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Every Christian should visit the land of Israel at least once, if possible. Israel is a country of unbelievable natural beauty, unbeatable history, unrivaled world-class culture, an unquestionable commitment to democracy, and unflinching, freedom-loving patriots. Reasons for visiting this land of miracles are countless, but here are our Top 5 Reasons why you should join us on our trip to Israel in April 2015. By the way, if you didn’t catch our first five reasons, don’t miss them! Scroll down the page and you’ll find them waiting for you.


5. Unbeatable History and Biblical Archaeology!

Israel is a relatively new nation (only 66 years old!) but its cultural past stretches back to before Biblical times offering a vast array of ancient sites that are easy to explore. One of the most famous is Masada, a 365-foot rock fortress at the edge of the Judean desert (Don’t worry! There’s a cable car.) where 960 freedom fighters and their families held off the entire 10th legion of Rome for months, finally choosing suicide over slavery.


We’ll also see the stunning Roman ruins of Caesarea, Crusader ramparts in the coastal city of Akko, Mary’s well in Nazareth, and did you notice? We also plan to take a side trip to the ancient rock city of Petra. Think Indiana Jones! Add to this fabulous museums like the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are displayed, and Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum, and the trip will truly be a trip back in time without the need of a time machine!


4. First Class Arrangements by a Christian Travel Agency!

Imagine Tours and Travel, the agency arranging our airline flights, lodging, dining, and motor coach travel, is a first-class Christian company with 30 years of experience in Israel. As such they have the contacts and expertise to ensure us the best prices at first-class hotels and restaurants, safe travel throughout the country, and an experienced guide with both a Christian and Jewish worldview. Travel within the country will be in an air-conditioned motor coach that will be ours the entire time, providing easy access to the sites, safe storage of valuables, and yours truly, the host, with control over the coach at all times.



That means we will have plenty of time for baptisms in the Jordan River, renewal of wedding vows on our Sea of Galilee cruise, and celebration of Communion at the Garden Tomb. Porter service will be available to those who want help with their bags to and from the room.  The trip will be “turn-key” with everything included in the price, except lunches and souvenirs.


3. Delicious Meals and Healthy Food with No Weight Gain! Really! (Please pay no attention to the Jewish man in the picture below!)

If you think Israel is only about the legendary falafel and hummus, think again! Israel has morphed into a gastronomic wonder. It isn’t called “the Land of Milk and Honey” for nothing! Thanks to its Mediterranean climate and agricultural ingenuity, Israel grows an amazing array of organic produce that will make its way to the fresh market cuisine served on our trip.


Because it’s a crossroads to the world, it also has a vast variety of restaurants offering everything from classic Jewish food and Turkish delights to old-world German and Russian specialties. Trendy new Israeli restaurants are the recent rave requiring reservations weeks in advance. Don’t worry about it! Our reservations will be secured for us months in advance!


2. Greater Insight and Ability to Pray for the Middle East!

The Holy Land has been the epicenter of a conflict as old as the patriarchs. FOX News and CNN can’t possibly convey the whole picture. But a visit to Israel will give you much greater insight into the conflict and an ability to pray much more intelligently for the Middle East. You will meet both Jews and Arabs on our trip. You’ll get to know their names and faces—as well as their stories—all of which will inspire you to “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.” (Psalm 122:6)


1. Life-Long Memories and Everlasting Friendships!

Your trip to the Holy Land will change you forever! You will experience the presence of God Himself, see unforgettable sights that will remain as pictures in your mind as long as you live, and make friendships both with those in our group and those you meet in Israel. And the bonds you will make with team members will be like no other! Not only will you get to know your teammates better in 14 days than you could in 5 years at home (No, it’s a good thing!), you will share memories of eternal significance. In fact, the bonds you make with those in our group will be of eternal quality, for Christian friendships last forever! We look forward to making or renewing those friendships with you. So give it every consideration possible. We’d love to have you join us.

Israel-Trip-2013...group-pictureIf you’re interested, write us a comment below, send us an email, or give us a call. To read our personal letter of invitation to you, click this  link – Personal Invitation. Or for details about the trip and our itinerary, simply click this link – 2015 Israel Trip Brochure. In fact, feel free to give Imagine Tours a call yourself if you have questions about finances or other issues. They will be glad to assist you. Here is a link to their website – Imagine Tours and Travel.


Finally, why not take a few more minutes to whet your appetite by taking a Visual Tour of Israel with Imagine Travel. It’ll take your breath away!

Next year in Jerusalem!

Shalom Israel,

Gary and Cheryl






10 Reasons to Visit Israel with Us in 2015


Every Christian should visit Israel at least once, if possible. Israel is a country of unbeatable history, immense natural beauty, world-class culture,  and amazing people. The reasons for visiting are countless, but here are 10 Reasons you can and should join us on our upcoming trip to the Holy Land in April 2015:

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10. It Is A Religious Experience—Literally!

Israel is the holiest place on earth—holy to Jews, holy to Christians, and holy to Muslims. Each year millions of pilgrims from thousands of religious persuasions visit Israel and its Holy City Jerusalem, which is the site of soul-stirring sights like the Temple Mount, the Garden of Gethsemane, the Wailing Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Upper Room, the Garden Tomb, and the Dome of the Rock. That is where Abraham first offered his son in faith to God. Together we will not only tour the miraculous Land of the Bible, we will also worship and experience the presence of the God of the Bible.


9. It Is Safe, and Israel Wants You and Needs You to Visit!

Many people, based on what they hear in the media, think it’s dangerous to visit Israel. But almost everyone after visiting is amazed how wrong they were. Even during the recent bloodshed in the Gaza Strip, 75,000 tourists still safely made their way to all the major sites without even one of them being injured. In fact, more than 8 million tourists visited the Holy Land over the past two years, and every one of them returned home safe and sound. The Christian travel agency, Imagine Tours and Travel, which is customizing our trip, has led over 50,000 tourists to Israel over the past 30 years without one serious incident. You see statistically speaking, it is safer to visit Israel than any other Western country, including the United States. Furthermore, the government of Israel is confident (We are too!) that the present fighting will have ceased long before we visit and assure us that they will not let us come if it will put us in harm’s way. So join us! Israel needs us to support them with our tourism right now!

SEE THIS NEW VIDEO! Pastor Tipton’s group visits Israel and says, “We haven’t felt an ounce of danger!” Click NO DANGER IN ISRAEL! This is also worth seeing! Click NURSE VISITING ISRAEL SAYS, “VISIT NOW!”

(To read about a modern-day miracle that just occurred in Israel and by which God supernaturally protected the nation, click this link – MIRACLE!)


8. The Bible Will Become More Alive And Real To You!

This is the land where Abraham trekked, where Joshua fought the Battle of Jericho, where David and Solomon ruled the most glorious kingdom in history, and where Jesus the Son of God lived, died, rose again, and ascended to heaven. After seeing these and dozens of other places where the events of the Bible took place, you will have new faith in the historicity, accuracy, and reliability of the Bible. You’ll also be able to share your faith with greater accuracy, excitement, and confidence, especially when you show them pictures of where it all took place. That’s right! Lots and lots of pictures! So don’t forget your camera!



7. Sun, Sun, And Yes, More Sun!

That may worry you. “After all,” you say. “I don’t do well in the heat!” That’s why April is an ideal time of year for anyone who wants to visit Israel. Average high temperature in Jerusalem in April is 70 degrees with an average low of 50 degrees, and an average of only 4 days of rain the entire month. Desert places like Masada, En Gedi, Qumran, and the Dead Sea will naturally be warmer, but not unbearable. So yes, you can get a tan, but you don’t have to worry about heat stroke. It is sounding better by the moment, isn’t it?


6. Israel’s Natural Wonders!

Many consider Israel’s Mediterranean coast with its unspoiled beaches (despite their proximity to the cities) a wonder! The beach at Tel Aviv, less than an hour walk to Joppa where Jonah fled from the Lord and Peter raised Dorcas from the dead, is spectacular! To the east the Dead Sea beckons with the saltiest water on earth, perfect to float in (You can’t sink if you try!), and the lowest spot on earth (1,388 feet below sea level) where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered and the Qumran community lived. To the north is the Sea of Galilee where we’ll take a boat ride and imagine we’re fishing with Peter, Andrew, James, and John! By the way, did I mention that Israel is small? Only 70 minutes from the Jerusalem to the Dead Sea, and only 98 minutes from Jerusalem to Nazareth! This means we will see all the sights in 14 days, traveling in our own safe, secure, comfortable, and air-conditioned travel coach! And there’s more—so much more!


Wow! I can’t wait to go! What about you? And those are only the first 5 Reasons you should join us! Wait till you read the Top 5 Reasons in my next post! By the way, if you can’t wait till then to learn more, why not take a few minutes to click on this link and check out our itinerary IMAGINE TOURS AND TRAVEL BROCHURE describing the trip that’s been specially tailored for our group!