ENCOUNTER

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ISRAEL

NOVEMBER 14 - NOVEMBER 21 | 2019

F E A T U R I N G

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 Zach Williams  was born and raised in a small town outside Jonesboro, Arkansas, not unlike Andy Griffith’s Mayberry or a scene from Goonies. Williams grew up in a home filled with loving parents who created a safe world for him to live in, surrounded by family members and neighbors who encouraged him. Yet the safety and security of that childhood seemed like a distant memory as Williams watched his life spiral out of control over a decade later.

 

“My childhood was amazing. I had awesome parents who, at an early age, instilled in me what it was to follow the Lord. My dad led worship in churches and my mom sang on praise teams. My childhood was almost storybook, or fairytale, you could say. They would always tell me I could do all things through Christ who strengthens me, and I can still remember to this day how supportive they were of everything I did,” shares Williams.

With a desire to follow in his father’s footsteps, a young Williams began pursuing sports with the hope he might become the kind of standout basketball player his father was years ago during his own high school career.

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WILLIE & KORIE

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Korie Robertson is best known for her role on A&E’s hit reality television series Duck Dynasty where she and her husband, Duck Commander CEO Willie Robertson, work to keep their crazy family in line. While her favorite role is that of mother to their six children, Korie helps run Duck Commander and all of the family enterprises, and along with being a speaker and NYT Bestselling Author, she is active in both domestic and international philanthropic work serving on several boards and advocating for adoption and foster care in her home state of Louisiana and around the country.  Korie’s writing credits include The Duck Commander Family: How Faith, Family, and Ducks Built a Dynasty, The Women of Duck Commander, Duck Commander Devotions for Kids and Strong and Kind: Raising Kids of Character. 

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Willie Robertson is the CEO of Duck Commander and Buck Commander and star of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty”. Robertson has expanded his family companies, from a living room operation to a multi-million-dollar enterprise and destination for all things outdoors. Executive producer of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” and “Buck Commander” on the Outdoor Channel and New York Times best-selling author of The Duck Commander Family: How Faith, Family and Ducks Built a Dynasty, American Hunter, American Fisherman, and American Entrepreneur. The husband to Korie Robertson and father of six, Robertson’s story is a remarkable example of entrepreneurship and dedication built on faith, family and hard work.

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TRAVEL

GETTING THERE

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The group flights are closed for this Israel Tour. You may make your own flight reservations either on your own, or contact our Flight Travel Agent, VIP Travel at 850-878-4657. There will be one arrival transfer - 4 pm at the airport in Tel-Aviv. There will be no ground transfers on departure day. Please contact us for more information, 1-800-889-5265.

 

LOCATIONS

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Galilee is known as the home base of Jesus’ ministry. Most of the ministry and miracles performed by Jesus took place in the Galilee.

 

Mount Arbel, one of the highest points above the Sea of Galilee, has magnificent views of the Golan Heights and Mount Hermon.

 

The Mount of Beatitudes, the place where Jesus delivered His most famous Sermon on the Mount.

 

Caesarea Philippi, also known as Banias, is the location where Jesus asked His disciples, “Who do men say that I am?”

 

Nazareth Village will transport you back in time to experience life as it was in a Jewish village in the Galilee over two thousand years ago.

 

Magdala, an ancient fishing village on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus’ follower Mary Magdalene lived.

Capernaum, the hometown of Peter, where Jesus preached and healed.

Qasr el Yahud / Betharaba, the traditional site where John the Baptist baptized Jesus and where Joshua led a new generation into the Promised Land. It is also the location where Elijah was taken up in a chariot of fire.

Masada, a mountaintop fortress, built by Herod the Great, is also the site of the Jews’ last stand against the Romans after the fall of Jerusalem in 70AD.

The Dead Sea whose shores are 1,378 feet (420 m) below sea level making it the lowest place on the earth’s surface.

Jerusalem, the City of the Great King.

The Mount of Olives, where Jesus commissioned His disciples and ascended to heaven after His resurrection.

The Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed on the night of His betrayal.

The Herodian Mansion, probably the house of the High Priest's as described in the account of Jesus' trial.

The Church of the Holy Sepulcher, built on the site where the crucifixion of Jesus on Golgotha is marked.

 

Palace of Herod the Great, later used as the Palace of Pontius Pilate and the more authentic site of the Praetorium where the verdict of Jesus was pronounced

 

The Western Wall, a supporting wall of the Temple Mount, built when Herod renovated the Second Temple. It is a place for prayer and national gatherings of the Jewish People.

 

The Garden Tomb, what some believe was the Garden of Joseph of Arimathea. Here is where some believe Jesus died, was buried, and then rose from the dead.

Judean Desert Jeep tour to Mount Azazel, where the scapegoat ritual was conducted more than 2000 years ago

 

The Valley of Elah, where David fought with Goliath.

Caesarea Maritima, the Roman Capital of Judea, from where the Gospel spread to the world.

Qumran and ancient village in the wilderness where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered

The City of David, the biblical Jerusalem where King David lived and ruled for 40 years.

The Southern Steps, a flight of stairs that led to the entrance of the Temple. The stairs where pilgrims sang the fifteen Psalms of Ascent (Psalm 120-134), and where Peter preached on the Day of Pentecost.

 

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TODD STARNES

FOX NEWS COMMENTATOR

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Todd Starnes is a longtime, award-winning journalist and radio commentator. His daily radio presence has reached millions of listeners on hundreds of stations, and his syndicated column is also read by millions. He is a frequent contributor in major media, and social science researcher George Barna also included Starnes as one of the top media influencers for Evangelical Christians in the 2016 presidential election.

 

Starnes has covered some of the biggest stories of the past decade—from presidential campaigns to the culture wars—interviewing an array of newsmakers and celebrities. His annual Christmas show became a national yuletide tradition featuring some of the biggest names in Contemporary Christian music.

 

Starnes has authored five books—including “The Deplorables' Guide to Making American Great Again” and “God Less America,” a collection of essays documenting the war on religious liberty—and is the recipient of a regional RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award and the Associated Press Mark Twain Award for Storytelling. In his newest book, “Culture Jihad: How to Stop the Left from Killing a Nation,” Starnes asks if America can be saved and suggests that that if good-hearted patriots rise up together, they can stop the assault and keep America great.

 

During his more than a decade at Fox News Channel, Starnes hosted one of the top radio programs on the network. He was also one of the network’s most popular columnists. During his final year at Fox, he hosted “Starnes Country” on Fox Nation.

 

In 2014, Starnes was awarded the National Religious Broadcaster’s Board of Directors Award. He is also the recipient of First Liberty Institute’s “Defender of the Faith” award, Vision America’s “National Hero of the Faith” award, Bott Radio Network’s “Watchman on the Wall” award and Pacific Justice Institute’s “Light in Media Award.”

 

Starnes is a frequent speaker at churches, Christian conferences and Christian universities. He has delivered messages at the Ronald Reagan Ranch, the Billy Graham Training Center and the Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit.

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