Our Story

Temple in Israel

MISSION STATEMENT:

Exposing Christ followers to the Jewish roots of their faith.

OUR STORY

As told by Cam

Mark was captivated by the Holy Land several years and many journeys before I was. I was busy traveling to every other part of the world and had seen most of it but curiously, I had never even thought of going to Israel.

Twice before, Mark had invited me to join him in Israel and I had declined. Then in February 2006, he asked me again to join him on a Holy Land tour in April of that year. He was planning to go for two weeks under the teaching of Kent Dobson, a protege of Ray Vander Laan. Again, I declined. I was scheduled to go to Latin America at that time. But providentially, the Latin trip fell through so I called Mark back and said: "I'm in"! I confess, it crossed my mind that, apart from traveling with my life long friend, this would be “another notch in the belt” of nations for me.

When I finally arrived in Israel that spring, I was nothing less than ambushed by the Holy Land. It was not what I had expected. Where I thought it would be brown and sandy, it was lush and green; where I expected flat landscape, it was as rugged as our Rocky Mountains. The words of Scripture that I’d been reading for more than 25 years began to jump off the page in living colour. Frankly, there were moments when I was moved to tears. What was that about, I wondered?

I am of British descent. When I go to England and Scotland, something resonates there for me, unlike when I travel to places like Ethiopia, Russia, China or India. I think it’s because the British are my people. My family and ancestors came from this part of the world. In a way, I expect there to be a kind of emotional link. But when I go to Israel, I realize the link is even deeper and it goes back thousands of years. This is the link to my spiritual journey, a very connection to God it seems.

After that tour together in April 2006, Mark and I talked about making this trip available to our family and friends. We wanted them all to experience what we had experienced. We thought about taking a small group of a dozen or so with us on a future trip.

Mark has a lifetime of teaching and preaching behind him. He has become steeped in the Land and People of the Bible. I have a background of extensive international travel. Together we sensed the Lord’s favour on this idea of bringing our friends along with us. We just didn’t realize the extent of His vision for us in taking Pilgrims to the Holy Land.

We wanted to create an experience underscored by a solid foundation in the study of God's Word. We wanted people to learn with their feet. We wanted them to see and feel and smell the land. We wanted to create opportunities for them to meet the Israeli people, talk to them and hear their stories and concerns. This was to be no bus tour. This would be an interactive, walking tour - one to remember for a lifetime.

We hosted our first trip in May 2007 with 33 people (a few more than we’d planned!). We returned in May 2008 with 43 pilgrims and later in November 2008 with 27 pilgrims. Educational institutions began to hear about what we were offering (the quality of the teaching and the particular style of the pilgrimage).

Since we began in 2007, we have led an average of two excursions each year. We are excited to be able to offer this remarkable experience to people from many walks of life. We have had many Bible school professors and students join us. We have been honoured to have led many pastors from across Canada to experience Israel as well as missionaries from India, Mexico, Japan, Philippines and Indonesia.

And we offer this experience to you. If you are fit, if you have a longing to investigate the eastern roots of your Christian faith, then this trip is for you.

Won't you join us?



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