What makes this trip different from others?
Our Israel Study tours are a unique offering amongst typical Holy Land tours.
Academic Integrity ~ We have a high standard for academic integrity within Biblical, geographical, cultural, and archaeological studies. Holy Land Christian tours often focus on tradition to the exclusion of archaeological evidence and academic honesty. For example, Protestants often prefer the beautiful setting of the “Garden Tomb” for their picture of the resurrection. However, no amount of preference will change the fact that the “Garden Tomb” is not a First-Century tomb but is instead from the Iron Age (C9-C7 BC) and therefore could not be the new tomb spoken of in the Gospels. We will continuously strive to give you the most up-to-date, trustworthy information on each site. We believe that Christ is worthy of this commitment.
Long-Term Investment ~ We strive to equip you for your own studies and engagement with the Text and the land so that you can pursue your relationship with both ancient and modern Israel long after your study tour with us concludes. It is our desire that you fall deeply in love with your Messiah, the Biblical Text and the land of Israel, so that your life is changed forever. We pray that you will never read the Bible the same again; what was once black and white is now color; what was once one-dimensional is now three.
Pastoral and Communal ~ We approach each tour participant as we do members of our church community at home, seeking to shepherd and care for the flock, as we together follow in the footsteps of Jesus. The community that is formed during our two weeks together continues for a lifetime, with many participants remaining close friends and supporting one another for years to come. Within this comes one of our most unique offerings: participating within a rabbinic system for two weeks as we walk and study together, imagining and experiencing what it may have been like 2000 years ago to be a community of talmidim (disciples) following Rabbi Jesus.
Is it safe?
Due in large part to the images portrayed in the media, this question is among the first regarding travel to Israel. All daily activity involves some risk, whether here or abroad and there is no such thing as a guarantee of absolutely safety. However, to put the news in perspective, the risk of road death in the United States is nearly eight times higher than the risk of death by terrorism in Israel. The community culture of Israel is actually much safer than most bedroom communities in America. This is observed daily as even the very young take themselves to and from schools and shops without worry.
We take great pains to ensure the safety of everyone on our tours, with the worst injury thus far being a blister. Our travel within the boundaries of Israel avoids places of tension and focuses instead on ancient Biblical sites. It is not unusual for us to go an entire day without encountering others from any other group.
What will I need?
A packing list will be provided along with your registration materials and study guide. If you do not already have a pair of hiking boots, purchase a pair as soon as possible and begin to break them in and make them our own. Remember, you must break in your feet as well as your shoes if you want to avoid blisters on the trip.
Can I invite others?
As long as space is available, all are welcome!
Can I get academic credit?
Contact your academic institution directly to determine whether or not directed study credits may be available.
Is there Financial Aid?
Neither Come and Learn To Walk nor Spark Church offers any financial aid for our trips. However, if you would like advice and guidance for fundraising, please contact us. Past trip participants have been greatly blessed through the support of friends, family and colleagues and it is our prayer that none should be deterred from participation due to finances. Be assured, we have worked very hard to keep the trip price competitive and all-inclusive. We believe that the value of the trip will far exceed your investment.
Can I book my own flight, fly out from a different airport, or use airline miles?
YES. Our trips are open to the public for people from anywhere in the world. You will be asked to work with our partner travel agent in making your own arrangements. Please note, the cost of the trip may be different from the cost quoted in our publications.
Can I purchase travel insurance?
YES. We do not arrange for, or include travel insurance in our pricing as each participant may have different needs. If you are interested in travel insurance, we recommend Travel Guard.
Can I bring my kids?
Children are more than welcome to participate in our tours. In our experience, both young and old have can have a highly positive and successful experience, given the right motivation and preparation. Please contact us if you’d like to connect with past participant families for advice and guidance. Experiencing Israel as a child along with your family is a blessing that will abide in their reading of the Text forever.
I’m in High School – can I still participate?
Absolutely! High school students are more than welcome to register for the Study Tour.
If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.