Written by: Jackie de Lange, JOY! Travel Director
Article source: JOY! Magazine

In a world plagued with fear, drought, pestilence, wars, and rumours of war, there can be no doubt that we are living in the End Times. Of course, the Disciples themselves thought the same, and this motivated them to spread the Good News of Jesus with great urgency to all corners of the globe. And today – because of their relentless commitment – we are the recipients of their great sacrifices as martyrs of the faith.

Time is running out to visit the Holy Land
If indeed the ‘World’s Clock’ is counting down to the return of Christ, we are all living on precious borrowed time. It is this pressing reality that motivated JOY! Magazine to arrange life-changing tours to Israel for our readers – so that each traveller may see their Bible come alive as they trace the steps of our Lord Jesus.

A passion for pilgrimages
16 years ago we commenced our first Holy Land pilgrimage. Little did we know, this ‘once off’ adventure would turn into a life-long calling for myself and the JOY! Travel team. Having visited Israel 34 times, Turkey 18 times, and Greece, Egypt, and Jordan several more, I can truly say that arranging tours is a passion that gets stronger with each passing year.

Seeing your Bible come to life on a JOY! tour
Many travellers ask me why I return to these Biblical sites multiple times each year, walking the same dusty streets, hearing the same historical facts over and over. My answer is always the same – I can never get bored of seeing children of God meet Jesus in a new and powerful way whilst on a JOY! tour. For some, a tour is the fulfilment of a life-long dream, ticking off their bucket list. For others, it’s a journey – one in which they hope to rekindle their Christian fire. On every tour we see miracles, whether they are physical healing, spiritual awakening, or even an emotional breakthrough over a stubborn struggle. 

The Holy Land is high in demand
If you have never visited Israel – please don’t delay! Every year the price increases as hotels reach peak occupancy. Every year the country gets busier as a Heavenly urgency spurs pilgrims from all over to fulfil this Christian goal. 

Most of the New Testament was written in Turkey
For those who have been to the Holy Land, Turkey is the next step – the New Testament in colour! Tracing the steps of the Disciples across Asia Minor is a privilege that we get to partake of in this life. Seeing the 7 Churches of Revelation in person gives one a sense of purpose and importance of the Gospel that no YouTube video could ever convey!

Please don’t be afraid to travel
We are children of the most high God, promised peace and protection as our inheritance in Christ. Don’t let fear keep you from the resplendent joy of seeing the pages of your Bible come alive on tour. Sign up today – for you do not know what tomorrow holds. What a shame it will be for a believer to miss out on seeing Jerusalem or Ephesus in real life when we had the opportunity whilst on this earth!

Tour Israel and Turkey before it’s too late!
“Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” – James 4:13-14, NIV

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Date published: 24/10/2023

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