Glorious Ruins Israel Tour
10 DAYS, MAY 20 - 29, 2018
I've been to Israel three times and never once felt unsafe. In fact, I've felt more unsafe in certain areas of New York City than I have ever felt in Israel. But, I won't ignore the fact that Israel is not without its conflicts. But the truth is, there is no place in the world these days without its conflicts.
Let me put it this way: People who decide not to travel to Israel for fear of a terror attack would be similar to people who decide not to travel to the United States for fear of being gunned down in a mall, school, or movie theater.
Not only would I say that I have never felt unsafe in Israel, but I would go as far to say that I have felt extra-safe in Israel. Why? Because you cannot arrive in Israel without first having been cleared by Israel by the Israeli government to be allowed within their borders. Secondly, you cannot go to most places in Israel without going through some checkpoint.
You will find security checkpoints in most public places. You’ll go through metal detectors at every mall, government building or train station. You’ll be asked to open your bags for a security check before entering most department stores or major restaurants.
At the Jerusalem Central Bus Station, your bags will be X-rayed as they would be in an airport. Every eating establishment will have a security guard. Israeli organized trips are accompanied by armed guards.
In short – unless you’re a Hollywood celebrity, you’ll never have been this well-guarded in all your life.
Let the Ruins Come to Life!
Israel. How often have you said, “I have always wanted to go to Israel,” or “I want to see the places in the Bible.” This may be the moment you stop dreaming about it and do it.
Press On Ministries invites you to travel with us on this unique, once in a lifetime tour of the Holy Land. We will go to learn, to worship, and to meet with our God. We will leave with our spirits revived by His story!
Our theme is Glorious Ruins. As we visit the many ancient sites of Israel, all that is left are ruins. These are glorious ruins that tell us the stories of many men and women throughout Scripture whose lives were in ruins before they encountered the love of a gracious and merciful God. At each holy site, we will reflect upon a biblical person who went from "ruins" to "life" all because of Jesus. Join us, and you too will see the ruins come to life!
This trip is for men and women.
Israel is waiting for you.
Tentative all inclusive price per person/double occupancy is $3270.
For each additional five travelers over 23 travelers, a pro-rated refund will be given back.
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For our tour, specifically, we will be staying in Israel's safest locations. We will not visit Gaza or the West Bank, and we have purposely decided not to go up to the Golan (by Syria's border). While many tour companies cut costs by staying in the Arab Quarter or Jerusalem, our group will stay in the Christian Quarter - known for its protection of the people there.
However, as a believer, the question you need to ask yourself is not, "is it safe for me to travel to Israel?" but rather "Am I being called to travel to Israel?"
Chris Davis said it best when he said, "Believers in Christ don’t always make a decision based on safety or lack of risk. Rather, we trust God with the outcome of all our situations, and we obey His call to do things—for our soul and for others—that do not always make sense. I believe that when you decide to go to Israel, you are answering a call to obedience. Yes, it may look like all the right circumstances emerged to make it possible for you to go, but I am sure that God worked through those circumstances to make this happen. Lean into that and trust that God will lead and protect you."
Is God calling you to Israel?
If so, then know you are wholly within His will as we travel together through this wonderful country that will bring the Scriptures to life right before your very eyes!