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Israel Study Tour with Grace Hills Church

November 18-29, 2019

Led by Mike Johnson
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Trip Blog Posts

Happy Thanksgiving from Israel!

posted on Friday November 29 2019 at 1:00 am UTC

Happy Thanksgiving from Israel! As we wrap up this amazing adventure in The Land of the Bible, the Holy Land it leads me to say Thank you Lord. Why? As I reflect upon the last eight days, we were able to see where Jesus performed miracles, where He prayed, and the places He did His earthly ministry....

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Remained the same

posted on Thursday November 28 2019 at 1:00 am UTC

As I sit and contemplate our day, I think of how privileged we all are to visit and explore the land of Israel. This trip has made the Bible come to life of all the stories we have read, been taught and put our faith in. We have seen places that have existed for two to three thousand years since the...

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posted on Wednesday November 27 2019 at 1:00 am UTC

We Made it to Jerusalem!   Today started early in the morning with a 5am wake up call because we had so much to see and do! After an amazing breakfast where most of us ate more than we probably should have, we hit the road to our first stop, Temple Mount.   Temple Mount Temple...

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The Road to Jerusalem

posted on Tuesday November 26 2019 at 1:00 am UTC

We left the resort at Ein Gev on the Sea of Galilee around 7:45am and traveled to the amazing ruins of the city of Beth She’an (The house of rest). The city was one of the decopolis cities and the only one west of the Jordan River. Strategically located along the Via Maris, control of the city...

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We have good news to share with everyone

posted on Monday November 25 2019 at 1:00 am UTC

Another day of adventure in the land of Israel as we watch and listen for what God has for us. For a number of our “gang”, it is a time of resting on the shore of the Sea of Galilee at our kibbutz. Physically, they are struggling, but are blessed to be around the body of water Jesus had done...

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posted on Sunday November 24 2019 at 1:00 am UTC

We were up bright and early to start our day with an outstanding Israeli breakfast and then on the bus at 7:45 to start another long day this time touring the area around the sea of Galilee. Our first stop was Mount Arbel where we learned about the battle between Roman soldiers and the Jewish community...

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Ein Gedi and Qumran

posted on Friday November 22 2019 at 11:45 am UTC

This morning we said goodbye to the evaporation pools outside our window and left for Ein Gedi, which means “the spring of the little goat.” We didn’t see any little goats, but loved the rock hyraxes and ibexes by the side of the path as it led from the lower waterfall to beautiful...

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Loving hands and sweet tea

posted on Thursday November 21 2019 at 12:00 pm UTC

Boker Tov - Good Morning in Hebrew Today was quite an adventure. We started out by going to Masada National Park. Masada is an ancient fortress in southern Israel’s Judean Desert. It's on a massive plateau overlooking the Dead Sea. We took the cable car up instead of walking the snake path up...

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When he was at his weakest...

posted on Thursday November 21 2019 at 12:00 am UTC

After a long day of travel and getting to bed after midnight, we rose early, 6:00 a.m. or earlier for some, to a beautiful sunrise, gusty winds, and cool temperatures. Upon going down for breakfast and looking out the breakfast lounge glass windows I could see the beautiful coastline and rising skylines...

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On our way!

posted on Wednesday November 20 2019 at 3:00 am UTC

Today we embarked on our 23-hour trek from Orange County, California to Tel Aviv, Israel. There were 35 who made the trip today and we look forward to meeting up with the remaining four in our group tomorrow. We had several new people join our group, and I was impressed by the immediate camaraderie displayed...

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Preparing for Israel

posted on Monday September 23 2019 at 7:59 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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