Biblical Israel Ministries & Tours (BIMT) is ultimately about one thing…. molding and transforming lives for Jesus Christ! We trust this happens when we not only lead 100s of people each year on life-changing Israel tours, but also each time we teach our “Bringing the Bible to Life” seminars in churches around the country. It is our prayer that God uses BIMT to help develop disciples of Jesus Christ who are excited about their faith!
BIMT is an official “501c3” support-based ministry. Our EIN # is 82-2341870. The common denominator among the Board of Directors is that we all believe that God has called us to this unique ministry. We aim to offer our ministry with the highest of integrity. We all love Israel, the land of the Bible, and the life-changing experiences it offers. We are enthused how God will continue to use us and expand our unique teaching and touring ministry!
When people ask ‘why should I support BIMT?‘ the image of pottery comes to mind. At virtually every site in Israel you can find ancient pottery sherds. This is why we love the image that the prophet Isaiah paints, “Yet You, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay; You are the potter.” (Isaiah 64:8). Our BIMT ministry is about “molding” people through solid biblical teaching. We are about humbly being used of God in “shaping” people through transforming experiences where lives are changed and faith-walks are deepened! God brings this transformation to people’s lives as they engage with God’s Word and begin to “connect the dots” between the Bible and the land.
As God leads you, we would be honored to have you join our BMIT support team as we strive to be used of God to “mold” and “shape” people, like pottery, with a renewed excitement in their walk of faith with Christ!
Our 2018 Financial Campaign – “Nehemiah 6:15 Project”
On every Israel tour, Jerusalem is one of the biggest highlights. It seems that as we lay our eyes, feet, and hands on the ruins that played such a major role throughout the Bible, it ignites new passion in our own journeys of faith and discipleship. Some of the stone walls we see in Jerusalem today date back to the days of Nehemiah.
A Historical Perspective
According to the book of Nehemiah, rebuilding Jerusalem took a team effort. The people involved had such a unity in their purpose, discipline, and energy, that Jerusalem was rebuilt in a mere 52 days! Nehemiah 6:15 tells us this concerning the city of Jerusalem: “So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of Elul, in fifty-two days.”
After the walls were built, Nehemiah then gathered multiples of people (Nehemiah 7) to build houses within the walls and complete the project. It was a two-fold effort! Following this, the city gathered to listen to Ezra read the Scriptures all morning, followed by a life-changing time of praise and celebration (Nehemiah 8)! Quite simply, Nehemiah and his people relied on God and one another to accomplish the rebuilding of Israel’s capital city. What a remarkable example of God providing for his people
Our own “Building Project”
BIMT is about to embark on an expansive “building project” of our own. Now that we are an official evangelical non-profit 501c3 ministry, BIMT is focused on “building” a unique understanding of the Bible into the lives and faiths of the people we reach through weekend seminars and tours to the lands of the Bible. We are all about inspiring life-transformation! As our mission statement reflects: “BIMT is dedicated to helping people grow in their journey of faith and in a life-transforming understanding of the Bible by connecting them to the physical settings of Israel and other lands of the Bible.”
Expanding our Ministry
In order to expand our teaching ministry, just like Nehemiah we are trusting God to provide a team of new additional financial supporters to help fund our ministry. We are extremely thankful for and dependent upon those generous individuals who have been supporting us since our ‘launch’ in March 2016. Now we are asking God to provide new team members to provide financial support so that we can bring Biblical teaching in the context of the land of Israel to many more churches all over the country.
We will use this increase in financial support to help us take our “Bringing the Bible to Life” teaching seminars to more and more churches. We also envision developing curriculum and new video teaching materials. Stay tuned!
Three Levels of Giving
Nehemiah and his people rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem with God’s help in 52 days ending on the 25th of Elul. During the 2018 ministry year, our “Nehemiah Project” is about seeking new builders.
“Wall Builders” – We are seeking 52 new teammates to give $25/month to the ministry of BIMT. Over the next 12 months, this would mean an increase of $1300/month to help us “build” our ministry. Can we count on you to help us reach this goal?
“City Builders” – We are also seeking 20 new teammates to give $50/month to the ministry of BIMT. Over the next 12 months, this would mean an increase of $1,000/month to help us “build” our ministry. Can we count on you to help us reach this goal?
“One Time” and “Above & Beyond” Gifts – We humbly welcome one-time gifts of support. As God leads you, we also welcome “above & beyond” gifts to the degree God has blessed you.
It is our prayer that God’s Holy Spirit may inspire you to join our support team! The successful expansion of our ministry is dependent on the generosity of people just like you. Please also know that because BIMT is an official “501c3” non-profit ministry, each financial gift is tax-deductible. We thank God in advance for how He will enable us to teach, inspire, and serve others in their discipleship journey! To the glory and honor of Christ Jesus and to the transforming of lives!
How to Give to BIMT
There are three ways to give:
1. By Check. You can send your monthly check to Biblical Israel Ministries & Tours, 2426 Rolling Farms Road, Glenshaw, PA 15116 (you can print off this form and then mail it in):
2. By PayPal. You can give through the “Donate” button located below. * Please note that you can use your credit card in the PayPal transaction even if you don’t have a PayPal account. If you choose, you can also set up automatic monthly donations from your PayPal account or credit card. Either way is a safe and secure way to donate funds to BIMT.
3. By Stock Gift. BIMT is able to receive donations in the form of stock gifts. We have an established non-profit account with Wells Fargo that we use to receive this type of support. Please contact our Director, Dr. John DeLancey, for further details.
Walking Through Hezekiah’s Tunnel
Walk through a 2,700 year old water tunnel cut through bedrock by King Hezekiah. This archaeological discovery in the 19th century AD is among one of the most remarkable finds in Jerusalem! The tunnel was carved by the use of two teams of rock-cutters, one starting at the Gihon Spring while the other team starting from the south. The Siloam Inscription found 30 feet from the end of this 1,720 foot tunnel explains these details.
The carving of this tunnel is mentioned in 2 Kings 20 and 2 Chronicles 32. The tunnel still flows with water flowing from the Gihon Spring (1 Kings 1).