Van, “My thanks for your outstanding leadership of the tour. It definitely exceeded our expectations. I am appreciating the planning even more as I reflect on all that we did. It was obvious that hundreds of hours of preparation had to go into a tour like we had. Every day’s schedule was planned to maximize the time and was well designed. The Bible background was very complete. Every site was tied to the relevant Bible passages. We did see every one of the intended sights and many places that other tours never get to. We are reading through the detailed accomplished itinerary you sent out after the tour was over and are reliving the trip. I do not know how you did it as I never saw you writing things down.” 
Dr. Paul & Jani L. - Longview, Texas - 2009 tour - college professor

Van, “Our words ‘thank you’ just don’t suffice for what you’ve both given to us… truly, the trip of a lifetime. But, not just the ‘trip’ but the fellowship, spiritual growth, Biblical knowledge (some of which we have already had the blessing to share with friends), emotions, memories… perfect. We will continually PRAISE the Lord for you both and how He used you to bless us and open our eyes to new insights. We thank you for broadening our horizons and giving us an unpricetagable (I know it’s not a word…) memory!! Hallelujah.”
Carl and Heidi W. - Indianapolis, Indiana - 2011 tour - missionaries

Van, “Thank you so very much for all your work in planning and coordinating this experience. I’m feeling overwhelmed by all the places we visited and all the things we learned. Thank you for sending out the detailed accomplished itinerary after the tour was over, as I am not very good at keeping my own notes and you have brought back so many thoughts and memories that could have been lost. I can’t begin to tell you how valuable your many hours of obvious hard work have been to Karen and me. I have already benefited in my own daily Bible reading for having been personally in Israel and can now relate first hand to descriptions of places, landscapes, and weather conditions. It is with great thankfulness that I am writing to you for all you did, mostly a hidden labor of love to make our journey so important and memorable.” 
Harold and Karen C. - Ottawa, Ontario, Canada - 2009 tour

Van, “As you know, I served in Israel for two years with the UN Peacekeeping Force and then visited again in 2000. Thank you for taking me to many places I had never visited before. The tour with you in 2006 was truly exciting and spiritually uplifting. With all of the places we visited, you made the Bible come to life. The Old and New Testaments mean so much more to me now due to your spiritual and personal leadership. My granddaughter and I cannot thank you enough!” 
Tom F. - Columbia, South Carolina - 2006 tour - retired U.S. Army officer

Van, “Words cannot express our appreciation for you and all you did to make our trip through Israel one that has changed us forever. My wife and I so appreciate everything you did to make this a fantastic trip, as it was truly a once in a lifetime event for us.  You did an excellent job of planning, organizing, leading and teaching, which made the places where our Lord walked come alive, and wed the history of the Holy Land with God’s Word and our own lives. Scripture has become much more three-dimensional for us. It was also a time of spiritual revival for my wife and me. The Spirit of God certainly used it in our lives. As a pastor, this trip made my teaching and ministry much more powerful. Thanks so much for the wonderful two weeks. We praise God for you and your life-changing ministry with us.”   
Pastor Tim H. - Columbia, South Carolina - 2005 tour

Van, “I am still going through the memories, notes and pictures from our trip. The Lord’s purposes for our trip and the timing of our trip were amazing. I realized how special and timely it was for me to go with you to Israel. I have told many people about you and the work that you have done over the past ten years in Israel. God has given you a special connection with Israel.” 
Pastor Scott M. - Los Angeles, California - 2006 tour - Messianic Jew
Van, “Thank you so very much for all the time and effort you put into organizing this trip to Israel. We saw a lot of places and it all went very smoothly. It was the trip of a lifetime and I pray for others to have such an amazing opportunity to actually see the Holy Land. It is an amazing thing you do and I pray that your future trips meet with the same success.”
Adam N. - Chicago, Illinois - 2008 tour - college student   
Van, “Thank you both again for such an amazing, exciting adventure in Israel. Our biblical understanding increased tremendously & we fell in love with the country! We appreciated the devotional time on the Sea of Galilee and in the Garden Tomb areas which were very meaningful, and we learned so much about Jewish culture & lifestyle. Sincere thanks again for a life changing experience! ”
Michael and Alison G. - Melbourne, Australia - 2011 tour

Van, “Just a quick "toda raba" for an awesome tour!  It confirmed what I knew from 1.5 years ago, that "Israel In Depth" would be the very best tour to choose for my friends.  They all participated fully and are raving about the experience and what they learned. Your sound teaching and coordination are top-notch.  As I told my folks, each person would come away with unique individual and couples' insights, and with entire-group memories.”
LaVonne S. - Houston, Texas - 2011 tour

Van, “This truly was a blessed tour. It was exactly what we had wanted, and so much more. Thank you SO much for the hard work you put into making this an amazing trip and a reality for people like us. The trip was well-designed and covered so much of the Biblical sites and territory with many great vistas! Every day was amazing. We will be relishing it and making good use of it for a long time.”
Dale and Tammy S. - Springfield, Missouri - 2011 - college professor

Van, “I would like to thank you for an outstanding 21 day experience. I am still thinking about all the things we did. Now I notice things more in the news, etc. when I hear Israel, Jordan or Egypt mentioned. It was a dream of mine to be able to take a trip like this. I will always remember it.”
Phyllis S. - Houston, Texas - 2011

Van, “I enjoyed seeing the sites of the Bible so much more than looking at dots on a map for college exams and trying to identify the Biblical cities. I also enjoyed learning the history of the land since the Bible was completed 1,900 years ago. This trip helped me put in perspective the ancient and ongoing events of the people in Israel and its surrounding countries.” 
Eric H. - Chicago, Illinois - 2005 - seminary student

Van, “Thank you so much for all the work you put into the tour. Just one more way you served all of us way beyond the call of duty. What a memory. There is hardly a day goes by when I do not think about the trip, especially when I read my Bible and can picture so much more clearly where things occurred and what the places must have looked like. I learned so much. I am so, so thankful the Lord allowed me to go. Maybe some day I will be able to go back.”
Donna K. - Chicago, Illinois - 2007

Van, “My wife and I loved our trip and I know you had a big part in that. I enjoyed the spiritual emphasis you added. Combining the history, culture and spiritual made a tremendous impression on me. I know that it is two weeks I will never forget. Now when I read the Bible I get a visual picture and it is so much more meaningful. I can’t wait to start teaching my class again in the fall so I can share what I have learned. The trip was great and we enjoyed your leadership and teaching.” 
Fred L. - Fort Wayne, Indiana - 2006 - Messianic Jew

Van, “What a fantastic experience. I have made two slide shows from my digital photos, and am showing them at my church.” 
Ron F. - Fort Worth, Texas - 2005 - retired U.S. Air Force officer and military contractor in Israel

Van, “My husband and I were so blessed we went to Israel when we did. Thank you for all you did for us. You sure do a great trip. Keep up the good work God has called you to do.” 
Esther H. - Chicago, Illinois - 2006 - Messianic Jewess
Van, “Thanks so much for the trip and all the planning and praying you put into it. I very much enjoyed meeting you and your wife. Our group shared at the service on Sunday. It was wonderful to hear the testimonies and discover all that God did on the trip. I will always cherish so many memories, plus the group’s bonding and fellowship. The tour has been inspirational and so very encouraging.” 
Pastor Dan O. - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada - 2008
Van, “I think about my trip to Israel much. No words can really describe it. Pictures can’t even capture it. I hope that we will be able to do your tour again. I could never thank you enough for all your efforts.”  
Marcos P. - London, England - 2005 - seminary student

Van, “Just to thank you for an amazing trip. It is difficult to settle down now as my heart seems to be in Israel, but I guess this is why you yourself return year after year. You opened up my eyes to a lot of things and made everything I had read about in the Bible come alive. Thank you for putting so much into the trip. It really was an ‘in depth’ trip.”
Janet C. - Liverpool, England - 2006     

Van, “We so enjoyed our trip with you. What an amazing thing to go to Israel and see all the places we have heard about for years. The Biblical context and follow-up information were great.” 
Dr. Susan N. - Chicago, Illinois - 2008

Van, “All of your extra efforts made our trip a great success and unlike anything we have experienced before. Thank you for your detailed response and your particularly detailed accomplished itinerary you took so much time to prepare. Your follow up after our tour was both unexpected and very much appreciated. I can't tell you how often I think of our trip to Israel and how much it has affected my life and outlook on living. You have a wonderful ministry.”
John R. - Phoenix, Arizona – 2006 tour - Attorney

Van, “I thank you for putting this tour together as I really enjoyed it and want to go back. Everyone on the trip was wonderful. I never thought that I would come to like people so fast of which we became like family.”  
Ed L., - Kansas City, Missouri - 2007 - college student

Van, “Thank you for such a great trip. I am reading the Old Testament and can hardly believe it when I say ‘I have been there. You did an excellent job putting together the accomplished itinerary with Scripture.”
Gaylene S. - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada - 2008

Van, “What a gift you have given us. I really appreciated the tour and completed itinerary you sent us afterward. Thanks so much.”
Pastor Ed G. - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - 2007     

Van, “Thanks again for your hard work and dedication to put this trip together and making it a success.”  
Darlene P. - Leavenworth, Kansas - 2005 - U.S. Army

Van, “We really enjoyed the trip and your sharing your knowledge with us.”
Cliff & Melloddee B. - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada - 2008

Van, “Thank you and Diane for all your hard work, adrenaline and sleepless nights, in making this a never-to-be-forgotten trip.” 
Adrienne C. - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - 2006    

Van, “Just wanted to drop a line and say thank you for a great trip.” 
Pastor Chris D. - Raleigh, North Carolina - 2007
Van, “Thanks again for all your planning and efforts to make it a great trip.” 
Dr. Bill W. - Denver, Colorado - 2005

Van, “I am reminiscing about our travels and every moment seems so special. This trip was beyond description. We think of our trip to Israel almost every day, sometimes it is thoughts of the incredible cities, sometimes the beautiful sites and terrain of the Bible, sometimes it is the interesting history, and always our thoughts are accompanied by the Hodges and all the wonderful friends we made on our trip. I know it is a pilgrimage and will make the Bible 'come alive' for each person.  As I read my Bible, I can now envision what is happening with so much more clarity and insight.”
Donna and Darrell F. - Houston, Texas - 2008    
Van, “Both of us wanted to express our sincere appreciation for the excellent job you did in directing our tour. We really enjoyed all the sites you selected since each one was so prominent in our Biblical history. Thanks for the extra effort of providing a detailed itinerary at the end. We are showing our trip to our Sunday School class and they seem to really enjoy seeing the outstanding sites that we were privileged to see. We will not hesitate to recommend your tour to our friends.” 
Art & Ruth D., - Fort Worth, Texas - 2008    

Van, “Thank you so much for your hard work, attention to detail, and effort that you have put into the Israel trip. For me, the whole experience has strengthened my faith. My wife and I both agree that this trip will help us visualize the Bible events, and we will use all that we learned as another tool to study the Bible. You gave us great photo opportunities and the wonderful pictures I took will be shared with others. We had a trip of a lifetime and with great memories, plus we enjoyed the Christian fellowship and had a great time with you all.” 
Larry M. - Houston, Texas - 2006

Van, “I can’t adequately express our appreciation for the detailed accomplished itinerary. It has been invaluable determining the where and when of our hundreds of pictures. The pilgrimage was awesome, and we are so blessed for the opportunity to be a part of it.” 
Don and Anita A. - Paducah, Kentucky - 2009

Van, “You certainly did a bang up job in your description of each site and its relation to Scripture. It’s hard to say what stands out in my mind the most because they all touched me in different ways.”
Betty M. - Springfield, Missouri - 2010

Van, “My husband and I look back on our tour of Israel and Jordan with great pleasure and happiness. We want to let you know how much we appreciated you and the tremendous amount of work you did in planning, directing, and keeping our tour on track everyday. You did well in making sure we saw all the many important places. You really helped us in our understanding of the Bible and matching the locations with the passages in the Bible. You did an excellent job and we can’t thank you enough. It was an honor to be with you on this tour.”
Sue K. - Springfield, Missouri - 2005

Van, “This was an incredible and life changing trip. I am still in awe of all the experiences, insights, and sights of Israel. It was truly a life-changing event, bringing the Word we read daily to life. I appreciate all the work you put into this mission and the fellowship experience on the tour was priceless and certainly put treasures into my memory bank.” 
Peg S. - Madison, Wisconsin - 2009

Van, “We want to express our heartfelt thanks and deep appreciation for providing us with the trip of a lifetime. The Bible does take on a new perspective as we read or hear about a place and we can say we remember that because we were there. The trip summaries you have provided are amazing and so helpful as we sort our photos and recall our great adventure. Thank you so much for your hard work and dedication.” 
Gerry & Joanne M. - Phoenix, Arizona - 2008
Van, “Wow, what a trip. This was a fantastic experience that we will always remember. We thank you for a wonderful pilgrimage where Jesus walked and the Exodus of God’s children. The trip was all, plus more than we expected. We look at your accomplished itinerary and ask each other, ‘Did we really do all this?’ We will never forget this trip. Thank you for all your work before, during, and after.“ 
Ken and Jo Ann M. - Sioux Falls, South Dakota - 2008
Van, “We are unable to express in words all the feelings received from the three weeks pilgrimage to Israel, Jordan, and Egypt. It has truly changed our lives. What an inspirational experience. It was so rewarding because of your hard work and well laid out plans, along with much prayer that made it so. From the bottom of our hearts we say thanks to you and your wife, Diane.” 
Roy & Betty D. - Tampa, Florida - 2008
Van, “Thanks for taking the time to put this tour together. The trip was so spiritual and inspirational for me. I returned reenergized in my faith, more committed to performing community service and the Bible passages have more meaning. Seeing Jesus’ paths and the Old Testament sites bring the Bible so much more alive. You were an awesome tour guide.”
Marilyn H. - Houston, Texas - 2008
Van, “How thankful I am that I was able to go on your wonderful tour at the time I did. This truly was a trip of a lifetime and I understand why you want to keep going back to Israel. I hope to return to the country again soon. Thanks for your care for this novice traveler and for all of your work in planning the details of this all encompassing trip.” 
Jan M. - Jackson, Wyoming - 2006

Van, “Thank you so much for making my trip to Israel so blessedly meaningful. I don’t doubt for a minute this trip was one of the most organized and divinely inspired trips I have ever been on. The work you put into this trip was incredible and could never be measured in dollars. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”  
Jason P. - Peoria, Illinois - 2005

Van, “The tour was such a wonderful experience. Thank you for all the hard work you did for this tour. It was excellent and will be treasured always. My mom and I are still amazed and enjoying the memories. I am going to encourage more people to go and maybe I can get my sons to go. It was fabulous!” Charlotte T. - Tulsa, Oklahoma - 2010

Van, “Thank you for a wonderful trip. We enjoyed every moment of every day and will always have special memories of our experience. We learned a great deal which will better coalesce as we review our notes and pictures.”
Joe & Esther D. - Greenville, North Carolina - 2009    

Van, “We wanted to let you know we were in Florida and spent a special evening with Roy and Betty D. going over the pictures we took. We all agreed it was a momentous trip with so many wonderful memories. It would never have happened without all your efforts, and for that we are enormously grateful.”
Joe and Lois P. - San Antonio, Texas - 2008
Van, “It was a great, amazing tour and I loved it, the perfect trip. God bless you for your very good work. Wow! What a blessing to meet everyone on the tour. I would do it again.” 
Celita P. - Houston, Texas - 2009

Van, “Thank you so much. This was the trip of a lifetime. Will is already using the trip in a Bible study class and will be doing a special presentation at our church. It is greatly appreciated for your accomplished itinerary. We really enjoyed this trip.” 
Will & Rita L. - Chicago, Illinois - 2008       

Van, “I still can not stop thinking about my time in Israel. It was a wonderfully amazing trip. I feel as if I saw everything there was to see and more. You did a great job in planning it and you get a special kudos for keeping it all on schedule despite the many and varied challenges presented to you.” 
Pam S. - San Antonio, Texas - 2008         

Van, “It seems unreal that we were in Israel. We talk about it so often and it becomes more and more special as we do. I cannot thank you enough for encouraging us to go. I know we would never have gone if it were not for you.”
Ruth H. - Chicago, Illinois - 2007
Van, “We would like to thank you for sending out the detailed accomplished itinerary after returning home. You are a true master of the Bible and of history.” 
Sorin and Simona M. - Los Angeles, California - 2009

Van, “Thank you for all your time and effort in planning and doing this memorable tour. I so appreciate it.”
Lamay H. - Santa Barbara, California - 2009

Van, “We just wanted to thank you for a great trip. We looked at our pictures last night and remembered what an awesome time we had.” 
Mark & Deb H. - Lansing, Michigan - 2007  
Van, “Thank you, thank you, dear friend! What a blessing and a lot of hard work.”
Ruth M. - Chicago, Illinois - 2010

Van, “Thanks for a great trip. It was one of the highlights of our life.”
Ron & Sherry A. - Chicago, Illinois - 2010

Van, “The trip was great and the best tour we have ever been on.” 
Charles & Bonnie H. - Houston, Texas - 2008

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