Jeff and Sarah Bennett of Prelude Tours in Houston wanted to offer memory-making travel when they founded their company in 1999. Jeff, a musician and full-time worship leader, and Sarah, a detail-oriented accountant, combined their talents to create travel experiences with a Christian focus.
Like all of their trips to the Holy Land, the upcoming tour there in February will include visits to many historical sites of significance from the Bible and from the life of Jesus, both in Israel and neighboring Jordan. “At each Biblical site that we visit,” Sarah explains, “we offer a scripture teaching about that site led by the host pastor. Linking the scripture to the physical space truly brings the scripture to life.”
Prelude Tours offers experiences that make all its trips memorable. Examples of unique components include baptisms in the Jordan River; a special church service at the Church of the Beatitudes, the site where Jesus delivered his famous Sermon on the Mount; and a meditative communion service on the last night of the trip.
“Two of our most powerful worship times are prayer time in the Garden of Gethsemane and worship and prayer on a boat in the Sea of Galilee,” says Sarah. “We turn the boat motor off to allow everyone to experience the quietness of the sea as they worship and pray. It’s hard to miss God’s presence there.”
Top photo: Group at the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem
Photo by Sarah Bennett