You’re invited you to experience the holy land with us on a 12 day, in-depth Israel Study Tour.
This will be a private intimate tour. Our initial plans are to take no more than 14 people. Please let Chris or Lyn know right away if you are interested.
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!
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!
The quote for our original trip was $4490 per person/double occupancy, but this was based on a minimum of 30 people, provided by a large, well established company, with virtually no out of pocket expenses for travelers.
Our smaller trip will be a bit different in that we will be on our own for most meals, we won’t be paying for guides and drivers, and we will be splitting fuel and other shared expenses evenly across all participants. While we believe the upfront price should be relatively lower per-person than with a formal touring company (perhaps around $3500) we won’t have an estimated price until late 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)
We encourage you to think of this study tour as an investment in your ministry, just as if you were taking a seminary course
Travel insurance is HIGHLY recommended, particularly given the somewhat fluid COVID situation.
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.
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.
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).
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!
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!
For our inaugural trip, we are planning to keep the size very small with a maximum of 14.
In the future, if our numbers can support, we will partner with an established touring company and take larger groups in future years.
As the time draws closer, we will be providing detailed preparation checklists to those attending.
Additionally, there are thorough on-line preparation guides, complete with videos, articles and downloadable checklists, available on the internet.
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 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!
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