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May 2024 Journey to Israel

By Dr. & Mrs. Jack R. Hodges, Jr.

Burke CountyJack and Shawn Hodges Burke County Pleasant Hill Baptist Church


I would like to personally invite you to join my wife, Shawn, and me on a May 2024 Biblical tour of Israel. As former IMB missionaries for 15 years to Gaza and Nazareth, Israel (International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention), we draw from personal experiences to make the land, the people, and the Bible stories and narratives come alive. The Biblical Journey to Israel will take you to the places you’ve read about in the Bible: Nazareth, Capernaum, the Sea of Galilee, the River Jordan, and Jerusalem. The Bible will come alive as you walk where Jesus walked and experience the cultural and physical setting where God became man and dwelt upon us. You will also visit some unique sights and places that I have requested from our Tour Agency, Vered Tours, which most tours do not visit. Our agent is Ari Merom, an Israeli who formerly worked in the Ministry of Tourism. This trip is scheduled for May—a time when Israel is alive with colors and the weather is not yet scorching hot. It’s the best time to visit Israel!

The Biblical Journey to Israel is May 6-16, 2024. It is a ten-day all-inclusive trip. The cost is $4,995. This price includes the cost of airfare roundtrip Charlotte—Tel Aviv; all transfers and transportation; all hotel accommodations: all breakfasts and dinners; all touring and entrance fees; a full-time, licensed, and experienced English-speaking tour guide/manager; and gratuities to guide, driver, hotel waiters or porters.

If you are interested in gaining more information, I will offer a Q&A on Thursday, September 22 at 6:30 p.m. at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Morganton. You may also download a flyer and an itinerary from the Pleasant Hill resources webpage. If you are interested in signing up (spaces are limited), you can click on the following link to go directly to the Vered Tours/WeTravel webpage.

I hope you can join us on this exciting journey.

Pastor Jack Hodges


Dr. Jack Hodges is the Senior Pastor at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Morganton, NC. He has served as a pastor, a biblical counselor, and an International Mission Board missionary.

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