My next Israel Study Tour begins September 1st. It is interesting how each trip develops its own personality. The people who make up the tour group, geopolitical developments, and the ever changing archeological landscape all add to make each trip special and unique. This trip will be the first time that I only have travelers from the church that I pastor. In addition, it has turned out to be the smallest group ever. I am so excited because this will be an incredibly intimate and personal trip.
The experiences and learning opportunities when walking through the land of the Bible are life transforming. However, the community of the group can also be very encouraging. There is a special bond that develops among those who share the the experience together. The friendships that are formed seem to be unusually deep and genuine. When those who share that bond return to all serve in the same local church, the benefit lives on.
Each person going on this tour has a unique and inspiring story. Among them are a Vietnam Veteran military Chaplain and Seminary Professor, a recently retired police officer, and two caring widows. I can't wait to see how each full day of discovery in the Holy Land touches their lives personally. The changes will likely be dramatic and transformative. This has become one of the greatest joys for me in leading these tours.
Watch for pictures and personal stories from the individuals traveling with me on this journey. Hopefully they will bless you.