Israel Initiative Recap: Was Blind but Now I See

Stone Steps

Written by Joshua Komis, MDiv student at STS, Cary Campus. Thursday, December 18, 2014.

“Teacher, for what sins is this man blind?” In John 9, Jesus and His disciples come across a blind man in Jerusalem. The disciples are quick to assume the worst about this man they’ve never […]

Israel Initiative Update - The Nativity Story Unfolds in Bethlehem


Written by Rex Russell, student at the WEST Institute, Laramie WY. Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014

Today is an overview of Jerusalem, a way for us to familiarize ourselves with the land and the city as well as the cities to the south of Jerusalem. The model of the city was a big help to get […]

Israel Initiative Update - Who Has Believed What we Have Heard?

who has believed

>Written by David McManus, MDiv student at Shepherds Theological Seminary.

Today is a special day.

I was born on February 22, but I was born again on December 16. Thirteen years ago today the Lord violently and abruptly arrested my hell-bound path, and changed my life eternally. I didn’t grow up in the church. In […]

Israel Initiative Update - A Warning from the Past

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Written by Reed Waggoner, Master of Divinity student at STS Cary Campus. Reed lives in Raleigh NC with his wife Ashley. He desires to serve God in pastoral ministry.

We are told in 1 Corinthians 10:11 that the history of Israel’s disobedience is an example and a warning to us. In our first few […]

Almost Time for Take-Off!


On Thursday, December 11th, 39 travelers will embark on the third annual STS Israel Initiative Study Trip. From the coastal plains, through Galilee, down to the Negev, into the Shephelah and then onto Jerusalem, the group will roam the land for 11 days.

Follow along at as they visit sites of great significance in […]

Countdown to Israel Initiative 2014

In four days, 39 travelers will be embarking on the 3rd annual Israel Initiative!

This year, we have 13 married couples going, as we encourage students to bring their spouse to share in this life-changing experience together.

Starting December 12th, there will be three or four students sharing their daily experiences on the ii14 […]