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The Faith and Works Tour – Grace Bible Church

February 20 – March 3, 2018


Bob Bittick from the Grace Bible Church have worked closely with the staff of Blossoming Rose to design a unique trip to Israel combining 5 days of touring with 3 days of work at Biblical Tamar Park. Church leaders will work alongside Ross Nichols to provide participants with a life-changing experience in the land of Israel. The Scriptures will take on new meaning as you explore the land that God calls His own (Leviticus 25:23) – a land that His eyes are on always (Deuteronomy 11:12). As we walk the time worn streets and surrounding hills and valleys, the Bible will come to life before your very eyes. The tour will transform the way you read and understand the Bible. Throughout the tour, your host will share the stories that you know well from the texts, in the very places where the events took place.

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Highlights

  • Visit Caesarea, the ancient wonder of the world
  • See excavations where 1st century remains were recently discovered
  • Spend some beach time on the Mediterranean Sea and walk the shores of the Sea of Galilee
  • Visit the excavations at Mary Magdalene’s home town
  • Breathtaking views from Mt. Arbel (where Jesus spent many hours in prayer)
  • Visit Capernaum, an authentic reconstruction of the synagogue, in which Jesus preached in the 1st century
  • Watch the sunset from our boat as we worship God together
  • Visit Beit Shean, the huge Roman City built on the ruins of past civilizations
  • Discuss the significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls at Qumran, the site where they were discovered
  • Pray at the Western Wall, visit the Upper Room where Jesus had His meal with His disciples
  • Visit other ancient historic sites like St. Anne’s Church and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher
  • Hike to the springs of Ein Gedi (where David hid from Saul) and view many waterfalls
  • Explore Biblical Tamar Park, the oldest active archeological dig site in Southern Israel


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Volunteer Experience (Optional)

Everyone who registers for this trip is invited to extend his or her tour experience and become a “Volunteer” at Tamar after the tour. This low cost experience is available for up to a maximum of 90 days. Long term volunteers pay only $20 a day for board and room and short term volunteers, who stay less than 30 days, pay $30 a day. Volunteers are needed in various areas such as, horticulture, cooking, housekeeping, mechanical, carpentry, and beautifying the Park.

Volunteering is a unique and special way to bless the Israeli people and the Land, while being able to experience 5,000 years of history. Presenting this history, and how it relates to our Creator, is the reason Blossoming Rose continues to develop Biblical Tamar Park. We are very thankful for all our volunteers and donations that help make this all possible.

Tour Guides & Hosts


Our tours are led by knowledgeable tour guides and hosts and it’s just one of the many benefits that makes our Israel Tours exceptional. Each tour is a unique experience and all of our tours include a visit to Biblical Tamar Park and have the option to extend your stay as a volunteer.

Ross Nichols

Ross K. Nichols

Tour Host


Ross K. Nichols is a Vice-President and an ordained minister and teacher for United Israel World Union. He directs the United Israel Center South in St. Francisville, Louisiana. Each Sabbath, people from all over the world join in for his teachings over our United Israel YouTube channel, inspiring people to live a more authentically biblical lifestyle. Ross is a student and teacher of biblical Hebrew, is knowledgeable about the historical Jesus and late 2nd Temple Judaism, and has spent many years seeking to understand and interpret earliest Christianity from its original and thoroughly Hebraic perspective.


Dr. DeWayne Coxon

Dr. DeWayne Coxon

Tour Facilitator


DeWayne A. Coxon is the founder and President of Blossoming Rose. He received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University and served as a teacher, minister, college instructor/administrator from 1960 – 1984.  Shortly thereafter he founded Blossoming Rose, an organization whose mission is to bless Israel through various programs, including the maintenance and restoration of the 55 acre Biblical Tamar Park.  There is a five-acre archaeology site at the Park, of which Blossoming Rose is curator.  Dr. Coxon has been in Israel for a cumulative seven years.  His knowledge of Jewish, Christian and Muslim history gives him a unique perspective on the Middle East.  He is the author of three books.



Hanoch Young

Tour Guide


Hanoch Young is a licensed Israeli tour guide, an Orthodox Jew, who is known for building bridges between people through his personal outreach. His understanding of the historical relationship between the Jewish people and all who relate to Israel is part of what he shares in his speaking tours in the United States. He is a United States citizen who made Aliyah to Israel and he lives near Jerusalem. People who wish to learn more about the Hebraic roots into Christianity can learn a great deal from his teachings.

The Faith and Works Tour – Grace Bible Church

Day 1


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USA to Israel

We will depart on Tuesday, February 20th, flying overnight and arriving in Israel on Wednesday, February 21st. (We must be at the airport three hours prior to international flight departures.)

Day 2


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Arrive in Tel Aviv, head to Jerusalem (Dinner, walk to Western Wall and Jewish quarter)

Leaving the Tel Aviv airport we will drive from the Mediterraian coastal plain to the mountains of Jerusalem—2600 feet above Sea Level. Time permitting, we will drive to the top of the Mount of Olives for a breathtaking view of the Temple Mount at sunset. We will check into our Jerusalem hotel (the Gloria) and settle into our rooms within the Old City walls. After a delicious dinner, we will take a nice leisurely stroll through the Jewish Quarter to the Western Wall where we will offer our prayers.

Day 3


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Temple Mount, Western Wall Tunnels, Via Dolorosa and Church of the Holy Sepulcher


We will begin our day with a tour of the Temple Mount. Here we will discuss the modern reality of the site presently administered by Jordan as well as the past and future Temples. We will then tour the Western Wall Tunnels. The exposed portion of the Western Wall is approximately 200 feet long; the tunnel provides access to an additional 1,591 ft. of ancient wall. Almost 150 ft. into the tunnel we will see a sealed off entrance to a small synagogue known as “The Cave.” This is believed to be the closest point one can get to the Ancient Holy of Holies.

 

Day 4



Mount of Olives, Mt. Zion Dig, Zion Gate, Upper Room, Pilate’s judgment seat, Garden Tomb, Mt. of Olives, Sea of Galilee, and Boat Ride.


We will begin our day with a walking tour. The tour will include the traditional sites of David’s Tomb and Upper Room. We will also visit the newly discovered authentic site of Pontius Pilate’s Judgement Seat with the Gabbatha Pavement and the Praetorium where Jesus spent the final hours of his life before being crucified. After our walking tour, we will take the bus to the Garden Tomb for a tour and then go to the top of the Mount of Olives for a breathtaking view of the Old City before going to the Galilee, stopping  at Shiloh time permitting. At sunset we will take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee and then settle into our rooms at the Leonardo Club on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.

Day 5



Caesarea Philippi, Tel Dan, Golan Heights, and lunch in Druze Village


We begin our tour of the Galilee with a stop at Caesarea Phillipi, mentioned in the synoptic gospels as the place where Jesus ask his disciples, “Who do men say that I am?” From here we can see the foot of Mount Hermon and discuss the messianic significance of this place (Psalm 133). Next we will visit the site of Tel Dan, where according to II Kings 10:29 and II Chronicles 13:8, Jeroboam led the northern kingdom of Israel away from the true faith. We then travel to up into the Golan to Katzrine, the Jewish provincial capital and on to the borders of Syria and Lebanon. Time permitting, we will stop at a lovely chocolate shop and then travel back to our Hotel at Tiberias for dinner, a nighttime stroll along the shore and our final night in Tiberias.

Day 6



Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum, Jericho, Qumran, and Tamar


We begin our day with a journey to the traditional site of the Mount of the Beatitudes where we will discuss some of Jesus’ most cherished and best known teachings. We will then travel to Capernaum where Jesus made his HQ and moved his family. Here we will also tour a third Century synagogue, built upon the visible remains of a first century synagogue. As we travel around the Sea of Galilee you will see sites whose names are associated with the Christian New Testament. After our driving tour around the Galilee, we will begin our journey to the south, traveling along the Jordan River. We will take some time to visit the ancient ruins of Jericho where “the walls came tumbling down.” We will visit Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Here we will see cisterns, a cemetery, ruins of a dining facility and of course the famous caves where nearly 800 ancient scrolls were discovered. We will continue on to the southern Biblical border of Israel, Tamar (Ez. 47-48) and move into our rooms at Biblical Tamar Park. The Park Supervisor and volunteer workers will welcome us with an American style meal in the dining room. After dinner we will relax and visit together before an open fire in the Sukkah next to the dining room. This is a special place that will allow us to experience the wilderness regions of Israel.

Day 7 & 8



Work days at Biblical Tamar Park, Mt. Hor, and Dead Sea


On Monday and Tuesday our group will perform service work at the beautiful Biblical Tamar Park. We will use our talents to provide a valuable service to the Park. There will be time in the evening for walking tours of the fascinating archaeological ruins located at the Park as well as discussions about the important and strategic location of this ancient site. We will have our tour bus at Tamar and so at 2:30 pm we will board our bus and tour local historic sites. On Monday we will go to Mt. Hor, the burial mountain of Aaron and on Tuesday we will spend the afternoon at the Dead Sea enjoying the healing waters.  Those who want to stay in the Park can sit under one of the oldest trees in Israel and there is always time to take a hike up to the top of Prayer Mountain to view the sunset.

Day 9


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Biblical Tamar Tour, Masada, and Ein Gedi


We will begin our day with a visit to the ancient fortress of Masada, known today as the site where 960 revolutionary Jewish holdouts died rather than surrender to the Romans. Some will choose to run or hike the famed “snake path” up the side of Masada, while others will take the cable car to the top. We will learn that Masada was originally built by the Maccabees, and fortified by Herod the Great between 37-31 BCE as a refuge for himself in the event of a revolt. From the top of Masada you will be able to look down upon the ruins of Roman encampments. We will visit an ancient “synagogue without walls” atop Masada. We will continue north to the famous national Park of Ein Gedi where young David hid from King Saul in the caves.  The water falls and the wild animals are beautiful to see. We will go back to Tamar for dinner and then another peaceful night’s rest.

Day 10


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Work day at Biblical Tamar

Our group will perform its final work day at the beautiful Biblical Tamar Park. We will finish the day by cleaning up our work site and putting away all the tools. We will spend some time relaxing in the Sukkah and talk about our experiences together in the land of Israel. There will be time to take another hike up Prayer Mountain before settling into our rooms.

Day 11


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Tel Sheva, Shopping and free time in Jerusalem, flights home


We will depart Biblical Tamar Park by way of Beersheva and stop at Tel Sheva, Abraham’s area of residence as we journey back to Jerusalem for some final shopping, and to take in, once again the ambiance of the Holy City. At 6:30 pm, we will catch our bus back to the airport for our flights back home.

Day 12


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Flight home to the USA

We will arrive back in the USA in the morning, having gained the seven hours back that we lost when we arrived in Israel. We will check through customs and go to our connecting flights home. Shalom!

Tour Dates:

February 20 – March 3, 2018

Price:

$2,095 (airfare not included)

Tours Include:
  • Hotels-Breakfast/Dinner
  • All sites listed on the itinerary
  • National Park Pass Galilee Boat Ride

  • Bus Transfers to and from Airport
  • Not Included:
  • Lunches
  • Dinner March 2
  • Hotel housekeeping tips
  • Flight insurance
  • Final Dinner
  • Airfare
  • Optional Entrance Fees