Christ at the Checkpoint Tour 2018

9-Day Trip: Tour of the Holy Land and Christ at the Checkpoint Conference

Stacey Atkins MTS, J.R. Atkins MDivJoin Stacey and J.R. Atkins as they lead a group of graduate students and adults through a 5-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land culminating in a 4-day conference in Bethlehem called Christ at the Checkpoint where we will explore the nature of being a Christian in the Holy Land. May 23,  to June 1, 2018.Suggested Itinerary for Christ at the Checkpoint Tour 2018

Cost = $2800.00 US

Pilgrimage: 5 Day Tour of Holy Land Sites

See sites such as the birthplace of Jesus, walk the places where he taught, sail on Travel with Something Different Ministries to The Jordan Riverthe Sea of Gallalie, sit on the hill where Jesus delivered his teachings, and remember your baptism or be baptized in the Jordan River. Next, we will travel to Jerusalem where Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gestheminie and walked into the city on Palm Sunday. We will visit each of the 12 stations of the Cross on the Via Delarosa and end at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Jesus was crucified.

Conference: Christ at the Checkpoint

About the People: We are a community of  Christians who believe that following Jesus with integrity means that our lives are formed by our love for God, the teaching of the Bible and a fearless life of discipleship in the complexities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We believe that one of the first hallmarks of discipleship is love for both our own community and for our enemies. We wish to find Jesus at the center of everything we do and to make his life our life. Which means finding courageous love for Palestinian Arabs and Israeli Jews alike. See more – The Christ at the Checkpoint Manifesto

About the Content: Speakers will explore topics such as “Whose Land is it Anyway?” and “The Land and the People” as conference attendees strive to understand the issues of the land and the theology supporting different views. Breakout sessions allow for open discussion with speakers and attendees.

Christ at the Checkpoint conferences are unique in that they not only offer stimulating lectures and workshops but also give you the opportunity to hear the voices of local Palestinian Christians and experience the day-to-day reality of living in Bethlehem. You will be challenged by renowned speakers, both international and Palestinian, with an openness to diverse perspectives. To date, speakers include:

  • Ajith Fernando (teaching director of Youth for Christ in Sri Lanka)
  • Eugene Cho (founder and Lead Pastor of Quest Church – an urban, multi-cultural and multi-generational church in Seattle, Washington)
  • Brian Zahnd (founder and lead pastor of Word of Life Church, a non-denominational Christian congregation in Saint Joseph, Missouri)
  • Michael Brown (conservative radio host, author, and professor.His nationally syndicated radio show, The Line ofFire, airs throughout the United States)
  • Munther Isaac (Academic Dean, Bethlehem Bible College; pastor of Christmas Lutheran Church, Bethlehem)
  • Jack Sara (President, Bethlehem Bible College)
  • Gary Burge (Speaker, Author, Theologian, Professor of New Testament at Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan)
  • Salim Munayer (Lecturer, BethlehemBiblee College and founder of Musalaha, a ministry of reconciliation)
  •  Ruth Padilla DeBorst: (Coordinator, International Fellowship for Mission as Transformation).

Total Cost = $2800 including:
• Airfare from Atlanta to Tel Aviv on British Airways
• 3-star hotels with breakfast and dinner, double occupancy (+$355.00 for single room)
• In Bethlehem for 8 nights, 1 night in Galilee
• A licensed English-speaking guide on all tour dates
• An air-conditioned bus with Wi-Fi on all tour dates and for airport for pick up and drop off
• Entrance fees as per the itinerary
• A boat ride on the Sea of Galilee and St. Peter fish lunch
• Conference fee for Christ at the Checkpoint
The prices do not include:
• All other lunches
• Personal travel insurance
• Personal expenses
• Tips and gratuities
• Anything not mentioned
Initial deposit of $500 US per person is due by January 9, 2018, another $500 due by March 20, 2018 and the remaining $1300 due by April 9, 2018.

This trip is ideal for the “First Timer” or for the person “wanting to know more.” By combining a pilgrimage to holy sites with the conference, travelers get a very rich experience.

Schedule an “Interest Meeting” for you, your friends, or your church. This 60-minute presentation includes details about Holy Sites, pictures, a conference briefing, as well as time for Q&A.

Itinerary for Christ at the Checkpoint Tour, May 23-June 1, 2018

May 23rd: Arrival Ben Gurion International Airport (Tel Aviv) and transfer to BethlehemSuggested Itinerary for Christ at the Checkpoint Tour 2018

Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.

Christ at the Checkpoint Tour 2018May 24th: Mt. of Olives: The Mount of Olives is one of three peaks of a mountain ridge which runs for 2.2 miles just east of the Old City across the Kidron Valley, in this area called the Valley of Jehoshaphat. Several key events in the life of Jesus as related in the Gospels took place on the Mount of Olives, and in the Book of Acts, it is described as the place from which Jesus ascended to heaven. From here, we will have a panoramic view towards the Temple Mount and the Old City of Jerusalem.

The Garden of Gethsemane: Located at the foot of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, it is most famous as the place where Jesus prayed with his disciples following the last supper, the night before his arrest and crucifixion.

Mt. Zion: Important sites on Mount Zion are:

The Dormition Abbey: During his visit to Jerusalem in 1898 for the dedication of the Protestant Church of the Redeemer, Kaiser Wilhelm II bought this piece of land on Mount Zion and presented it to the “German Union of the Holy Land”. According to local tradition, it was on this spot, near the site of the Last Supper, that the Mary, Mother of Jesus, died.

 Christ at the Checkpoint 2018King David’s Tomb: According to a tradition beginning in the 12th century it is a site viewed as the burial place of David, King of Israel.

The Room of the Last Supper (Cenacle): Since at least the fourth century AD, it is a structure identified as the Cenacle, the site of the Last Supper, and has been a popular Christian pilgrimage site on Mount Zion.

Bethlehem: The Church of the Nativity of Jesus. The holy site, known as the Grotto, that the Church of the Nativity sits atop, is today associated with the cave in which the birth of Jesus of Nazareth occurred. In 2012, the church complex became the first Palestinian site to be listed as a World Heritage Site by the World Heritage Committee.

Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.

Itinerary for Christ at the Checkpoint May 25th: The Temple Mount: Traditions often identified it with the biblical Mount Moriah where the story of the binding of Isaac is set. The Temple Mount is the holiest site in Judaism, which regards it as the place where God’s divine presence is manifested more than any other place. The Mount has great significance in Christianity due to the role the Temple played in the life of Jesus. As a twelve-year-old boy, Jesus was found in the Temple where he confounded the Jewish theologians with his knowledge of the Torah. (Luke 2:41-50) During his ministry, Jesus challenged the corruption of those who used the Temple for commerce and extortion (Matthew 21:12-17) and prophesied the temple’s destruction, which came to pass in AD 70.

Christ at the Checkpoint TourThe Western Wall: Also, once known as The Wailing Wall. Parts of the wall are remnants of the ancient wall that surrounded the Jewish Temple’s courtyard and is arguably the most sacred site recognized by the Jewish faith outside of the Temple Mount itself.

Via Dolorosa – The Church of the Holy Sepulcher; The Garden Tomb: It is a rock-cut tomb in Jerusalem which was unearthed in 1867 and has subsequently been considered by some Christians to be the site of the burial and resurrection of Jesus. Here we have the possibility of having a worship service.

Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.

Christ at the Checkpoint 2018May 26th: Drive to Caesarea Maritima: The ancient city and harbor of Caesarea Maritima was built by Herod the Great in about 20 BCE. It was there that Peter the Apostle came and baptized Cornelius the Centurion and his household, and the first Christian baptism was conferred on Gentiles. When newly converted Paul the Apostle was in danger in Jerusalem, he was transferred to Caesarea where he was imprisoned for about two years.

Megiddo: In ancient times Megiddo was an important city-state. Excavations have unearthed 26 layers of ruins, indicating a long period of settlement. Megiddo is strategically located at the head of a pass through the Carmel Ridge overlooking the Jezreel Valley from the west. The Book of Revelation mentions an apocalyptic military amassment at Armageddon, a name derived from the Hebrew “Har Megiddo” meaning “Mount of Megiddo”.

Cana: Cana is best known as the place where, according to the Fourth Gospel, Jesus performed his first public miracle, the turning of a large quantity of water into wine at a wedding feast (John 2:1-11) when the wine provided by the bridegroom had run out.

Nazareth: The Church of the Annunciation was established at the site where, according to Roman Catholic tradition, the Annunciation took place. Greek Orthodox tradition holds that this event occurred while Mary was drawing water from a local spring in Nazareth, and the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation was erected at that alternate site. We will visit both sites.

Dinner & overnight in the Galilee.

Itinerary for Christ at the Checkpoint TourMay 27th: Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee.

The Mt. of Beatitudes: The Beatitudes are the eight blessings Jesus gave during the Sermon on the Mount. We will visit the suggested location of this mount (Matthew 5).

Tabgha: It is traditionally accepted as the place of the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes (Mark 6:30-46) and the fourth Resurrection appearance of Jesus (John 21:1-24) after his Crucifixion.

Capernaum: The town is cited in the Gospel of Luke and the Gospel of John where it was reported to have been near the hometown of the apostles Simon Peter, Andrew, James, and John, as well as the tax collector Matthew. Jesus selected this town as the center of his public ministry in the Galilee after he left the small mountainous hamlet of Nazareth (Matthew 4:12–17). He also formally cursed the city, saying “You shall be brought down to Hades,” (Matthew 11:23) because of their lack of response to his teaching.

Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.

Christ at the Checkpoint TourMay 28th: Christ at the Checkpoint Tour 2018 Conference. Overnight in Bethlehem.

May 29th: Christ at the Checkpoint Tour 2018 Conference. Overnight in Bethlehem.

May 30th: Christ at the Checkpoint Tour 2018 Conference. Overnight in Bethlehem.

May 31st: Christ at the Checkpoint Tour 2018 Conference. Overnight in Bethlehem.

June 1st:  Travel to Ben Gurion International Airport (Tel Aviv) for departure back home.Suggested Itinerary for Christ at the Checkpoint Tour 2018

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