A program that focusses on getting college students to travel to Israel has reached a milestone of bringing 10,000 Christian students to the country.
The Passages program celebrated the milestone at the Jerusalem Ramada on Monday. This winter’s program includes 450 students.
The program was started after some Christians felt that tourists who traveled to Israel were in most cases older people and that Christian support for the country was decreasing. Passages was founded to bring young Christians to Israel by collaborating with Christian schools. The program aims to provide Christian students, who have the potential to become leaders, a new and different approach to understanding and experiencing Israel.
The Jerusalem Post reports:
A program called Passages that aims to bring Christian college students to Israel reached the milestone of having brought 10,000 students to the country. The milestone was marked with a ceremony at Jerusalem’s Ramada hotel on Monday.
“Passages offers Christian college students with leadership potential a fresh and innovative approach to experiencing the Holy Land,” the organization said. “Participants encounter the roots of their Biblical faith first-hand and come face to face with the modern-day miracle that is Israel and have opportunities to build upon their trip experiences with additional leadership training, with the goal of building their Christian faith and bridges of friendship with the Jewish community.”
This winter, 450 students participated in the program.
“We are at a unique moment in history, where Jews and Christians can come together for the first time and create positive and impactful experiences,” said Passages co-founder Rivka Kidron.
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