Holy Land Trip – October 29 – November 8, 2019
Would you like to see the Sea of Galilee, Nazareth, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, and Emmaus… with your own eyes? We invite you to join us on a Holy Land trip that will touch your heart and grow your faith. We will see the places of Scripture, walk in the footsteps of Jesus, plus share a special time of Communion at Emmaus. Our itinerary will be:
- Tuesday, October 29 – Wednesday, October 30: Depart from Dayton, fly to New York then to Tel Aviv, and finally transfer to Bethlehem for dinner and overnight.
- Thursday, October 31: Visit the baptismal site of Qasr el Yehud, where tradition says Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. Travel to Jericho and visit the ruins of the ancient city (Joshua 6:1, 2 & 20). In the distance, see the traditional site of the Temptation of Jesus (Matthew 4:1‐11). Continue to Qumran, site of the Dead Sea Scroll discovery. End day with the opportunity to take a dip in the Dead Sea.
- Friday, November 1: Explore one of the archeological dig at Herodion, the palace‐fortress and final resting place of Herod the Great. In Bethlehem, visit the cave where Jesus was born (Luke 2:1‐7), the Church of the Nativity, and the Shepherds’ Field, where angels first proclaimed the Good News.
- Saturday, November 2: Visit the Roman Aqueduct and Theatre at Caesarea, a center of early Christianity and where Paul was imprisoned for two years (Acts 10). View Mount Carmel, site of Elijah’s victory over the prophets of Baal (I Kings 18). Travel the ancient caravan route through the Jezreel Valley to Tel Megiddo and it’s incredible archeological dig and beautiful church.
- Sunday, November 3: See Capernaum, center of Jesus’ ministry in the Galilee (Matthew 4:13, 23). On the Mount of Beatitudes, contemplate the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5‐7). Experience a special onboard worship service as you sail across the Sea of Galilee. Visit the Church of the Fish and the Loaves in Tabgha, the traditional location of the feeding of the 5,000 (Luke 9:10‐17). As you pray in the Chapel of the Primacy, remember how Peter professed his devotion to the risen Christ three times (John 21). Visit Magdala, the home of Mary Magdalene and a recently discovered 1st century synagogue that Jesus preached in.
- Monday, November 4: See Cana, the site of Christ’s first miracle (John 2), then Nazareth (Matthew 2:23). Continue past Tel Dothan, thought to be the place where Joseph found his brothers with their flocks (Genesis 37). Visit Samaria, the capital of the Northern Kingdom and home to Ahab and Jezebel. See Mount Ebal and Mount Gerizim where the Israelites recited the blessings and curses of the Law. In modern day Nablus (ancient Shechem), see where the Samaritan woman encountered Christ (John 4) at Jacob’s Well.
- Tuesday, November 5: Stand on the Mount of Olives and enjoy a remarkable view of Jerusalem. Walk to the Garden of Gethsemane and pray beneath the ancient olive trees (Matthew 26:36‐44). On Mount Zion, visit the Upper Room, revered as the site of the Last Supper (Mark 14:12‐26) and Peter in Gallicantu, the home of the High Priest Caiaphas (Matthew 26:57).
- Wednesday, November 6: Walking tour of the Old City of Jerusalem along the Cardo, once the main street of the city. Explore the Davidson Center and the Southern Wall Excavations, including the Teaching Steps and the Western Wall. See the Pool of Bethesda (John 5: 1‐18). Begin at Herod’s Antonia Fortress (Luke 23:1), see where Jesus was brought before Pontius Pilate, then walk the Via Dolorosa and remember the Lord’s sacrificial love as we travel to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Share communion together at the Garden Tomb in celebration of His Resurrection.
- Thursday, November 7: Travel to Ein Karem, birthplace of John the Baptist and where Mary visited Elizabeth (Luke 1:26‐40). Visit Nebi Samuel, thought to be the burial place of the prophet Samuel. In Emmaus, recall how Jesus appeared to two of His disciples (Luke 24:13‐35) and celebrate communion. Journey through the Valley of Elah, where David defeated Goliath (I Samuel 17).
- Friday, November 8: Return to the USA or enjoy an extension.
There will be optional extensions afterwards, either retracing the Exodus to Mt. Sinai, Cairo, and the pyramids, or go to Jordan, Mt. Nebo, and Petra. The trip will be organized through Educational Opportunities, a travel company that has specialized in Christian trips since 1974.
Please consider this our personal invitation to be a part of this adventure in faith and join us in experiencing a once in a lifetime journey as we walk where Jesus walked!
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