Craig In August 2006, my wife and I, pastors of Craig Assembly of God, and Troy Lewis, pastor of Steamboat Christian Center, decided to go on a pastor's familiarization tour to Israel, which was hosted by the Rocky Mountain District Council of the Assemblies of God.
Knowing what a hotbed the Middle East is, I was not as excited about the trip as everyone else. However, I relented and went, flying from Hayden to Chicago and then to Amman, Jordan. After spending the night in Amman, we traveled by tour bus into Israel. It was a life-changing trip for not only the three of us, but for everyone who went on the trip.
On the return flight, the three of us thought it would be a wonderful experience for the people of our churches.
The excitement escalated as we began to plan and raise funds to give as scholarships to help those who wanted to go with us. In June, we had the privilege of helping host "Ride the Rockies" bicyclists. As a church, we planned three meals and opened our church to others who needed a place to sleep. The Lord richly blessed our efforts and blessed us as well for we were very privileged to meet some wonderful people from all over the world. Then we began to sell fruit to add to the scholarship money.
Now we are actually on our way.
On Monday, 11 people from our church will leave Craig at 7:15 a.m. and drive to Steamboat to meet up with 24 going from there. We will drive to Denver and catch a plane to Atlanta.
After leaving Atlanta, we will arrive in Tel Aviv at 5:20 p.m. Tuesday.
From there, we will travel by tour bus to Tiberias and spend the next couple of days touring the region of the Sea of Galilee. We will visit the Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum, see the place where Jesus fed the 5,000 and where he asked Peter to "feed my sheep."
From there, we will travel to Nazareth, Cana Maggedo and Caesarea before we enter Jerusalem. We also will visit Bethlehem, Jericho, Masada, En Gede and the Dead Sea.
We want to thank each of you who brought fruit this summer to help make this trip possible.