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.

Preparing for your Study Tour

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.
(Deut 6:4,5 & Lev 19:18)

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.

 

Typical Day

Usually our day begins with a 6:00 am wake up call, 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 vigorous 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!

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 Preparations

We 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)
You should consult your physician concerning these requirements and any medications or conditions which may have an impact on your ability to participate fully. Prescription drugs you anticipate using during the trip should be packed with some in your suitcase and some in your carry on. We suggest you bring along a written prescription as well, it can be filled if needed. Please contact your health provider to check your coverage when traveling outside the United States. Traveling to the lands of the Bible requires no immunizations though you’ll want to be sure your tetanus shot is current.

Clothing & Modesty Kits

Casual dress is recommended such as lightweight pants/shorts and t-shirts (shoulders must be covered at all times – men and women). Dry-wicking material is recommended. A lightweight hat is a must, preferably one that covers the neck and ears. If you prefer to dress up somewhat for dinner, that is certainly appropriate but not necessary. Many times we will eat in our hiking attire. At several sites Modesty Kits are required. A Modesty Kit for women includes either long pants or long skirts or Capri and shirts that cover the shoulder. For men this includes long pants, t-shirts/golf shirts covering the shoulders.

Weather

It will be hot & sunny so don’t forget sun screen and a good pair of sun glasses. The rainy season is November through April. May through October temperatures will be warm and dry ranging from the 90’s up to 115 degrees. Lows are usually in the 60’s.

Gadgets & Gear

The modern age has its blessings and its curses. With all the great toys out there, it is tempting to want the best, fastest and most sophisticated. I know – I’m one of them. Please think about bringing minimal electronic gear and gadgets (I know this will be hard for some). I am not saying forget the camera and all the rest – I’m just saying be careful. I will ask that NO cell phones (unless used as a camera) or Ipods be brought with us during the day. Sometimes people experience an entire trip through their modern gear and not with their God-given five senses. Please don’t miss out. Sorry, no electronic recording of faith lessons.

First Aid

Bring first-aid supplies, including anti-diarrhea medication, sleeping aids, pain relievers, mole skin, foot powder, alcohol rubs. And anything else you might think appropriate.