This is a true story. Honest

22 years ago a man named Herb came to me one morning at a church conference breakfast and said, “The Lord told me in a dream last night to send you and your wife to Israel for a study tour.” I sat down at his table. I did not know the man. Like me, he was attending a church conference in Winter Park, Florida. I thought it was a nice gesture, but a bit weird. I thought he was one of those people you meet from time to time in the church.

Six months later I saw him at another event sponsored by our denomination. He approached me and said, “Did you book your trip yet?”  I told him no. He asked why. I told him because I couldn’t believe he was serious.  He said, “What would make you believe I was serious? A check?” I nodded and said, “Yes.”.

A few days later a check arrived for the cost of the trip. So, in February of 1994 my wife and I took a trip that would literally change our lives, my preaching and teaching, my personal understanding of the Lord, my love of God and of the Bible, and the lives of countless other clergy and laity.

Version 2That was 1994.

I have since been back to Israel nearly 20 times. My wife and I have taken close to 500 people over the years…and on every trip I have thanked the Lord for Herb’s obedience to God’s prompting; his act of generosity. And because of his obedience, over 500 people have seen the most amazing sites of the Bible. Over 500 people have sailed on the Sea of Galilee, walked the Via Dolorosa, prayed in the Nativity Church in Bethlehem, and touched the waters of the Jordan River.

One man obeyed the prompting of the Holy Spirit and from that experience, hundreds of people have been blessed. Herb died about 12 years ago…but his ‘Yes’ still lives on. Fran and I still lead these tours…and we teach clergy and spouses to do the same.

His ‘Yes’ continues to bless.