The Land of the 12: Jordan & Israel-in-depth
Experience the Land of the 12 Tribes, today’s Israel & Jordan. This tour is packed with “Plus’s”. The first “Plus”, our teacher and historian George DeJong; join George as he unpacks the Biblical richness of these two countries, a richness that spans both the New and Old Testaments. Another “Plus”, the outstanding places we explore! In Jordan, walk the ancient streets of Jerash, feel the buoyancy as you float in the Dead Sea – the lowest place on Earth, discover the ancient “rose-red” city of Petra and hang on for our Jeep Safari in magnificent Wadi Rum. In Israel soak in the scope and beauty of the Rift Valley atop magnificent Masada, be refreshed at En Gedi, see the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem, and retrace the journey of Jesus and his 12 as we walk through the Old City of Jerusalem. Visit the most venerated site in Christendom: the Church of the Sepulchre along with the Western Wall, the most honored shrine in Judaism. In the Galilee sit on the Mount of Beatitudes, walk the streets of Capernaum, Korazin, and Bethsaida and much more. When this adventure concludes we will have visited no fewer than 9 World Heritage sites, yet another “Plus”! As with all our tours this tour is not just about going somewhere, it’s about being somewhere; being somewhere in such a way that your bible will come alive in ways you never dreamed possible.
With great confidence I can say that there was never a day in the life of Jesus, our Messiah, when He did not lift His hands toward heaven and declare to the Father:
Shema Israel, Adonai elohenu, Adonai echad, Ve’ahavta et Adonai eloeikah, b’khol levavkah, uve’khol naphshekah, uve’khol m’odekah. Ve’ahavta re acha comocha.
Hear O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone, love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength! Love your neighbor as yourself.
Would you please start hiding the Sh’ma away in your heart in Hebrew and English. We will be using this prayer many times throughout our experience.
Hiking Boots!It is highly recommended that you purchase a good sturdy pair of hiking shoes or boots which provide good support. Obtain them well in advance and break them in thoroughly before your departure. Having a high quality, well broken in footwear is essential in benefiting the most from this experience.
Physical PreparationsWe recommend you prepare for 4-7 miles of vigorous to strenuous hiking/climbing/walking most days of the trip. 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 types of training:
- Hiking stairs for at least 30-45 minutes (with your boots) is most beneficial
- Daily walking/running 3-5 miles
- Weightlifting with legs
- Walking on treadmill with an incline (4 or higher)