Turkey is a “Go!”
As some of you may recall, I was considering taking a year off due to the perceived concern about the country. I was hoping this wouldn’t be the case as everything has been stable. I was there less than six weeks ago, and it was completely safe – in fact, in the seven years I’ve been leading trips to Turkey, I’ve never felt safer. And now that all has been calm for several months, I’m trusting people’s perceptions are changing as well.
Furthermore, I was hoping to provide another trip opportunity as both of next year’s Israel study trips are SOLD OUT.
So with that in mind, the Turkey Study Trip is scheduled for August 12-24. All details are HERE.
I remember my first trip to Turkey as a participant. I had heard so much about it, but couldn’t get my head around why Turkey would be so significant. And then I went, and was blown away – not only by its importance in the Bible (½ of the NT is written to or from Turkey), but the radical transformation I experienced as well.
Turkey is a treasure trove for biblical learning and life-transformation. The #1 comment people make when they return in, “I had no idea there would be that much to see, and I certainly had no idea how much a Turkey trip would change my life.”
The big distinction between Israel and Turkey is the cultural context. When you go to Israel, you experience the Hebraic-Jewish context of the Bible, and it’s amazing. When you go to Turkey, you experience the Greco-Roman context of the Bible, and it hits you deeply as our western context is ridiculously similar to the ancient Greco-Roman context. The more you learn about the world of the New Testament in the Roman world, the more you realize their story is your story. And the more you learn about how the Gospel went forth in this Greco-Roman context, the more you understand how to have a greater impact in our world.
Take a look at the trip, photos, and testimonials HERE and see if this is something God’s calling you to join.
And if you’re interested in understanding more about the significance of Turkey, check out “Why a Study Trip to Turkey?”
Have a great week!