TURKEY & GREECE
Since the book of Genesis, God has been pursuing not only the Jewish people but the nations. He positioned Abraham and his descendants in the Promised Land right along the International Trade Highway. God brought the nations TO Abraham and his people so they could hear about the one, monotheistic living God. In Acts 7, Stephen was stoned and a great persecution broke out against the believers in Jerusalem.
In Acts 8 they were “scattered” far and wide from Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and Galilee. They were scattered to places currently located in modern day Turkey & Greece. Join us as we trace Paul’s journeys through the New Testament as the Hellenistic, Gentile world comes face-to-face with the one, monotheistic living God. We will journey from Acts through Revelation, covering every biblical site we will visit during our 2-week biblical study trip to Turkey & Greece.
Kristi McLelland is a speaker, teacher and professor at Williamson College in Franklin, TN. Since completing her Masters in Christian Education at Dallas Theological Seminary, she has dedicated her life to teaching people how to study the Bible through a Middle Eastern Lens.
Throughout her years as professor, pastor, Director of Christian Education and Women’s Ministry at local churches, Kristi has taught hundreds of students and shepherded thousands of parishioners. Her teaching focuses on the need for believers to posture themselves to receive what God is saying, and to experience Scripture and His goodness communally—through table fellowship, hospitality, and collaborative wisdom.
During Kristi’s first trip to Israel, she discovered God is better than she ever knew. Her great desire for people to truly experience the love of God birthed her passion for leading biblical study trips to Israel, Turkey, & Greece—which she has done since 2008. Kristi has studied and trained under Dr. Jim Martin, Rabbi Ken Alpren, and world-renowned Israeli archeologist Dr. Gabi Barkay.
Kristi’s trips to Israel, Turkey, & Greece, along with her Middle Eastern Lens classes, help Westerners study and appreciate the Bible as a text that was written by Middle Easterners in the Middle Eastern context, culture, language, custom, and history. This lens offers a deeper look into what the biblical characters meant in what they did, said, and wrote, providing a better understanding of the framework in which the Bible was written, and the Living God who is constantly pursuing us with His love, grace, compassion, and truth.