I was blessed in early 2015 to be given a trip to the Holy Land. The Wilton Baptist Church, the people I pastor, sent me on a trip of the lifetime to Israel. I am very thankful for their generosity and kindness! It was an incredible experience that really brought to life the Bible locations that I study each week. It was a life-changing time for me as the pages of Scripture took on a fresh interest. The landscape and having been “on location” has helped me further understand the events of the Bible in relation to geography, weather, and human experience. For example, walking up to the Mount of Olives means more to me now after having walked it on a sunny day. Traveling across the Sea of Galilee during a storm was exciting! The wind and rain assaulting our little ship gave me a glimpse of the times when Jesus sailed the Sea.
Dr. Richard Harper, the evangelist, and myself are planning to go again in February of 2017. In 2015, we went to nearly 60 locations and I took around 4000 photos!
Below are the details of the 2017 trip. Perhaps you would like to go. I encourage you to sign up. If you send your pastor, his preaching will never be the same. I encourage churches to send their pastor as it will not only bless him, but will also reciprocate in stories, photos, and greater depth of understanding that will return to the church from the pulpit.
A person does not need to go to Israel to be a great preacher or to know the Bible, but visiting there can be a help to gain insights that you may not have considered before. Please read the details below. Begin to pray and begin to save money for the trip if you feel the Lord would have you go.