Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Holy Land!

I am attaching an article from Robert's recent speaking engagement at NRB (National Religious Broadcasters) in Nashville, TN.   He was the keynote for the Israeli Department of Tourism and he was also acknowledged for his many years of promoting peaceful relations and travel into the Holy Land.   He and I are planing a trip back to the Holy Land this coming October.  As soon as I have the details I will let you know.  In previous years we have flown directly to Tel Aviv and remained on solid ground visiting the many fascinating Holy sights and experiencing and learning about the country's rich and diverse cultures and history.  Due to popular demand, this time we are hosting a tour on board a cruise ship!  I am not sure what this looks like yet but as soon as I get the itinerary and details I will post them.    My husband has been leading groups to the Holy Land since 1972 so he is an excellent person to go with.  (plus we are fun too!!)  We would love to have you go with us on this trip of a lifetime!  Stay tuned for details when I get them.
God is blessing you.  Donna

1000 Christian Leaders Fete Israel Tourism At Mega Religious Broadcasters Convention

Nashville – February 20, 2012: Israel’s Minister of Tourism spoke to 1,000 Christian leaders on Sunday morning at the National Religious Broadcasters’ Convention annual Celebrate Israel breakfast. The Israel event has been a hallmark of every NRB convention for two decades, and this year the audience heard testimonies from Dr. Robert Schuller, Dr. Robert Stearns and Joseph Amaral. Each of these leaders received the Israel Ministry of Tourism’s Faithful Ambassador Award, in appreciation of their support of Christian tourism to Israel.

Grammy Award-winning country music star, Ricky Skaggs gave a performance of songs expressing his love of Israel. The American singing group, Seven, each an individual devoted to Israel’s well-being, performed a variety of Israeli music with Amick Byram singing his emblematic anthem, “You’ll Never Be The Same,” to a standing ovation. And the Celebrate Israel dancers performed a repertoire of traditional Israeli dances.
“We consider Christian visitors not mere tourists, they are our friends,” said Misezhnikov,” and we see our job of promoting tourism to Israel not as a job, but as a mission. Which is why we have newly created a Religious Tourism Department in the Ministry dedicated solely to underscoring the message that “Israel is the Holy Land with Jerusalem at its heart.”"
“Israel’s presence at the NRB convention is central to our message to American Christians that after visiting Israel ‘you will never be the same,’” said Haim Gutin, Israel Commissioner for Tourism, North and South America, and organizer of the morning event.
Chairman of Bank Hapoalim, Yair Seroussi, updated the audience on Israel’s burgeoning economy, and Danny Saadon, Vice President and General Manager, North & Central America of El Al Israel Airlines, awarded tickets to Israel to the winner of a drawing.
North America is the largest source of foreign tourism to Israel – and it is estimated that some 50% of American tourists to the country are Christian.
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  1. Congratulations and my heartfelt gratitude to Robert as he was acknowledged for his many years of promoting peaceful relations and travel into the Holy Land. The cruise visit to Holyland sounds like an amazing opportunity. I hope there are opportunities for those of us not in California to know how we might link-up with the group once it gets finalized. I am in Toronto, Canada but also may be in UK and/or Rome come October.

  2. God's blessings for your cruse ship trip to Israel.

  3. Donna,

    Congratulations to you and to your husband! It sounds like it was a very inspired speaking engagement with a truly inspired up-coming Holy land trip...But, please be careful on which cruise ship you (recent cruise line issues)

    But, in any event, keep up the great work!

  4. Hi Al,
    Thank you for the word of caution but things are well under way and we haven't selected anything! Others have made those decisions and we will follow with faith their advise! I don't even have the exact dates or the ports of call. I do know that it is not advised to go into Greece or Egypt so this is why the itinerary is taking a little longer for the company to prepare. I will say this: as ambassadors for world peace we have been in many, many war-torn and ravaged areas of the world. To list a few, The Democratic Republic of The Congo, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Mindanao-Philippines, Cairo, various parts of the Palestinian territories, etc. North Korea is on our radar for this Spring. We go wherever we are called!
    God is blessing you. Donna

  5. Hi J.M. Of course we will share our itinerary when we know it. That would be great to meet up with you! God is blessing you. Donna


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