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Our study trips provide participants with experiences and insights into the culture, geography and history of the lands of the Bible. In order that as many as possible are able to experience the Lands of the Bible we offer a variety of tours targeted to participants of varying abilities. Our vigorously paced “Out of Egypt” tour involves (when possible) climbing and over-nighting atop Mt. Sinai under the stars. Our “Heart of God” tour is designed with those with special needs and our “Thru the Roof” tour is targeted for those with limited movement.

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George DeJong

George DeJong has served as Senior Pastor of Holland Heights Church in Holland, Michigan since the summer of 1990. In 1998 God ignited a great passion in George as He led him to journey the land of Israel, walking in the footsteps of his Rabbi, Jesus. Since then George has been committed to a deep study of the Text in its Jewish context.

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Biblical Study Tours

Biblical Study Tours that bring the land and lessons of the Bible to life.

“See & Hear” on an upcoming Out of Egypt Biblical Study Trip. This tour tends to be what is considered a vigorous tour where participants can expect to walk 5-8 miles/day. Experience God’s Word and the redemptive story in new and deeper ways as we explore the Pyramids, Valley of the Kings, and climb Sinai. Unless otherwise noted this tour includes climbing and over-nighting under the stars atop St.. Catherine’s, the tallest of peak of the Sinai mountains (there is the option of not climbing and spending the night at the hotel).     “Set your heart” on the lessons of the wilderness where God shapes His people as we visit Petra and climb Mt. Nebo. Share in Jesus’ ministry in the Galilee and savor His great love in his journey to Jerusalem and the cross.

Undergraduate and graduate level credit for this trip is available through Oklahoma Wesleyan University.

Travel provided by GTI Tours.


“See & Hear” on an upcoming Out of Egypt Biblical Study Trip. This tour tends to be what is considered a vigorous tour where participants can expect to walk 5-8 miles/day. Experience God’s Word and the redemptive story in new and deeper ways as we explore the Pyramids, Valley of the Kings, and climb Sinai. Unless otherwise noted this tour includes climbing and over-nighting under the stars atop St.. Catherine’s, the tallest of peak of the Sinai mountains (there is the option of not climbing and spending the night at the hotel).     “Set your heart” on the lessons of the wilderness where God shapes His people as we visit Petra and climb Mt. Nebo. Share in Jesus’ ministry in the Galilee and savor His great love in his journey to Jerusalem and the cross.

Undergraduate and graduate level credit for this trip is available through Oklahoma Wesleyan University.

Travel provided by GTI Tours.


In a world that quickly assigns worth and value based on intelligence or physical ability, Under the Fig Tree Ministries (UTFT), is both delighted and honored to offer a unique journey to the Lands of the Bible which we are calling: The Heart of God Tour. The Heart of God Tour seeks to express God’s generous and loving heart to persons our culture too quickly dismisses (those with moderate intellectual disabilities and or an autism spectrum disorder) and sadly passes by, by providing an awe-inspiring experience of the lands of the Bible (Egypt, Jordan and Israel). This trip is specifically designed so that every day will be an adventure, new sights, sounds, smells, tastes, experiences with the goal of both blessing the lives of participants and deepening their already rich witness. Enjoy the highlights of our tour!

Travel provided by GTI Tours.


“See & Hear” on an upcoming Out of Egypt Biblical Study Trip. This tour tends to be what is considered a vigorous tour where participants can expect to walk 5-8 miles/day. Experience God’s Word and the redemptive story in new and deeper ways as we explore the Pyramids, Valley of the Kings, and climb Sinai. Unless otherwise noted this tour includes climbing and over-nighting under the stars atop St.. Catherine’s, the tallest of peak of the Sinai mountains (there is the option of not climbing and spending the night at the hotel).     “Set your heart” on the lessons of the wilderness where God shapes His people as we visit Petra and climb Mt. Nebo. Share in Jesus’ ministry in the Galilee and savor His great love in his journey to Jerusalem and the cross.

Undergraduate and graduate level credit for this trip is available through Oklahoma Wesleyan University.

Travel provided by GTI Tours.


“See & Hear” on an upcoming A People, A Path, A Purpose Biblical Study Trip. This tour tends to be what is considered a vigorous tour where participants can expect to walk 5-8 miles/day. Experience God’s Word and the redemptive story in new and deeper ways as we explore the Pyramids, Valley of the Kings, and climb Sinai. Unless otherwise noted this tour includes climbing and over-nighting under the stars atop St.. Catherine’s, the tallest of peak of the Sinai mountains (there is the option of not climbing and spending the night at the hotel).   “Set your heart” on the lessons of the wilderness where God shapes His people as we visit Petra and climb Mt. Nebo. Share in Jesus’ ministry in the Galilee and savor His great love in his journey to Jerusalem and the cross.

Undergraduate and graduate level credit for this trip is available through Oklahoma Wesleyan University.

Travel provided by GTI Tours.


“See & Hear” on an upcoming Out of Egypt Biblical Study Trip. This tour tends to be what is considered a vigorous tour where participants can expect to walk 5-8 miles/day. Experience God’s Word and the redemptive story in new and deeper ways as we explore the Pyramids, Valley of the Kings, and climb Sinai. Unless otherwise noted this tour includes climbing and over-nighting under the stars atop St.. Catherine’s, the tallest of peak of the Sinai mountains (there is the option of not climbing and spending the night at the hotel).     “Set your heart” on the lessons of the wilderness where God shapes His people as we visit Petra and climb Mt. Nebo. Share in Jesus’ ministry in the Galilee and savor His great love in his journey to Jerusalem and the cross.

Undergraduate and graduate level credit for this trip is available through Oklahoma Wesleyan University.

Travel provided by GTI Tours.


“Learning to walk in the Shepherd’s sandals”

It is interesting how God evaluates leadership in the Bible – Israel’s prophets, priests and kings are measured as either good or bad shepherds. So strong is the Shepherd metaphor that Jesus describes himself as “The Good Shepherd” and while one may think they know what a shepherd is, few in leadership have spent any time with either an actual shepherd or sheep. On this trip that will change, we will begin to learn to “walk in the Shepherd’s sandals”!

This “study tour” is essential for all involved in leadership; both in the ecclesiastical setting as well as in the market-place. Considered “vigorous” this tour, among other activities, involves walking with Shepherd and flock as they graze surrounding hillsides as well as a day long climb of Mt. Hor the traditional burial place of Aaron.

A typical itinerary:

Day 1     Departure (usually Friday night departure)

Day 2     In the Shade of the Shepherd – Petra

Day 3     Aaron, The Shepherd Priest – Mt. Hor

Day 4     Where Sheep Become a Flock – Wadi Arnon

Day 5     The Shepherd Prophet & Shepherd King – Mt. Nebo and Amman

Day 6     The Bad & The Good Shepherd – Jersalem

Day 7     Return

Travel provided by GTI Tours.


“See & Hear” on an upcoming A People, A Path, A Purpose Biblical Study Trip. This tour tends to be what is considered a vigorous tour where participants can expect to walk 5-8 miles/day. Experience God’s Word and the redemptive story in new and deeper ways as we explore the Pyramids, Valley of the Kings, and climb Sinai. Unless otherwise noted this tour includes climbing and over-nighting under the stars atop St.. Catherine’s, the tallest of peak of the Sinai mountains (there is the option of not climbing and spending the night at the hotel).   “Set your heart” on the lessons of the wilderness where God shapes His people as we visit Petra and climb Mt. Nebo. Share in Jesus’ ministry in the Galilee and savor His great love in his journey to Jerusalem and the cross.

Undergraduate and graduate level credit for this trip is available through Oklahoma Wesleyan University.

Travel provided by GTI Tours.


The trip was Awesome! I am still living my life as a changed man! May Jesus be glorified!!!

— Marvin

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Wild Places Series

Surprising how and where God nurtures his people. Where we seek to protect and shield; God is not intimidated with “at risk” situations. Whether it’s the “iron-smelting furnace” of Egypt or the “vast and dreadful wilderness” God shapes his people in extraordinary situations and circumstances; C.S. Lewis description is apt: ...

Alijah Series

“Alijah” is Hebrew meaning to ascend or go up. Our Jewish friends will tell you that when they travel to Israel they are doing “Alijah”; they are “going up” to Israel.   Based on the ancient teaching that the center of the world is Israel, the center of Israel - Jerusalem, ...

What’s The Word? Series

In our fast-paced culture, we often rush through our Bible. Too often we emphasize quantity – how much of the Bible we’ve read – instead of focusing on the quality of our time in God’s Word. But the Bible is not a mass-produced art print to be casually hung on ...

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