I am excited to be leaving for Greece, Turkey, and Rome tomorrow. I will be leading a group of 30+.  This “Footsteps of Paul” trip will be offered again in October, 2015 in case anyone may be interested.  You can follow our daily experiences HERE.

In the meantime, I am anticipating leading 6 Israel tours in 2015.  The question continues to surface, even after the Hamas conflict this summer, namely, “Is it safe to travel to Israel?”  The answer is a continuing … YES!

Rick Ricart, owner and president of imagine Tours & Travel just reported today the following from Jerusalem:

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Dear Friends,

I’ve been in Israel the last few days checking in on many of our groups presently in Israel and I will off to Ben Gurion Airport in a few hours to welcome another five groups arriving today. 

You may be hearing in the news that there is tension in Jerusalem and throughout Israel. The fact is there is always something happening in Israel and when everything is calm and peaceful this is when we are most concerned. 

I’ve enclosed a few pictures for you to share if you desire with your travelers and prospective travelers for your future trips. I’ve spent time all over Jerusalem, East & West in the Old City, on the Temple Mount, the Mount of Olives and throughout and in spite of the media groups are continuing with their travel plans. 

There are MANY groups here in Israel, and it’s safe. How safe I’m often asked? Safer than you driving to the airport from your home town. When we put safety into perspective with the states, you realize how safe Israel is and the number concern is the safety of all tourists. 

I write to share a word of encouragement to show you the attached photos as brief reminder that Israel is safe and groups are continuing with their travel plans. 

If I didn’t believe it was safe, I wouldn’t be here myself traveling around the country. 

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem and all its people.”

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Once again, despite the media coverage of the Middle East and the concerns that go with it, travel to Israel remains safe.

As I always tell people who may be considering a future Israel tour with me, “Pray about it and seek God’s guidance.  But don’t let the fear of safety rob you of a life-changing encounter with God!”

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