Israel Study Tour - Wheaton Academy

Jan 8-17, 2019

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Our Last Day

posted on Thursday Jan 17 2019 at 1:00 am UTC

We didn’t not have a lot sights to see or places to stop at on our last day, but the ones we did stop at were deeply meaningful. We began today by visiting the Holocaust Museum. Throughout this trip our guide (Ronen) has said that in order to understand Israel you must understand two evens: Masada...

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Jerusalem in a Day!

posted on Wednesday Jan 16 2019 at 1:00 am UTC

Jerusalem in a Day! (Hezekiah’s tunnel, the Western Wall, Southern Steps, Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemene, Pool of Bethesda, Via Del Rosa, Church of the Holy Sepulchre) To say today was a packed day would be a bit of an understatement. We began this morning by ascending the streets of...

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Bet She’an, Mount Carmel, Caesarea Maritima

posted on Tuesday Jan 15 2019 at 1:00 am UTC

We crested the hill looking over Bet She’an and were overcome by the size and beauty of the city. It looks nothin like anything we have seen up to this point. It is a huge sprawling city covered in marble columns that look like they were taken from Rome. We walked down the side of the hill into...

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Katsrin, Cesarea Philippi, Tel Dan

posted on Monday Jan 14 2019 at 2:00 am UTC

We began today with a very unique experience at the ancient town of Katsrin. We walked up to this area not knowing what to expect and before we knew it we were dressed in the clothes of ancient Israel, grinding olives into olive oil on an ancient olive press and cooking bread around a campfire. We toured...

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All around Galilee

posted on Sunday Jan 13 2019 at 2:00 am UTC

We started today with a GREAT hike up and down Mount Arbel totaling about 3 miles. The highlight was sitting at the top of the mountain reading and reflecting on what this mountain meant to Jesus. Several times in scripture it is recorded that Jesus retreated to the mountain to pray, to appoint his disciples,...

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En Gedi, Qumran, Jordan River

posted on Saturday Jan 12 2019 at 2:00 am UTC

Psalm 42 will always take on a new meaning after today. We spent this morning hiking into the En Gedi, which is where David ran and hid from Saul in the wilderness. It is also the sight where David cut off the corner of Saul’s robe. It was striking how in the midst of this immense desert there...

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Masada, camel rides in the desert, Tel Arad & the Dead Sea

posted on Friday Jan 11 2019 at 1:00 am UTC

What better way to begin the morning than looking out over the Dead Sea admiring the creation of God. It was a great time to stop and reflect on how God is already moving in our hearts during our time in Israel. From there we loaded up on water and got ready for the 1.5 mile hike up the “snake...

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Travel Day & Day 1

posted on Thursday Jan 10 2019 at 2:00 am UTC

After a long day of travel we arrived in Tel Aviv at 9:30 this morning tired but excited to be in Israel. Within thirty minutes we were standing on the sight of Sampson’s hometown – Beth Shemesh. As we look out from his hometown I was struck by just how close the Philistine’s lived...

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And we're off!

posted on Tuesday Jan 08 2019 at 3:00 pm UTC

After months of anticipation, the time has come to depart! We'll be flying from Chicago into Newark Intl. from which we'll depart this afternoon on a 10+ hour flight into Tel Aviv! Thank you for your prayers and we look forward to sharing our trip with you via this blog! You can follow along with...

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Preparing for Israel

posted on Friday Sep 28 2018 at 1:40 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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