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Israel Study Tour with Hope Fellowship

March 22 - April 2, 2023

Led by Launa Vaughn
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Trip Blog Posts

Day 09 - Mount of Olives, Gethsemane, Pool of Bethesda, Via Dolorosa

posted on Saturday April 01 2023 at 6:00 pm UTC

Our last day in Israel was our best day! Everything we’ve learned unfolded into the story of the priceless treasure that is our Christian faith.   Today is the Jewish sabbath… and Islamic Ramadan. The contrast between Israelis and Palestinians is stark, although they seem to find...

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Day 08 - City of David, Hezekiah's Tunnel, Davidson Center, Southern Steps, Herodium

posted on Friday March 31 2023 at 8:00 pm UTC

Jerusalem, the City of David, is where we started our day and remembered the story of Bathsheba. Seeing the terraces of the area gave us insights into how the story could have unfolded.    The braver (or crazier) of the group explored the knee-deep water in the tunnels of Hezekiah, while...

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Day 07 - Jerusalem Temple Mount, Western Wall, Rabbinic Tunnels, Yad Vashem

posted on Thursday March 30 2023 at 7:00 pm UTC

Shalom! Shalom! Zeh ha-bayit shelanu to Jerusalem! Today kicked off our first day in the City of David, the place of peace, and the seventh day of our tour. One of the most populated cities in Israel, and boasting over 3000 sites, Jerusalem exceeded our expectations with its historical...

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Day 06 - Beth She’an, Megiddo, Mt. Carmel, Caesarea Maritima

posted on Wednesday March 29 2023 at 7:00 pm UTC

Today we woke up to green parrots singing on our last beautiful morning at the Sea of Galilee. Our days start with breakfast at 7am. It’s always a full buffet of a few typical items, but also herring, sardines, tuna, many cheeses and salads and COFFEE! Of course coffee, which I’ve noticed...

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Day 05 - Sea of Galilee, Mount of Beatitudes and Capernaum

posted on Tuesday March 28 2023 at 8:00 pm UTC

I have said it before and I have to say it again… Wow, Wow, Wow!  Every time I think that there can’t possibly be more for us to see or more to learn, I am proven wrong, and today was no exception.   We spent our day focused on the Sea of Galilee, which isn’t really...

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Day 04 - Galilee: Katzrin (cultural experience), Mount Bental, Tel Dan

posted on Monday March 27 2023 at 9:00 pm UTC

How can I put into words not just the sights, but the emotions of all that we are experiencing on this tour? It’s truly a multi-dimensional experience, and each day builds on the next.   We’ve learned a lot about the importance of family and community this week, and today continued...

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Day 03 - Ein Gedi | Qumran | Jordan River

posted on Monday March 27 2023 at 12:00 am UTC

Shalom! Shalom!  The number three has always been special to me; maybe because I’m the third child, maybe because of the Trinity… I would say the number of perfection, but my sister is also on this trip with me, so I won’t!!  As such, it was an absolute joy to find...

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

posted on Saturday March 25 2023 at 8:00 pm UTC

Masada, Camels & the Dead Sea - The Highs & Lows of Day Two Our day began with breathtaking views at the very top of Masada and ended with floating in the lowest spot in Israel, actually in the entire world, the Dead Sea.   The History of Masada  Masada means stronghold...

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Day 01 - Shephelah: Yad Hashmonah, Azekah, Beth Shemesh, Beth Guvrin (Maresha)

posted on Friday March 24 2023 at 7:00 pm UTC

Waking up in the Holy Land of our God is surreal in and of itself, but add all the energy, an amazing group of believers, and GTI tours- we not only saw but experienced.   It’s different in person. When you see places you’ve read in scripture in literal living color, it hits...

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Preparing for Israel

posted on Wednesday March 15 2023 at 5:18 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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