Israel, Jordan Study Tour with Living Oaks Church

Oct 1-13, 2018

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Trip Blog Posts

Final Day Reflections

posted on Saturday Oct 13 2018 at 2:30 am UTC

The last day of this incredible journey was filled following the steps that our Lord had taken in His last days. Our visit to the Mt. of Olives offered a breathtaking view of all Jerusalem. Pastor Doug’s teaching ended with us celebrating communion together, remembering that night He celebrated...

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Jerusalem Day 2

posted on Friday Oct 12 2018 at 2:32 am UTC

Today we started out for the City of David. We were able to see the city walls as well as many archeological sites. The people of Israel are very enthusiastic to excavate sites to discover important information about the city and land. We saw the newly discovered Pool of Shiloah (Siloam) where Jesus...

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Jerusalem and Bethlehem

posted on Thursday Oct 11 2018 at 2:30 am UTC

Our first full day in Jerusalem! We had a busy day today, beginning with a visit to the area around the Temple Mount, also known as Mount Moriah. This is the place God told Abraham to sacrifice his son, Issac. King David purchased this land from a Jebusite, 3000 years ago. But it wasn’t until King...

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Along the Way and Up to Jerusalem

posted on Wednesday Oct 10 2018 at 2:30 am UTC

Today’s adventure started off with an early morning swim in the Dead Sea. However, swimming is somewhat of a misnomer. There was a lot of bobbing and floating, but certainly no real swimming. With the Dead Sea being 30 times saltier than the ocean, and being loaded with all sorts of minerals,...

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Last Day in Jordan

posted on Tuesday Oct 09 2018 at 2:30 am UTC

We woke up this morning in our room/tent to a crystal clear morning in the middle of the Wadi Rum. The breakfast was great. I especially enjoyed the brewed black tea with sage. Delicious! Our amazing adventure this morning began at 7:30 when we hopped onto the back of 7 trucks and headed out into...

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Petra

posted on Monday Oct 08 2018 at 2:30 am UTC

Today we visited Petra. Originally built and populated by the Nabataeans, a group of nomadic Arabs, it was eventually conquered and populated by Rome in the 2nd century A.D. Before arriving to Petra I had assumed that the weather would be much warmer and that the structures would be out in the open,...

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Leaving Israel (temporarily) and Entering the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

posted on Sunday Oct 07 2018 at 2:30 am UTC

After a very history-packed three days in the Ein Gev Kibbutz at the Sea of Galilee, we departed for Jordan and drove about an hour for an eventful, strictly controlled passport check at the border. Our regular Israeli bus driver dropped us off as we picked up a new driver and Jordanian tour guide...

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A Full Day Walking Where He Walked

posted on Saturday Oct 06 2018 at 2:30 am UTC

Today was a great day of learning, prayer and thought provoking sermons. Started out with my wife and me taking an early morning swim in the Sea of Galilee before breakfast. At our morning devotional, Pastor Doug spoke from Matthew 5 and James with a message of “What does your faith do to change...

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Understanding Who Jesus Is

posted on Friday Oct 05 2018 at 2:30 am UTC

Morning Devotions with Pastor Doug – The Lost Sheep - Luke 15:1-7 Time is waning for reaching the lost. We are the ones that need to share the “Word” to everyone we know who needs to accept our Savior Jesus Christ. Pastor Doug suggested we make a list of each person to whom we...

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Caesarea Maritima, Mt. Carmel, Megiddo

posted on Thursday Oct 04 2018 at 2:30 am UTC

What a glorious first day of experiencing Israel! We started with the breakfast to beat all breakfasts...cheeses, olives, yogurts, salads, rolls, grilled veggies, potatoes, pastries, cappuccinos and an Israeli original: shakshuka. (see recipe at the end) The focus of instruction today was ROADS...

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We've Arrived!

posted on Wednesday Oct 03 2018 at 2:31 am UTC

Just a quick update to let everyone know that we made it to Israel safe and sound. What a long flight with a few delays but as they say, once you board an airliner to the Middle East your trip to the Holy Land begins. Too many stories to tell but let’s just say it was fun to experience so many...

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9 Weeks of Preparation

posted on Saturday Sep 22 2018 at 2:30 am UTC

On July 11, around 30 of the LOC trip participants began a 9-week journey in preparation for our trip. Pastor Doug led our group through the on-line study course provided by GTI. Each week we reviewed the week’s readings, participated in some fun pop quizzes, watched Rich’s video and then...

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Preparing for Israel, Jordan

posted on Thursday Aug 30 2018 at 2:30 am 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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