Dear CCV Family,
I want to invite you, your loved ones, and your friends to join Lisa and me for an unforgettable trip to the Holy Land!
A journey to the land of the Bible is a trip every Christian should make at least once in their life. The Bible comes alive as we see and touch the places we’ve read about since we were kids.
I have been planning for some time now to provide a fun, in-depth educational, and life-changing trip to Israel for our Christ’s Church of the Valley family and our friends. Finally, this trip has become a reality!
Please join us June 22 – June 30, 2022, as we…
- Walk where Jesus walked in Galilee and Jerusalem!
- See the location where the Apostle Paul was imprisoned in Caesarea!
- Visit such awe-inspiring spiritual points of interest as the Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane, Mt. Zion, the Upper Room, Bethlehem, Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, the Mt. of Beatitudes, Jericho, the Dead Sea, and more!
- Together we’ll float on the Dead Sea, ride a cable car up to the top of Masada, ride a boat on the Sea of Galilee, have an opportunity to be baptized in the Jordan River, and even have a chance to ride a camel!
After an exhaustive search, I’ve selected Nawas Travel to handle the details of our trip. With 70 years of planning Holy Land tours, they are simply unparalleled.
Our time in Israel will be led by experienced and knowledgeable Holy Land tour guides. Together, Lisa and I will serve as your hosts to make this the most spiritually enriching experience of your lives.
Will you join us for this unforgettable trip?
Space is limited, and spots are held on a first come first serve basis, so let me give you the exact steps to take to join us:
How To Reserve Your Space On The Trip
Step #1: Read Brochure
Take your time to read over the attached brochure. Nawas Travel has outlined all the particulars. This is a trip with and through Nawas Travel for my CCV family and friends.
Step #2: Send in the registration form and make your deposit
In the brochure, you’ll find a registration form. Fill that out and mail it in. If you are paying your deposit via check, include the check with the registration form. To make your deposit online and to sign up for your online profile, please go to https://app.managedmissions.com/MissionApplication/Start/26085 (this is the same website we use for all our mission trips).
It’s going to be a trip of a lifetime, and I hope you can join us!
Brian and Lisa Jones
Answers To Questions:
Will it be safe?
This was my main question before I visited Israel. I found that I felt as safe, or even safer in Israel than where we live. Israel is a first-world country with one of the most sophisticated defense systems on the planet. As our last tour guide said, “Welcome to Israel. Thesafest place in the world.” I absolutely believe it now. I’ve set stringent guidelines for all our mission trip locations (visiting most myself before sending in teams), so after visiting Israel twice, I am confident in recommending this trip.
What about Covid?
Israel is one of the strictest countries in the world regarding Covid. All trip participants must be able to present a vaccine card to enter the country, all of our tour guides will be vaccinated, and all hotels will abide by the tightest Covid protocols.
You will also be required to present a negative 72 hours PCR test. If you were vaccinated longer than 6 months before the trip, you will also be required to get the booster shot within 6 months before leaving.
Nawas will organize our testing at the airport before returning home. You also might be required to wear a mask in some places.
If you do test positive, you will be required to quarantine for 10 days before returning to the US. It is suggested that everyone obtains travel insurance to pay for any COVID-related expenses. Nawas recommends Aon
https://www.aon.com/risk-services/group-individual-insurance/travel-insurance.jsp. Food is not covered in the quarantine coverage.
How will we get around?
We will travel by air-conditioned motorcoach between our hotels and the sites.
What will the weather be like?
Sunny! The average temperature in Jerusalem in June is a high of 81 degrees and a low of 64, while the average temperature in Philadelphia is a high of 84 and a low of 67. Our hottest location will be our fun day at the Dead Sea (a highlight!), but there will be places to sit down in the air conditioning when you need a break. There will always be places to sit in the shade.
Am I physically able to do everything on this trip?
Here’s the best way I can answer this: reasonably healthy people who can go for a walk would do very well on this trip and be able to do everything we’re going to do and love it (though I’ll encourage you to wear a hat, sunscreen and stay hydrated!). At the same time, there will be occasions where we’ll have free time, and you might want to push yourself to do more.
What should I wear?
Dress like you would on a June day in Philly. MEN – I will wear my stylish khaki shorts and shirts from Kohls. Some men will want to wear pants and long sleeves to protect themselves from the sun. WOMEN – in keeping with cultural norms, women typically do not wear shorts. Lisa wore Capri-type pants when we went.
My recommendation for everyone is to wear light colors – whites and tans, etc. We’ll do a fair amount of walking (but not excessive), so wear comfortable shoes. When we go inside churches men are required to wear shorts that cover their knees (you can pull them down a bit if needed) and women must cover their shoulders (FYI – church holy sites provide shawls to grab and wear inside, then drop off when you leave). Basically, no tank tops or short shorts.
Are you (Brian) the tour guide?
Making the Bible come alive has been my life’s pursuit, but no, I won’t be our guide. We’ll have experienced, and certified Christian tour guides lead us. I will work to supplement what the tour guide shares and be there to answer questions throughout the trip. For Lisa and I – we want our roles to be as hosts for the trip, working to supplement the work of our guides to make this a great educational and spiritual experience.
Can I travel alone?
Of course! The trip is booked for two or more people to a room, so there’s a slight upcharge. If you’re alone and would like to share a room with another solo traveler to save $ let me know and once the trip is finalized, I can put people in touch with one another.
Where will we fly out of?
We will fly out of Philadelphia International.
What is the currency in Israel?
In Israel, they use the “shekel.” When we arrive in Tel Aviv, there will be a place within the airport to exchange your money.
Will I have wi-fi and cell service?
Yes to both, but check with your cell phone carrier about your international coverage. Both times I visited Israel, I was able to call and text everywhere we went, including the Dead Sea.
What about health, vaccinations, and medicine during my trip?
Israel is a modern country with excellent healthcare and has the world’s highest number of doctors per capita. No vaccinations are required other than your Covid vaccine. You can find most standard over-the-counter drugs in Israel that are equivalent to the ones you find in the United States. You can also bring supplies of your prescription drugs with you (If you need to bring syringes and vials of medicine, bring along a letter from your doctor attesting to your needs).
What about trip insurance?
There are two kinds of insurance that are not required, but you might want to consider:
The first is medical insurance. Typically, Health Insurance plans from the United States have all kinds of red tape if you try to use them overseas. Therefore I recommend getting medical travel insurance through www.faithventures.com/ insurance. They have a $30 plan that covers everything.
The second type of insurance is trip cancellation, like if the airlines go on strike. Nawas will provide more information about this.
Will I need a Passport?
Yes, you will need a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date you are departing the country.
Will I need a Visa?
No, Visas are not required for anyone traveling to Israel for 90 days or less.
How many bags can I take on the trip?
This will be determined by the airline when the flight is booked. We’ll know 90 days prior to departure which airline we will use and their rules.
Will we meet Christians while on the trip?
One of the goals of this trip is to expose our people to the spiritual need that exists in Israel. We plan on meeting Palestinian Christians in both Nazareth and Bethlehem. CCV is on the ground floor of helping to launch a new church in Israel, so plans are being made to see if we can have our Israeli friends meet us on the trip.
What costs aren’t covered?
The trip covers breakfast and dinner at the hotel. Lunch will be on our own. Typically, we’ll each want to tip our Tour Guide and Driver as you feel led. When we go to Bethlehem, we’ll have a separate guide just for that part that would appreciate a few Shekels. And when the flight is finalized – if the airfare fuel cost goes up, Nawas told me there might be an upcharge capped at no more than $50 to $75 per person.
- From 120 to 91 days prior to departure, refunds will be made less a $500 per person fee.
- From 90 to 41 days prior to departure, refunds will be made less a fee of 50% of the total tour price.
- From 40 days up to and including the day of departure, reservations are subject to a 100% cancellation fee.
- $500 deposit due immediately
- next $1000 per person due = November 15, 2021
- next $1000 per person due = December 31, 2021
- next $1000 per person due = February 16, 2022
- final $429 per person due = March 8, 2022
If you have other questions, please see me at church between services or email April Gaddis at AprilG@CCVLive.com who will forward me your questions so I can respond.
Attachments: Holy Land Brochure 2022