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Dr. Widbin Group June & Chuck Cassell testimonial

Hi Jennie,

First, we want to thank you again for all of your work and assistance in getting us all to Israel--and back home again. :) It was, as expected, the trip of a lifetime. We are so thankful for Brian and his amazing knowledge of and love for Israel. His perspective was instrumental in our understanding of what we were seeing, the significance and therefore, the meaning in all that we were able to observe. I'm writing this email on Easter night and I we can honestly say that this year's Good Friday and Easter services had extra-special meaning, as we were able to PICTURE the sites being described and really enter into those last days of Christ in a way that we would never have been able to do without seeing Israel. 

Wow; our favorite site? So difficult to say, as we saw SO much. I think at the beginning of the trip, when we went to Gergasa it was the first time I really felt that JESUS WAS HERE. Hearing how the scripture matched the geography and the archaeology in a way that gives confidence that this WAS the spot where Jesus cured the demoniac was just overwhelming. Throughout the trip, we were in spots where we are confident Jesus walked; just amazing. It was also incredibly impactful to see the holding cell in Caiphus' house and to be able to picture Jesus on the Mt of Olives, waiting for Judas and the soldiers to come bring him back into Jerusalem to start the process that led to his crucifiction and resurrection. 

As far as the food, it's difficult to say. We had the same lunch, literally, every day. I enjoy falafel and shawarma so it wasn't a problem, but it might be helpful to offer some variety. At the buffets, we had amazing food, but not all of them had the food labeled, so we didn't know what we were eating. What would be really helpful would be to have an "intro" course to what will be offered and how the locals would eat it. I was surprised one day when I thought I was combining some things for breakfast as a local might, and the server said, "hmmm, I'll have to try that." I wondered how he would eat what was being offered!

We really appreciated everything. If we had one suggestion for future groups it would be to allow some time to process all that's being seen and factor in some short breaks. We thought the evening meetings would be a time to process but they often turned into times of more information. It was all terrific but it really was a bit overwhelming, at times. 

Thank you again and, again, we are so glad we did the trip and feel so blessed to have been where Christ walked. 

June & Chuck Cassell

Dr. Widbin Group June & Chuck Cassell
March 2022
Pam (and YuYuan) Dr. Widbin Group  testimonial

Hi, Jennie

It was such a GREAT RICH experience not only the history, people, culture, weather.   Dr Widbin is absolutely fabulous brininging with him not only the passion of the land, culture, deapth of the bible, but history and touch of his personal transformation journey here over past 30+years.  It is just amazing.   WE cannot more thankful and priviledged for haiving him leading some - someone so scholar as he is, experienced, but also passion in this.  He breaths, walks, talks GOD's words (bible) everywhere.    

There were a few very crowded places, that my hubby and I always wear mask, most did not, also airport of the long wait, might have exposed someone ot the virus.  However, all w mild sx. and we were blessed that we were all tested NEG when going there thus traveled as a group together. Also, people should be proud of being that initial piorneer group to be there during lent right after Israel got opened up.   Food, hotels were all great.  Bus, security  Younis / Waleed are great old friends.    It was a journey life time experience that sure transform and stick w. you for life.    

 

Pam (and YuYuan) Dr. Widbin Group
March 2022
Dr. Widbin Group Goodwill Church testimonial

Dear Jennie,

First, thank you for all your time, service and advice! I know I was probably one of your most needy clients. We never left the continent before and I felt vulnerable in the things I did not know, especially traveling with four of us (my husband and two sons). So thank you so very much for your patience, time, encouragement, and advice.

My favorite part of the pilgrimage was the undeniable presence of God. We felt we were in the hands of our Father, God and Great Savior, Jesus Christ, throughout the whole experience. He gifted to us the blessings and wisdom of HIS appointed Shepered, Dr. Widbin, who is loved by all those who know him in both countries here in the US and abroad in Isreal. Thanks to God and HIS appointed Shepered, Dr. Widbin we were treated like royalty. No need or want went unmet. We were made to feel not only welcome but loved by all those that attended to us: Eunice the bus driver, Williet, the security attendant, all the hosts at the hotels, the chefs and waiters and waitresses at the dinning halls and restaurants and even the staff at all the national parks, museums, shops and Holy sites treated us like family. When they see Dr. Widbin, they all know him, respect him and honor him with a consistent courtesy that made us all feel so welcome, blessed and grateful to God. We feel so grateful to Dr. Widbin and to all those who shared there kindness to us. We experienced a genuine kindness from every single person we encountered. It truly felt like the greatest blessing from God.

It is hard to determine a favorite site or place because every where we went was so incredibly inspirational, beautiful and a blessed experience. The sermon on the mount, the place of the demoniac, the waddi where David hid from Soul, The valley of the battle field of David, King Herods palaces and that of his son, Agrippa. The birth place of Jesus, Bethlehem, Jericho, and Holy Sites of Jerusalem: the garden of Gethsemane, the western wall, the Eastern gate, the dome of the rock, all of the museums. Wow! Just wow!

All of it was glorious! Dr. Widbin taught us how to sing hymns in Hebrew and we prayed daily on the bus together. The bodies of water in the desert are glorious. The beaches on the Mediterranean are beautiful, the boat ride on the sea of Galilee was a spiritual experience of praise, gratitude and glory to God as we sang and danced in the place Jesus walked on the water. The healing properties of the mud, salt and water of the Dead Sea are still appreciated by our skin and joints. How blessed are we to experience the blessing of the baptismal waters of the Jordan River at the loving hands of God's appointed Shepered, Dr. Widbin. The sharing of a Holy Super and communion together is to forever be cherished.

It was all a glorious experience! Thank you so very much for your part in making it possible. We are forever grateful to our Father in Heaven and to HIS Sacred Son and to Dr. Widbin for this once in a lifetime experience.

God Bless you and your team.

Sincerely Grateful to all.

In Christ,

Tara, Robert, Thomas and Liam

Dr. Widbin Group Goodwill Church
March 2022
DeHondt/Mills Maranatha Group to Israel testimonial

Shay I can't tell you how absolutely great it was. I know God had plans for me to be here. The devil made a great attempt to steal my joy. But God reigns.

Fotey our guide is a true gift from God. His knowledge and his heart are more than words can describe. I hope and pray he never loses his heart and his love for our father. Because without that his knowledge and his words mean nothing. What a blessing he was. Even though I don't know your face you also have been a great blessing and you were my comfort when i needed it the most. And i thank you. 

I feel and I know that I am truly part of a bigger picture and I know I now I have a much bigger family. I have ended this trip with a heart that is full.

Marantha family will be in my prayers.

Thank you

DeHondt/Mills Maranatha Group to Israel
February 22, 2022
Keith and Sue March / Jim Colledge Group testimonial

Hi Jennie,

It was an amazing trip and one we will not forget. Thanks for all your hard work at your end to help make this trip happen!!

To answer your questions:

1. There were many spiritual high moments on this pilgrimage, but Keith and I got re-baptized in the Jordan, so it was definitely a highlight for us.

1.A. Our favorite site was being on the boat on the Sea of Galilee. Being on the very body of water that Jesus walked on, calmed and did so many miracles around.

2. As for an exciting food, well, we couldn't call it an exciting food but definitely an interesting one....In the hotel in Jerusalem, the meals each evening were delicious and they served a lot of wonderful dishes...but one in particular stands out.....turkey testicles. Not a fan favorite that is for sure, but something we won't soon forget.

3. There were so many amazing teachings throughout the 8 days we were with Pastor Jim Colledge, but one that stands out for both of us is the teaching by the Sanctuary of the Primacy. He was talking about the story of Jesus appearing to Peter, John and some of the other disciples. In John 21, Jesus greets the fisherman with breakfast cooking over the fire and Jesus asks Peter 3 times if he loves Him and with each affirmation, Jesus commands him to care for and feed His sheep. This reminds Peter of the 3 times he denied Jesus, but loviingly Jesus uses this painful trigger to draw him closer, restoring Peter. What a beautiful picture of the love of Jesus that He draws us to Him even in painful situations, with the goal of restoration.

Thank you again for your part in making this trip of a lifetime happen.

In Christ,

Keith and Sue

Keith and Sue March / Jim Colledge Group
January 2022