Turkish Tapestry - a biblical and missional journey

with Pastor Allan Demond in partnership with OM Australia

Duration
13
Departure
22 September 2024
Price from
4,640

INFORMATION SESSIONS

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OVERVIEW

Embark on a transformative journey with “Turkish Tapestry”! Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of biblical history as we trace the footsteps of ancient stories in Turkey. Yet, this isn’t just a historical biblical tour – it’s a firsthand experience of witnessing the love of God in action today. Connect with the inspiring work of OM as they share the gospel with refugees, weaving a contemporary narrative of compassion and hope. Join us on this extraordinary expedition, where the threads of the past and present come together in a beautiful Turkish Tapestry of faith, history, and love.

OM Turkiye goals for 2024:

• mobilise believers to the least reached
• train and equip believers, for example, through REACH, OM’s training and discipleship course
• demonstrate Christ-like compassion by serving refugees and earthquake survivors
• share the Word with at least 2.5 million by using digital media, outreach, and personal witnessing
• start kingdom conversations with at least 15,000

Allan Demond (PhD) is the Senior Pastor of NewHope Baptist Church and a lecturer at Whitley College, both in Melbourne, Australia. Allan is a conference speaker, leadership coach and author. He is an engaging presenter and delights in bringing the scriptures to life. Allan is married to Janet who is an artist and they have three adult children and two grandchildren.

ITINERARY

Today we travel from Australia to Istanbul, Turkey.
A group airfare with Emirates will be available for purchase, or you are welcome to make your own arrangements.

Included Meals: None

Welcome to the crossroads of civilisations! Begin your journey by meeting the group before dinner with prayer and orientation.
Overnight Istanbul.

Hotel: Radisson Hotel President Beyazit, Istanbul

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Time for reflection at the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.
Explore historic sites including Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque & enjoy cruise of the Bosphorus.
Overnight Istanbul.

Hotel: Radisson Hotel President Beyazit, Istanbul

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Today we will meet with the OM Team at the Bible Correspondence Course (BCC)and hear about the incredible work and ministry they are doing in Turkey.
The BCC is the oldest Protestant ministry in Turkey, to be formed since the establishment of the Republic. The BCC was founded by the first OMers (Dale Rhoton & Roger Malstead) who came to Turkey in the early 1960s. Although OM has always been the main partner, many other mission agencies and churches throughout Turkey have participated over the decades in its ministries. The BCC is an autonomous partner ministry with OM and is responsible for its own governance, fundraising and reporting, with the help and support of OM, seeks to bring the gospel to Turks, and to use broad sowing to help churches and church planters find seekers near them.
They primarily using the internet, literature distribution, and by sending New Testaments or other gospel literature without charge to all upon request.
Each day thousands are interacting with our various websites, online chat and our Facebook follow-up team. Interested contacts enter a follow-up system where local churches and church planting teams around the country follow-up on them.
The BCC gives out about 500 New Testaments per week to first time people who request them.

In the afternoon we will visit the Spice Bazaar & Grand Bazaar. The remainder of the day & evening is free.

Hotel: Radisson Hotel President Beyazit, Istanbul

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Journey to Gallipoli, a site of historical significance as we remember the ANZACs in WWI.
Pay homage to those who sacrificed at the Gallipoli War Memorial, Lone Pine and the ANZAC cemetery. Cross the Dardanelles to Çanakkale for our overnight stay. Overnight Çanakkale.

Hotel: Kolin Hotel, Canakkale

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Check out of the hotel and travel south. We visit Troas where Paul visited in Acts 16:8. Continue to the ancient city of Pergamum, mentioned in the Book of Revelation. Explore the Acropolis, the Red Basilica, and the Asklepion. Overnight: Bergama.

Hotel: Ramada by Wyndham Soma, Bergama

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Discover Izmir, ancient Smyrna, and its Christian history. This morning we will meet a staff member from OM who is based in Izmir & learn about their ministry there.
In the afternoon explore the city of Izmir.
Overnight: Izmir

Hotel: Movenpick Hotel, Izmir

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Today we start in Sardis where we step back into the glory days of the ancient Lydian capital, Sardis. Explore the remains of the Temple of Artemis, the impressive Gymnasium, and the renowned Synagogue. Unearth the secrets of this once-thriving city, known for its wealth and strategic importance. Continue our adventure to Laodicea, an ancient city at the crossroads of major trade routes. Experience the surreal terraces of Pamukkale. Reflect on the healing springs and their biblical connections. Overnight: Pamukkale.

Hotel: Pam Thermal Hotel, Pamukkale

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As we farewell Pamukkale we will travel to Hierapolis perched on the hill overlooking the terraces. Visit the well-preserved Roman theatre, the sacred pool, and the necropolis.
A time of rest & refreshment on arrival in Kusadasi. You will have time in the afternoon to shop or simply relax at the hotel.
Overnight: Kusadasi.

Hotel: Charisma Deluxe Hotel, Kusadasi

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Travel to Patmos by private ferry, where John received the Revelation.
Visit the Cave of the Apocalypse and the Monastery of St. John.
Spend 5 hours on the island before returning to Kusadasi.
Overnight: Kusadasi

Hotel: Charisma Deluxe Hotel, Kusadasi

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Step back in time at Ephesus, where Paul spent three years.
Visit the Library of Celsus and the House of the Virgin Mary.
Overnight: Kusadasi.

Hotel: Charisma Deluxe Hotel, Kusadasi

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After breakfast drive to Izmir airport for flight to Cappadocia via Istanbul airport departs at 1pm . Arrival to Kayseri at 5.30pm. Transfer to our Cave hotel.

Hotel: Yunak Evleri Cave Hotel, Cappadocia

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Early morning hot air balloon ride (optional) for a breathtaking view of the surreal landscapes.
In the morning our first meeting with the lunar landscape of Cappadocia: rock formations beyond belief in Devrent valley; a journey in the past with its troglodyte houses, visit to Pasabag “fairy chimneys” where the voice of wind mixes with the “songs of fairies” near Zelve. Lunch in Avanos, centre of terra cotta work of art since 3000 BC. and a demonstration in a traditional pottery workshop. Afternoon, visit the famous Goreme Open-Air Museum, featuring ancient Christian cave churches and frescoes. Continue to Uchisar Rock-Castle to have a panoramic view of the valleys of Cappadocia.

Hotel: Yunak Evleri Cave Hotel, Cappadocia

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Visit the Kaymakli Underground City, experiencing the refuge used by early Christians. Afternoon hike through the Rose Valley, contemplating the beauty of God's creation. Explore the Devrent Valley, known for its fairy chimneys and unique rock formations.
transfer to Cappadocia airport for flight back to Istanbul. Arrival to Istanbul transfer to our hotel

Hotel: Radisson Hotel President Beyazit, Istanbul

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Our tour ends after breakfast today.

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Highlights

  • Istanbul
  • Gallipoli
  • 7 churches of Revelation
  • Calcium terraces of Pamukkale
  • Day trip to Patmos
  • Ephesus
  • Optional extension to Cappadocia (hot air ballooning)

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OUR PRICING

Pricing

Category Description Twin PP Single
Full tour incl Cappadocia Earlybird book by 29 February 2024 $5,800.00 $7,200.00
Main tour only (no Cappadocia) Earlybird book by 29 February 2024 $4,640.00 $6,750.00
Full tour and airfare (earlybird) Flying Emirates (subject to availability) $8,050.00 $9,450.00

Pricing is based on a minimum 25 passengers. The tour price after the earlybird date will increase by $250.00 per person.

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