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Turkey Study Tour with Sunrise Community Church

February 17-28, 2024

Led by Luke Miller
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Trip Blog Posts

Day 09 - Transformed in Turkey: Reflections on a Journey of Faith, Culture, and Friendship

posted on Tuesday February 27 2024 at 7:00 pm UTC

As the sun rose on the final day of our unforgettable journey through Turkey, the air was filled with a bittersweet feeling. Today marked the end of a 9-day expedition where we not only explored the historical and spiritual landscapes of Turkey but also formed deep connections with each other and the...

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Day 08 - Journey Through Ephesus

posted on Monday February 26 2024 at 11:00 pm UTC

On the eighth day of our exploration in Turkey, we ventured into Ephesus, a city woven into the fabric of biblical history, mentioned in Revelation, 1 Corinthians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Acts, and Ephesians. This city, renowned for its devotion to Greek gods and Caesar, was also a pivotal center for early...

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Day 07 - Healing, History, and Culture

posted on Sunday February 25 2024 at 7:00 pm UTC

Our journey through Turkey has been a tapestry of ancient ruins, vibrant cultures, and breathtaking landscapes. On the seventh day, we delved into the rich history and heritage of lower Pergamon, an area renowned for its ancient healing center and the enigmatic site known as the Gates of Hell.   Our...

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Day 06 - Churches of Revelation: Sardis and Pergamum

posted on Saturday February 24 2024 at 6:00 pm UTC

Today, our journey through Turkey continued as we delved deeper into the heart of early Christian history, exploring two of the Seven Churches of Revelation. The day was not just a journey through ancient ruins but also a spiritual exploration, guided by Pastor Luke's insights into the New Testament.   Morning...

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Day 05 - From the Skies of Hierapolis to the Ruins of Aphrodisias

posted on Friday February 23 2024 at 7:00 pm UTC

Our journey through Turkey reached new heights—literally—on the fifth day. Awakening before dawn, we embarked on a surreal adventure: a hot air balloon ride over Hierapolis. As the sun peeked over the horizon, casting a golden hue across the sky, we were treated to a breathtaking view of...

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Day 04 - A Journey Through Biblical History - Hierapolis, Colossae, and Laodicea

posted on Thursday February 22 2024 at 8:00 pm UTC

Our fourth day was exploration of faith, history, and natural beauty, as we visited Hierapolis, Colossae, and Laodicea. Each site offered a unique window into the early Christian world, blending biblical texts with the tangible remnants of ancient civilizations.   Hierapolis: A Testament to...

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Day 03 - Journey to Pisidia Antioch

posted on Wednesday February 21 2024 at 10:00 pm UTC

On the third day of our Turkish adventure, we embarked on a journey filled with historical significance and spiritual reflection. Our destination was Pisidia Antioch, a site renowned for its biblical importance as the location where Paul the Apostle delivered his first sermon. This ancient city, nestled...

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Day 02 - Aspendos and Perga: A Spiritual Journey Through Time

posted on Tuesday February 20 2024 at 10:00 pm UTC

Our second day exploring the ancient cities of Aspendos and Perga deepened our connection to the Apostle Paul's mission and the spread of early Christianity. Walking through these historic sites, we reflected on biblical passages that brought to life Paul's strategic and spirit-led journey across the...

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Day 01 - Exploring the Footsteps of Faith

posted on Monday February 19 2024 at 4:00 pm UTC

As we embark on our spiritual journey through the lands that bear witness to the early spread of Christianity, it's essential to start our day with reflection and inspiration from the Scriptures. Today, our hearts and minds are anchored in Acts 13:1-13, where we trace the initial steps of Paul's first...

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Day 00 - Our Adventure from Sunrise to Turkey Begins

posted on Monday February 19 2024 at 1:00 am UTC

Hey everyone! Our group of 19 from Sunrise Community Church just kicked off an epic adventure, starting with a leap from our home base to San Francisco. After a bit of a scramble and a ton of laughs, we hopped on a 13-hour flight to Istanbul. Talk about a long haul, but totally worth it! Istanbul...

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Preparing for Turkey

posted on Tuesday February 06 2024 at 11:20 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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