Israel Study Tour - Troy Thomas & Marshall Holtvluwer

Apr 23 - May 3, 2018

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Tour Journal Posts

What a blessing this trip has been

posted on 2018-05-02 at 7:32 pm

It is hard to believe that this is the last time that I need to update you! We finished our tour of Israel in a great way. We started off by visiting Hezekiah's Tunnel. King Hezekiah was one of the good kings of Judah and built a long underground tunnel to a nearby spring, just outside the Jerusalem...

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Exploring Jerusalem

posted on 2018-05-01 at 6:11 pm

We had our first day of touring Jerusalem today! It was a great experience, starting with a breathtaking view as we arrived looking on the skyline. We could see the Dome of the Rock from a distance. This is where Abraham almost sacrificed his son Isaac on the altar to God. The Dome of the Rock now covers...

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Greetings from Jerusalem!

posted on 2018-04-30 at 6:25 pm

Greetings from Jerusalem! We arrived here early this evening and will begin our tour of the city tomorrow morning. We began this morning in Beth She’an. This was a Roman city, part of the Decapolis mentioned in scripture. This was was complete with a community gym, pool, steam room and shopping...

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This is our path too!

posted on 2018-04-29 at 6:30 pm

Tonight is our last night staying at the Sea of Galilee. We began our day with an experience. We met with a guide named Sarah who showed us what it was like to live in a village of the first century Israel. She helped us set the mood by giving us all first century attire to walk around in! We started...

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Galilee

posted on 2018-04-28 at 7:47 pm

What an excellent start to the day! We saw the first century fishing boat that was found in the Sea of Galilee. We were able to take pictures of it and get an idea of what the boats looked like that crossed the Sea in the first century. Then, as a group we set sail on the Sea. We danced together on the...

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Eternal significance

posted on 2018-04-27 at 6:53 pm

Greetings from the northeastern side of the Sea of Galilee! We left out hotel on south side of the Dead Sea this morning, after a rain delay. We needed to wait for the roads to clear up after the rain storm last night. We still got plenty of sites in today! After a long bus trip, we arrived in Caesarea....

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What God asks of us

posted on 2018-04-26 at 6:22 pm

After we spent the night right next to the Dead Sea, we sayed close and explored the Dead Sea Valley at Masada. We took a cable car that climb us this tall mountain. The sights were incredible, overlooking the valley from up above. Herod the Great built this city on top of a mountain for protection in...

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Loving him just for who He is.

posted on 2018-04-25 at 10:53 pm

We began our day in Kiriath-Jearim. We learned that the Ark of the Covenant was located here for about 20 years. We looked at I Choronicals and learned that the Israelites were looking towards the Ark as a sort of good luck charm. We reflected on how we may be looking at God for good-luck, rather than...

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We've Arrived!

posted on 2018-04-24 at 11:47 pm

We are safely at Tel Aviv! Thank you everyone for your faithful prayers for safety so far! Please continue to pray for safety, health and that the scriptures would come alive as we visit the different sites!  Kyle Frier   [topic name="tel-aviv"]...

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Preparing for Israel

posted on 2018-03-13 at 8:55 am

Our trip to Israel will be here before you know it! Once we're on the ground in Israel, 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,...

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