Here we read the prophesy of Zechariah about the coming of the Messiah. From our perch, we could visualize the Triumphant Entry as Jesus left the Mount of Olives...

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Whose God is God?

posted on Friday Feb 14 2020 at 11:00 pm UTC

We have been drinking from the proverbial firehose this week. The history, culture and faith stories found in this land have expanded our minds and hearts. We packed up and headed to Biblical city of Beth She’an (mentioned in 1 Samuel 31) which later became the ancient Roman city of Scythopolis....

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Who do you say that I am?

posted on Friday Feb 14 2020 at 1:00 am UTC

We started the day early on the shore of the Sea of Galilee for a teaching from Pastor Ty, learning more about this region and one of the miracles that Jesus performed here. More to come this Sunday. Katzrin, in the Golan Heights region, was the first stop after leaving our kibbutz for the day. Here...

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Where should we praise God?

posted on Thursday Feb 13 2020 at 1:00 am UTC

Today was a day of many stops. And, we praised Him everywhere. As we loaded the bus in the cold pouring rain this morning, little did we know that we would end the day with a beautiful, warm sunset as we glided across the Sea of Galilee in a boat.  We visited many sites in the Galilee region...

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What can we learn in the wilderness?

posted on Wednesday Feb 12 2020 at 1:00 am UTC

We were blessed with the first glorious sunshine of the trip as we left the Dead Sea this morning! The bus headed west to Ein Gedi, a nature reserve where David hid in the strongholds to escape King Saul (1 Samuel 23-24). As we studied under an Acacia tree, we heard flowing water in the distance....

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Why is the Dead Sea Dead?

posted on Tuesday Feb 11 2020 at 12:00 am UTC

This morning we woke up on the shores of the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea is located at the lowest point on earth (1400 feet below sea level). After breakfast, Pastor Ty reminded us that the Dead Sea is dead because while rain water flows in, nothing can flow out. We were challenged to be careful to not allow...

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Where is Israel?

posted on Monday Feb 10 2020 at 12:00 am UTC

This obvious question is not easy to understand. Israel is situated at the intersection of three continents: Europe, Asia and Africa. Being at the crossroads of three culturally diverse regions, Israel was providentially located in a strategically important area for trade and commerce. The GBC Israel...

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Our journey to Israel started with a bang … or was that a thud?

posted on Saturday Feb 08 2020 at 1:00 am UTC

After meeting at the church and praying for safe travel, many of the 2020 Israel team crowded into three vans for the trip to Detroit airport. Unfortunately, the church trailer full of luggage, decided it didn’t want to make the trip when it dislodged from the lead vehicle. Luggage was jig-sawed...

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Preparing for Israel

posted on Tuesday Jan 28 2020 at 5:25 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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