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Below are some of the numerous publications Heavenly Tours has been featured in:

State of Israel Recognizes Milwaukee's Heavenly International Tours

By Lindsay Schultz
MyCommunityNOW.com user

Posted: Aug. 28, 2008

Heavenly International Tours has earned a formal commendation from the State of Israel's Ministry of Tourism.

The certificate of appreciation was presented to Elisha Ben-Yitzhak, president of Heavenly International Tours, for its continuing devotion and commitment to promoting tourism to the State of Israel.

The Director General for the Ministry of Tourism, ShaulZemach, named Heavenly International Tours "as an Ambassador of Goodwill for Tourism and a True Friend of Israel."

Heavenly International Tours president, Elisha Ben-Yitzhak, said that the distinguished award was "truly a very special honor" from Israel for his company. "We are most proud to be recognized in this way as a true friend of Israel." Ben-Yitzhak said that his company is the only tour company in Wisconsin to specialize in tours of the Holy Land.

Heavenly International Tours, founded in 1985, is owned and operated by Elisha and Merle Ben-Yitzhak. It is located at 3900 W. Brown Deer Road, Milwaukee. Phone number is 414-352-6522 or 800-322-8622 or email at info@heavenlytours.com

Article source: http://www.mycommunitynow.com/story/index.aspx?id=788562

The following article appeared in the Dunn County News Online:

Group to lead trip to the Holy Land - Three Wisconsin pastors, world-renowned trumpet player to lead extensive, educational tour

With the help of three Wisconsin-based pastors, world-renowned trumpet player Don Shire and Heavenly International Tours of Milwaukee, an extensive, educational and inspiring 10-day tour of the Holy Land, known as “Renew Your Faith in the Holy Land,” is being offered, with the trip planned for March 3-12, 2008.

Tour participants will sail the Sea of Galilee, visit the sites of the Eternal City of God in Jerusalem, attend a Baptismal service in the Jordan River, and experience an intimate Communion service at the Garden Tomb.

Visitors will also stop in Cana, the site of the first miracle where Jesus turned water into wine. There, married couples will have an opportunity to renew their marriage vows.

In addition, tour participants will travel to Tabgha where Jesus performed the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. They will also see where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, visit the Garden of Gethsemane and see the Upper Room of the Last Supper, and visit John the Baptist’s newly-discovered cave.

Also on the tour, participants will witness the Wailing Wall and Yad Vashem, a memorial to the 6 million Jews who perished in the Holocaust.

The tour will be led by Winneconne Pastor Dan Gibson of Winneconne Christian Fellowship of Winneconne, and two Oshkosh pastors — Pastor Rick Hopkins of Plymouth Congregational Church and Pastor Daryl Marco of First Baptist Temple.

Don Shire, who plays Gospel music on his trumpet across the world, will perform at the major holy sites.

Since 1985, Heavenly International Tours, owned and operated by Elisha and Merle Ben-Yitzhak, is the only tour company in Wisconsin specializing in tours of the Holy Land. Among those tours were two visits to the Holy Land and another to Greece led by former Green Bay Packer Reggie White and his wife, Sara.

Cost of the Holy Land tour is $CALL per person, which includes roundtrip airfare via Chicago to Tel Aviv, lodging, coach bus tours, daily breakfast and dinner, and comprehensive sightseeing with a professional tour guide.

For more information, or to make reservations for the “Renew Your Faith in the Holy Land” Tour, call (800) 322-8622, e-mail info@heavenlytours.com, or visit www.heavenlytours. com.

Heavenly International Tours is a member of the Wisconsin Better Business Bureau.

Article Source: http://www.dunnconnect.com/articles/2007/07/26/religion/religion01.txt

The following article appeared in the Winneconne News, Wednesday, April 4, 2007:

Lessons of Grace Found in Trip to Holy Land

Pastor Dan Gibson and wife Debbie recollect pilgrimage
By Becky LaDue

Traveling with as many as eight other churches' members and five fellow pastors, Winneconne Christian Fellowship's Pastor Dan Gibson and his wife Debra went on the journey of a lifetime March 5-14 - a journey to the Holy Land. "Spiritually, we will never be the same, ever again," said Pastor Gibson. "I recommend any man or woman of the cloth to do it, and not wait!"
The trip, arranged through Heavenly International Tours of Milwaukee, made famous by Reggie White and his wife Sara during his years as a Green Bay Packer, came as a happy bequest to the Gibsons. "I was invited by my former church, Countryside Christian. There is a parishoner there who gifts two pastors with this experience every year. Winneconne Christian Fellowship took up a love offering to send Debbie, and so it all fell into place."
The Gibsons landed in Tel Aviv, Israel (approximately the size of Rhode Island) on March 6, and spent three nights in Galilee and three in Jerusalem traveling 1,000 miles total by bus with a myriad of of historic, miraculous and inspiring stops throughout. The couple took in Ceasarea, a Roman port dating back to Pontius Pilate; Mount Carmel; Nazareth, where Jesus spent the silent years of his life; Cana; and Mount Beatitudes where Jesus gave the Beatitudes. "We sailed on the Sea of Galilee," said Pastor Gibson, "and Debbie floated in the Dead Sea and was newly baptized in the Jordan River. I was gifted with the experience of praying at the Wailing Wall - a reverent moment I will never forget!
In the Old City of Jerusalem, they stood at the crest of the Mount of Olives; took a walking tour of the Gardens of Gethsemane, the Pools of Bethesda, and the upper room of the Last Supper.  In the hills of Jerusalem they visited John the Baptist's newly discovered cave; the city of Bethlehem, the Church of the Nativity and Manger Square.
"Being in these places makes the Bible come alive," the couple said. "Jesus is the greatest man to ever walk," said Debbie, "and knowing what he did for me, just to breathe his air, walk where he walked, brush up against molecules that were near to him stirred in my heart. I see Jesus fully in the flesh now."
The trip has so inspired Pastor Dan and Debbie they have begun organizing a 2008 10-day pilgrimage, which will be coordinated through Winneconne Christian Fellowship, which plans to depart of March 3 of next year. "We have the potential for 46 spots, and want to invite every Winneconne parish or individual interested to join in the experience with us," said Gibson. "We will inform the community of an upcoming organizational meeting which will include a slide show of 2007 memories from the tour." The Gibson's shared that Heavenly Tours has been a Milwaukee based/family owned tour organizer for over 20 years. Their private tour provided a full-time local tour guide with vast biblical and historical knowledge creating an unforgettable experience. "What a tremendous way to renew your faith," summed up Pastor Gibson. "I can still close my eyes and be right there - smell it, taste it, feel it."

The following article appeared in the Wisconsin Christian News, Volume 7, Issue 11, mid-february to mid-march, 2007:

A Trip to the Holy Land

By Rob Pue

God Himself called it, “a good, and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey...” (Exodus 3:8). And despite some of man’s best efforts to destroy it, the land of Israel remains a beautiful place today, full of ancient history, the homeland of our Christian faith.
It is difficult for words to describe the impact a trip to the Holy Land can have. As one recent visitor commented, “Not only did I experience Israel, but I experienced the presence of God in Israel. The overwhelming sites and the biblical scenes revived me and renewed my faith. How could I ever forget His sweet presence warming my heart while I sang praises to my King standing in the boat in the Sea of Galilee? How can words describe walking into the waters of the Jordan River? There, I experienced the most incredible feeling of intimacy with God...The sights of Masada recount the magnificence and splendor of nature blended with history, the Dead Sea telling a story of its own…. Yet, nothing compares to the feeling of finally seeing Jerusalem. My heart burned within me...Walking the streets of Old Jerusalem...Down the Via Dolorosa, I was in awe as I walked through the city gates where my Lord walked 2,000 years ago.”
Though it is a world away from our everyday life here in Wisconsin, the Milwaukee-based Heavenly International Tours is devoted to helping groups of Christians realize the dream of a lifetime - to walk in the footsteps of our Savior - in Israel.
Heavenly International Tours is the company that hosted the well-publicized trip by Reggie White and friends to Israel several years ago. With over 20 years of experience in travel to the Holy Land, Heavenly International Tours is perhaps the best equipped, most knowledgeable company booking tours there today.
One of the biggest misconceptions Americans have about Israel is that it is a dangerous place to travel to. They imagine streets lined with tanks and armed soldiers on patrol. But the utter beauty of the land and the overall feeling of peace and safety becomes the biggest surprise for pilgrims, for the moment they set foot in Israel, all fears for their safety disappear. Each group has their own tour guide, who stays with them during the entire journey, from the moment they land in Tel-Aviv to the time they take off for home again. Great friendships are formed in the process.
A ten-day trip to the Holy Land costs about $2400 complete. This includes air fare, hotels, tours, as well as breakfasts and dinners. They also offer programs to help pastors or group leaders travel free.
Imagine how the Bible will come alive as you walk through Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus, or the Old City of Jerusalem. Imagine a Bible study and prayer time as you take in all the sights, sounds and scents in the Garden of Gethsemane. Or being baptized in the Jordan River. Or seeing the Empty Tomb. It is a land flowing not only with milk and honey, but with the rich heritage of our faith, and everyone who returns from a trip there says the same thing: it is truly a life-changing experience that solidifies one’s faith and helps them to read the Scriptures in a whole new way.
The next tour is set for March 3-12, 2008. Call now to find out more and begin planning your own pilgrimage. It may seem impossible, but Heavenly Tours will help you make it happen. Phone (800) 322-8622. Or go online to www.heavenlytours.com.

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The following article appeared on the front page of Northern Currents on May 16, 2007:

Holy Land Tour Brings Faith to Life

Jerusalem - Imagine a Sunday, the day Christians traditionally set aside for God, spent in the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus awaited his betrayal and arrest, and at the crest of the Mount of Olives, from which Jesus ascended into heaven.

Imagine walking the Via Dolorosa, where Jesus carried his cross on the way to Golgatha, where he was crucified.

Imagine being baptized in the Jordan River, where John the Baptist baptized Jesus and brought numerous people to an understanding of how sin separates them from God.

A group of 24 people led by two couples from the Frederic Evangelical Free Church were able to experience these things and many more on a nine-day trip to the Holy Land in March. Photos and a description of the trip were presented at the church April 29.

Flying from Chicago to Tel Aviv March 12 and 13, the next seven days were spent visiting prominent sites from both the Old and New Testaments.

Early in the trip, the group toured the port of Jaffa (Joppa), from which Jonah fled God's instruction by taking a ship across the Mediterranean Sea, and Meggido, which overlooks the plains of Armageddon where the final battle of good against evil is to take place. They also visited Nazareth, where JEsus spent his early years, and Cana, where he performed his first miracle of turning water into wine at a wedding feast. At the church in Cana, several couples renewed their wedding vows.

The Roman aqueduct system stretching from Mt. Carmel to Caesarea was another stop. The apostle Peter was held prisoner in Ceaserea, a location where Jesus taught and performed miracles.

A day spent at the Sea of Galilee inculded a boat ride on the sea that Jesus calmed in a storm and walked on to reach his disciples, where he first called his disciples and where he appeared to them after his resurrection. The group also saw a recently discovered fishing boat that is very similar to what would have been like that used by fishermen in Jesus' time.

The first several nights were spent in a kibbutz, where the group enjoyed great accomodations and delicious food while experiencing a unique way of life. At several sites, including the Golan Heights, security forces were in evidence.

Before heading to Jerusalem the evening of March 17, 10 members of the group wer ebaptized in the Jordan River, where John the Bptist preached repentance for sin and baptized Jesus. They also had the opportunity to swim in the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, which is so filled with minerals that only floating is possible.

On the way to Jerusalem a stop was made at Qumram to view the cave where, in 1947, a Bedouin boy looking for his lost goats found what came to be known as the Dead Sea Scrolls. The scrolls had been hidden in clay jars in a cave for nearly 2,000 years, preserved by the arid climate. Fragments of all the Old Testament books except the book of Esther were found in the cave.

Sunday, the first day in Jerusalem, was spent in the places associated with Jesus in the last hours before his arrest. The site Western Wall, or Wailing Wall, was visited, and a time of worship was held in the Upper Room where Jesus had his Last Supper with his disciples. A Palestinian guide took the group to the Chuch of the Nativity in Bethlehem, the traditional birthplace of Jesus.

On the more modern side, the Knesset, or Israeli Parliament, was visited, along with Yad Yashem, a memorial to the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust.

Leaving the horrific events memorialized at Yad Yashem, the group went to Golgatha, where the Bible says Jesus was crucified as punishment for all the sins of the world, then to a communion service at the Garden Tomb to celebrate his victory over sin.

The final day was spent completing the walk along the Via Dolorosa, along which Jesus carried his cross to Golgatha, and visiting the crowded marketplace where the sights, smells and tastes of Old Jerusalem were experienced.

The trip was a life-changing experience, bringing to life places of the Bible. The Johnsons and Lunds worked with Heavenly Tours to conduct the tour, through which a March 2008 tour is being planned. For more information call 715-327-5579 or visit Heavenly Tours at www.heavenlytours.com.

- Mary Stirrat, with information from Frederic Evangelical Free Church

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