Israel Study Tour with South Tulsa Baptist Church

Apr 4-14, 2022

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Trip Blog Posts

Day 08 - Jerusalem : Mount of Olives, Gethsemane, Pool of Bethesda, Yad Vashem, Saint Anne's, Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulcher  

posted on Thursday Apr 14 2022 at 12:00 am UTC

In the Garden of Gethsemane we meditated on the last evening Christ spent in freedom before his arrest. We talked of the tension between Jesus’ humanity and his divinity in that moment. The agony and dread that filled him verses his complete understanding of what had to be done to reconcile humanity...

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Day 07 - Jerusalem : Hezekiah's Tunnel, Western Wall, Davidson Center, Southern Steps, Model of Jerusalem, Yad Vashem

posted on Wednesday Apr 13 2022 at 12:05 am UTC

From witnessing (and participating!) a Bar Mitzvah processional at the Western Wall, to eating lunch with a Palestinian family in Bethlehem, today we were fully immersed in the vibrancy of Jerusalem! In the morning we stood high within the City of David, overlooking the Kidron Valley and learned of Mount...

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

posted on Tuesday Apr 12 2022 at 12:00 am UTC

We enjoyed a lovely morning hike up Tel Bet She’an through ruins and wildflowers. We admired cows grazing nearby, and were joined for a short time by a friendly cattledog. It was downright bucolic! Towards the summit of the tel, we turned a corner and approached an overlook. What we saw suddenly...

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Day 05 - Katzrin, Caesarea Philippi, Tel Dan, Susita

posted on Monday Apr 11 2022 at 12:00 am UTC

Every stop we make serves to enhance our understanding of Israel’s story. Every tel, every archeological dig, every teaching Ronen gives– they are all stones carefully laid as we build a more solid foundation for our faith.   The ruins we walk among help us to visualize the biblical...

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Day 04 - Galilee: Boat Ride, Tabgha, Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum, Chorazin, Mount Arbel

posted on Sunday Apr 10 2022 at 12:00 am UTC

Today, we delved deeper into what it meant to be a disciple in first century Judea. We learned how the original twelve interacted with their calling to “Follow me” – how they lived up to the standards of discipleship and how they fell short.   As Christians, we are followers...

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Day 03 - Ein Gedi, Qumran, Bethany Beyond the Jordan, Jericho

posted on Saturday Apr 09 2022 at 12:00 am UTC

Yesterday’s journey through the wilderness reinforced the reality of God’s presence in the desert despite the evident hostility of the environment. Today, we experienced the other side of the wilderness as we visited several spots of oasis.    Ein Gedi stands out as a unique...

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Day 02 - Masada, Bedouin Hospitality, Camel Ride, Tel Arad, Dead Sea

posted on Friday Apr 08 2022 at 12:00 am UTC

The wilderness is different from the way most of us have visualized since our Sunday school days. Imagine rolling hills, plateaus, and crags covered with more rocks than you’ve ever seen. Take that image you have in your head and add even more rocks– Now you’ll be at a pretty good approximation...

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Day 01 - Shephelah: Yad Hashmonah, Beth Shemesh, Azekah, Beit Guvrin

posted on Thursday Apr 07 2022 at 12:00 am UTC

Our journey towards Jerusalem began today in Shephelah- the lowlands of Israel. Our sight was clouded by the haze that settled on the landscape, so we had to trust Ronan when he repeatedly told us what we COULD be seeing if it was a clear day. Despite the haze, the Shephelah’s rolling fertile hills...

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Day 00 - Traveling Mercies Received!

posted on Wednesday Apr 06 2022 at 12:00 am UTC

It feels like we began our journey to Israel weeks ago, but in reality it’s only been two days of travel–Give or take some time zone changes.  Our aliyah has, thus far, been uneventful–Thank God!–with only light turbulence. All COVID tests have come back negative so we will...

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Preparing for Israel

posted on Monday Mar 07 2022 at 9:50 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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