Come and See
In May of 2018, Disciple Dojo will be taking a group to the Christ at the Checkpoint Conference in Bethlehem, where we will connect with friends from Palestine, Israel, and all over the world who are coming together in order to explore the calling of Messiah to be peacemakers and reconcilers in this broken world. By meeting and interacting with the people who live, work, and serve their community on a daily basis in the midst of tensions and political conflict, we will have a chance to see the Holy Land primarily through the eyes of its “living stones” (1Peter 2:5) rather than its archeological ones.
This trip is open to anyone 18 years old or older who has a desire to “come and see” the Lands of the Bible for themselves firsthand. Pastors and other ministry leaders are especially encouraged to join us on this trip!
After the conference concludes, we will begin a 5-day discipleship tour of the Biblical and historical locations throughout the lands of Israel, Palestine, and Jordan. This will give participants a chance to see, hear, smell, taste, and touch the lands and places most have only read about and seen in their imaginations. Through this combination of both conference and tour, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the realities of this majestic part of the world—both past, present, and future.
Below you will find a trip itinerary, expenses, and more. If you are interested in the trip and/or learning more, please click the button below.
May 28 – June 1
Upon our arrival in Tel Aviv we will transfer to Bethlehem for the 5th Christ at the Checkpoint Conference. The conference will be Monday through Friday, after which we will begin our Holy Land Tour.
We will stay at the Orient Palace Hotel for the duration of the conference and our tour.
After the conference in Bethlehem, we will visit the Church of the Nativity (the birth place of Jesus), and Shepherds Fields (Luke 2:1-20).
Continue to Hebron for a short visit then back to our hotel in Bethlehem for dinner and overnight.
Masada / Qumran / Jericho / Bethany
This morning we drive via the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea - the lowest point on earth. A beautiful new road takes us south along the shores of the Dead Sea to Masada, truly a remarkable piece of history. On the way we view Ein Fescha, a green oasis in the middle of the desert. Then we ascend to Masada by cable car to visit the magnificent ruins of the fortress where from 70-73 A.D. the Jewish defenders made the last stand of the Judean revolt against Rome and where the remains of store houses, cisterns and a 6th century Byzantine church are still on view.
After lunch at Ein Gedi we return along the Dead Sea to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. We will visit the remains of the community center of the Essenes and the Caves of the Scrolls. Then we proceed to Ancient Jericho (where the walls came tumbling down) with a commanding view of the Mt. of Temptation and Elisha’s Fountain. Here we will see the Inn of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), and continue on to Bethany, the home of Mary, Martha and Lazarus (John 11:1-46).
We return back to our hotel in Bethlehem for dinner and overnight.
The Sea of Galilee / Capernaum / Mount of Beatitudes / Nazareth
After breakfast and the drive to Tiberias we start with
a boat ride for a morning devotional service on the
Sea of Galilee. After our cruise, we continue to the ruins of Capernaum (John 6:24) to visit the ancient ruins of the first century synagogue where Jesus preached (Matt. 4:13-17).
We will view the Mount of Beatitudes - site of the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5-7), and visit Tabgha - the chapel dedicated to the multiplication of the loaves and fishes (Mark 6:34-44).
Then we drive to Nazareth to visit the city of Nazareth, the Church of the Annunciation and Mary’s Well, then back to Bethlehem to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Jerusalem / Mount of Olives
After a night of rest and a hearty breakfast this exciting day will begin with a drive to the top of the Mount of Olives (Matt. 24:3) for a panoramic view of the Old City of Jerusalem. We will visit the Chapel of the Ascension, the Church of Pater Noster and Dominus Flevit, and walk along Hosanna Road to the Garden of Gethsemane to visit the Church of the Nations which stands atop the Rock of the Agony where Jesus was betrayed by Judas (Matt. 26:36-57). We’ll see the Pillar of Absalom, the Eastern (Golden) Gate and the Pinnacle of the Temple, then continue to the Gibon Spring, Pool of Siloam.
After lunch, we drive to Mt. Zion, where we will visit the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu - on the site of Caiphas’ House, the Upper Room (Luke 22:14-20), the Tomb of King David and the Dormition Abbey. Then we continue to tour the new part of Jerusalem, the Hebrew University, the Shrine of the Book that houses the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Model City of the Holy Land.
Then we return to our hotel in Bethlehem for dinner and overnight.
Allenby Bridge / Jordan
Today after breakfast we will cross Allenby Bridge, heading to the city of Amman, where we will visit the church of Madaba, Edom and Moab. After we tour the City we will head to Amman airport to catch our flight back home.
What is the cost of this trip?
$3,500 per person (sharing a double room)
This is an approximated cost. The actual cost may be less, based on number of participants, airline rates, etc.
What is included in the cost?
- Round trip airfare from Charlotte, NC (Those wishing to make their own air travel arrangements may do so after coordinating with our travel agent)
- Airport assistance arrival and departure in Tel Aviv and Amman
- Christ at the Checkpoint Conference registration
- Accommodation for 8 nights at the Orient Palace Hotel in Bethlehem
- Breakfast and dinner daily
- Transportation in a deluxe motor-coach throughout the entire tour
- Professional English speaking guide throughout the entire tour
- Entrance fees to all sites mentioned in this itinerary
- Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee
- Hotel porters
What is NOT included in the cost?
- Lunches and drinks
- Tips in general (guides, drivers, etc.)
- Travel insurance, passport fees
in this trip?
If this trip sounds like something you would be interested in participating in, please contact us right away as space is limited.
For more information or to reserve your place on the trip fill out the form at the top of the page.
Christ at the Checkpoint Conference
We are a community of evangelical Christians who believe that following Jesus with integrity means that our lives are formed by our love for God, the teaching of the Bible and a fearless life of discipleship in the complexities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We believe that one of the first hallmarks of discipleship is love for both our own community and for our enemies. We wish to find Jesus at the center of everything we do and to make his life our life. Which means finding courageous love for Palestinian Arabs and Israeli Jews alike.
More on Bethlehem
Bethlehem Bible College is an interdenominational college which uses Arabic as its primary language of instruction. All courses are accredited through MEATE (Middle East Association for Theological Education), the Palestinian Ministry of Higher Education and several international theological organizations. We aim for a high academic standard while encouraging spiritual growth and commitment to Christ.