I honestly look forward to every trip as if it's my first. It's a trip I honestly believe every follower of Jesus should take. And even more so, every pastor--as early as possible in their ministry. My first Holy Land trip was in 1987, when Robin and I borrowed money to make the trip, believing that initial investment would pay rich ￼dividends in our years of ministry to follow--and it did. Since then, I have come to value my travel to the land of Jesus, the apostles, prophets, and patriarchs beyond my ability to express it. But I will try. Here are six reasons:
|Sunset on the Sea of Galilee|
|The lovely Robin and me atop Mount Carmel|
|The "seat of Moses" in the Chorazin synagogue|
|Julie, "sitting in the gate" of Megiddo|
|Prayers at the Kotel, the Western Wall|
|The steps Jesus traversed from the Upper Room to Gethsemane, then back after his arrest|
For all the richness of my educational and training experiences to date, I rank our trips to Israel as the most transformative of my ministry. They have made me a better reader, student, and preacher and teacher of Scripture. They have been worth many, many times the money I've spent on them. And I gain so much from every trip that I immediately make the next trip a high priority.