On May 5, a group of 25 students departed Lee University for a 12-day trip to Israel. During their time there, students were to have the opportunity to take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, stand on top of Mount Carmel, walk the ruins at Gamla, and experience baptism in the Jordan River. They will also visit the Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane, Mount Zion (The Upper Room), and Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, a memorial for those martyred during World War II. Other highlights will include swimming in the Dead Sea, riding camels in the Bedouin village Kfar Hanokdim, praying at the Western Wall, walking along the Via Dolorosa, and more. The faculty trip director is Dr. Bill Effler, associate professor of pastoral ministries at Lee, and his wife, Kristen. Students participating in the 2013 Israel trip are Travis Arrington, Michelle Bostic, Rachel Cannon, Andrew Estes, Jessica Fortner, Daniel Gastley, Kyler Gentry, Cody Hager, Michael Hayes, Julia Jernigan, Nathaniel McDavid, Nicolas McLean, Robert Miskell, Rachel Moreno, Denver Morton, Page Naranjo, Ellen Porter, Lanissa Reale, Rachel Russell, Haley Seaton, Garrett Shepherd, Allison Wierenga, Joshua White, Jonathan Wynn, and Carly Zehr. The Israel trip, sponsored by the Lee University School of Religion, is one of many cross-cultural trips offered through Lee’s Global Perspectives program.