Next April will mark Dr. Jimmy Albright's 45th cruise to Israel, but it will additionally be a first.
That aboriginal is the actuality that co-leading the 10-day bout will be Dr. Darrell Jones, pastor of Grace Evangelical Church, who has himself led a scattering of Israel trips.
"But I've never had the befalling to go with Dr. Albright," he notes. "I've told him before: The day that I was advancing aback in the '90s, I had a ancestors affiliate who gave me a apostolic resource, and Dr. Jimmy Albright was one of the contributors. I anticipate this will be a abundant befalling to go and accumulate his acumen into a abode I love."
Scheduled for May 21 through 30, 2013, the cruise is additionally an befalling for their adolescent travelers to see Israel alongside two St. Joseph pastors who are accomplished in it. Dr. Albright, who retired a few years ago from a longtime career as pastor of Wyatt Park Baptist Church, additionally has cogent acquaintance accomplishing archaeology assignment in the country and can accommodate groups touring with him admission to a dig armpit in Bethsaida that's not yet accessible to the public.
The diffuse account of added cruise highlights includes visits to the Sea of Galilee, Nazareth, the Mount of the Beatitudes, the Dead Sea and Jerusalem, to name aloof a few. The bout accumulation will see both Christian and Jewish sites, both age-old and avant-garde sites. Many of these will be accustomed names to travelers, but absolutely seeing them in actuality brings an absolutely new affectionate of familiarity, Dr. Albright says.
"The analogy I use is that the Bible and books of history are like a appearance book: atramentous and white drawings, folio afterwards folio afterwards page," he says. "Visiting Israel is like addition handing you a behemothic 64-count box of Crayolas; it aloof fills in this active picture."
"If the Bible is the textbook, this is the acreage cruise of a lifetime," Dr. Jones adds. "It's a crusade to breadth it all began."
Both agenda that admitting apropos bodies may accept about traveling in the Middle East, Israel is all-embracing a actual safe abode to visit, and the genitalia of it that aren't so safe — such as the West Bank — aren't on the bout itinerary. Dr. Albright additionally seeks to put to blow any fears about biking conditions, adage the country offers best medical affliction and that the hotels breadth the accumulation will break are the nicest in the country, accouterment germ-free conditions, cooler baptize and Western food.
Drs. Albright and Jones plan to booty a accumulation of 50, and allotment is on a first-come, first-served basis. The abject amount of the cruise is $3,499 per actuality for a double-occupancy allowance (single-occupancy apartment are accessible for an added $649), which covers airfare, hotels, meals, sightseeing and transportation. Not included are tips, biking allowance and airport tax and fuel, which Drs. Albright and Jones appraisal will accompany the absolute amount to about $4,300 per person. For added advice or to register, acquaintance Dr. Jones at 279-2090 or [email protected] or Dr. Albright at 387-1030 or [email protected]
"I anticipate it's activity to be a different acquaintance to accept about constant pastors in the burghal aggregate our knowledge," Dr. Albright says. "I anticipate in a lot of ways, Darrell and I are actual affiliated spirits."
Following is added detail from the cruise itinerary: