Turkey is a place rich in history. The crossroads of the east and west, it has a long story of power changes, varying rulers, and a cultural coagulation all its own. The clashing cultures of east and west have shaped Turkey into a gem of cultural studies. Hittites, Greeks, Persians, Alexander the Great, Rome, and the east/west division of Christianity are just a few of the highlights of this amazing land. Each of these nations and events has left a trail of cultural debris as they stampeded back and forth across the Turkish landscape. These cultural debris have been picked up, dusted off, and carefully woven into the fabric of Turkish existence. The Turks have crafted a truly unique tapestry of contrasting cultures and we are looking forward to sharing it with you as we explore this amazing land.
Rome is one of those places that will take your breath away. If you like history and have never been to Rome, prepare to be blown away. You will need to bring your walking shoes though because there is much to see and tons of ground to cover. The trip will focus on exploring what life was like in the Roman Empire during the first century, and how this way of life affected the early church. Understanding Roman history is critical to properly interpreting the New Testament because both the writers and audience of the New Testament books lived within this context. There is no better way of learning these things than by seeing and exploring the places where they took place and listening to experts who have committed themselves to the study of Roman History and the Bible. This is one of those trips that you will be sad you didn’t go on so don’t miss out! We look forward to exploring with you!
Tunisia is a place unlike anywhere you have ever been. The majority of the country lives within a stones throw of the Mediterranean, the people are friendly, and the history is unbelievable. In the Capital is the famous ancient city of Carthage. St. Augustine, one of Christianity’s most influential leaders, studied in Carthage nearly 2,000 years ago. You will walk the Bath ruins that you can read about in Augustine’s confessions, stroll along the shores of the Mediterranean, explore the 3rd largest Coliseum in the Roman Empire, marvel at the dunes of the Sahara, and much more! In addition to the sites, you will meet the people and learn from them about their culture.
We keep our trips small so you have a premium experience. If you’re looking to have a luxurious holiday then this trip might not be for you, but if you have ever wanted to visit one of Africa’s most beautiful countries and live like the locals do then you will love this experience. We look forward to exploring with you and are confident that this trip will change your life.
To put it plainly, this is a trip for friends to explore parts of Europe that none of us have explored. It is sure to be a Johnny-fox-trot of sheer amazingness. Prepare to get lost and confused as we stumble our way into new territories. It should be epic or disastrous...there is little room for the in between. We recommend registering with the Embassy at http://step.state.gov/step/.
500 years ago Luther grabbed his trusty framing hammer, a 16 penny nail, and his yellow pad. He whipped out his carpenters pencil, sharpened it with his utility knife, and drafted ninety-five problems with the church architecture on that yellow pad. In bold fashion he walked up to the door of the church in Wittenberg and used the blade of his right hand to press the yellow pad up against the rich cedar panels of the church door. Simultaneously he deftly used the index, middle-finger, and thumb of the same hand to grasp that 16 penny nail and angle it slightly downward as his left hand, fist firmly clinched around his 28 oz striking instrument, raced downward to drive that nail home, neatly pinning the yellow pad to the front entry way of the church. The reformation had begun.
Well, maybe it didn't go quite like that, perhaps it was only an 8 penny nail or maybe he used a pneumatic nailer.... either way this moment has been marked in history as the defining moment of the reformation. Luther's 95 Theses have gained historical notoriety, and rightly so, but this moment is only one of a long list of significant moments in the reformation. Join us as we travel from Berlin to Geneva exploring some the well known and more obscure moments of the reformation.
The systematic extermination of the Jews during the 30's and 40's has come to be known has the Holocaust. It is a sad testament to the darkness present in humanity. Museums and memorials have been created around the globe to remind of this tragic event and urge us not to repeat it. But repeat it we do. Genocide still occurs in the modern world and the darkness is still ever-present in humanity. Come travel from Berlin to Poland with us and experience for yourself the tragedy of the Jewish people during the holocaust. Remind yourself of your own humanity and join with us in working toward the end of genocide the world over. Awareness is the first step to reconciliation. Come learn and grow with us.