We are so excited we were able to confirm a trip to Israel for May 25-June 4, 2019. Please join us as we see Old and New Testament sites and learn about and experience the Holy Land. Please for more information.
This trip is an amazing opportunity to visit key biblical sites across Israel, learning about and experiencing the land where Jesus walked and lived. Anyone who has been to Israel can tell you that this can be a life changing trip. Your faith will be strengthened as you get closer to the history that can feel so distant. Brett Andrews and Pat Furgerson will be leading this trip with our instructor, Dr. Mark Ziese. They will all challenge you as they engage your heart and mind during this 10 day trip.
We’ll see sites ranging from the Old City of Jerusalem to fresh digs like Magdala on the Sea of Galilee. We’ve chosen sites with clear Biblical meaning to bring life to your reading as you picture the places where Jesus met the disciples, where they came to understand who He was, and where He ultimately died for our sins and rose again, conquering death’s hold on both Him and all of us. We’ll hotel in Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee and inside the Old City of Jerusalem affording you the opportunity to experience Jerusalem in an up close and personal way.
There’s so much we could say about the trip, but what you really need to know now is that space is limited and we expect to sell out. Check your calendar and let us know what questions you have. The trip cost of roughly $4,000 includes a cash/check discount and most expenses except souvenirs, lunches, baggage fees, and meals on the airplanes. If you already have a passport, a total budget of $4,250 should cover lunches and other misc. fees. for more details or click below to pre-register. Once you pre-register, we’ll send you the full registration instructions. Whether you come on your own, with family members, or invite a friend, we are sure you won’t come back disappointed.
I became a believer in high school, making disciples is not a new concept to me. I’ve led small groups for years and the Lord has walked with me through several trials and dark seasons. Going to Israel, the Lord adjusted my vision so to speak and gave me a much deeper understanding of His Word.
To SEE where stories happened, to STAND where history was made, to GRASP the meanings behind parables and stories brings a whole new dynamic to my Bible reading and ultimately my walk with the Lord.
More than once, when standing at a site, hearing His Word and reflecting on what was being said and taught I became overwhelmed as the Holy Spirit removed walls and barriers that I didn’t even know I had. I am able to love the Lord deeper and I have a stronger passion for His work and His children!
Since I’ve been back, each day at work I have felt a tug at my heart numerous times, as I realize I need to do things differently. I need to seek out the lost. I need to be more patient. I need to care more genuinely. Maybe most important, I need to love deeper. Hopefully, by tweaking my actions little by little to being more like Jesus-my actions will speak louder than my words as I GO! MAKE DISCIPLES!
The itinerary below is “typical”. Changes to the itinerary are inevitable but we will try to see all the places listed. It is not uncommon for us to walk 4-6 miles a day. The terrain is typically easy but there are lots of steps and hills. Anyone with knee issues or other concerns should so we can help you make a wise decision. This trip is not recommended for anyone needing a cane or those that get winded easily. Anyone in generally good health should be just fine.
Arrive in Tel Aviv. Time permitting; visit the ruins of Old Joppa. Enjoy a refreshing walk in this biblically rich place and peer down from a 4,000 year old ruin‐mound to a strategic harbor.
Travel to Caesarea‐by‐the‐Sea which was built as the imperial center for the Roman government. Its harbor, theater, and marbled streets signal the arrival of foreign occupation in the Heartland, and, not surprisingly, the beginning point for Christianity in the Gentile world. Visit Mt. Carmel where Elijah defeated the prophets of Baal. Visit Mount Arbel and enjoy a magnificent view of the area in which Jesus ministered. Transfer to Tiberias hotel for dinner and overnight.
Dawn comes early at Magdala, an industrial site on the edge of the Sea of Galilee. View impressive remains that illustrate the fishing industry from the time of Christ. From Magdala, travel to Capernaum, the center of Jesus’ ministry. Visit the synagogue that stands on the site where Jesus taught. Recall his teaching and preaching the gospel of the kingdom (Matt.4:13, 23). For many, the highlight of the day will be a stop at the peaceful Mount of Beatitudes, which overlooks the Sea of Galilee. On this hill, Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. Travel to Nazareth, visit Mary’s Well and walk through the Church of the Annunciation, a structure built over the traditional home of Jesus.
Experience the beauty of the far north. Leave the Sea of Galilee behind and travel to the site of Tel Dan. Here an Israelite “high place,” gate complex, and fortification walls are visible. Continue to the birthplace of Jordan River at Panias, named after the goat‐god, Pan. Nearby is the site of Caesarea Philippi where Peter declared Jesus to be “the Christ.” End the day by sailing across the waters of the Sea of Galilee.
Travel to Jericho where you will explore the ancient Tel es Sultan. Jericho is home to the world’s oldest stone structure. You’ll learn about the history of this oasis in the desert. As you make your way up this ancient mound, consider Rahab’s story. Travel to Kasr El Yehud for an Affirmation of Baptism Service at the Jordan River. Visit the site of Qumran and peek toward caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Upon arriving in Jerusalem visit the Mt. of Olives and the Garden of Gethsemane.
Begin today at the Tower of David, a tower from King Herod’s first century palace. Visit Jerusalem’s Cardo on the way to the Western Wall. Contemplate how Jerusalem figures into the lives of contemporary Muslims and Jews. Walk Jerusalem’s streets to investigate excavations at the Davidson Center. Here, aspects of Temple architecture and activity from the NT period are visible. Step back still deeper in time while exploring the City of David Excavations. Go underground and witness Jerusalem’s earliest remains, including a Canaanite wall, the possible site of David’s palace, and a spectacular water system (conditions permitting) that terminates in the Pool of Siloam. Optional: Walk through Hezekiah’s Tunnel.
Enter the Old City of Jerusalem via St. Stephen’s Gate and walk the path of the Via Dolorosa. Along the way, you will visit the Pool of Bethesda, the Church of St Anne. Further on is the Sisters of Zion church is built next to the Ecce Homo arch and tradition says it is built over top the pavement of Pilate’s courtyard, where Jesus was condemned to death. Visit a site known as the most sacred in all Christianity: the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Here, the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus are celebrated. Walk to Mt. Zion and then to St. Peter in Gallicantu, House of Caiaphas, the High Priest (Mt. 26:57).
Climb to the top of the Herodium, the man‐made mountain castle of Herod the Great. Travel a short distance to the Shepherds’ Field where the Good News was first heard. Finally, return to Bethlehem to the place where the Christian story begins: the Church of the Nativity.
Begin this unique day at the Israel Museum. Here, an enormous model of NT Jerusalem. Linger in the Shrine of the Book and witness some of the most important manuscripts of the Bible.
Return to the hotel for dinner. After dinner, transfer to Tel‐Aviv Airport and Depart for USA
Arrive in USA