5 Things to Do In Israel You Maybe Haven’t Thought Of

Most Christian tours to Israel follow a predictable route. Begin in Tel Aviv, work your way up the coast, and spend a few days in Galilee before driving south to Jerusalem. Time is short.

5 Things to Do In Israel You Maybe Haven’t Thought Of

(Photo: Harvesting wheat at Yad HaShmonah. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

But if you find yourself in Israel with a day or so to burn, you might want to try something unusual. This post will highlight 5 things to do in Israel you probably haven’t considered.

I wrote last week about volunteer opportunities for Christians in Israel—a wonderful way to demonstrate our faith in the land we call holy.

Whether you’re into learning, walking, climbing, talking, or thinking you’ll likely find one of these uncommon activities inviting.

15 Volunteer Opportunities in Israel for Christians

Most Christians who travel to Israel go to experience the land of the Bible—and they should. But there’s a unique way to experience Israel that 99% of visitors don’t get to do.

Volunteers at the excavations at Khirbet el-Maqatir, Israel.

(Picture: Volunteers at the excavations at Khirbet el-Maqatir, Israel.)

Not long ago the Israel Ministry of Tourism asked me to identify some volunteer activities that Christians would enjoy. These range from activities any tour could do in a couple of hours to volunteer opportunities that last for months, depending on one’s availability, ability, or interest.

Obviously, you don’t have to be a Christian to participate in these volunteer opportunities in Israel, but here are 15 I think you would enjoy.

Cathy and I recently had dinner with tour guide, Ronnie Cohen. Ronnie lives in Israel and will serve as our Israeli guide for our Holy Land Tour through the Life of Jesus this fall.

I asked Ronnie to share a short message with you. In this short video, Ronnie explains:

  • How a tour to Israel will change your life.
  • Why you can feel safe traveling in the Holy Land.
  • How our tour this fall has a very unique emphasis.

Our journey will have an exclusive emphasis on the life of our Lord. Click the button to see a complete itinerary and more information about this trip of a lifetime.

Space is limited, so I hope you’ll consider joining us!

CLICK FOR MORE INFORMATION

This video by my friend, Dr. Charlie Dyer, affirms what I have experienced many times. Traveling to Israel is safe.

I know, I know . . . I watch the news as well. But think about it: if all we knew about America came from what we learned on the news, we would have a very distorted perspective.

  • Think of a large city near you. For me, it’s Dallas. There are parts of Dallas I don’t go to. And yet, I travel to Dallas often, just as I have thousands of times. I’ve even lived there! Going is no problem if you know where to go—and where not to go.
  • I have known and worked with Israel tour operators for more than 12 years. They have as their top priority your comfort and safety throughout your journey. Believe me, it is in the best interest of the travel company that you are safe! And you will be.

I have traveled to Israel 9 times in the last 14 years, and I have never felt unsafe. Not once.

I hope you’ll consider taking a trip to Israel. It will forever change how you read your Bible!

Tell me: If you have traveled to Israel, did you feel safe? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

Give Your Pastor the Gift of Bible Lands

Your pastor likely has never seen the places he preaches about each week: the holy city of Jerusalem, the waves on the Sea of Galilee, the rocky slopes of the Judean wilderness. You can change that.

Jerusalem from east

(Photo: Jerusalem from east. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

To your pastor, these places may be mere words on the pages of his Bible—places he’s experienced only in his mind’s eye through pictures, Bible atlases, and travel videos.

Your pastor’s seminary gave him the biblical languages. But YOU can give him the Bible lands.

It’s easier than you think. Here’s how.

See on Google Maps the Sites of My Upcoming Holy Land Tour

While Google Maps does a good job with directions to the Grand Canyon, it also works in the Holy Land where Jesus walked. I have plotted the sites of my upcoming tour of through Jesus’ life.

See on Google Maps the Sites of My Upcoming Holy Land Tour

The map shows the locations of all the sites we’ll explore on our upcoming tour to the Holy Land in October of 2015.

Just click on any site—either in the list or on the map itself—and up pops a window with a picture and an explanation of the itinerary.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE MAP!

I hope you’ll check out all the info about the tour and plan to join us!

Question: Have you been to Israel? How did it affect you? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

I’m excited to lead an upcoming tour to the Holy Land which will focus exclusively on the life of Jesus. This will be an exclusive, one-bus tour, seeing sites that average tours to Israel don’t get to see—around a theme most never get to experience first-hand. Click for more information.

I hope you’ll join Cathy and me for this trip of a lifetime.

Date: October 26, 2015—November 5, 2015
Event: Holy Land Tour on the Life of Jesus
Topic: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus
Sponsor: Morning Star Tours
972.690.0092
Venue: Israel
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

Great Resources to Get After Your Holy Land Tour

I’ve just returned from another Holy Land tour. It was great! After a tour to the Holy Land, it’s easy to forget the many lessons you’ve learned and the sites you’ve seen. The Holy Land can soon seem a distant land again. But it doesn’t have to.

The Best Resources to Get After Your Holy Land Tour

(Photo: Pilgrims on Mount of Olives. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

One of my recommendations for making your holy land tour stay with you for years includes getting some great resources that will last you a lifetime.

In this post, I’ve highlighted the best of what I suggest you pick up after your Holy Land tour. I include videos, pictures, devotionals, and atlases.

Our Holy Land Tour is Over—It is Well with My Soul

Our Israel tour has come to an end. Hard to believe! It’s been a fabulous tour connecting the Bible and its lands to life.

Yesterday while the 800 pilgrims on our tour scattered across Jerusalem in search of the perfect souvenir, our Insight for Living staff enjoyed lunch at the American Colony Hotel.

American Colony Hotel

(Picture: We had lunch at the American Colony Hotel)

The best part of this hotel is that the lobby has framed the original manuscript to one of my two favorite hymns: “It is Well with My Soul.”

I’ve posted a picture of it here. Can you make out the words?