Last year was our first annual trip to the Holy Land. Twenty spiritual journeyman took the challenge to come and walk the footsteps where Jesus walked, and quite frankly, it was AMAZING. We flew from Newark to Tel Aviv, and immediately went up to the region of Tiberius on the Sea of Galilee. We moved our way down through the country, taking in all the historic sites prominent in all three mono-theistic faiths and learned so much about how and when all three took root in the world today.
This year, we’re doing it again. Only this time, we’re scheduling two separate weeks. March 14-22 and March 28-April 5, we’ll be exploring and learning history, faith, and relationships in the region. The cost is $3000 All Inclusive, and I’ll be personally working with the students and parents who would like to come and see their faith come ALIVE on the ground. If you’d like to register, you can CLICK HERE to confirm your spot.
Why should you go?
1. There’s so much confusion about what happened during the genesis of Jesus’ work here on planet earth. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in formal and informal debates about what the impact Jesus had when He lived. Sometimes, there are even suggestions that Jesus didn’t walk on the planet. But when you walk the stories you find in the Torah and the Bible, you’ll see first hand with “eyes on the ground” how a region grew to be known as the crescent of faith. I believe anyone interested in faith or where faith began should go at least once in their lifetime. I’ve found it rejuvenating as a spiritual journey.
2. For thousands of years the small region has been the subject of much controversy. You can decide to go on the normal tourist trek through Israel, but if you don’t take time to talk with people and get your hands dirty, you’ll continue to believe what you hear on the news. Many of the students who came with me last year had a chance to transform the way they read the news, and many of the parents who came were impacted to think bigger about world events in Israel.
3. The region is still dealing with some of the same issues Jesus spoke of in the Bible. There is a palpable feeling of the way different Jews deal with day-to-day life. There’s oppression. There’s racism. There’s deep pain in the midst of hope. You can pray at the Garden of Gethsemane and then go to the Holocaust Museum to feel the pain a people group has continued to go through for generations. And that’s important.
It’s important, because no matter where you are in your life; pain is inescapable. We all have relationships where pain dictates how we act, how we develop our worldview, and how we see the world through our own paradigm.
We’ve got the schedule set up.
To Date, we have about 30 people on the trip, and we have room for you; if you’d like to join me.
Why you shouldn’t go?
1. You shouldn’t go if you’re looking for a place to echo the worldview you already know. This is a week to confirm your faith, but also to challenge the way you see the region. We’ll be talking with Israeli Jews, Israeli Secular Citizens, Israeli settlers, and Palestinian Christians and Muslims. You will stretch yourself on the trip, if you’ll allow for the experience to inform you and give you reference for your faith.
2. It’s not an MTV spring break. This week is filled with fun, laughter, and exploration. But we’re going to learn about faith, connect with real people on the ground, and develop long-term relationships with our fellow travelers. Last year, of the 20 people in the group, the students developed a core relationship that has lasted all through the year. They Skype together, they come to KIVU together, and they’ve forever forged friendships with people around the world.
3. If you’re looking for a mission trip, this isn’t your trip. We’re not going to evangelize or proselytize the people on the ground. We’re going to live life with people and LISTEN well. This trip is available to people who are ready to understand what others think, not to tell others what you think.
This Ted Talk from Aziz Abu Sarah is the spirit behind what we’re creating here at KIVU. It’s only 4 min. so watch with great expectations.
All in all, I’d love for some of my readers to come and be a part of a life changing trip.
I’d love to forge relationship with you, and discover how we might be able to share a short time in life together.
So what are you waiting for?
You can register by yourself, or bring the whole family. Click over to the KIVU Holy Land 2015 Registration Page, and let’s take a meaningful spring break together.