Biblical Encounters

Taking you into the Biblical world Over 2500 Authentic Gifts from the Holy Land

Dale and Tara in IsraelOur mission is two-fold: first, to take people into the biblical world, and second, to help them clearly understand why we took them there. We are convinced that the Bible is the living Word of God, and when energized by the Spirit of God, it has the power to transform lives. However, for us today there are great gaps that often hinder our ability to understand God's awesome Word. These gaps include 2,000 - 3,500 years in time, and an understanding of the culture, the language, the idioms, the customs, eastern "Hebraic" thought, and the geography of the Biblical world.

We emphasize Bible lands study tours where we lead people on biblical encounters on location. Our primary context for ministry is with the First Congregational Church in Peru, Illinois, 90 miles west of Chicago. Here we are involved in preaching, teaching, writing, and presenting biblical characters through dramatic re-enactments.

In all we do our goal is for the intended meaning of the scriptures to be clear, intensely personal, and practical in order that people will be doers and not only hearers of the Word of God.

We seek to carry out this two-fold mission through four avenues:

  • Touring: We are passionate about leading biblical study tours to the Bible lands.
  • Teaching: Our primary place of ministry is with our congregation in Peru, Illinois. We do, however, on occasion bring presentations to churches, conferences, retreats, and Bible colleges.
  • Writing: We are in the process of writing books on Bible backgrounds, Theological reflection, and Christian living. We are also developing resources for church ministry (Bible Study curriculum, Children's ministry materials, and dramatic and musical programs especially for use in smaller congregations). Keep checking the site for information about the availability of these resources.
  • Mentoring: As God allows it is a priority for us to be able to invest time and energy mentoring Bible college students, pastors, and church leaders.