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Israel Pastor's FAM Trip - Presented by GTI Tours

January 2-13, 2020

Led by Randy Alonso, Rich Ferreira
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Trip Blog Posts

Our final day

posted on Monday January 13 2020 at 1:00 am UTC

We started our final morning on the Temple Mount on Mount Moriah. The story of the Temple Mount begins with a father and a son in Genesis 22, much before a temple was ever built there. God commanded Abraham to take his only son Issac and sacrifice him there. As Abraham lifted up his knife to slay...

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Jesus defines eternal life

posted on Sunday January 12 2020 at 1:00 am UTC

This morning our group went to the Mount of Olives (east of Jerusalem’s Old City) and received a helpful vantage point of the city to find our moorings. It was here that Jesus wept over Jerusalem and also here where He ascended to the Father following the resurrection. While on the Mount of Olives...

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Steadfast in our pursuit

posted on Friday January 10 2020 at 11:55 pm UTC

2 Samuel sets the scene for our visit to The City of David this morning. We saw the home of the man after God’s own heart, who saw much triumph over his enemies, but was also occasionally overcome by his own lust. 2 Samuel 11 details the account of David’s sin with Bathsheba. We talked...

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The world is passing away along with its desires

posted on Friday January 10 2020 at 1:00 am UTC

Today we traveled to Beth Shean and talked more about the Roman culture that began to infiltrate the Jewish world. Beth Shean is strategically positioned at the junction of the Jezreel valley and the Jordan river. One of the main elements that we talked through was how the Roman’s used entertainment...

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Who do you say that I am?

posted on Wednesday January 08 2020 at 10:00 pm UTC

The rain did not stop us today from learning more about the biblical context surrounding Jesus’ time and that of 1st century Jewish life. It was insightful to  experience the olive press and the preparation of bread in a traditional format. We squeezed into a first century style home and...

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Involved in each other’s lives

posted on Wednesday January 08 2020 at 1:00 am UTC

 Today was a full day! We visited six sites and managed to avoid the rain - praise God! In the morning, we visited a small town that is often overlooked. Chorazin is a hidden gem among all the major sites that surround it. We learned about the communal life that existed among the Jews in Chorazin....

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Barren, desolate, arid, wasteland

posted on Tuesday January 07 2020 at 1:00 am UTC

Barren, desolate, arid, wasteland. These are a few of the words that Ronan (our guide) was using to describe what the Bible calls “wilderness”.  After a day of traveling through the wilderness of the Negev we stayed overnight near the fortress of Masada by the southern part of the...

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posted on Sunday January 05 2020 at 10:00 pm UTC

Our group started the day by driving the Rift Valley. Our guide, Ronin, did a masterful job of explaining the different kinds of deserts in the Middle East, and really changed our perception of some of the topography here in Israel. We passed some broom trees, like the ones mentioned in Job and in...

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Effectiveness for the Lord

posted on Saturday January 04 2020 at 9:00 pm UTC

On day one the 59 members of the GTI Pastors Familiarization Trip went to a number of Biblical sites today focusing initially on the Shephelah. Shephelah, meaning “low hills” is the location of the town of Beth Shemesh. From Beth Shemesh we looked out towards the Mediterrean as we read...

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We have arrived!

posted on Friday January 03 2020 at 8:40 pm UTC

Just a quick update to let everyone know that we made it to Israel safe and sound. The Los Angles and Chicago groups met up in Istanbul caught a flight together to Tel Aviv Israel, where we met up at the airport with our Israeli ground team. What a long flight with a few delays, but as they say, once...

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Time for Departure

posted on Thursday January 02 2020 at 8:00 pm UTC

Shalom friends and family, I can hardly believe that the time has come for this trip to begin. We at GTI Tours and Hume Lake are very excited about the experience these men and women are about to partake. Within their busy ministry schedules, they have spent the last four months studying through a...

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A journey of a lifetime

posted on Friday December 06 2019 at 11:32 pm UTC

On January 2-13th of 2020, a group of 61 pastors, teachers, and spouses (in association with GTI tours and Hume Lake Christian Camps) from different churches and schools throughout the United States will be traveling together on a once in a lifetime study tour of Israel. We invite you; friends, family,...

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