Can’t Miss Video from the Historic Jerusalem Prayer Breakfast

Arlen & Elsa Leading in Prayer

It was historic. It was miraculous.

As Founders of the Jerusalem Prayer Breakfast, we were overwhelmed with the miraculous response. Sixty nations were represented as we came together in June for several days at the first Jerusalem Prayer Breakfast and conference. Incredibly, this Christian gathering was supported by the Knesset (Government of Israel) and Israel’s President.

During the Prayer Breakfast day, we were hit with the reality that it was 50 years to the day since the Six-Day War.  Remembering this, the former Israeli Ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren stepped to the stage and presented the stirring message below.

The video may be the most inspiring 11 minutes of your day.

Will you watch it? Will you join us in prayer for Israel?

In Christ,
Arlen & Elsa Salte, Hans Weichbrodt
Founders: Jerusalem Prayer Breakfast
Break Forth Journeys

PS – Do you want to join us in May 2018 for Break Forth Israel & Jordan Next Level? Please ask for your free brochure by emailing us at journeys@breakforthministries.com.

Break Forth Israel & Jordan Next Level 2018

We’re thrilled to announce Break Forth Israel & Jordan Next Level 2018.

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Your Bible will come alive as you step onto the land where prophets, priests, kings and our Messiah walked.

You’ll experience scholarly teaching, amazing sites, grace-centered ministry, personal renewal, wonderful fellowship, heart-lifting worship and maybe more smiles than you’ve had in years.

This tour is for those who’ve been to Israel before or those who want to dig deeper.

You’ll experience:

  • 11 Days of wonder and growth from Jerusalem to Masada to Mount Nebo to Petra to Jericho to Mt of Temptation and more!
  • A breathtaking luxurious ‘glamping’ experience in Wadi Rum
  • Daily sumptuous breakfast and dinner buffets
  • Exceptional 4 and 5 Star accommodations
  • Teaching from the world-renowned Hans Weichbrodt at every Biblical site
  • Heart-lifting Worship experiences along the way with Arlen & Elsa Salte and team.
  • Experienced leadership who’ve led over 2,000 people to the Lands of the Bible
  • The best of the best, hand-picked guides and drivers.
  • Travel by first-class air-conditioned motorcoach
  • Free pre-trip study and preparation materials
  • Free audio recordings of all teachings sent to you after the trip
  • International round-trip air, deluxe airport transfers to and from hotel (not included in land only option)
  • Opportunities to add on incredible post-trip extensions
  • And so much more!

We’ve sold out every tour. We encourage you to move quickly.

You can download your free beautiful brochure now: Just click here.

You can also call to reserve your space at 1-866-978-2997. If that toll free line jams up due to an overload of calls you can also call 1-604-279-8794. 

You can also download just the booking form. Just click here.

This is your spiritual journey and adventure of a lifetime. Please join us!

A Free Magazine on Highlights of Israel

Screen Shot 2016-08-23 at 3.31.49 PMCheck out this new free magazine featuring a few of Israel’s top attractions, must-visit sites, culinary delights and exciting activities.

There are beautiful photos inside as well as insights to help you on your next visit or even to learn just a little more about this beautiful and spiritually rich land.

You can view your free magazine by clicking on the photo for the full PDF version.

Do you want to learn how to make your own authentic fish falafel? Check out page 15.

Do you want a recipe for exceptional hummus (and avoid the expensive store bought versions)? Check out page 19.

Ancient Rural Synagogue Discovered in Galilee Confirms New Testament Accounts

Galilee panorama taken from Mount of Beatitudes which is believed to be the one from where Jesus gave Sermon on the Mount

Galilee panorama taken from Mount of Beatitudes which is believed to be the one from where Jesus gave Sermon on the Mount

In the lower Galilee region of Israel, an archaeological team from Kinneret College has discovered the ruins of a synagogue which would have been around during Christ’s lifetime.

Dr. Dotti Aviam, a senior researcher at the Kinneret Institute for Galilean Archaeology at the Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee spoke to JNS News about the significance of the find. “This is the first synagogue discovered in the rural part of the Galilee and it confirms historical information we have about the New Testament, which says that Jesus preached at synagogues in Galilean villages,” Aviam states. The passage Aviam refers to is Matthew 9:35: “Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.”

Read more here

Renew Your Heart With This Video from Israel

Do you need some Holy Land inspiration today? Do you want this without packing your suitcase?

Then, this video is for you.

In this video, you’ll visit:

  • The Garden Tomb
  • The Wailing (Western) Wall
  • Caesarea By The Sea
  • Ein Gedi where David hid from Saul
  • The reverence of the desert
  • The beauty of the Sea of Galilee
  • And so much more.

If you’re ready to be inspired, why don’t you click on this heart-lifting video below? It may be the best 4 minutes of your day:

You can download a free brochure for our Break Forth Israel Signature Tour here.

Is Israel Safe? Here’s The Real Story . . .

Frightened employee hiding under the desk - studio shoot

Is Irrational Fear Stealing Your Dreams?

The news cycle spins again and again. Running out of fresh video content, networks loop the same sensationalistic clips on a never-ending cycle.

Their plan?

To grab your attention long enough until they can sell you fabric softener during the next TV commercial.

There is no doubt that you’ll find crime almost anywhere if you search for it long enough.

But when things are exaggerated it’s does no one any good.

While some people are afraid of going to Israel and other Lands of the Bible, these are irrational fears.

If you want to be afraid to travel somewhere, you should certainly avoid the USA. From terrorist attacks to mass shootings to high crime rates, America is a far more dangerous place to be.

Just look at these crime statistics from NationMaster:

  • Crime levels in the USA are twice as high as Israel.
  • Drug use (opiates) in the USA are 90% more than Israel
  • Violent Murder rate in the USA is eighty-two times higher than Israel
  • Violent crime in the USA is more than twelve times higher than Israel
  • Violent Crime (Rapes) in the USA are more than 68 times higher than Israel
  • Robberies in the USA are more than 4 times higher than Israel
  • Fear of crime in the USA is more than 77% higher than Israel
  • Murders committed by youth in the USA are more than 633 times higher than Israel

Still, every year people pile in by the millions to one of the most dangerous developed countries in the world – the USA.

(For our Canadian readers: Canada’s crime statistics are similar to Israel, aside from Canada’s murder rate, which is 3 times higher than in Israel)

How about Middle East tensions? Travel writer and blogger, John Nicholson says it well:

“While we in the United States have only had marginal success developing our own missile defense systems dating back to the days of the Star Wars initiatives under President Reagan, Israel has implemented a system of both tight border and air security that allows Israelis to now go about their daily lives under a blanket of relative calm, stability, and security. For tourists to Israel, this means that visiting the country and even traveling around within it is completely safe, despite the occasional incident or flare up that makes the news back home.”

Is the USA safe? Yes, if you use wisdom, keep your eyes open and stay away from the rougher parts of town. Is Israel safer than the USA? Yes, without a doubt. The statistics prove it.

How sad it is when sensationalistic news reports and unfounded fears keep people back from experiencing one of the highlights of their lives; a life-changing journey to the Lands of the Bible.

Has CNN caused you to cower in a corner? Are you setting aside a life-long spiritual dream because of irrational fears?

Maybe it’s time to live life to the full again. Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” – John 10:10 NIV

A fullness of life and a prison of fear cannot co-exist. It’s time to swing wide those prison doors!

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” – 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV

 

Show Me The Shekels . . .

Israeli Shekels (NIS)

Israeli Shekels (NIS)

Unless you have a very generous uncle, visiting Israel requires money. And if you do have an uncle like that, maybe you can email us his name and number. Seriously though, even though our Break Forth Journeys trips are a great value, money is still required.

Would you like some help?

We’re here to explain . . .

Here’s How The Israeli Currency Works:

The New Israeli Shekel (NIS) is Israel’s currency. There are coins of 5, 10, 50 agorot (like our cents) and 1,5,10 shekels (see images here). There are also 20, 50, 100 & 200 shekel notes (like our dollar bills, see images here).

Currently, one Canadian dollar is equal to about 3 NIS. As the economy fluctuates, it’s wise to keep an eye on exchange rates as you approach your departure date.

Where Do You Get Money?

If you need to exchange money while you are in Israel,  you can do so in a bank (you will need to bring your passport to do so). Although they will charge you an exchange fee, they will give you a better rate overall.

Most places in Israel readily take US currency (not Canadian). We suggest exchanging your money into US currency while still at home and then supplementing your funds with shekels as needed.

We recommend that you withdraw money from ATM machines in Israel in order to get the best exchange rates. Bank machines are prevalent throughout the country, but you need to plan ahead. Don’t be afraid of saying to your tour leader or guide, “I’m running short on shekels, may we stop at a bank machine some time today?”

NOTE: Traveler’s Cheques are not recommended.

What About Tips?

Break Forth Guide: David Wexler

Break Forth Israel Tour Guide: David Wexler

Please note that a tip for the drivers and guides is appreciated at the end of the tour – cash is required for this and can be in US currency (an average tip is $3/day for the driver, $5/day for the guide).

Most tours do not include tips in their prices as this is a suggested amount, no different than tipping at a restaurant.

Other tours state they include tips and while this can simplify things, there are many stories of the tips never fully making it to the guide and driver. Please investigate this closely to ensure that pre-paid tips actually make it to the guide and driver who were such a great help to you and others.

We believe in the scriptural principle that states, “The worker deserves his wages.” – 1 Timothy 5:18b

Watch for more helpful tips on visiting Israel coming your way!

In the meantime, if you’d like to learn more about joining us during our next tour: Break Forth Israel & Jordan NEXT Level 2016, please drop us an email at journeys@breakforthministries.com.

You can also view the video below to get a brief overview of what we have in store . . .

Essential Weather & Timing Tips For Israel

Jerusalem Old City SkylineAre you planning a trip to Israel? Whether this is your first time or your tenth time, every visit is a powerful experience.

It can also be a little overwhelming.

Maybe we can help you with some practical details below:

Why don’t you take a couple minutes to check out this handy information and links below:

Information on Israel: Weather

Elsa Brennan Jared COld Israel Mt of Olives

Elsa Salte being warmed by her sons during a freak snowfall on the Mount of Olives during Break Forth Israel

Israel enjoys long, warm, dry summers (April-October) and generally mild winters (November-March), with drier, cooler weather in hilly regions, such as those that contain Jerusalem. Rainfall is fairly heavy in the north and center of the country, with far less in the northern Negev.

Regional conditions vary considerably, from humid summers and mild winters on the coast to dry summers and moderately cold winters in the hill regions. The Jordan Valley has hot, dry summers and pleasant winters. Semi-desert conditions reign in the Negev.

Weather extremes range from occasional winter snowfall in the mountain regions to oppressively hot, dry winds at times that send temperatures soaring in some parts of the country, particularly in spring and autumn.

All of the climate and temperature information that you could want can be found here.

When Should I Go?

Of course, availability will determine when most people will go. However, consider these factors:

  • Summers can be extremely hot in many of the Lands of the Bible. This heat is often amplified by walking on heat radiating stone. Heat is one thing if you’re at the beach but when you have an intensive schedule it can easily exhaust you. If you are not bothered by heat or this is the only time you are available then summer still may be the ideal time to travel. Check out the weather links above.
  • A second factor to consider is when holidays take place. Major holidays affect three things: price, overcrowding and availability. Prices skyrocket during major holidays, sometimes it’s difficult to even move through crowds due to congestion and certain sites may actually be closed. To find out when holidays fall in any country around the world visit here.

We hope this is a help.

In our upcoming blogs we’ll cover more on travel to Israel:

  • Money
  • Food
  • Passports
  • Visas
  • Appropriate Clothing
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Medications
  • And More.

We’re here to help!

arlen elsa BethPraying you have the Spiritual Journey of a Lifetime,

Arlen & Elsa Salte

PS – We’re taking a group to Israel and Jordan at a perfect time of year in early May, 2016. If you’d like to learn more, please email us at journeys@breakforthministries.com