Jordan Perspective

On September 30th our group woke up to another day in Jordan. A hotel van drove a group of us to an adventure at the Dead Sea. The experience of floating and balancing ourselves due to the buoyancy of the Dead Sea was truly priceless. The Dead Sea has a ...

  • October 1, 2014
  • 2 minute read

Called to be Sent

Our day began like the ancient fishermen, setting out in a boat on the Sea of Galilee. It was easy to imagine those disciples who encountered Jesus on these same shores and left their nets to follow him: “Come, follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” While ...

  • September 29, 2014
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The Galilee: Tektons and Zealots under Roman Rule

After a good night's rest (for most of us), we woke up today beside the Sea of Galilee at Ein Gev Holiday Resort, which is part of a kibbutz. We spent our day in the Galilee region, making a full circle around the Sea.   First was Mount Arbel. From ...

  • September 29, 2014
  • 3 minute read

Jerusalem Unwrapped

Each day we are able to unwrap a gift from God and this day was no different. Waking up in Jerusalem was a gift in itself but we got on the bus and headed for the Israel Museum. George took us to the model of the Old City at the ...

  • September 27, 2014
  • 2 minute read

First Century Internet

The Jewish new year began with a little confusion because some, but not all clocks in Jerusalem were set back one hour. Perhaps too much celebrating the night before? So we got a later-than-anticipated start but still managed to pack a lot in as usual.   We visited the Herodian, Herod ...

  • September 27, 2014
  • 2 minute read

A Four-footed Perspective

The Judean wilderness is the same wilderness where David spent much of his time as a shepherd, where the story of David and Abigail unfolds, and where Jesus went to be tempted for 40 days. God blessed us while we were in this wilderness, or more correctly "green pastures" ...

  • September 26, 2014
  • 3 minute read

Wilderness Wandering

Wednesday, September 24 - Today was a day of wilderness. After crossing into Israel last night, we found ourselves in the wilderness of southern Israel. As our rabbi, George, lead us through the wilderness, we were given a picture of a shepherd leading his flock. We saw the contrast between the ...

  • September 25, 2014
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Israel: We’ve Arrived!

Last night we stayed in a European style hotel in Sharm El Sheikh. This hotel is on the Red Sea. We enjoyed snorkeling and swimming in the Red Sea with tropical fish and corral.   All afternoon we drove through the Sinai wilderness and mountain pass. George led us on a walk ...

  • September 23, 2014
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Egypt: More Than Mummies

Today was a very early day (6 AM), which began with breakfast along the Nile River at sunrise. We began the day driving north along the west bank of the Nile. drove through the west bank of the Nile Delta and stopped in the fields to see the fertile ...

  • September 23, 2014
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Expect the Unexpected

Having been on two other Bible study hiking tours to the Middle East, there were some things I expected to experience on this trip, as well. However, there were some things I did not anticipate. After two very full days in Egypt, here's a run down.   I expected: It would be ...

  • September 21, 2014
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Arrived Safely in Egypt

Family and Friends,   After a long day of travel we all have arrived safely at our hotel in Cairo, Egypt. As we settle into our rooms after midnight, we eagerly anticipate seeing the pyramids and how our leader George will weave them into the biblical story.   Thank you for your continued prayers ...

  • September 19, 2014
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On the Eve of Our Journey

Well, the time has arrived and our "Out of Egypt" trip begins. Our bags are packed (or soon will be) and our new family will be gathering in Chicago and Cairo. We pray for God's blessing on us physically, spiritually, and emotionally. We pray for our leaders - that they ...

  • September 18, 2014
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Out of Egypt: September 18 – October 2, 2014

Trip Preparation   Family and Friends:   We are preparing physically, emotionally, and spiritually for our upcoming trip to Egypt, Israel, and Jordan. We ask for your prayers for our overall well-being and safety, for health, for physical stamina, for the faith lessons and teaching from our leaders and guides, and for the peace ...

  • September 4, 2014
  • 1 minute read

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