November 16 was a big day in Israel. On that day, Israel broke her all-time record for tourists in a single year…with still a month and a half to go!
The Ministry of Tourism reported 3.6 million visitors to the Jewish homeland since January 1, 2018, about 500,000 of them in October (driven by the Feast of Tabernacles). Christian and Jewish pilgrims celebrating Passover in Israel also vaulted April tourism to over 400,000.
According to Minister of Tourism Yariv Levin, 10% annual increases in tourism over the past two years have made Israel one of the fastest growing countries in tourism in the world. In 2018 alone, tourism has lined the coffers with over 18B NIS ($4.8 billion).
Dear friends, if you have never been to Israel, GO! A 10-day trip there is worth a semester (or more!) of seminary. Not only will you never read your Bible the same, but you will have a depth of understanding you never thought possible. Walking where Jesus walked does something supernatural to a believer.
When you take your first trip, always go with a strong Bible teacher. It will multiply the impact and give you bearings to be able to return on your own, if you wish. If you are interested, I recommend:
Christmas is coming…how about a super special gift for someone you want to bless mightily! Parents, grandparents, aunts/uncles and spiritual parents, send that young person you have been praying for! There are trips designed specifically for them. Visiting Israel is an investment that will pay dividends for the rest of one’s life!