A trip to Israel is in essence a rite of passage for every Christian – a pilgrimage in the truest sense. The origins of both ancient Biblical faith and of a modern day miracle intersect here. The land and the people of Israel have a story to tell. By coming to Israel, you make Israel’s story part of your own story.
Sponsored by the Philos Project and the Museum of the Bible Foundation, Passages offers Christian college students with leadership potential a fresh and innovative approach to experiencing the Holy Land. Participants will encounter the roots of their Biblical faith first-hand and come face to face with the modern-day miracle that is Israel. Upon their return, participants will have opportunities to build upon their trip experiences by engaging in further leadership training, with an end goal of being an informed voice for both their Christian faith and for Israel.
As mentioned above, we aim to take Christian college students with leadership potential to Israel. We believe strongly in investing in the next generation of Christian leaders. If you’re reading this and you’re a Christian college student, you will be the ones who pastor churches, lead ministries and businesses, develop foreign policy, run for office and everything in between!
We believe that introducing you to Israel’s unique story will only serve as a catalyst to help you both strengthen the foundation of your Christian faith and give you the tools you need as you write your own leadership story.
Our itinerary is designed to accomplish the two goals of our organization: to point trip participants to the roots of their Biblical faith and to introduce them to the complex landscape of modern Israel, with the goal of building bridges of understanding and friendship between our two countries. The itinerary includes visits to foundational biblical sites as well as sites relevant to the history of the modern Jewish state. Participants will hear from a diverse set of speakers and local people throughout who will help the student understand Israeli culture, government and economy, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and geopolitical and security issues surrounding Israel.
Once Passages participants have experienced Israel and its incredible story, many will be eager to learn more and will want to bring that story back to their community and make it a real part of their life.
With Passages NOW, the alumni engagement program of Passages, our goal is to turn the trip experience into a vibrant post-trip alumni community that is committed to spreading the spiritual and moral message of Israel on campus and beyond. We want participants to stay engaged, and we are committed to helping them tell their story however it makes sense for them.
We know everyone is different and will have a different way of sharing with others what they experienced in Israel. With Passages NOW, we offer several different categories that we are asking all Passages trip participants to choose from after they return from Israel. Here is a breakdown: