Pilgrimage to Israel 2020
Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Students,
I would like to invite you to join me on a very exciting learning opportunity. I will be hosting a trip to Israel in February 2020. It is sponsored by Wycliffe College but it is open to non-students as well. Please consider joining me on this special occasion. I would love to have the opportunity to share with you in the Holy Land.
We will visit the Sea of Galilee, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and so much more. To travel the land of the Bible, to read, and to discuss the events of the Bible where they took place is an unforgettable experience. Historical insights and inspirational fellowship will encourage your heart, strengthen your faith and deepen your walk with our Lord.
Dr. Steve Notley will serve as our guide in Israel. He is a gifted teacher and is considered to be a leading New Testament scholar with special expertise in Ancient Jewish and Christian Origins. You will certainly find his guiding and instruction a wonderful contribution to your understanding of scripture. With geography, history, archaeology and culture as our resources, the land and people of ancient and modern Israel will become more meaningful, and even provide life applications for us who live in a world far, far removed from Old Testament and New Testament Israel.
This is going to be an exciting adventure for all of us. We will all learn and grow in so many different avenues of our life. I cannot wait to share this opportunity with you.
Mark your calendar and join me if you can. It will be great to have you along.
Please visit https://emmausonline.net/tours/2020-wycliffe/welcome.html for more information.
Professor of Pastoral Psychology
Pilgrim Reflection by Connie Chan - Israel Trip 2018
I had seen photos of it. I had heard news about it. But nothing quite equates to actually setting foot on the land of Israel.
Visiting Israel allowed me to engage the biblical world not only with my intellect, but with my whole person. There’s nothing quite comparable to walking through the underground tunnel that King Hezekiah created, stepping on the staircase where the apostle Peter likely stood when he preached to thousands on the day of Pentecost, tracing the footsteps of Jesus across Israel/Palestine: from where he was born, where he grew up, to where he started his ministry.
Among the places we visited, my favourite was Jerusalem, the city where Jesus spent his last days. It is where he wept, ate his last supper, faced his accusers, carried the cross, and was crucified.
On our free day in Jerusalem, I visited the Western Wall where I spent some time in prayer and reflection. The trip proved to be both an enriching and confounding experience. I was fascinated by the layers of history illuminated by the ancient sites we visited, the coexistence of diverse ethnic and religious groups, and the complexity of current political situations. I sat down and sketched, observing women who prayed earnestly: some with their hands on the wall, some on their faces, some with hair down, others with heads covered. Countless pieces of paper with written prayers and wishes filled the cracks of the wall. Over the heads of the pilgrims, birds found shelter in the holes of the wall, oblivious to religious conflict, historical complexity, and the joys and sorrows in the hearts crying out to God.
Then I remembered: the same God who provides for the birds, also rules over impossible situations. And Jerusalem, where Jesus spent his last days, was also where he was raised to life. Through faith in Jesus, we have hope.
There’s still much to ponder. I want to give thanks to all the wonderful people with whom I shared this unforgettable experience!
Connie Chan is Communications Coordinator at Wycliffe College, and a part-time student in the MTS program.
This reflection was written for Wycliffe College's Insight Magazine, Spring/Summer 2018 edition.