The Apologetics Study Bible Tour to the Holy Land
February 24-March 7, 2020
Optional Preextension to Germany, February 21-25, 2020
Photo: Our scheduled guide Andre (right) with scheduled bus driver Azam (left) and Eric Johnson in front of the hill where Cave 1 (Dead Seas Scrolls) near Qumran.
Have you always wanted to see the Holy Land?
Would you like to walk where Jesus walked?
Do you have a thirst to learn more about the Bible?
This will be a trip that will forever change the way you read your Bible! But hurry, limited room!
Join us for so many sites that you have read about in the Bible, including:
- Sea of Galilee boat ride
- Baptisms in Jordan River
- Behind-the-scenes tour of the Western Wall
- Communion service at Garden Tomb
- Hezekiah’s Tunnel
- Climbing up to Cave 1 where the Dead Sea Scrolls were first discovered
- And much more!
For the hard brochure, click official brochure Israel 2020
To sign up online for this trip with a $500 deposit, click here. To fill out a hard copy, click here and print the PDF. (Better if you can fill out the online registration form, as this is a first-come, first served registration process.) To see the insurance policy, click Allianz Travel Insurance.
(NOTE: Some sites have been updated since the original hard brochure was released)
Optional PRE EXTENSION TOUR TO REFORMATION GERMANY
Itinerary subject to change while touring for the best interest of the group.
NOTE: $100 bonus will be received by paying Preextension travelers if we bring 20 or more to Germany (excluding Eric)
DAY 1PRE Friday, February 21, 2020: FLIGHT FROM CA TO MUNICH, GERMANY
DAY 2PRE Saturday, February 22, 2020: DACHAU CONCENTRATION CAMP / AUGSBURG / NUREMBERG
We arrive in Munich, Germany today and drive north to the Dachau concentration camp memorial. See the buildings used by the Nazis during World War II and hear the stories of those that lived through this experience. In the afternoon, a walking tour of Augsburg, site of the Augsburg Confession, will bring to light the history behind much of our doctrine today. It was here in 1518 at St. Anne’s Church that Luther met the papal legate, Cardinal Cajetan, who demanded that Luther submit to the pope. Augsburg was also the site of another Imperial Diet (1530) and in the town hall the Peace of Augsburg was signed in 1555 ending for a time the religious wars in Germany between the Catholics and the Protestants.
Hotel: Arvena Park Hotel
DAY 3PRE – Sunday, February 23, 2020: LEIPZIG / ST. THOMAS CHURCH / EISLEBEN / ST. ANDREW’S CHURCH / ST. ANNE’S CHURCH / WITTENBERG
Travel north to the beautiful city of Leipzig, Bach’s city, with free time and a visit to St. Thomas Church where Bach was choir master and organist. Continue to Eisleben which is noted among the most significant in Luther’s history; he was born here in 1483, died here in 1546 and old manuscripts indicate that he felt a special affinity to Eisleben. We will see the house of his birth and death, St. Andrews Church where he preached his last sermon, the Luther Monument, and St. Anne’s Church with the famous Biblical scenes hewn in stone and many other sites.
Hotel: Best Western soibelmanns
Day 4PRE – Monday, February 24, 2020: WITTENBERG / LUTHER HOUSE / BERLIN / BERLIN WALL / HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL
We continue on the Reformation Trail today with a visit to Wittenberg where Martin Luther lived and taught for 36 years. You will see the Castle Church door area where Luther posted his 95 Theses, giving birth to the Reformation. This beautiful church is also the burial site of Luther. We see the Luther House which is the greatest museum of Reformation History in the world with a detailed history display of his life and accomplishments, historical documents and an outstanding collection of period paintings of his life and family members. Continue to Berlin where we enjoy an inspirational guided tour of this fascinating city including the “East Side Gallery”, the longest continuous and still standing section of the Berlin Wall, the infamous “Checkpoint Charlie”, the majestic main gate the “Brandenburger Tor” and nearby “Holocaust Memorial,” a memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust.
Hotel: Berlin Mark Hotel
Day 5PRE — Tuesday, February 25, 2020: TRANSFER TO TEL AVIV
Today we transfer to Tel Aviv from Germany to Israel and meet the rest of our group. The flight is short and we are over our jet lag as we prepare to embark on our Israel main course. (Continue below with Day 2)
Main Trip (Beginning with no preextension)
NOTE: $100 bonus will be received by paying travelers (excluding Eric) if we travel 40 or more to Israel. This trip is limited to one bus, so there is limited room available.
Today we will meet at a Southern California airport for our connecting flights to Israel via wide-body aircraft arriving the next day. Meals served on board.
Hotel: Plane USA
DAY 2 – Tuesday, February 25, 2020: Flight to Tel Aviv
We transfer to our flight to Tel Aviv and meet the rest of the group that has spend the past few days on the optional preextension in Germany. Upon arrival in Tel Aviv we are met by our guide who will be with us for the time we are in the Holy Land. Board our bus and travel through Tel Aviv, proceeding to the city of Netanya on the Mediterranean to our hotel where we will check in for overnight.
HOTEL: Leonardo Plaza in Netanya
DAY 3 – Wednesday, February 26, 2020: CAESAREA / MEGIDDO / NAZARETH / BET SHEAN / TIBERIAS
This morning we begin our day at Caesarea, a port on the Mediterranean Sea that was built by Herod the Great and dedicated to Augustus Caesar, the Roman emperor. Here you will have a chance to sit in the Roman theater, walk along the hippodrome, and check out a Crusader fort. You can also see where Herod’s palace once stood, as 2,000-year-old floor mosaics can still be seen on the shore. Paul was under arrest and certainly was here! This is considered one of Israel’s major archaeological sites, and the sea makes it one of the most beautiful places in the country. We proceed to Megiddo to visit the excavations that unearthed 20 different civilizations. It is better known as Har Megiddo, or “Armageddon” according to the book of Revelation. We then take a step back in time at Nazareth Village, which has been constructed to look like a 1st century village just like Jesus would have known. You will have a chance to talk to a shepherd, carpenter, and others who will converse in their first century way. It is quite an experience! Our final destination is the ancient city of Bet Shean, a site where Saul’s body was hung from the city wall after he was killed. It is a wonderful archaeological site that gives us an idea of what an ancient city looked like, with a theater, baths, and a large “tell” which we can climb up. This site comprises more than a dozen civilizations and is an awesome place to explore! We make our way to our hotel for the first of our three-night stay.
HOTEL: Nof Ginosar in Tiberias
DAY 4 – Thursday, February 27, 2020: CHORAZIN / BETHSAIDA / HAZOR / DAN / CAESAREA PHILIPPI / GOLAN HEIGHTS / MAGDALA
Today we go to the northern part of Israel (Galilee), starting with Chorazin and Bethsaida before driving through the Hula Valley to Hazor, where we will see ruins of the powerful Canaanite city destroyed by Joshua and rebuilt by King Jabin and then by Solomon as a chariot city to command upper Galilee. We continue to the northern limits to Dan where we combine a nature walk beside the Upper Jordan with views of the ancient ruins, topped by the Israelite high place that supported a golden calf (I Kings 12). Next we’ll take a short drive to Banias (Caesarea Philippi), dedicated to Pan the Greek god of pastures, flocks and shepherds, where Peter made his great profession of faith. Driving along the base of Mount Hermon, we ascend onto the Golan Plateau for a magnificent view of upper Israel and have lunch. On our way back, let’s stop by Magdala along the Sea of Galilee and visit Mary Magdalene’s hometown. There is a first century synagogue here, the first to be found in the Galilee region. Return to the hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight.
HOTEL: Nof Ginosar in Tiberias
DAY 5 –Friday, February 28, 2020: BAPTISMS / CAPERNAUM / ST. PETER’S FISH LUNCH / TABGHA / MOUNT OF BEATITUDES / BOAT RIDE
This morning is a special time to practice the ordinance of water baptism. We will go to the Jordan River where those participants who have never been baptized (or who do not remember their infant baptisms) will have a chance to give their testimony and be immersed the same way as Jesus by Pastor Kenny Dodd from Clairemont Emmanuel Baptist Church. Next we continue to Capernaum where the home of Peter and the town’s synagogue can be seen. Let’s have lunch at a restaurant to partake of a St. Peter’s fish (or, if you wish, chicken) meal. After lunch, we visit Christian churches located at Tabgha (loaves and fishes) and the Mount of Beatitudes—a place where we can read from the Sermon on the Mount. Our final activity is taking a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee…how exciting! We will have a chance to hear Christian worship music, dance to Jewish songs, and celebrate our time in the Holy Land. We will also see a New Testament boat found two decades ago during a drought dating to the time of the apostles. We will spend the night at the Sea of Galilee for a third night and prepare for our drive south in the morning.
- See a video on Baptisms at the Jordan River (if you haven’t been baptized, you too can participate in this very important ordinance)
- See a video on the Mount of Beatitudes
- See a video on Capernaum
- See a video on the Jesus Boat and a Boat Ride on the Sea of Galilee
HOTEL: Nof Ginosar in Tiberias
(Photo of cistern on Masada) We wake up early and start the day by taking an extended bus ride down to the Dead Sea, the lowest place on the earth (1300 feet below sea level). After a few hours of driving, we visit Ein Gedi and take in a little bit of Paradise in the desert as we observe the wildlife and hike to a wonderful waterfall. In one of these caves above the waterfall area, David found Solomon and cut off part of his robe. After sampling authentic Bedouin tea or coffee, we head over to Masada and ascend by cable car to the magnificent ruins of the fortress where, from AD 70-73, Jewish defenders made their historic stand in the Judean revolt against Rome. We will have a chance to explore as we walk through the storehouses, cisterns, and palace created by Herod the Great. We then head over to a Bedouin camp to ride camels in the desert—how many of your friends have done that? Finally, we go to the Dead Sea where we have planned a special retreat at a resort hotel. This is a place where you can enter the waters of the Dead Sea for a swim and mud yourself. Or, if you’d like, utilize the basement spa area of the David Resort hotel—just sit back and let the bubbles relax you.
Hotel: Leonardo Hotel Dead Sea
DAY 7 – Sunday, March 1, 2020: HERODIUM / BETHLEHEM / ISRAEL MUSEUM
(Photo at the left: The Pontius Pilate inscription at the Israel Museum) Let’s start the story of Jesus right by heading back north to the Herodium, the palace set in a conical mountain that was built by Herod the Great and where his tomb was uncovered in 2007. Remember, it was Herod was visited by the Wise Men. He did what he could to prevent the “King of Kings” from being born, including the “Massacre of the Innocents.” After seeing this man’s monument to himself, let’s go visit one of the possible sites for the Shepherds’ Fields—perhaps we could celebrate Christmas a bit early by singing “Silent Night” inside one of the caves! Bethlehem is where Jesus was born, a direct fulfillment of Micah 5:2. We can visit the Church of the Nativity where, in a basement cave, we will stand in the same place where the Savior was born. We will also visit the quarters where Jerome translated the Latin Vulgate in the fourth century. Let’s take time out for lunch as well as shop at an olive wood store run by believers. Our next stop is the city you have heard so much about, Jerusalem, the capitol of the Bible. We will go to the Israel Museum and see some ancient artifacts, including pieces of the Dead Sea Scrolls as well as a model city of the ancient city of Jerusalem that is a football field in size! We will also have a chance to see such important artifacts as the Pontius Pilate inscription, the Tel Dan stone (with proof of David), and the ossuary of Caiaphas.
DAY 8 – Monday, March 2, 2020: RABBI TUNNEL / WESTERN WALL / TEMPLE MOUNT / POOL OF BETHESDA / ST. ANNE’S CHURCH / SOUTHERN STEPS / YAD VASHEM
(Photo at right: Jewish boys at the Western Wall; photo) This morning we will visit the Temple Mount, which is where the Dome of the Rock is located. This is the site where the Holy of Holies was located. We’ll then go down to visit the Western “Wailing” Wall, the holiest place in all of Judaism, before touring the Rabbi Tunnel, which takes us down to the very foundation of the walls. From here, we will stop by the Pool of Bethesda (John 5) and St. Anne’s Church, which is perfectly preserved from the Crusader period – with remarkable acoustics. Why don’t we sing “Amazing Grace” together! You have never heard this hymn sung more sweetly than here. Next we will visit the Southern (Teaching) Steps—Jesus was certainly here, right outside the temple itself. After lunch, we’ll head over to Yad Vashem to consider the effect of the Holocaust.
- See a video on the Western Wall (filmed by Eric Johnson)
- See a video on the Western Wall
- See a video on Temple Mount
HOTEL: Ambassador Hotel Jerusalem
DAY 9 – Tuesday, March 3, 2020: MT. of OLIVES / CHURCH OF ALL NATIONS / GETHSEMANE / GARDEN TOMB / FREE TIME
(Photo at the Garden Tomb) We begin the day by heading to the Mount of Olives where we can have a panorama of the ancient city. Then we will go down to the Garden of Gethsemane. There are olive trees in this garden with root systems going back to the time of Jesus! This is where Jesus prayed before getting betrayed and arrested. We then head over to the Garden Tomb! A private communion service led by Pastor Kenny Dodd from Clairemont Emmanual Baptist Church in San Diego will be given at a possible site of the tomb. The words “He is not here. He is risen indeed” will have extra meaning for everyone as we return home the next day from this wonderful trip. After lunch, you will have the freedom to head out on your own or how about some shopping? Another option is to walk on the walls (ramparts) from the Christian Quarter to the Muslim Quarter (extra cost of $5 would apply). Tonight archaeologist Joel Kramer will address our group after dinner at the hotel. Joel will take over the guiding duties for the next three days.
- See a video on Amazing Grace in St. Anne’s Church
- See a video on Sifting, Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane
- See a video on the Ramparts (Jerusalem’s Walls) (free time?)
HOTEL: Ambassador Hotel Jerusalem
(Photo at right: Joel Kramer at Shechem) (With Joel Kramer) Today we will have a chance to see sites that many tourists will never experience, with Joel Kramer leading us. First, we begin at Ai, the city conquered by Joshua (see Judges). Next to Ai is Bethel, where Abraham pitched his tent. Very few tourists have ever been to these sites. Next we go to Jacob’s Well in Nabalis where Jesus had a conversation with the Samaritan woman (John 4). Drink a cup of cold water from this deep well! From here we head over to Shechem, a place so very important in the Bible located between Mt. Gerizim and Mt. Ebal. Finally, we head over to Samaria to see the Israelite ruins of the capitol of the Northern Kingdom of Israel.
HOTEL: Ambassador Hotel Jerusalem
DAY 11 – Thursday, March 5, 2020: PRAETORIUM (JERUSALEM) / CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHER / CHURCH OF THE APOSTLES / MAMRE / HEBRON
(With Joel Kramer) We begin today’s journey by having Joel take us to the place where Pilate judged Jesus called the Pratorium, just outside Herod’s palace. Then we will take the less traditional (but more accurate) walk to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher—this is the place where Jesus was crucified and buried. Although there is plenty of tradition that goes beyond the biblical facts, Joel will help us cut through the incense so we can understand the historical significance of this site. We then head to the Church of the Apostles, marking the place where Pentecost took place. After lunch, we climb into the bus for a special journey to Mamre and Hebron. Mamre is a cultic site where Abraham was, while Hebron contains the Tomb of the Patriarchs, a very important place where the patriarchs and their wives were buried. Today a synagogue and mosque are located at this site.
HOTEL: Ambassador Hotel Jerusalem
(Photo at right, Hezekiah’s Tunnel) (With Joel Kramer) We start at the City of David to see the palace (and David’s view) on this hill. We will then go to Hezekiah’s Tunnel and hike 1749 feet from one end to the other. This tunnel was dug by Hezekiah’s men in the 8th century BC. We will also see the Pool of Siloam talked about in the Bible, as part of it has recently been uncovered! And Joel will show us a possible site for the actual tomb of King David in a rock-cut tomb near the Pool of Siloam. We get back on the bus and head over to Qumran, the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were first discovered in 1947. Ancient Jews called the Essenes copied several hundred manuscripts (later known as the Dead Sea Scrolls), including the earliest copies we have of the Old Testament. We can look around the village where these Jews lived 2,000 years ago. For those in shape and who are more adventurous, we will take a hike up the hill to Cave 1, the place where Bedouin shepherds first found the scrolls. (Warning: this trek is not for the timid! Bring good shoes and gloves to hold onto the sharp rocks.) We will hear a devotional from Joel in front of the cave, and you will have a chance to go inside where the scrolls were first discovered. (Those who are not interested may stay in the Qumran Village and shop for Dead Sea salts and lotions.) Finally, we end in Jericho, the city of Palms, where Joel will give us an on-site “rest of the story” to the complimentary DVD that you received for signing up on this trip.
- See a video on the City of David
- See a video on Hezekiah’s Tunnel as well as comments by students afterward
- See a video on Jericho and Qumran
- Climbing Cave 1 in Qumran (with Joel Kramer)
- Inside Cave 1 in Qumran
HOTEL: Ambassador Hotel Jerusalem
DAY 13 – Saturday, March 7, 2020 JERUSALEM / HOME
We transfer to the airport for our flight home with unforgettable memories to cherish always. Knowing we have walked in the footsteps of Jesus and the early Christians on such a memorable tour will bring new meaning to our Bible reading. For those who are coming on the optional extension, we will be continuing our journey.
Total Cost of the 13-day Israel trip
Tentative price $5095 (to be verified in April 2019)
$100 additional off the cost of the trip if 40+ passengers travel. This trip will only take one bus and we are limited to one bus only.
Post-extension Cost: Tentative price $1330 (to be verified in April 2019)
- Air transportation/transfers from LAX
- Full-time guide / bus / driver (Andre Sharma and Azam, my favorite guide and bus driver)
- All 4-star hotels
- All admission fees
- 2 meals a day, breakfast and dinner buffet
- A St. Peter’s fish lunch
- Travel Diary of the Holy Land, specifically for your trip (designed and produced by Eric Johnson–see the diary from the 2015 trip to your right)
- Email correspondence throughout the months preceding the trip from Eric Johnson, including teaching, tips, video links, etc
- A 50-day Devotional Preparation Guide (given PDF) at Christmas
And so much more!
Not included: Optional travel insurance policy (7.25% or 9.8% of tour cost), transportation to LAX, most lunches, snacks/drinks
Check out our 4-star hotels where we’ll be staying. Just click on the hotel name.
- Leonardo Plaza in Netanya 1 night
- Nof Ginosar in Tiberias 3 nights
- David Resort in Dead Sea 1 night
- Grand Court in Jerusalem 6 nights
Actual comments from previous travelers
“Whoever goes with Eric Johnson is happy and satisfied because he cares about his passengers”–Andre Shama, Tour Guide in Israel
“This trip has so much power to change you!”
“The thrill of walking where Jesus walked and seeing the hills that Jesus preached from…it changes the way you read the Bible. It’s definitely worth it!”
“My experience on this trip was unlike any other. I will never forget what I saw and felt as we took a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee — I knew I was seeing the same things that Jesus Himself saw. This was the trip of a lifetime and it was worth every cent!”
“Just wanted to take a moment to thank you for such a life changing trip. I am so grateful for your time and planning for the last 10 days. This Easter has new meaning to me now that I have walked where Jesus walked, prayed where He prayed and saw where He was sacrificed. What a gift it is to visit the Holy Land and get to fellowship with such an amazing group of people.” K.B., traveler on the March 2018 trip
2018 Video Testimonies:
“There are no words to express the appreciation we have for this most outstanding trip-of-a-lifetime. Our hearts and minds are overflowing with new, deeper knowledge of the land and history of our precious Savior and Father. All glory to Him!!” –Shelly Anderson
- Pastor Kenny Dodd (February 2018)
- CHS Parent Cameron Owens (March 2018)
- CHS student Jack Mason (March 2018)
- CUSSD School Board Member Thad and Melissa Rothrock (March 2018)
- CUSSD Superintendent Pat McCarty (March 2018)
“As I reflect back on our amazing trip and continue to try to adjust for the time zone change (smile), I just wanted to drop you a note and thank-you for the incredible journey you led. As people have been asking me about our time in Israel I am finding that it is so very difficult to put into words the dramatic impact that it had strengthening my faith and opening my understanding of God’s Word.”–Pat McCarty
“Just want to say one more time how grateful I am for your leadership of such a life-changing trip. There is not a single person that didn’t have an incredible time, and many people’s faith grew significantly because of the experience. . . . You really did a great job at managing the details and all you did to make the trip smooth and enjoyable was noticed and appreciated.”–Chris Rutz
About archaeologist Joel Kramer
Joel Kramer has led a life of adventure. (If you doubt this, just read his 2001 book Beyond Fear: A Harrowing Journey Across New Guinea through Rivers, Swamps, Jungle, and the Most Remote Mountains in the World). Joel has produced a number of feature-length and short-length videos on a number of topics, including Mormonism, polygamy, the Worldwide Church of God, and archaeology. (You can order his DVDs on sourceflix.com) Joel served as a pastor at the Brigham City Main Street Church before moving to Israel about a decade ago. Joel has studied archaeology in Israel and has worked hands-on with top-notch archaeologists, including Shimon Gibson. In late 2016, Joel and his family moved to Jordan but will come back to Israel to guide our group to such sites as Jericho, Jacob’s Well, and Shiloh. In the previous seven trips organized by Eric Johnson, Joel has spoken to the travelers or guided us, and he is somebody you don’t want to miss!
Do we need passports, visas, and shots?
Passports, YES! Your passport should not expire before October 2020 or you will need to renew it. You can apply for a passport at your local post office. Do yourself a favor and obtain this well in advance! Sometimes passport deliveries are delayed and you don’t want to risk it. As far visas and shots, the answer is no to both!
Do we need the insurance policy?
There are two different policies from which you can choose. One is a standard policy, covering missed connections, medical issues, and lost luggage. The other allows you to cancel for any reason and receive 80% of your money back. You need to decide for yourself, but I definitely recommend the basic insurance for peace of mind.
What about safety?
I have to be honest, I feel much more safe in Israel, even in the West Bank, than I do in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and Washington DC! Nobody on my trips has ever felt threatened at any site we have visited. As I understand it, no American tourist has been killed or even seriously injured for decades by any terrorist activity while going on a pilgrimage to Israel. The entire time we are in Israel, safety will be our highest priority. If anything is ever happens in a particular area during our trip, we will avoid that place–the guide will be in constant communication with the authorities. Also understand that governmental security is all around us, especially in sensitive areas such as Temple Mount and the Western Wall. And security is tighter in the Ben Gurion Airport than anywhere in the world. You will be as safe as possible and much safer than if they were in London, Paris, or Rome. So, in conclusion, I believe this is a very safe trip, or I would not have traveled here, without incident, nine times since 2009 and have brought every member of my family!
About trip organizer Eric Johnson:
Photo to the left: Eric with daughters Janelle (now a University of Utah junior) and Carissa (CHS, class of 2010, now employed by Liberty University in Virginia and soon-to-be English teacher at a Christian school) stand on the Mount of Olives overlooking the old city of Jerusalem.
Eric Johnson graduated from Christian High (El Cajon) in 1980. In 1993, he returned to the school as a teacher, serving the Home of the Patriots for 17 years as the Bible department head, Genesis adviser, and JV softball coach. In 2009, he organized his first Holy Land adventure for 45 students, teachers, and parents. This was the first of six trips that he led. In fact, more than 200 people, including a dozen pastors, have traveled to the Holy Land with him. They have learned how the Bible speaks about real people and real places while describing historical events. Eric believes that everyone should come to the Holy Land and experience this incredible place for themselves in order to make the Bible come alive. Reading God’s Word will never be the same!
Eric is married to Terri (30 years) and has three daughters. After teaching at CHS for 17 years, he moved to Utah in order to become a full-time Christian missionary to the Mormon people. He received his Master’s of Divinity degree in 1991 and has written several books, including Answering Mormons Questions (with Bill McKeever, Kregel, 2013), Mormonism 101 (with Bill McKeever, Baker Books, 2015), Mormonism 101 for Teens (MRM, 2016) and Sharing the Good News with Mormons (Kregel, 2018, co-edited with Sean McDowell). He is a regular contributor to the Christian Research Journal and was a contributor for the Apologetics Study Bible for Students (Holman, 2010). Since 2015 he has taught at Alta Christian Seminary (for high school students), which he and a local pastor founded. The class gathers twice a week before school begins at Alta High School in Sandy, UT to study the Bible and apologetic issues.
Photo to the left: Eric stands in front of the Pontius Pilate inscription and the Caiphas family ossuary located in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
Photo to the right: Eric and daughter Hannah on the CHS/CVCS trip in 2011 after Hannah’s baptism in the Jordan River
Previous trips to Israel taken by Eric Johnson
- 1990 (passenger on a tour led by Dr. Ronald Youngblood, my professor at Bethel Seminary San Diego and a translator of the 1978 New International Version — see photo at right)
- 2009 (CHS): 47 students, teachers, parents, staff from Christian High School (CHS) in El Cajon, CA in April
- 2011 38 students, teachers, parents, staff from three different Christian high schools in March (with Joel Kramer)
- 2012 (CHS): 43 students, teachers, parents, staff from CHS in March (with Joel Kramer)
- 2013 (Adult): 45 adult travelers, including several pastors in February (with Joel Kramer)
- 2015 (Adult): 18 adult travelers in February (with Joel Kramer)
- 2017 (Adult): 55 adult travelers in February, including five pastors (Feb-March 2017) (with Joel Kramer)
- 2018 (Adult): 27 adult travelers in February, including members from Clairemont Emmanuel Baptist Church in San Diego (with Joel Kramer)
- 2018 (CHS/CVCS) 57 students and parents from two different Christian schools in March (with Joel Kramer)
- 2019 (Covenant Retirement Communities): 43 adult travelers in Feb/March from the western United States
Please, I encourage you to talk to anyone who has been on one of my previous trips and they will tell you, “Go!” You will never see more than on my trips. And this will be something you will never regret.