NCU Students Travel to the Holy Land

Date: May 23, 2012 - 10:56am

May 23, 2012 – Sixteen students from North Central University are currently taking part in the 2012 Bible Lands Study Tour of Israel and Jordan, May 10, 2012 - June 5, 2012.

The Bible Lands Study Tours are facilitated by The Center for Holy Lands Studies in conjunction with the Assemblies of God. Their trips for colleges and universities are specifically designed for students and educators who are looking to learn the biblical, geographical, cultural and sociological context of Christianity.

The tour includes lectures from some of the leading archeologists and scholars in Israel visits to ancient sites such as Arad, Be’er Sheva, Ashkelon, Avdat, Petra, Medaba, Mt. Nebo, Jerash, Beit She’an, Nazareth, Tiberius, Omrit, Dan, Banais (Caesarea Philippi), Gamla, Katzrin, Korazin, Capernaum, Megiddo, Caesarea, Mt. Carmel, Masada, Qumran, Lachish, the Elah Valley, Bethlehem, and Jerusalem.

Students will also have opportunity to participate in activities such as snorkeling in the Red Sea, a Camel trek through Wadi Rum, swimming in the springs of Sakne, hiking down the Arbel Cliffs, Jeep treks through the desert in Jordan and the wilderness of the Zakkai (northern Jordan River), an evening boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, floating in the Dead Sea, participating in the Temple Mount sifting project, and an archeological dig in Beth Gurvin.

The NCU students taking part in the tour are: Bethany Bostron, Joshua Bonzelaar, Andrew Brouwer, Anna Brouwer, Derek Brunmeier, Michael Guell, Grace Hoggard, D.J. King, Kayce Kraut, Darron Luhrsen, Alyssa McKnight, Sara Miller, Benjamin Peterson, Adam Physician, Erika Schmit, and Casey Strand.

For participating, NCU students will receive course credit while also gaining an experience of a lifetime. Accompanied by Dr. Tracy Paino, Dean of North Central University’s College of Ministry, students are spending 27 days in the land of the Bible.

The Center for Holy Lands Studies mission is to revolutionize the biblical education, uniquely resource the Bible study, reinforce biblical preaching and theology, and renew the spiritual experience of the ministers, educators, and laity of the Christian world through an educational and interactive encounter with the biblical worlds in the lands of the Bible.

Beginning in the fall 2012, all incoming Ministry, Bible and Theology students will have this experience as part of their regular academic program.