Standing in the Israelite gate at Kh. Qeiyafa

Standing in the Israelite gate at Kh. Qeiyafa

This most recent (July 12-24) was yet another great trip!  With another wonderful group (19 this time), we saw many sites and shared in numerous unique experiences together.  Over the course of the 40 trips to Israel I’ve had the privilege to lead over the last 20+ years, I am once again humbled to be part of “God-sightings” each and every day.  To travel to Israel and have the opportunity to “meet God in His land” is life-changing.

On top of Mt. Hermon

On top of Mt. Hermon

We visited many, many sites on this trip.  This includes at least 15 sites that many tours don’t go to.  Among the unique sites we visited were the new excavations at Kh. Qeiyafa (Elah Valley), a visit to Cave 11 at Qumran, and taking the ski lift ride up Mt. Hermon and then hiking back down the trail.  I love taking people to “off-the-beaten-path” sites that no one goes to, but are still tied to the Bible.

Standing on the Mt. of Olives

Standing on the Mt. of Olives

Once again (and predictably), safety was not an issue.  Virtually everyone in the group had either family members or friends say, “I think you are crazy for going to Israel … it’s so dangerous, etc…”  While well-meaning loved ones and friends express their care and concern, perspectives like this are simply unfounded, and are created by the sensationalized media coverage of the area.  Never once did the group feel unsafe.  Never once was there any concern for our safety and well-being.  I literally feel sorry for those who put on hold or never consider joining an Israel trip out of fear.  What is missed are life-changing experiences with God in His land!  I am glad that those in this group responded to the call to encounter the land of the Bible personally!   So if you are considering a trip to Israel, please, please don’t allow a well-intentioned but “under-informed” person talk you out of it. 🙂

To see the entire trip unfold on one web page, complete with 22 daily pictures, click HERE.  This link will take you to the July, 2015 web page.

Thanks also to the many who held us up on prayer too and to those who followed out daily program.  I hope your heart was encouraged as you followed our daily encounters.

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