For years, it had been a deep desire of mine to lead a group of pilgrims to the Holy Land. I’m not sure how it happened (perhaps the grace of God), but I ended up working with Israel Biblical Mission Tours (IBMT) and specifically Ornan Sharaby. Because I had never led a group like this before, I needed guidance. Ornan and his team were wonderfully helpful. They answered all my questions, and never seemed irritated when I called or emailed with what some might have considered a “Silly question.” Then, when it was close to departure time, I had some apprehensions. Ornan assured me that he had taken care of everything. On the day of our departure, we (a group of 27) had no issues whatsoever. As predicted, everything was “Taken care of.” The ...
Dear Brother Ornan and Brother Thomas,
We, KBCUSA had a wonderful time with IBMT Holy Land Tour in November 2014. It was really great joy for our group, the members of Karen Baptist Churches USA. You have fulfilled our great expectation to visit the Holy Land. We all appreciate for your well arrangement for excellent hotels, Tours and the tour guide and the drivers as well. Especially we appreciate for your kind arrangement from Canada even we were on the Tour in Israel and the warmly and kind assists of Mr. Thomas Portmann who taking care of us as his family. We really enjoy the trip with IBMT. And this year, we will be going to Israel with your Tour again. I would like to invite you to visit and present about the upcoming tour at our KBCUSA annual meeting which will be held in Buffalo in July 23...
My trip to the Holy Land Israel
It is a dream trip is a desired journey, but God is the one who knows when your turn is and when is your time. Since I was at a young age I always wanted to know the world. I thought where Jesus was born, my love for God and my faith; it grew and grew inside of me and with it to know the steps of Jesus. I dreamed about knowing of what I have always heard where Jesus was born, where the Angel Gabriel came to the Virgin Mary and to know where Jesus was born and suffered so much on his way with the cross. Well my dream came true and even more because I received a wonderful grace of the Lord that I know that everyone that visit those distant and blessed lands of the lord ...
It was my intention to write to you upon returning from Israel, to tell you how awesome and wonderful the tour turned out to be.
Thomas, I am still in awe of the modernity and beauty of Israel , even though I know that my level of enjoyment and excitement there could have been much less were my cousin and I not fortunate enough to have the intelligence, knowledgeable and dedicated tour guide that Doron Kaufman was / is. I took a total of 1,750 photos; I will be making a photobook from them.
About our guide Doron — He was always pleasant (smiling) and caring, the best tour guide I have ever experienced. His impartation of what he knows about Israel is in its own ilk and he made every trip seem special.
It will interest you to know that I&...
I apologize for not writing to you earlier and letting you know we had a wonderful time in our Holyland Tour to Israel!
Thank you and for IBMT – Holyland Tours for all of your help and patience in helping us plan this amazing trip. We will remember it forever!
I was very pleased with Ornan arraigning my trip to the Holy Land Upon my arrival in a foreign country, I was greeted by the ist ground contact at the airport with a sign with my name
I was presented with a welcome package with a cap & an itinerary of my tour. A taxi was arranged for drive to my hotel, had a slight concern at the hotel, made a phone call
to our Israel contact, it was corrected immediately.
Our tour guide was English speaking, he was very knowledgeable in all of the sites we visited. At the arrival & departure to every sites we were showed to the washrooms.Before we started the tours to the sites we were first taken aside & given a history of what we were about to explore.Our tour guide Hilik Silfin is an excellent guide ...
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