AG CENTENNIAL ISRAEL TRIP | Go Back

Mar 27-Apr 07
2014

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Join the AG Executive Leadership and Presbyters for a historic trip to Israel celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Assemblies of God USA!

Journey "In the Footsteps of Pentecost." You will experience Israel through the viewpoint of land, language, and culture, of both modern and biblical worlds. It will be the trip of a lifetime!

"My own life and ministry have been extraordinarily enriched through the thirty-five plus trips I've made to the Biblical lands. My understanding of the Bible and contemporary events have been greatly helped by these experiences."
Dr. George O. Wood
General Superintendent, Assemblies of God


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PROGRAM ITINERARY

DAY 1 - THURSDAY, MARCH 27
We leave the States for a journey to the land where the Bible will unfold before our eyes. We will walk, see, feel and touch the roots of our faith, encounter the Lord and sense His presence.

DAY 2 - FRIDAY, MARCH 28
Flying over the Atlantic Ocean and over Europe, we reach the shores of the land of the Bible. Upon our arrival to the Ben Gurion airport we will be met by our guide and transferred to our hotel in Tel Aviv on the coast of the Mediterranean, for a wonderful buffet dinner and a good night’s rest.

DAY 3 - SATURDAY, MARCH 29: COASTAL PLAIN
After a rich Israeli breakfast, we will begin our tour of Israel at Caesarea for our opening gathering. This is the city of Cornelius the Centurion, the first Gentile to convert (Acts 10). We will visit the Roman theatre where we will have our opening service, see the harbor from which the apostle Paul sailed to Rome, and see the impressive first-century water aqueduct. Leaving the Mediterranean coast, we travel north to Mt. Carmel, where Elijah held the contest with 450 prophets of Baal (I Kings 18). We then journey through the Valley of Jezreel. At Megiddo we will view the excavations of 21 layers of settlement superimposed one on the other, the remains from Solomon's days (I Kings 9). We will then head to our hotel in Tiberias on the Lake of Galilee where we will be for 3 nights.

DAY 4 - SUNDAY, MARCH 30: AREA OF THE TRIBE OF DAN
Today we journey to the spectacular north of Israel. Following the accounts described in the Gospel of Luke chapter 9, we reach Mt. Hermon, where the earliest Christian traditions place Jesus’ Transfiguration. At the foot of Mt. Hermon, we visit Banias, one of the headwaters of the Jordan River and site of Caesarea Philippi, in whose region Peter confessed Jesus as the Messiah. From there, we will continue to the Dan Nature Reserve. After a refreshing walk through the beautiful reserve, we will see Jeroboam's Altar (I Kings 12). We will also see a city gate from the time of Abraham the Patriarch and learn about the importance of the gate in the social life of the city in the Old Testament times.

DAY 5 - MONDAY, MARCH 31: AROUND THE SEA OF GALILEE
Today our journey takes us to the land where 95% of Jesus’ ministry recorded in the Gospels took place. Our day begins at Almagor, where we will overlook the plain of Beitsaida, where the feeding of the 5,000 took place and discuss the ministry of John the Baptist and Jesus’ baptism. We will travel to Capernaum, where Jesus taught in the synagogue and spent much of His ministry (Matthew 4), the Mount of Beatitudes, where he preached the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), and Korazin, the remains of one of the cities in which Jesus ministered. In the evening, we experience a wonderful boat ride on the Lake of Galilee, worshipping our Lord who calms storms.

DAY 6 - TUESDAY, APRIL 1: JORDAN VALLEY TO JERUSALEM
Before leaving the beautiful Galilee, we travel to the Yardenit (Jordan River) baptismal site for a baptismal service and devotions. Afterwards, we will drive to Nazareth, Jesus’ boyhood home, and see the ancient homes. Next, we stop at Mt. of Precipice (Luke 4) for a wondrous view of the Jezreel Valley. On our way to Jerusalem, we drive through Jezreel Valley along the coast up into the hill country to Shiloh (Joshua 18:1-2). Here the tent of meeting and the Ark of the Covenant resided when the Israelites established themselves in the Promised Land; here Eli and Samuel served before the Lord (1 Samuel 1-2). Next, we travel to Nebi Samwil, which overlooks the biblical site of Gibeon where at the request of Joshua God caused the sun to stand still (Joshua 10). From the heights of Nebi Samwil, we will have our first look at the Golden City of the Mighty King: JERUSALEM.

DAY 7 - WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2: TEMPLE MOUNT AND THE CITIES OF DAVID
Our morning begins on the Temple Mount where we will see the impressive Dome of the Rock. After exiting the Temple Mount, we visit the Western Wall, part of the retaining wall of the Temple Mount and the most sacred site in Judaism. We exit Dung Gate and visit the oldest part of Jerusalem, the City of David and its incredible archaeological remains. Our afternoon takes us to the hometown of David, Bethlehem where we visit the birthplace of Jesus, the Church of the Nativity. Our time in Bethlehem includes a visit to Shepherds’ Fields, which overlooks the fields where David shepherded his flocks and the shepherds heard the good news of the birth of Jesus, the son of David.

DAY 8 - THURSDAY, APRIL 3: THE JERUSALEM OF JESUS
This morning we start by visiting Jaffa Gate in the vicinity of the palace of Herod the Great and its praetorium (Mark 15:16). From Jaffa Gate, we walk through the Armenian Quarter to the Jewish Quarter of the Old City descending to the Byzantine Cardo of Jerusalem where we see the walls of ancient Jerusalem dating to the eighth century B.C. and the second century B.C. In the Jewish Quarter, we visit the Herodian Quarter, which contains three houses from the first century that most likely belonged to the high priests of the Temple. We walk to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the site of Jesus’ crucifixion, burial, and resurrection. We exit the Old City and journey to Yad Vashem, the memorial to the Holocaust, which allows us to understand the miraculous birth of the modern State of Israel.

DAY 9 - FRIDAY, APRIL 4: DEAD SEA
Today we will leave Jerusalem and descend towards the Dead Sea, the lowest place in the world at 1300 ft. below sea level. Our first stop is the astonishing ruins of Masada. Using a cable car, we reach Herod's magnificent fortress and the site of Jewish rebels stand against Rome. Well preserved storehouses, cisterns and palaces will be among the features to visit. Our next stop will be at En Fescha, a desert oaisis along the shores of the Dead Sea. We will continue to the Dead Sea for a float on the salty sea. Our day ends with a stop at the Wadi Qilt (Jericho Road Overlook) for a devotional.

DAY 10 - SATURDAY, APRIL 5: ISRAEL MUSEUM AND GARDEN TOMB
Our morning begins with a visit to the Israel Museum where we will see the world famous Dead Sea Scrolls and the Shrine of the Book that houses them. We will also see a scale model of Jerusalem just before its destruction by the Romans in A.D. 70. Next we stop at the Garden Tomb. The remainder of the day you will have some free time. You may want to re-visit a certain site, stroll on your own or do some shopping. Our tour bus will function as a shuttle bus and different activities will be suggested.

DAY 11 - SUNDAY, APRIL 6: MOUNT OF OLIVES AND THE SOUTHERN WALL EXCAVATIONS
Our morning begins with one last overlook of Jerusalem from the Mt. of Olives. We will walk down the traditional Palm Sunday Processional visiting the church of Dominus Flevit (“Our Lord Wept”), which commemorates Jesus’ weeping over Jerusalem. Continuing down the mountain, we stop at the Garden of Gethsemane where we reflect on Jesus’ agonizing moments wrestling to submit to the will of his Father (Luke 22). Ascending through the Kidron Valley, we enter Lion’s Gate and visit the Pools of Bethesda (John 5) where we enter the Crusader church of St. Anne. Our group will join together to experience an incredible time of singing. In the afternoon, we gather in the Davidson Center (Southern Wall Excavations) at the southern end of the Temple Mount. On the Southern Steps leading into the Temple Mount our program ends with a rally, “To the Ends of the Earth,” celebrating our Pentecostal heritage in a place where Jesus most definitely stood.

DAY 12 - MONDAY, APRIL 7: RETURN HOME
Depart early for home, after fulfilling a lifetime dream of seeing, touching and breathing the very places we have only read about until now. Arriving home, our Bible will never be the same, for it will be alive in front of our eyes and in our hearts forever.

PLEASE NOTE:
The itinerary is as described but is subject to local conditions at the time of the tour. The itinerary may change at the discretion of the tour director(s) or land operators. Due to the size of the group, the order of sites visited each day may vary.




PROGRAM ACCOMMODATIONS

March 28 - 29
Tel Aviv, Israel: Herods Hotel and Crowne Plaza

March 29 - April 1
Tiberias, Israel: Caesar Premier Hotel

April 1 - 7
Jerusalem, Israel: Ramada Jerusalem Hotel


PROGRAM COST

Pricing Options:
New York (JFK) - $3,690.00
Chicago (ORD) - $3,750.00
Los Angeles (LAX) - $3,750.00
Dallas (DFW) - $3,820.00 
St. Louis (STL) - $3,820.00
Tampa (TPA) - $3,820.00
Phoenix (PHX) - $3,870.00
Oklahoma City (OKC) - $3,940.00
Sioux Falls (FSD) - $4,000.00
Springfield (SGF) - $3,945.00
Land Cost Only - $2,340.00

There is an additional charge of $663.00 when registering for a single room.

BALANCE DUE: December 2, 2013
TRAVEL FORMS DUE: December 2, 2013

PLEASE NOTE:
All cancellations forfeit the deposit fee; however, registrants may apply their deposit to another program within twelve months of their initial registration date.


PROGRAM REGISTRATION

Online Registration Instructions:
  1. Click on the register button at the top of this page
  2. Create your online user profile account
  3. Complete the online registration form
  4. Submit your deposit
  5. Receive your email confirmation


To register by phone, please call 1-855-700-CHLS (2457).

Travel Forms and Documents:
Once you have completed the registration process, please complete the following forms included in the Travel Forms Packet [preview]:

  • Emergency Contact Form
  • Medical Form
  • Terms and Conditions Form
  • Conduct Agreement Form (for study abroad and youth programs only)

Also, please submit the following documentation:
  • Passport photocopy* (click here to obtain or renew your passport)
  • Proof of proper overseas emergency medical coverage 


*A photocopy of the picture and personal information page(s) of your passport is required. Be sure the photocopy is of sufficient quality to serve as a secondary photo ID.

PLEASE NOTE:
All participants under the age of 18 must have the Parental Consent Form [preview] completed on their behalf by their parent(s) or legal guardian(s).


WHY TRAVEL WITH CHLS?

The Center for Holy Lands Studies (CHLS) not only works hard to ensure fair and competitive pricing; we strive to offer study programs that uphold the highest standards of historical, cultural, linguistic, geographical, and archeological accuracy.

Amidst a tour industry where selling trips is often more important than the content of those trips, CHLS offers an alternative which successfully integrates both spiritual renewal and academic integrity.

We not only take our participants to the sites of the Bible; we use the biblical sites as portals through which our participants are then able to enter into the world and thought of the Bible gaining a clearer sense of its events and message.

"Five Gospels record the life of Jesus. Four you will find in books and one you will find in the land they call Holy. Read the fifth Gospel and the world of the four will open to you."
St. Jerome




USER PROFILE

Once you are registered for a program, you will have the opportunity to access your user profile account.

The user profile will help you do the following:

  • View your payment status (or group's status
  • Make a payment towards your trip*
  • Download the Travel Forms

*In the case of group registrations, the first registrant added will be considered the payment administrator—the only person able to view the group balance and make payments through the user profile on behalf of the group. 

If you register more than one person, please be aware of the following:
  1. Email confirmations will be sent to the email addresses provided for each additional person
  2. Each additional registrant must click on the link provided in the email confirmation in order to sync his/her registration with his/her user profile account 
  3. Upon clicking on the email link, each additional registrant will have to create his/her own user profile or sign-into an existing account with CHLS