Israel Group 2020
Pastors Rife & Shay Stewart
Dear Destiny Family & Friends,
Shay and I were gifted with the trip of a lifetime to Israel in March of 2019. As soon as we started exploring the Holy Land, we knew that we wanted to return and bring others with us to experience this beautiful country. We are so excited to announce that we will be hosting a 10-day tour to Israel March 21-30, 2020.
We were so impacted by actually walking where Jesus walked and seeing where He ministered. Bible stories came alive in a way they could not before as we visited so many Biblical sites. We want to share this awesome journey with you.
This 2-part tour has been planned with many of the great Biblical sites in mind.
PART 1—Sea of Galilee / Dead Sea Tours (3 days)
One of Shay’s favorite experiences was floating in the Dead Sea, and we will do that on this tour. One of my favorite experiences was visiting Masada and seeing the ancient ruins at this historical site where Herod built two palaces overlooking the Dead Sea. We will visit Masada and Qumran, another archaeological site.
Sea of Galilee (including boat ride across the Sea of Galilee to reflect on the journey Jesus made with the disciples)
Mt. Carmel, Caesarea Maritima, and Tel Megiddo
Capernaum and Mt. of Beatitudes
The Jordan River (including an opportunity to get baptized in the Jordan River where John the Baptist baptized Jesus)
Hike to the Springs of En Gedi
The Dead Sea
Qumran (site of Dead Sea Scroll discovery) and Masada
PART 2—Jerusalem Tours (5 days)
We will travel to Jerusalem where we will spend 4 nights in the bustling Machane Yehuda Market neighborhood and visit lots of significant sites in Jerusalem and the surrounding area.
Old City of Jerusalem (including the Western Wall and Western Wall Tunnel)
St. Anne’s Church, Second Temple Steps, and the Pools of Bethesda
Walk the Via Dolorosa (including communion at the Garden Tomb)
The Holy Sepulchre
Gardens of Gethsemane and Mount of Olives
House of Caiaphas
Bethlehem and Shepherd’s Fields
Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum and the Second Temple Model and Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum
Free Day to explore the city on our own
We are excited to be working with The Israel Tour Company (ITC), known for intimate tours that allow people to absorb the culture and history of the land. ITC, based in Chattanooga, TN, is taking care of all the details and has organized tours to Israel for other local churches.
We have chosen to travel in March since the weather is comfortable in the desert locations and there are fewer tourists in the country at that time of year. The length of the trip is designed to move us through the highlights of the country while also allowing time for fellowship, reflection, some wonderful food, and a free day in Jerusalem.
We hope you can join us for an amazing tour of Israel – one that will add so much to your spiritual walk with God and give you a whole new revelation of Scripture. This trip is an invaluable investment that cannot be understood until you experience the Holy Land for yourself and allow God to speak to your heart in this sacred country.