THE BIBLE-TEACHING MINISTRY OF CHARLES R. SWINDOLL
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Time in Israel is much more than a vacation; it’s a life-changing journey. Stepping through the cultural mosaic of beautiful cities and windswept ruins, the ancient history of Israel comes to life. Experience the world of the Bible as you discover the roots of your faith.
The modern metropolis of Tel Aviv overlooks the breathtaking Mediterranean coastline. After passing through Ben Gurion Airport (voted one of the best in the world), you will meet your group, share your first meal, and spend time getting to know one another. Built on the ancient port of Jaffa, where Peter had his rooftop vision, Tel Aviv is home to one of the oldest harbors in the world.
Worship and bond with your group as you get to know this lush valley, which produces much of the fresh fruit and vegetables you’ll enjoy every day of your tour. Visit Jesus’ hometown of Nazareth. Encounter God on Mount Carmel, where Elijah called down fire from heaven. And look out over the Valley of Armageddon (Megiddo), as you gain new insights into biblical prophecy.
Wake up to a sunrise on the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus walked on water and calmed the storm. Then sail these same waters in a first-century replica boat. Gather on the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount two millennia ago. And as your entire group worships and praises God, rededicate your faith while being baptized in the waters of the Jordan.
Tour the ancient Roman ruins of this desert oasis as you learn little-known facts about its fortresses and walled cities, like Beth-Shan. Laugh, share, and enjoy community in unique settings like Jericho, the world’s oldest city. You’ll never forget the moment you enter Jerusalem and its iconic skyline comes into view. After your group shares this experience, wrap up your evening with a timely message and heartfelt worship.
Walk the old stone streets of Old City Jerusalem and meet locals shopping with you in the marketplace. Leave your own prayer at the Western Wall as you stand beside God’s chosen people at the holiest site in Jerusalem. Behold the famous Temple Mount; pray in the Garden of Gethsemane; sing in the Upper Room. Stand on the Mount of Olivesand gaze at the gate that Jesus will walk through when He returns. Enjoy another delicious Mediterranean dinner while you recount the day’s adventure with new friends.
Journey into the wilderness of Ein Gedi, the rocky refuge where David penned the Psalms. Open your Bible as your friends takes turns sharing their favorite passages. Get a bird’s-eye view from the famous fortress of Masada. Then, enjoy the beautiful descent down to the lowest point on earth: the Dead Sea. Conclude your tour by relaxing in these mineral-rich waters.
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