San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
TheFootsteps of JesusExperience
A Spiritual Adventure in the Holy Land
April 29-May 12, 2017
The Footsteps of Jesus Experience is a unique two-week journey to the places where Jesus lived, made disciples, built a spiritual family, and fulfilled his mission. It is not a tour, it is a spiritual pilgrimage. We focus on the historically verifiable sites from Jesus’ life and the spiritual impact these can have on us personally. The trip begins by exploring the Old Testament roots and the social setting of the Gospels in and around Jerusalem, Judea, and the Dead Sea. Then we follow the course of Jesus’ life from his birth in the city of Bethlehem, to the Sea of Galilee where he called his disciples, to the far north of Israel, and then back to Jerusalem for the climactic conclusion of our journey.
Each day will begin with time for prayer and Scripture-reading based on our itinerary that day. We will visit the sites with the greatest historical significance that illuminate the biblical account of Jesus’ life. At each site we will offer an overview of the history and archeology and then conclude with a time of biblical reflection, sharing, and prayer. Each day we will pause at a meaningful place for worship and teaching. The evenings will alternate between opportunities for worship, processing in small groups, and free time.
The group will be limited to 22 people so we can get to know each other and to facilitate more flexible movement. We will stay in Christian guesthouses within the ancient walled city of Jerusalem and on the peaceful shores of the Sea of Galilee. We visit many sites by foot so participants need to be physically fit and able to walk 4-5 miles a day up hills in warm weather.
Before departure you will have the chance to participate in an eight-session online preparatory course introducing the biblical history and archaeology of the sites we will be visiting. The course includes an extensive handbook with hundreds of maps, plans, charts, and site reconstructions, which will become your reference guide for the trip. This book also includes reflection questions on key Scriptures related to the sites we will be visiting each day and space to do some journaling.
Our trip leader is Bob Rognlien, pastor, teacher, and guide with over 30 years’ experience, along with his wife Pam. Bob and Pam have lived in Jerusalem where Bob conducted post-graduate studies in the archaeology and sociology of Jesus’ life. The cost of the trip is $2650 per person, not including airfare to Tel Aviv. This includes all your meals and expenses during the trip.
To repeat for clarity, this is not a tour, it is a spiritual pilgrimage. Many people who have taken this journey with us over the last 20 years have called it the trip of a lifetime. It is certainly an unforgettable experience that will profoundly shape your reading of the Gospels and your walk with Jesus. Go to www.footsteps-experience.com for more information. If you are interested in joining us, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited, so if you are feeling led to join us on this spiritual adventure, send a non-refundable deposit check for $650 made out to “God Experience” to Pam Rognlien at 21319 Evalyn Ave, Torrance, CA 90503 or pay online on at http://footsteps-experience.com/register
Friday, Day 0: Depart for Tel Aviv
Saturday, Day 1: Arrive Tel Aviv PM, stay in Old City of Jerusalem, evening visit to Holy Sepulcher and Western Wall
Sunday, Day 2: The World of Jesus, Sadducees and Pharisees: Jerusalem Museum, Temple Mount, Mount of Olives (Abraham and Issac)
Monday, Day 3: The World of Jesus, Essenes & Zealots: Wilderness of Judea, Qumran, Masada, Dead Sea (Joseph)
Tuesday, Day 4: The Birth of Jesus: Bethlehem, Shepherds' Fields, and Herodium (David)
Wednesday, Day 5: Jesus' Baptism and Temptation: River Jordan, Wadi Kelt, St. George's Monastery
Thursday, Day 6: Jesus' Home in Galilee: Nazareth, Sepphoris, Cliffs of Arbel, stay at Sea of Galilee
Friday, Day 7: Jesus' Headquarters: Capernaum, ancient Galilee Boat, boat trip on the lake
Saturday, Day 8: Jesus’ Mission Field: Magdala, Tabgha, Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes, Mount of Beatitudes
Sunday, Day 9: Jesus’ Mission Field: Chorazin, Bethsaida, Kursi, Hippo
Monday, Day 10: Jesus' Retreats: Gamla, Caesarea Philippi, Banias Waterfalls, return to Jerusalem
Tuesday, Day 11: Jesus’ Triumphal Entry: Bethany, Lazarus’ Tomb, Mt. of Olives, Pater Noster, Dominus Flevit
Wednesday, Day 12: Jesus' Teaching and Healing in Jerusalem: Temple Mount, Pools of Bethesda & Siloam, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, return via Herodian Street or Hakeldema and Hinnom Valley
Thursday, Day 13: Jesus' Last Supper & Trials: Upper Room, St Peter in Galicantu, Garden of Gethsemane, Wohl Museum, Palace of Herod, Passover dinner
Friday, Day 14: Jesus' Crucifixion & Resurrection: Via Dolarosa, Golgotha, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Easter Service at Herodian Family Tomb, closing dinner, depart Tel Aviv on evening flight
Saturday, Day 15: Arrive home!