TheFootsteps of JesusExperience
A Spiritual Adventure in the Holy Land
May 26-June 8, 2018
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. 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 processing in small groups and free time.
The group will be limited to 22 people so we can get to know each other and 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 5-6 miles a day in warm weather, including hills and stairs.
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 using lots of visual images. 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 nearly 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 $2750 per person double or triple occupancy, not including airfare to Tel Aviv. This includes all your meals and expenses during the trip.
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 and testimonials. If you are interested in joining us, contact Bob 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 $750 made out to "3DM West" to Pam Rognlien, PO Box 7718, Torrance, CA 90504 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 Church of the Holy Sepulcher and Western Wall
Sunday, Day 2: The World of Jesus, Herodians, Sadducees, and Pharisees: Temple Mount, Kidron Valley, Mount of Olives, Jerusalem Museum
Monday, Day 3: The World of Jesus, Romans, Essenes, and Zealots: Qumran, Scroll Caves, Masada, Dead Sea
Tuesday, Day 4: The Birth of Jesus: Bethlehem, Church of the Nativity, Shepherds' Fields, and Herodium Fortress
Wednesday, Day 5: Jesus' Baptism and Temptation: River Jordan, Jesus’ Baptism site, Wadi Kelt, St. George's Monastery, Wilderness of Judea
Thursday, Day 6: Jesus' Home: Jordan Valley, Galilee, Nazareth, Church of the Annunciation, Mount Precipice, Sepphoris, stay at Sea of Galilee
Friday, Day 7: Jesus' Family: Capernaum, ancient Galilee Boat, boat trip on the Sea of Galilee, Cliffs of Arbel, swimming in the lake
Saturday, Day 8: Jesus’ Mission Field: Mount of Beatitudes, Tabgha, Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes, Magdala, First-Century Synagogue, swimming in the lake
Sunday, Day 9: Jesus’ Mission Field: Bethsaida, Hippo, swimming in the lake
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, Pools of Bethesda
Wednesday, Day 12: Jesus' Teaching and Healing in Jerusalem: Temple Mount, Southern Temple Excavations, Western Wall Tunnel, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, Pool of Siloam, return via Herodian Street
Thursday, Day 13: Jesus' Last Supper and Trials: Upper Room, Garden of Gethsemane, St Peter in Galicantu, Palace of Herod, Wohl Museum, 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
Saturday, Day 15: Arrive home!