For many years, I wanted to visit Israel. I always imagined how seeing the land of the Bible, experiencing the culture, and walking in the literal steps of Moses, David, and Jesus would be life-changing for me. As a pastor, I had high hopes that what I would learn and experience there would give breadth and depth to my teaching ministry. I didn’t want to merely read in black and white about these places and the world-shaping events that took place there. I wanted to experience them in color! When the opportunity presented itself to participate in an affordable Clergy Familiarization Tour with imagine Tours & Travel, I didn’t hesitate. And even with the accumulation of many years’ worth of high expectations, I was not disappointed. In fact, the tour was more inspirational and beneficial to me and my ministry than I had hoped for. Our leader was a gifted pastor and teacher. Our guide was like a favorite college professor so full of knowledge and insight. Our tour was exceptional, from the itinerary itself to every detail of lodging, transportation, etc. From the moment I returned home, I began planning my next trip to Israel, knowing I’d take others with me. Looking back now, my only regret is waiting so long to go. You’ll be a better student, a better pastor and teacher, and a better follower of Christ because of this experience. If you can go, go!
Paul Thompson, Pastor