Join Winston Salem First on this Unforgettable Israel Tour!
We are a church that turns 70 years old in 2020! To commemorate this significant time in our church history we are hosting a trip to the place where the local church started.
Join Darla and me for a once in a lifetime experience to the land where biblical prophets and our Lord actually walked. This 12-day trip will provide all access to the Empowered21 Global Congress where you’ll hear some of the most important voices in our day declaring the goodness and the power of God in Jerusalem.
Come stand on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, climb the Mount of Olives and visit real sites dripping with revelation and truth. This is a private trip hosted by us, and we will take time to pray and read the Holy Scriptures at each location.
This invitation is being extended to a select number of people and space is very limited. The price you will see includes most everything while on the ground in Israel and the Empowered21 Global Congress in Jerusalem. The Empowered21 Global Council (of which Mike is a part) will be hosting Spirit-empowered believers from every nation on Earth for a celebration of the Holy Spirit. Gateway Worship and PlanetShakers will be leading in worship during the Global Congress, and powerful speakers will be uniting believers into one great voice to call out on the God of Heaven. Don’t miss this trip!
Take some time to look through this information. Pray about joining us, and dream a little. Imagine yourself walking in those sacred places. We expect an overwhelming response, and I don’t want you to miss out, so don’t wait! Space is limited. Start planning now for a trip that you will remember for the rest of your life. Go to the website or call the toll free number to register today!
Let’s experience this trip together!
Mike and Darla Rakes
Saturday, May 30, 2020 (Depart Home)
*All dates & locations subject to change
Tel Aviv Jerusalem
Located on the beautiful Mediterranean Sea, you’ll land here before transferring to Jerusalem, one of the world's oldest and most strategic cities. Here, every street and stone pathway tells a story of spiritual significance, set alongside a thriving modern culture. Your group will spend its first night in this breathtaking city, preparing in prayer for all God has in store.
Jerusalem Day 1
The walls of Old City Jerusalem represent the holiest places of Jewish life. Jesus and the disciples traveled here to worship, and you’ll retrace His footsteps leading to the Crucifixion. Walk the Palm Sunday Road. Pray in the Garden of Gethsemane, share Communion at the Garden Tomb. Stand on the Mount of Olives and look at the gate Jesus will enter through when He returns! Then, lift up high praise at the opening sessions of the Global Congress, amidst thousands of fellow Believers.
Empowered21 Global Congress
Spend your days in worship and unity with Spirit-filled Believers from around the world during this unparalleled gathering. You’ll discuss the issues facing the 21st Century Church, discover methods to engage new generations in Spirit-empowered living and, among brothers and sisters of every tribe and tongue, seek a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Energized by an authentic encounter with Jesus Christ, set out for a time of personal exploration in one of the holiest cities on earth. Discover Jerusalem at your leisure, taking time to enjoy its culinary delights and culture of hospitality.
Jerusalem Day 2
Experience a day of spiritual significance as you explore places directly from the pages of Scripture. Sites include the Southern Steps of the Temple, which Jesus would have ascended to worship, as well as the Upper Room, where Jesus appeared before and after the Resurrection. Pray at the Western Wall, the holiest site in the Jewish faith, sharing what God is doing in you on this life-changing tour.
Jerusalem Day 3
Spend another glorious day in the Holy City experiencing such sites as the Pool of Bethesda, where Jesus healed the paralytic man, and testify to what God has done in your own life. Stand in front of the Temple Mount and pray over this famous plot of land. Then, speak blessing over Israel’s future as you tour Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Judean Wilderness & Dead Sea
Float in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea as you marvel at the ancient prophecy saying they will one day become fresh. Read the Psalms in Ein Gedi, where young David hid and wrote many of them. Gaze out from the ancient desert fortress of Masada and peer into the cave at Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.
Lower Jordan Riven Valley
Explore the UNESCO archaeological site of Jericho Tel, possibly the world’s oldest city, along with Bet She’an, which boasts the best-preserved Roman ruins in the region. Reflect on all the Lord is showing you about Himself as you spend time in beautiful Capernaum, “the town of Jesus”. Members of your group will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be baptized in the waters of the Jordan River today.
Galilee, Golan Heights, Northern Boundary
Sail the same waters Jesus walked on, as you enjoy an unforgettable worship service on the Sea of Galilee. Sit on the Mount of Beatitudes hillside, near where Jesus gave His best-known sermon. A diverse landscape of mountains, rural olive groves and sandy beaches, your group will visit Caesarea Philippi, where Peter answered Jesus’ question, “Who do you say I am?”
Tiberias To Tel Aviv
Step into the 1st Century life of Jesus at Nazareth Village, built in this mountainous area with trade routes that date back thousands of years. Worship at the breathtaking Caesarea by the Sea. Pray together on Mount Carmel, where Elijah called down fire from heaven. Look out over Megiddo, the Valley of Armageddon, and gain new insights into biblical prophecy.
Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - Night Departure
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 (Arrive Home)
OVER 40 SIGNIFICANT SITES VISITED DURING YOUR 12 DAYS!
- Southern Steps
- Davidson Center
- Western Wall & Plaza
- Jewish Quarter & Cardo
- Arab Quarter
- Christian Quarter
- Church of the Holy Sepulchre
- Via Dolorosa
- Sisters of Zion
- Saint Anne's Church
- Pool of Bethesda
- Armenian Quarter
- Mount Zion
- Upper Room
- Saint Peter's in Gallicantu
- City of David
- Mount of Olives
- Palm Sunday Road
- Dominus Flevit
- Garden of Gethsemane & Church of all Nations
- View Temple Mount
- Garden Tomb
- Friends of Zion Heritage Center
- Yad Vashem (Holocaust Museum)
- Qasr al-Yahud - Jesus Baptismal Site
- Ein Gedi
- Dead Sea & Swim
- Jericho Tel
- Baptism in the waters of the Jordan
- Mount of Beatitudes
- Bet She'an (Roman decopolis city of Scythopolis)
- Nof Ginosar (Jesus Boat Museum)
- Boat Ride on the Sea of Galilee
- Caesarea Philippi
- Mount Precipice / Nazareth Overlook
- Nazareth Village
- Mount Carmel
- Caesarea by the Sea
Home of the Bible
Israel is a place where hidden oases are tucked away amid windswept deserts, where rocky cliffs are carved by ancient rivers and where historical ruins lie within sight of modern architecture. A melting pot of religion, culture and spiritual depth, a Christian tour to Israel is far more than a typical vacation. It is a journey into the origins of belief—one that will connect your faith today with the depth and power of the Christian story. For followers of Christ, a trip to the Holy Land is a once-in-a-lifetime experience in a place that doesn’t just bring the Bible to life but adds a visual dimension to the beliefs you’ve staked your life upon.
Visit the places of the Bible to see where Jesus lived, walked and where His disciples began sharing the Gospel of His love.
Middle Eastern Culture
Soak in the sights, sounds and life of a culture from across the globe.
Come see the variegated deserts, gardens, oases and seas of the Middle East.
Included in the Tour:
- Teaching from Dr. Mike Rakes at significant biblical sites
- Registration for the 3-day Empowered21 Jerusalem 2020 Global Congress*
- Study materials for your pre-tour preparation
- International round-trip group air transportation (not included in Tour Only option) and transfers to group hotel
- Outstanding accommodations
- Breakfast and dinner included daily with four special lunch stops during the tour, including a special St. Peter’s Fish Lunch
- Israel’s best tour-operators and licensed, hand-picked tour guides
- Travel by private, deluxe, air-conditioned motorcoach
- All porterage, taxes and gratuities; Entrance fees to all sites
MON - FRI 8:30AM - 5:00PM (PACIFIC TIME)BE SURE TO BOOK THROUGH INSPIRATION:
This event is exclusive to those who book in advance through Inspiration Cruises & Tours. Booking through a secondary travel agent at the same hotels will not allow you to participate in any event programming.