To the Ends of the Earth:
In the Footsteps of St. Paul
Trip to Turkey
With Pat and Judy Paulsen
June 1-15, 2024
Pat and I invite you to join us on an amazing journey that we hope will be one of your most memorable trips ever.
This journey will not only give us a taste of modern-day Türkiye (Turkey) but will help us step back into the first century as we travel in the footsteps of St. Paul. We’ll visit many of the places Paul travelled to as he planted churches on his three missionary journeys. Additionally, we’ll visit the Cappadocian region of the country made famous by three of the early church Fathers as well as this region’s extraordinary underground cities, terraced pools, and distinctive rock formations shaped by erosion into cones, caves, and ‘fairy towers’.
Dr. Steven Notley, Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at the New York City campus of Alliance University (2001-2023) will be our guide on this journey. He will be helping us unpack the historical significance of each site, as well as connecting these to the New Testament book of Acts, to many of Paul’s Epistles, and to the book of Revelation. A well-seasoned traveller who has led many tours of both Israel and Türkiye, Steve has planned an extraordinary itinerary for us.
We’ll begin with three days in Istanbul, where we’ll visit Hagia Sophia (the most renowned church of the Byzantine era), take a boat tour on the mighty Bosphorus, and explore the palace residence of the Sultans, the Grand Bazaar, and Istanbul’s famous Spice Market.
We’ll then explore ancient Tarsus, Paul’s hometown, travelling next along a northern Roman road and through a narrow pass that Paul would certainly have taken on his journeys, as did other such historical giants as the Persian king Cyrus and Alexander the Great.
The amazing region of Cappadocia is next on our itinerary, after which we’ll visit the sites of many of the cities and towns mentioned in the New Testament including Antioch of Pisidia, Laodicea, Colossae, Ephesus, Thyatira, and Pergamum. The Scriptures will come alive as we walk through these ancient places and read again the words of warning and encouragement written to our early Christian brothers and sisters, and which have also guided the Church through the centuries.
Take some time to explore the Emmaus website as many of the questions you may have will be answered here. This trip is limited to 35 people, after which we will be starting a waiting list, so register early. We believe this is going to be a life-changing trip, and we hope you’ll be able to join us on the journey!
Rev. Dr. Judy Paulsen
Professor of Evangelism, Wycliffe College
Your contact person for this trip is:
Sunya Notley, Administrator
Emmaus Educational Services
115 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah, NJ 07430