I have been blessed to lead six trips to Israel since May of 2005.  This page collects all of my blog posts from the May 2013, January 2012, May 2011 and May 2009 trip in chronological order.  Be sure to also check out my Flickr site for photos of all six trips.  I am planning an adult trip in March of 2014, please contact me for more information.  The Grand Rapids Press featured our educational tours on the Religion page, check it out!

Student trips are at the end of the semester when it can be quite warm in Israel and may include longer hikes and walking.  Adults are welcome, but need to realize that the trip is designed for college students. The Adult trips are scheduled for a cooler time of year in Israel, have less walking (and more frequent bathroom breaks!)  Feel free to contact me if you have questions about traveling to Israel in the future!

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Mount of Olives, May 2013

May 2013

GBC – Israel Tour 2013

Israel 2013, Day 1 – We Have Left, On a Jet Plane

Israel Trip, Day 2 – Walking around Jerusalem

Israel 2013, Day 3 – The Garden Tomb vs. The Holy Sepulchre

Israel 2013, Day 4 (Part 1) – Down The Mount of Olives and Up the Kidron

Israel 2013, Day 4 (Part 2) – Around the Zion Gate

Israel 2013, Day 5 – Heading to Galilee

Israel 2013, Day 6 – The Jesus Sites

Israel 2013, Day 7 – Crossing into Jordan

Israel 2013, Day 8 – Hiking in Petra

Israel 2013, Day 9 – Swimming in the Red Sea

Israel 2013, Day 10 – The Negev

Israel 2013, Day 11 – En Gedi, Qumran, and then Homeward Bound

January 2012

Heading to Israel (2012 Version)

Day 1 – Travel and More Travel!

Day 2 – Rainy Days (and Mondays) in Jerusalem

Day 3 – Into the Wilderness

Day 4 – Ibex, Rock Badgers, and Crabs, Oh My!

Day 5 – Crossing the Red Sea

Day 6 – Everything Floats in the Dead Sea

Day 7 – Appealing Caeserea

Day 8 – Following Jesus in Galilee

Day 9 – On The Road to Petra

Day 10 – Hiking in Petra

Day 11 – The Final Day in Jerusalem

May 2011

May 15, 2011, Mount of Olives

Heading to Israel! (2011 Version)

Day 1: Travel to Jordan

Day 2: Amman, Madaba, Mt. Nebo

Day 3: Petra (in the rain)

Day 4: Jeresh, Welcome to Israel!

Day 5: The Golan Heights

Day 6: The Jesus Sites

Day 7: Qumran, En-Gedi

Day 7 (part 2): Evening Devotional

Day 8: Arad, Masada, and “Do not lick the Dead Sea”

Day 9: Quick update – archaeology is happening

Day 10: Archaeology at tel Tamar

Day 11: Walking in Jerusalem

Day 12: Southern Temple and the City of David

Day 13: Rainy Days and Demonstrations Really Get Me Down

Days 14-15: Back in the USA

May 2009

May 2009, Mount of Olives


Heading to Israel!

Israel Update #1 – Jerusalem

Israel Update #2 – We are in Galilee!

Israel Update #3 — with Picture Goodness!

Day 1 – Travel and More Travel!