Salem First Church of the Nazarene Study Tour to Israel
February 20 – March 2, 2006 • Hosted by Pastor Dave & Gerri McGarrah
Includes airfare, great hotels, transfers & more!
Israel is known the world over as The Holy Land. Everywhere you go in this amazing country, you will find yourself walking in the exact places where the events of the Bible unfolded. There is hardly a visitor who has not been moved deeply and personally by the experience of visiting this fascinating and ancient land. Join Pastor Dave & Gerri McGarrah on a very special tour to Israel. If you've been there before and have hoped for a different kind of experience—one that takes you to new places you've never seen, allows you the time to linger and savor favorite places you've come to love, offers you the opportunity to dialogue with other like-minded travelers—this is one tour you won't want to miss. While it isn't a trip for everyone, if you are physically able to walk and climb stairs, are flexible and open to new experiences, we would love to have you join our very special group.
Monday, February 20: USA/Israel. Departure on the first leg of our overnight trip to Israel. Aloft, we will have dinner, a little sleep time,breakfast, and the opportunity to praise the Lord for His great creation from the vantage point of 35,000 feet!
Wednesday, February 22: Mt. Carmel, Sepphoris, Nazareth & Tiberias. This morning, we awake within moments of Mt. Carmel. We begin our tour on the Mount at Mukhraka, the place where Elijah defeated the priests of Ba'al.
After our tour, we'll drive to Nazareth, boyhood home of Jesus. Modern Nazareth is a busy city with a population of approximately 70,000 people. For nearly 2,000 years hundreds of thousands of pilgrims have found their way to the setting which shaped the Man who changed the course of history. Nazareth Village is located on the last remaining tract of virgin farmland, just 500 meters away from where he grew up. Here we'll have an opportunity to experience life as it must have been during the time of Jesus. Later we'll drive to Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee for dinner and overnight. Kibbutz Nof Ginossar, Tiberias. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
We'll continue to Kibbutz Nof Ginossar, our home base in the Galilee, where we'll see the first century "Jesus Boat", found by members of Kibbutz Nof Ginossar after a drought in 1985 caused the water level in the Sea of Galilee to fall lower than usual, exposing the remains of an ancient boat. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Saturday, February 25: Beit She'an, Jericho & Jerusalem. Depart from Tiberias and drive north to Beit She'an where we'll discover some of Israel's most spectacular archaeological finds. The site features a large amphitheater (with a capacity of about 7,000), a Byzantine era colonnaded street, ritual baths, a pottery workshop, a basilica, a Roman temple and much more. It was on the walls of Beit Shean that the Philistines hanged the bodies of King Saul and his sons after the crushing defeat on Mt. Gilboa. Continue to Jericho where we'll enjoy a magnificent view of the Jordan Valley and Mt. Nebo, and then, begin the drive up the Jerusalem, highlight of our tour. Grand Court Hotel. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Monday, February 27: Shiloh, Mt. Ebal & Mt. Gerazim. It was at Shilo that the Tabernacle existed for 369 years; where Hana cried out her famous prayer for a child; where Samuel the Prophet heard the word of God; where the smell of incense hung in the air even in the days of the Second Temple. According to the Talmud, the smell of the incense, which represents hesed (acts of kindness), remained in the air in Shilo long after it had vanished from Jerusalem, even though chronologically the burning of incense ended in Shilo far earlier than Jerusalem. We'll visit the Tabernacle in the Wilderness, a full-scale replica of the biblical tabernacle, for a tour, teaching and authentic biblical meal. Later we'll visit Shechem, located between Mt. Gerizim and Mt. Ebal . Shechem is preeminent in the biblical record, beginning with God's promise of the land to Abraham. Later Jacob would return here with his family and settle shortly. During the Conquest, the twelve tribes gathered on these two hills to recite God's Law and the blessings and curses that accompanied obedience and disobedience. Return to Jerusalem in the early evening. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Tuesday, February 28: Hebron, Bethlehem & Bethany. Conditions permitting, today we'll visit Hebron, one of the oldest continuously inhabited towns in the world. Its Arabic name, Khalil al-Rahman, means 'The Friend of God'. Hebron is closely identified with Abraham and is regarded as holy by Christians, Muslims, and Jews. According to tradition, Abraham pitched his tent in Hebron's plain of Mamre. When his wife Sarah died, Abraham bought the cave of Machpela from Ephron the Hittite and buried her there. Located in the center of Hebron, the Tomb of the Patriarchs became the tomb of the patriarchs and their wives. Sarah, Abraham, Isaac, Rebecca, Leah, and Jacob, were all buried there. We'll continue to Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus as well as David, place where Rachel was buried and the setting for the story of Ruth. Proceed to Bethany, on the Eastern slope of the Mount of Olives, oft en visited by Jesus and the place where He stayed with His friends the last week before his crucifixion. It was also here that Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. We'll end our day with a private communion service at the Garden Tomb before returning to our hotel. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Thursday, March 2: Frankfurt/Portland. Transfer to the airport for our continuing flight to Portland, arriving later today.
• Flights from Portland via Lufthansa/United Airlines
• Accommodations in First Class Hotels, in twin-bedded rooms with private facilities
• Lavish buffet breakfast and table d'hote dinner daily plus 2 lunches
• Transfers and touring are provided by modern, air-conditioned touring coaches, including all entrance fees to places visited in the itinerary
Israel Tour Prices
|Personal Tips:||$64 (not included)|
|Airline taxes, fuel surcharges & airport fees:||$295 (not included)|
Please download the reservation application and fax or mail it to us, together with your $300 per person deposit. Fax to: 215-572-9803. Mail to 500 Old York Road, Suite 200, Jenkintown, PA 19046.
For additional information, please contact:
Pastor Dave & Gerri McGarrah
Salem First Church of the Nazarene
1550 Market St. NE
Salem, OR 97301