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MINISTRY DIRECTOR, Zambia

EVERLYN C

I had wishes to have an opportunity to visit Israel, but I never knew how it would happen. It was a life changing experience; I now have a different perspective altogether. Memories of seeing the Garden Tomb, well polished and that He is not Here, for He has Risen, will always be with me. I have purposed to help other people seek the true living God of Israel in a way that is Biblical. I have already begun sharing my experience of what I learnt about how God is perceived in Israel. God is the Living running water in the sun-scorched desert. My prayer and worship life has taken a different turn for better. I am very conscious of His presence of love and care for me and for all humanity. I am considering myself an ambassador to all I minister to. I have a very good impression of the land, the people and their culture because of the teaching and explanation of the Pastor Mark. I will always value this wonderful experience.


CAMP DIRECTOR, Zambia

MOSES M

With a grateful heart, I write to sincerely thank you for the warm welcome and kind support in Israel. The experience was amazing, life changing and edifying. There were a lot of lessons learnt such as the importance of continuing in one’s life journey without giving up along the way (Moses and the wilderness experience); Moses and Joshua; the Zealots-how much they waited on God and trusted Him completely; the sheep and the shepherds; the influence and power Rome had over the children of Israel and people like Herod the great. It was very interesting to know that Jesus’ disciples were much younger than him, except for Peter. From that, it is evident on how important it is to invest in young people. In addition, I was so humbled by the teachings of Pastor Mark. He has really impacted my life. I now read the Bible with different lenses. Thank you so much and God bless you all.


CHILDREN'S WORKER, Zambia

JANI U

Thank you so much Fifth Gospel for allowing God to use you to organise such a wonderful trip to Israel that was fully packed with great rabbinical lessons. It was like a dream to me as I walked where Jesus walked 2000 years ago. May the Lord continue to use you and provide resources to organize more trips that will benefit others. I had a personal encounter with God when we were sailing on the Sea of Galilee. My prayer is that the Lord will use me to disciple children in the same manner that Jesus did.


CONSULTANT

BOB C

I speak of Israel nearly every day. The last time I was with you was in 2010.
I am forever impacted by walking the land that I pictured when I was preaching. Experiencing the physical land and learning about the Chosen People bridged a huge gap in my Biblical understanding. By experiencing the land, it created a hunger to use interactive teachings in both my ministry and my business. I recommend this trip highly to anyone who wants to make a connection between the Written Word and the Holy Land.


REALTOR

Wayne M

This was an awesome experience, walking in Jesus' backyard. Better undertanding of Biblical context and audiences. Great teachings at Caesarea Philippi. Loved Mount Arbel - an exhilarating achievement. Kobe (our Israeli guide) added great value to our trip with his updates on Israel's political situation and wars since 1967. You guys are doing an awesome ministry and I encourage you to take this to all churches.


BUSINESS

The LUTZ's

It’s hard to believe that we’ve been home a month already. My pictures are still a mess, but we’ve shown bits and pieces to so many folks and all our memories come flooding back as we share the unbelievable experiences we encountered with the group.


MISSIONARY

HEATHER H

I am so, so, so thankful for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to come here. I'm soaking it all up. Thank you! Also, thanks for taking us off the beaten track... I am glad to imagine and interact vs. just visit tombs & churches.


PILGRIM

CHRYSOGON G

On a "regular" tour, we acquire a large amount of information - a western tour. On this tour/expedition, we get close enough to the land that Israel really gets under our skin. I've never had the covenant taught like it was today - never seen mercy so clearly in the Old Testament. It has been amazing to me how the desert can be a land flowing with milk. I am aware, again, that the hard places are the most valuable for learning about God and learning to know Him. The opportunity to share and interact during the teaching times really enriched the experience. Mark's teaching was life changing.


MISSIONARY

JENNIFER F

I loved the trip. I have learned so much from the teachings, the history of the Jewish culture and the people on the trip. I believe I have fallen in love with Israel and have seen how much the Lord loves His people and all of us.


STUDENT

JONATHAN R

One of the best trips I have ever or probably will ever take. Challenging, encouraging and educational in many ways


LAWYER

DENNIS R

Great organization. Great teaching. Great everything. Thanks. The entire experience, the challenges: physical and spiritual were excellent. The group interaction was excellent.


MISSIONARY

HELEN V

So many insightful life lessons based upon principles from Scripture, and taught in a rabbinical model with much passion! Will stay in my heart always.


PILGRIM

GRACE R

It was a very challenging day for me, but also a day of great accomplishment. I know that the Shepherd was giving me strength and that I had to rely on Him to finish the race. It made me think how hard it is to follow a leader, and to totally rely on the Shepherd. I can see why they grumbled and complained: I would do the same.


MEDICAL DOCTOR

PER L

Incredible teaching!!! Everyday, I feel challenged, blessed an encouraged.


STUDENT

REBECCA R

It was great to discuss how we keep the Sabbath. It gave me an understanding of what it means to "rest". Sabbath isn't just a time to stop doing things, but a time to do things that re-energize me.


PILGRIM

GRACE R

I really appreciate the Rabbi who is leading us. There is so much to learn in the desert and it is really impacting my life. The experience is so real that I know how much God cares for me and love me.


OPTOMETRIST

TUCK W

We meet God in the desert - It makes so much sense! I'm convinced that unless we have our own "desert experience", we will never really and fully be able to engage God. We are so much more effective after we've been broken.


PILGRIM

LESLIE W

The past one and a half years, Jesus has taken me on a journey of "inner healing". I know God has something very special for me here. How cool to wander around in His desert as He bring me out of mine!


MISSIONARY

HELEN V

God uses the culture of the people and the natural tapestry of the land to bring forward a covenant that He Himself fulfills - amazing!


PILGRIM

LIL T

Thanks, Mark and Cam, for all your work in making this trip so worthwhile. I enjoyed the variety of sites, adventures, worship experience and around the table sharing with you and other pilgrims.


MISSIONARY

HELEN V

The opulence and grandioseness of Beth Shean is in stark contrast to the humble community of Chorazin - a clear visual display of the differences between Hellenism and Judaism. My heart is called to share in community but I know also that westen hellenism pervades my daily life.


BUSINESSMAN

ARIE R

Beth Shean was spectacular in its day. But it ended up in ruins. Man had made himself god and this will always end in destruction.


CHRISTIAN LEADER

LORRAINE B

I have talked to many who are deeply impacted by the teaching.


MOTHER

RAFAELA F

I haven't cried for a long time; I think my heart was hardened. But when I sat near the Garden of Gethsemane, my tears just kept falling. Indeed, religion can't save these people - only Jesus Christ. I will try my best to witness to those God will put along my way.


STUDENT

REBECCA R

It was eye opening to realize how much of God's Word to me (through the Bible) I have missed because I don't understand the context behind it. Today hurt something in my soul. It was difficult to see a city which, even after two thousand years, is still so far away from understanding the truth of who Jesus is and why He came.


GRAPHIC DESIGN

RANDY L

Just a note of thanks to Mark and Cam for an amazing life transforming experience. You guys far exceeded my expectations, brought me places in Israel and in my life that I desperately needed to go. For a small window in my life I had the chance to walk in the footprints of God's people and see how God uses everyday people to speak his word into our broken world. I hope and pray I can one day take my kids through this experience.

Thanks again for what you've done and are doing for us!


Retired

ANN W

I have been changed because of the teaching which deeply moved my soul. This was a once in a lifetime experience for me. The trip was exhausting but worth it; the hiking was an awesome experience. I think Cam and Mark did well by setting the tone, being friendly to each of us and mingling with everyone at meal times.


Home Renovator

KEN Z

God really met me and touched my heart. It was a spiritual journey for my soul. The hiking, although somewhat strenuous, gets your mind set on what Jesus and his forefathers experienced.


Retired

SUMI K

Thoughts of my Israel trip gives me a lot of warm fuzzies. It’s hard to believe it will be 6 years this fall. It was a timely visit for me as I so enjoyed my roommate Anne and my family group. We had such a good time with so many laughs and as I look back that was very special. Visiting the land where Jesus walked and talked and where so many Biblical stories took place was more than my head could take in. There was so much amazing history and spiritual lessons learned it was just awesome.


Business

JONATHAN R

Far beyond what I was expecting!!! Absolutely first class job. If I was to critique, I would have liked to learn a bit more about the Israel/Palistinian situation. As I have already told you Cam, I would have paid double - trip of a lifetime.


Missionary

BRENDA G

After receiving Christ in my life 25 years ago, I can really say this has been one of the greatest experiences in my Christian life. Thank you for making this possible for me. I go back home wanting to change my world.


Retired

JUNE M

This whole trip exceeded my expectations (which were sky high). The last 2+ years were a kind of desert for me - and I was ready to receive what God had to say to me on this trip. He touched me in each session and did a "deeper work" in me. I am excited to go home, read the text through new eyes and impact my world in His power.


Pastor

ERROL R

The trip met or exceeded all my expectations. Being able to visualize many biblical places/areas means that I"ll read the Scripture differently from now on, "seeing" the desert, Caesarea Philippi etc in my mind's eye.


Homemaker

MARIE F

I really liked the questions to ponder and reflect on in my own life. I have also felt a drive to learn more and am excited to be able to picture the sites as I read my Bible.


Administrator

CAROL O

The fresh young vines [in the olive grove] growing out of old knarled trunks was a fabulous picture of Christians being grafted into the Jewish faith.


Police Officer

DAVE S

Amazing - tiring, but would not want to miss anything.


Music Teacher

WENDY C

Every day held a new highlight; just when I would think I had seen or done the best, something else would happen.


Missionary

TONY S

Inspiring and Challenging; Good detailed historical background; Physically testing at times but rewarding.


Student

MELISSA F

I learned so many new things about the Bible and new ways to look at and understand the text. This trip was everything I anticipated and a whole lot more!!!


College Professor

MICHAEL P

Your are doing an excellent ministry with this. Very much appreciated that this was not simply a tour of traditional holy sites; loved the hiking, loved the ancient sites, great people in the group.


Business Woman

CYNTHIA V

Incredible insight into Jewish religion and culture; I loved the all-inclusive as I didn't have to think of any details.


Youth Worker

RYAN B

Absolutely great! Challenging and life changing. I loved how more and more or the teaching connected as we went along. It was a great mix of different activities. We saw so much, I will never forget it. A life changing experience.


Children's Ministry Worker

JOY S

I enjoyed this trip and wish everyone could come. I've learned a lot from encountering the culture. My Bible reading will never be the same. Honesly, the whole trip was a huge highlight for me. I don't think you could over emphasize the need to physically prepare for this trip; it's a workout with great rewards.


Homemaker

JOAN B

Wow! I can't believe how much we did in two weeks and how many mountains we climbed. I can' believe I hiked that much and always made it to the end.


Pastor

STEVE B

A must for all Bible College and seminary students. "What is said and when and where it was said matters."


Family Camp Director

RIC C

This trip was all and more than I expected. Mark was incredible in his insight. I loved the whole trip. Well done!


Chaplain

CYRIL G

An incredible adventure. The trip opened my eyes more than ever before and corrected some long standing Biblical and cultural misconceptions.


Missionary

RHONDA K

You guys did an incredible job. Thank you so much for your efficiency, attention to detail and the good atmosphere you infused int the group!


Student

MELISSA F

This was an AMAZING trip and I'm so glad that I came. I learned so many new things about the Bible and new ways to look at and understand the text. This trip was was everything I anticipated and a whole lot more!!!


Homemaker

SHARILYN T

This was my favourite experience. My soul was deeply moved. This will go with me to my grave.



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