Hi Everyone,
We’ve been planning, praying, and preparing for the journey of a lifetime for almost one year now. It is hard to believe that in just four more days we will be on the plane and heading to the Holy Land. I can remember having lunch with Dr. Norman Neaves last summer and sharing our stories of our visit to Israel when he asked me, “Have you ever thought of taking a group yourself?” I said, “Not really. Our church is small and going to Israel is expensive–I don’t think we could get enough people to make the trip.” Dr. Neaves said, “You’d be surprised. You should give it a try.” I never dreamed that 47 people would come forward and make the commitment to spend twelve days in Israel together.

We will leave Oklahoma City early Monday morning and hit the ground Tuesday in Tel Aviv. From there we will spend three nights on the Sea of Galilee and visit sites like Caesarea, the first Gentile convert was baptized, Mt. Carmel, where Elijah had the showdown with the false prophets of Baal, Capernaum, where Jesus performed the majority of His miracles, spend time baptizing folks in the Jordan River, and much more. Then we will head to the Holy City of Jerusalem where we will spend time in the Garden of Gethsemane, walk through Hezekiah’s Tunnel, visit the City of David, pray at the Western Wall, visit the Temple Mount, and much more. When we leave Jersualem we will head south to Masada, the Dead Sea, visit En Gedi where David was on the run from Saul, and go to Jordan where we will visit Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It is going to be an amazing trip–truly the Journey of a Lifetime!

I want to ask all of you who read this blog to keep us in your prayers. I have been praying, for all of those who will travel with me, that this will be more than a vacation or sight-seeing tour, but that the Lord will transform our hearts while we are walking where Jesus walked. I will have seven opportunities to teach from God’s Word at various sights and it is my prayer that these lessons from God’s Word will minister to our people in a powerful way so that they will never read God’s Word the same way again.

Thanks for your prayers, and for all of you who have signed-up to make the trip with me, I hope that you are half as excited as I am to be going to the Holy Land. During the next few days before we leave I want to encourage you to check out the postings under the heading, “BCC Trip to Israel.” It will get you pumped.

In His Steps,
Mike

Packed and Ready to Go!
Heading to Israel