Sites and Living Stones Tours
Our ‘sites and living stones’ tours are led by our Chair of Trustees, Rev David Ronco. These spend time visiting biblical sites and include meeting some of the believers, the living stones, in Nazareth, Cana and elsewhere The tours in May 2013, November 2015 and May 2017 have been very popular. A brief report on the tour in November 2015 is available here and more recently of the May 2017 visit here.
Pastors and Leaders Study Tours
A pastors and leaders study tour, led by Rev Stuart Davison, aims to include opportunities to meet local believers and church leaders; to participate in worship services, smaller groups and school assemblies; to visit theological colleges; and to see several key sites around Israel.
This tour was well received in October 2013. A visit by four ABCI pastors to the SEBA pastors’ conference and some UK churches in February 2014 also went well. Stuart led a similar group of 10 on a visit in September 2016, which was very rewarding and varied with many opportunities to meet local believers, churches and see sights. More details are on the News page. Stuart is currently planning for a group visit in October 2018, 4th-11th. Further provisional details are available here. Please contact Stuart for more information or to book a place.
A youth visit to Israel by a group from Ampthill Baptist Church to Shefa'amr in July 2016 was very encouraging and rewarding, and a report is available here. Other churches are considering similar group visits to Israel/Palestine, as part of ongoing building up of relationships.
Why visit Israel?
A visit gives an opportunity to meet Baptist believers in Israel in their own context of the culture, churches, homes and towns. It allows you to see at first hand historic places from Old and New Testaments, the settings in which Jesus lived and conducted his ministry. It also gives an experience of a beautiful country, a hospitable people, in a troubled part of the world where to be a Christian is a very significant challenge. With reflection on all these in the light of Scripture, it also offers rich opportunity to deepen understanding of the Bible in the process.