If you’ve ever thought, “I would like to go to Israel someday” – now is the time. If you really think you will go “sometime”, please take time to read this blog. We have extended the registration deadline until the end of this month (January 31st). In other words, there is still time for you to join us this year!
The sign up details are at the end of this blog, but first, here’s my best shot at convincing you to go…
Two of the most asked questions people have about going to Israel:
- Is it safe? No one is completely safe anywhere, including going to work tomorrow, right? In Israel, tourists are not targets. Both the Israelis and Palestinians value our visit and want to protect tourism.Here’s another question: “Would you visit the city of Chicago next month?” Most of us would say, “Of course!” However, last year (2016) Chicago had 4,000 shooting and over 750 people shot to death from gang violence. How many Israelis died from terrorism in 2016? The number is 18. That’s right! Only 18 in the entire country compared to 750 in one city in the States. I dislike this as an example, since one violent death is one too many! My point is, Israel is tops when it comes to overall security. I have been to Israel seven times in the past twelve years, and I have never felt unsafe. Safety is a priority for every tour group going to Israel.
- Why does it cost so much? Going to Israel is not cheap. Any trip overseas adds us. Our trip is all-inclusive which means it includes: Your flights, hotels, breakfast and dinner, all your tips, taxes, entry fees, our full-time guide and bus driver and bus…and the list goes on. The only thing not include in the price is lunch and the optional trip insurance.If you add all this up, there is a great value in the pricing. Moreover, when you think of the education and impact it will have on your life, it is worth it!
Five reasons to visit Israel! (from a previous blog)
- You will grow spiritually. I’ve had the privilege of taking many people to Israel and everyone shares that it makes their spiritual life more vibrant and deep. My mom said, “It’s a trip that keeps on giving. Every time I open my Bible, I reflect on what I saw and experienced in Israel.
- You will love your Bible more than ever. When you go to Israel, you get to see the Bible, not just read the Bible. One pastor who went to Israel said, “If I bought 50 books on Bible lands, they couldn’t compare to what my trip to Israel has given me.” In fact, going to Israel has been called the 5th Gospel. It turns the Bible from black and white to color.
- You will deepen your friendships. I’ve noticed that people who experience Israel together have a special connection with each other. This shared experience leads to lasting friendships.
- You will be stretched. It’s time to get off the couch and go somewhere exciting. You will simply love Israel. The history, culture, religion, and identity are everywhere in Israel. It’s a place to see evidence of life as it was thousands of years ago as well as modern life. Visiting Israel will broaden your understanding and appreciation for the people of Israel.
- You are supporting Israel. You may not have thought of it, but traveling to Israel supports Israel and the Jewish people. Tourism is their number one industry. Last year more than 3.5 million people visited the Holy Land. You can be one, too. : -)
Put it this way, a trip to Israel is not a vacation but an education packed with inspiration!
BEFORE YOU GO…
So what do you think? Will you go with us? Here are the next steps and details to sign up for our trip to the Holy Land:
TRIP DATES: April 18-29th 2017
COST: $4,182 per person, All Inclusive from PDX (based on 25 passengers)
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: New deadline is January 31, 2017
To register you have three options:
MAIL: Mail in a $300 deposit to Maranatha Tours
Maranatha Tours, Inc.
18428 N 42nd place
Phoenix, AZ 85032
PHONE: 602-788-8864 and register over the phone.
Make sure you mention it’s the Pacific Conference trip with Randy Myers.
You can also contact me at the Conference Office. 503-427-0000 or Randy@ThePacificConference.com