Heart Of God
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 land of God’s people, 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!
Our 2019 tour will take place March 14-23, 2019!
Travel provided by GTI Tours.
- Individuals must train to the point of being able to climb up and down 4-7 flights of stairs
- The individual must be able to tolerate temperature up to 115 degrees for one hour. (busses and hotels will be air conditioned)
- Individuals must be able to endure 9 – 11 hour trans-Atlantic flight.
- Individuals must be able to have medical issues addressed by buddy (every trip will have either a doctor or registered nurse).
- Individuals must be medically stable.
- Individuals should not have food allergies that would be difficult to accommodate in a foreign country, (we are able to accommodate those with gluten free diets).
- Individuals may have a mild to moderate level of intellectual disability and/or an autism spectrum disorder.
- Individuals can demonstrate good receptive language skills.
- Individuals can understand and internalize the process on this study tour and apply their learning upon return.
- With preparation, individuals must be able to adjust to significant changes in routine.
- Individuals must be able to adjust to sensory input change.
- Individuals must be able to separate from family and home.
- Individuals must be able to advocate for their own physical and emotional needs.
- Individuals will have a Christian commitment and be a regular local church attendee.
- Individuals will have an active prayer life.
- Individuals will have a level of familiarity with Biblical stories.
A Typical DayUsually the day begins with a wake up call at 6:00 am, breakfast at 6:30, devotions at 7:00 am and by 7:15 we’re on our way. In order to accomplish what God sets out for us to experience, the majority of our days involve some kind of hiking. We travel to our various sites by bus where our hikes begin. It is at these locations where God’s word is studied in its context through onsite faith lessons. Lunch tends to fall between 2:00-3:00pm and will be served on location. At the end of the day, we will arrive at our hotel in the late evening for a wonderful dinner and welcomed sleep.
Hiking Boots!You will need a good, sturdy pair of boots which provide good ankle support. Obtain them well in advance and break them in thoroughly before your departure. Having a high quality, well broken in pair of boots is essential in benefiting the most from this experience.
Physical PreparationsWithout question, the best way to prepare for this trip is to walk and climb stairs as much as possible. You will profit greatly by training long before departure for these physical fitness requirements. The trip will be more meaningful, educational and fun if you prepare in advance for the activity level you will experience. Helpful tips of training:
- Hiking stairs as much as possible (with your boots) is most beneficial
- Daily walking/running 1-3 miles