Tabor part of three international trips during January

Tabor College students, faculty and alums will be involved in three international trips during the January interterm that will take them to the Mid East, Europe and Southeast Asia.

Holy Land trip

A 27-member group of Tabor students, Bethel College students and others are participating in an educational tour of the Holy Land, Jan. 5 to 25.

?I am extremely excited about visiting these wonderful places again,? said Tabor Bible professor Douglas Miller, who helped lead a similar trip two years ago.

Miller will co-lead this tour with Bethel professor Patricia Shelly, a licensed guide with more than 25 years of experience leading tours and living in the Holy Land.

Based in Jerusalem for most of the trip, the group will travel to Mount Nebo, where Moses gazed into the Promised Land, and other sites in Jordan, including ancient and dramatic Petra.

Also on the travel itinerary are Bethlehem, Hebron, Joppa, Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee and Dan.

According to Miller, the purpose of the three-week trip is to give participants an opportunity to understand the Bible in its context, learn about the three major religions of the area (Judaism, Islam, Eastern Christianity), gain a better understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and spend time in worship, reflection and prayer.

European tour

Thirty-three Tabor College students will travel to six European countries Jan. 9-29. Richard Kyle, professor of history and religious studies, will be guiding his 24th tour.

The group will tour the United Kingdom, France, Switz?erland, Germany, Italy and Vatican City, and visit cultural, religious and historical locations in London, Paris, Zurich, Munich, Venice and Rome.

The trip counts toward academic credits in history, religion, political science or art, and requires students to read materials, write reports, listen to lectures, take a test and keep a daily journal.

Kyle and native instructors will be lecturing throughout the tour.

Students also will have an opportunity to see a theater production in London, ride a gondola in Venice, or watch a f?tbol game in Rome.

Southeast Asia bound

An eight-member entourage from Tabor will tour Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore from Jan. 9-29, led by Frank Brenne?man, professor emeritus, and Jeanelle Herrel, assistant professor of family studies.

The trip counts toward academic credit in religion, communication, mathematics or sociology, and requires students to read materials, write reports, listen to lectures, take a test and keep a daily journal.

Brenneman, Herrel and local instructors will be lecturing throughout the tour.

?A trip like this one requires some pre-trip meetings on the religions we will encounter and cultural issues of Southeast Asia,? said Brenneman, who will be leading his sixth interterm tour.

The group departed Jan. 5 from Wichita, and was scheduled to arrive Jan. 7 in Singapore, where they will visit historical and art museums and several historical, cultural and religious sites.

From there,the itinerary includes the following: the island of Borneo to visit a longhouse of the Iban people; Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, to visit important religious places and Christian workers; Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, to work on service projects; and Chiang Rai in time for the Chinese New Year; and to Bangkok to visit the historical Grand Palace and the world famous Buddhist temple, Wat Po.

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