Come to Israel with CBC Bonham and Friends!

Trip postponed. Tentative new dates: May 27 - June 7, 2024

Price TBD

You’re invited you to experience the holy land with us on a 12 day, all-inclusive Israel Study Tour.

Israel has been called the “5th Gospel” because it is here where Jesus came down to earth, where He called His talmidim (disciples) and where He taught them to follow His example: to love God with all our hearts and to love our neighbors as ourselves.

Visit Israel and you will never read your Bible the same way again!

“Homesick” Video:

Registration will open in July 2023.

Come to Israel with CBC Bonham and Friends!

What To Expect

You will be immersed in the land and lessons of the Bible as you’re led on a journey through Scripture that will bring the past and present culture of Israel to life. When we visit Israel, we see Scripture in an entirely new light.

We’ll visit the ancient sites where Jesus lived and taught, and understand the first-century context…and the cost…of discipleship. At each location, a licensed guide will share Biblical and historical background, and one of our teachers, such as Pastor Lyn, or Chris, will teach us from the Word about the life of Christ, what we can learn about disciple making, and how Jesus changes everything.

After a trip to Israel, you will come back a changed disciple and your walk with Jesus will never be the same!

Why should I go (and other questions)?

  • A study tour provides the following kingdom-focused benefits (Matthew 6:19-21):
    • A deeper love for Jesus and understanding of His model and methods to raise disciples (Jn 14:15)
    • Greater comprehension of the Bible and biblical applications as we “apply the Land and it lessons to life” (GTI Tours slogan)
    • More effective communication of biblical truth to others (Deut 6:6-7; Mt 28:19-20)
    • Greater confidence in God’s Word - our faith is rooted in real events that occurred in real places (Jn 5:1, Luke 10:30; Ps 125:2)

Common Questions:

Tell me more about the cost.

The quote for our original trip was $4490 per person/double occupancy. While it is reasonable to expect prices will be higher next year, we won’t have a firm price until ~July 2023.

For comparison, note the costs of other current, post-COVID, Israel tours (and the three examples below don’t include three meals/day like ours would)

  • First Baptist Dallas 2022: $5398
  • Stonebriar Frisco 2022: $5638
  • Wayne Stiles (affiliated with Stonebriar) 2022: $5592

We encourage you to think of this study tour as an investment in your ministry, just as if you were taking a seminary course

Notes:

  • The quoted price will be based upon a minimum of 30 travelers.
  • Cancellation fees depend on how far in advance the cancellation occurs.
  • Price does not include insurance.
    • Travel insurance is HIGHLY recommended, particularly given the somewhat fluid COVID situation.

      • Be sure to read COVID and other cancellation coverages carefully, particularly in the event you are unwilling to travel because of COVID requirements that may be in effect at the time of our departure (including those requirements that may be more restrictive than those in place when you first reserved your trip)._
    • Trip Cancellation Insurance would reimburse losses for covered cancellation reasons.

    • There is a difference between medical and cancellation insurance.

    • We recommend both as frequently, US-based health insurance is not valid overseas.

Is it safe?

Just about everyone who’s been there returns with the feeling that Israel is one of the safest places they’ve ever visited. The country takes security very seriously. The main conflict area is the Gaza Strip and we won’t be anywhere near there.

Remember, the media’s motto is “if it bleeds, it leads,” so they sell fear. Fear is not from God (1 John 4:18) and millions of tourists visit Israel every year. Our guides are well-connected in terms of security; should any trouble spots arise, we will avoid them.

What is the COVID situation?

As of 5/20/2022, Israel requires only a health questionnaire to be completed. Thee are no vaccine or negative test requirements to enter Israel or the USA (for US Citizens).

What is included in the cost?

R/T economy class air from DFW ✧ Deluxe Hotels ✧ Buffet dinner and breakfast daily ✧ Lunches served on site ✧ Deluxe motor coach touring ✧ Hydration backpack with bottled water on tour ✧ All transfers, porterage, entrance fees and taxes ✧ Guide and driver tips ✧ Study guides, journals ✧ Pre-trip online course

Many other tours do not include lunches, unlimited water, or the comprehensive study materials, and yet are more expensive than ours will be. So a lower sticker price on a different tour wouldn’t necessarily be an “apples-to-apples” comparison.

GTI structures their tours to be fully “all-inclusive” so we can devote our full attention to the study of His Land. You would not have to spend a single additional dollar (or in this case, Shekel) if you didn’t want to.

What is not included?

Drinks with meals (other than water) ✧ Snacks in-between meals ✧ Passport fees ✧ Travel insurance

Can I go if I am a student?

YES!! Originally planned to leave late April of 2023, but after hearing from students, we will be leaving after Bonham ISD concludes the 2023-24 school year. If you are a junior high, high school, or college student, we want you there!

Can I go if I don’t attend CBC Bonham?

If you attend a church with a like-minded faith tradition (SBC or similar), then wholeheartedly, yes you are invited!! Invite your friends and family too!

How large will our group be?

GTI requires a minimum of 30 travelers and can accept up to 53.

How do I prepare?

GTI has been leading tours since the early 1990s and they have mastered the art of preparation! They have an extensive on-line preparation guide, complete with videos, articles and downloadable checklists.

Is the tour physically strenuous?

One of the aspects of a study tour that is often overlooked is that we engage our bodies with the biblical text - and this can’t happen anywhere but Israel (or Greece, Turkey, etc). We walk where Jesus, Peter and David walked! Verses like Matthew 4:13 that we may have skimmed over in the past now take on a new and vivid significance.

While many sites are flat and paved, other sites are 1000s of years old, in various stages of repair, and may have sloping, rocky paths. In some cases, there may be ladders to climb and caves to crawl through.

To prepare, you will want to be able to walk about three miles a day and do exercises that focus on ankle strength and balance. If you have any physical limitations, just let our guide know and he or she will help you make an informed decision about whether to stay back at a specific location.

I can’t go right now. What should I do?

  • Pray for your friends and family going on the tour that the Holy Spirit will work in us to bring about change and growth.
  • Pray to keep the hands of the enemy far away before during and after the trip!
  • Attend virtually! We will have a blog site where we will post updates.
  • Pray that God opens the door for you to go one day.
    • I (Chris) knew I wanted to go to Israel in 1995, but the door didn’t open until 2010.
    • Then once I went, I know I wanted to go again and lead/serve others - God miraculously (i.e. financially) made a way for us to return in 2013 on a service tour.
    • Where God guides, He provides!

Chris Flanagan

Chris Flanagan

Bible teacher and growing disciple of ישוע/Jesus

Biography

I am a Bible student and teacher with a passion for Israel and seeking the historical context.

My professional career has been spent in healthcare, and most of that has been focused on healthcare compliance auditing, oversight, and monitoring. My colleagues viewed me as a strategic thinker with an eye for analytics and detail. Through this, I strive to read the Bible critically, realizing that every detail has been orchestrated by the Holy Spirit, so we can understand the context. Once we understand the Bible authors’ intent in writing a given passage to his original audience, we can better understand what God is communicating to us two or three millenia later.

Let’s follow our Rabbi Yeshua together!

Interests
  • Biblical Studies in context
  • Travel to Biblical Sites
  • History/Archaeology
  • Hebrew