Tour Friends

I have gone on a couple tours to Israel and to Turkey, and during each tour I have met people that have become life long friends.

My first tour was to Israel in 2012 and was the inspiration for Braman’s Wanderings. The tour leader, Ferrell Jenkins, had a blog, and I decided to start a blog to share my thoughts from the tour. I started it a couple months before the tour.

Camel at Samaria - Dromedary - Camel - Ship of the desert - archaeologyI don’t have a group picture scanned in from the first trip, but here was one of the tour members that I already knew before going on the trip. She is riding a camel at Samaria.

Ancient Crossroads Tour - Ferrell Jenkins - Tour Group PhotoMy next tour was to Turkey, and here is a picture of the tour group. My roommate for this tour had been on my first trip to Israel along with several others.

Khirbet al-Ra’i, archaeology, israel, digAnother member of the Turkey tour was with me on a dig in Israel in 2019. I also visited several members of the tour who were from Fort Worth when I conducted a training course in Dallas some years later.

I have kept in touch with many of the Turkey tour members since that time.

Israel Trip 2017, Bible Lands, Luke ChandlerIn June 2017 I went on another tour of Israel along with members of my home congregation. Of course I see them quite often now that the pandemic is winding down, but I also keep in touch with some of the other tour members. Also, I have been on several digs in Israel with Luke Chandler.

Ferrel Jenkins, Elizabeth, Turkey, Tour, memoriesI am thinking of tour friends tonight as Ferrell Jenkins posted tonight that his wife Elizabeth has passed away. I have some good memories of Elizabeth from our trip to Turkey. Here I am in Istanbul with Ferrell and Elizabeth near the end of our trip to Turkey.

Lots of memories tonight as I think about the trips I have been on and more importantly the people I have met on the trips.

Steven

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1 Response to Tour Friends

  1. Tour Friends

    On Saturday, October 16, 2021, Braman’s Wanderings wrote:

    > vanbraman posted: “I have gone on a couple tours to Israel and to Turkey, > and during each tour I have met people that have become life long friends. > My first tour was to Israel in 2012 and was the inspiration for Braman’s > Wanderings. The tour leader, Ferrell Jenkins, had” >

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