Fort Wilderness
6180 Wilderness Trail
McNaughton, WI 54543
(715) 277-2587

EMAIL: michaellane@fortwilderness.com
WEB: www.fortwilderness.com
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Michael Lane

Dear Fort Friends and Family,

For the past several years you have heard me teach on biblical archaeology at the Fort or at churches or colleges. You have seen my many photographs of ancient biblical sites in ancient Israel and have heard me explain how they relate to the Bible. Because of your interest the Fort sponsored a trip to Israel in May of 2016 with 40 participants. It was a great experience for everyone. Many said it was the best trip of their life. Others said it was life changing. We were all blessed by our fellowship and came home with a fresh understanding of Scripture.

Now that we are back sharing our 2016 Israel experience, many are now asking "When is the Fort going to have another trip to Israel"?

I am happy and excited to announce that the Fort will again sponsor a trip to Israel. The dates are May 21-June 2, 2018. You are invited to journey with us to experience the biblical sites and the cultures of our Bible for yourself.

Dr. Steve Notley will serve as our guide. He is not only a wonderful leader, teacher and author who has a passion for participants to know God, but he lived and studied in Israel for sixteen years. Steve is a professor of Biblical Studies at the New York City campus of Nyack College and is a gifted teacher who will explain many academic and spiritual applications as we visit biblical sites throughout Israel. Emmaus Educational Services will be managing the administrative aspects of the trip. 

The Fort leadership and I are very excited to offer this unique travel and ministry opportunity to you. I hope and pray you will be able to journey with us to fellowship and study our Bible in the land that Jesus called home. 

Please note that before making the trip available to the public the Fort received over 100 inquiries regarding the 2018 Israel trip. Given this high interest, you are advised to submit the Emmaus online application as soon as your circumstances allow. Space is limited to 52 persons. 

In His Service,
Michael Lane
Director of Education
Fort Wilderness Ministries

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  • "First of all, the trip was wonderful. I realize more and more how much of a gift it was since arriving home. It was a true blessing to have someone of the caliber of Steve leading it. While I have no criticisms, I would like to share how my mindset changed during the trip. Prior to arrival, I thought the journey would impact me more spiritually. In fact, my experience evolved into a history lesson where I become somewhat disconnected from the sites on a spiritual level. I was a little concerned with myself not having that spiritual impact. Mentioning this mind set to one of my fellow travelers, she stated she felt the same way but was not concerned as God is everywhere and Christianity is not really fueled by locations, but rather by the Spirit. That statement really hit home at the time and provided me a sense of peace. I stopped worrying about the spiritual side and just let the trip unfold. Looking back, the true blessing was the trip and the lessons grounded in the Bible for me. I know more now about the land of Jesus, the terrain and distances involved. It has made my Bible study come more alive as I can now place all of the locations. That takes sort of the "logical" mystery out of the Bible for me, and I can better focus on the spiritual side. Since coming home, I found myself more at a sense of peace than before on many levels. The mere act of such a travel experience -- I had never gone any farther than Mexico -- combined with the Bible history lesson broadened my mind and soul. The trip continues to grow on me since arriving home. For me, now is the time of spiritual fulfillment. In a few years, I hope to take my wife and would not hesitate -- in fact would seek out -- an Emmaus trip. Thanks and God Bless."
    T.H., Israel Trip