January 16-25, 2018
What could be better than combining the ministry of feeding children and fellowship with an expedition that follows the route of the Ark of the Covenant? We will see hippos, alligators, monkeys and have stirring worship at a precious festival called “Timket”. Timket is an important time where many precious needs will be around us. They know this is a time of blessing from Our Father where the generosity of our fellow believer’s also step forward in faith. What a time to be the feet and hands of Jesus! You will have a joyous opportunity to help create a meal of blessing for the fatherless as well as being a part of distribution for Kids Against Hunger.
During our time in Ethiopia we will have the opportunity to see hidden ancient Biblical manuscripts and evidence of the Jewish people who have lived for thousands of years in and around these communities. We will stay in lovely lodges in various places, including on Lake Tana, Lalibela and Axum. See why the TV series, Expedition Unknown found these sites to be worthy of highlighting in their show that was aired in March 2017.
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Itinerary at a Glance
|Jan 16||Depart Washington, DC, Dulles at 10:30AM|
|Jan 17||Axum, ancient Lion of Judah etching|
|Jan 18||Axum, Timket festival, Stele Square, Saint Mary of Zion (Ark of the Covenant). Afternoon visit to marketplace with Kids Against Hunger|
|Jan 19||Axum, Timket festival, Queen of Sheba Palace, tomb of one of the Kings. Special ministry afternoon of blessing with Kids Against Hunger|
|Jan 20||Lalibela, Pilgrimage places for “Jerusalem of Africa”, visit UNESCO protected rock hewn churches. Afternoon preparation visit with Kids Against Hunger|
|Jan 21||Day of service Kids Against Hunger in Lalibela|
|Jan 22||Bahir Dar, Blue Nile Falls|
|Jan 23||Tana Kirkos Island|
|Jan 24||Nile fishing trip, depart this evening|
|Jan 25||Arrival back in Washington, DC, Dulles 7:30AM|
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The organization’s approach to achieving its goal – the eradication of world hunger – includes the packaging of a highly nutritious, vitamin-fortified soy-rice casserole by volunteers at numerous locations within the USA and Canada, and the distribution of those meals to starving children and their families in over 60 countries through partnerships with humanitarian organizations worldwide. Last year alone, volunteers at Kids Against Hunger’s food packaging centers across the USA packaged forty million meals for children and their families around the world and around the corner.
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Robert Cornuke – a former police investigator and SWAT team member – is a biblical investigator, international explorer, lecturer and author of nine books.
He has participated in over fifty expeditions around the world searching for lost locations described in the Bible. These journeys include searching for the real Mount Sinai in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, looking for the remains of Noah’s ark in Turkey with astronaut Jim Irwin (Eighth man to walk on the moon) and researching ancient Assyrian and Babylonian flood accounts in Iran. He has followed ancient accounts of the Ark of the Covenant from Israel to Egypt and across Ethiopian highlands.
Bob has appeared on National Geographic Channel, CBS, NBC’s Dateline, Good Morning America, CNN, MSNBC, Fox, ABC, History Channel and Ripley’s Believe It or Not. He has traveled across Afghanistan during US bombing strikes on a video/photographic assignment and was invited by the President’s staff to conduct a Bible study for White House personnel.
Bob is currently president of the Bible Archaeology Search and Exploration (BASE) Institute located in Colorado Springs, CO. He also serves as special adviser for the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools.
|Jan 16||If you have accepted our air inclusive package, you will need to be in Washington, DC, at the Dulles airport to board our flight, which departs at 10:30AM. Most cities have late night flights that arrive in Dulles in the morning or there are plenty of airport hotels to spend the night prior. Please arrive at the airport no later than 8:00AM. We fly nonstop to Addis on a new Boeing 777 owned by top rated Ethiopian Airlines.|
|Jan 17||Arrive in Addis in the early morning and transfer to our domestic flight to Axum. We will arrive in Axum today at 4:00PM. We will be met and transferred to our strategically located hotel for lunch and short rest before the adventure begins. The legends narrated in the Kebra Nagast “Book of Kings” recount how the city of Axum, as early as the 10th century B.C., was the city in which the Queen of Sheba resided. It is recounted that the son of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon brought the Ark of the Covenant to Axum and it remains there to this day, preserved in a sanctuary. Famous long before the time of Christ, Axum was the capital of the long Axumite reign, one of the oldest African empires, and represented a crucial connecting-point between Africa and Asia for almost a thousand years. A visit is organized to the steles, granite monoliths dating from pre-Christian times and decorated with symbolic engravings, and to the church of Mary of Zion, which contains many implements used in service to the Ark and many other treasures. Bob has prepared for you an experience like no other. You will be treated as family by the community, due to their love for Bob and his various friends’ ministry work in their small loving town. Tonight after dinner, we will sit around a fire overlooking the ceremonial grounds that are being prepared below. You will feel that something is about to happen to you spiritually in the coming days. (BLD) (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)|
|Jan 18||In the morning, you will attend the Timket festival. We will also visit the tomb of Bazen – a new discovery known now as the tomb of one of the three wise men. We will visit the frankincense trees, the rock inscription of the Lion of Judah, various tombs and witness mass colorful baptisms taking place in the Queen of Sheba pool, while hundreds of participants cover the hills draped in white gauze dresses, singing the Psalms of David. Your spirit will be lifted by the sweetness of it all! We break for lunch together on the terrace of our hotel. Late afternoon, we will arrange for you to visit the church of St. Mary (said to house the Ark of the Covenant) and see the grounds where their kings (in the lineage of David) were all crowned and have time for a visit to the spice and antiques markets. Return to our hotel terrace, above the ceremonial grounds, to listen to the sweet voices below while we enjoy our dinner. (BLD)|
|Jan 19||Waking this morning we will hear the precious singing from the churches below. Grab a hot cup of coffee and sit and admire stele fields and beautiful vistas from our deck. Today, we are going to visit the camel market, the spice markets and more. We will engage in the community and have an opportunity to visit a mysterious mountain top rock hewn church that holds many ancient Biblical manuscripts. We will also be able to ride a camel and visit some of the schools that were created by our friends. Dinner again overlooking the stele field. (BLD)|
|Jan 20||We fly late morning to Lalibela. This city of Christian pilgrimage, for our African based brothers and sisters, is located at an altitude of 2,600 meters above sea level. In this ancient city, there are 11 monolithic churches that were built in the twelfth century and are carved out of pink granite rock; they have been classified as one of the wonders of the world. Each church has a unique architectural style; all are superbly carved and most of them are decorated with well-preserved paintings. The entire city may be described as a sculpture, dedicated to the glory of God. The day is devoted to visiting both groups of churches and the city itself. We have an overnight stay in Mountain View Hotel. (BLD)|
|Jan 21||After breakfast we will drive through the beautiful countryside to a precious, hidden monastery and church called Yemrehanna Kristos. The church is built inside a cave, deep inside a rock wall. The local dead have been brought to this place for centuries and it is considered one of their most Holy sites. You will be able to see their Biblical manuscript treasury and learn of the worship that was learned from King David’s time and passed on to the children of the Book. You will hear the lovely singing and chanting that is directly taken from our precious Psalms. Tonight, we return the Mountain View Hotel, where the view is indescribable. We will have a fantastic dinner prepared by our Jamaican chef. (BLD)|
|Jan 22||Board our flight to Bahir Dar, the jewel resort city on Lake Tana, source of the Nile. Bahir Dar is known as the wedding capital of Africa. There are more honeymoons and weddings here in this setting than any other place in Africa. On arrival, we visit the waterfalls of the Blue Nile: 100 meters wide, the water plunges 45 meters, giving rise to steam clouds and rainbows. Those who wish, may descend to the base of the falls, climb back up the other side and cross the Nile in a papyrus boat (traditionally known as a “Tankwas”) in order to return to the point of departure (about an hour’s walk). You will enjoy the monkey’s jumping from tree to tree overhead joining us on our walk. Overnight stay at Kuriftu Resort. This hotel has a spa and fantastic lakeside restaurant that will be our home away from home. (BLD)|
|Jan 23||Today we have a full day boat trip across the lake. This island was most recently highlighted on the TV series “Expedition Unknown” and featured our own Bob Cornuke. Our destiny (as was theirs) is mysterious Tana Kirkos. It is here that you will see the treasury of implements that were used when the Ark of the Covenant was brought to Ethiopia for safe keeping. The men will have a unique experience with Bob, where he will take them to the place where the Tabernacle poles fit into the rock and you will receive a teaching from Bob that will melt your heart. Ladies will be a part of the treasures hidden in the treasury and will be able to visit the monastery where these precious keepers farm for their existence. We will have lunch and plenty of story time! (BLD)|
|Jan 24||Today is a day that we will relax and enjoy a fishing trip on the Nile. Bring your pole, or enjoy one of ours. We will also have a crocodile and hippopotamus safari. Not only will you be able to see these amazing animals in the wild, but you will see plenty of the world’s most exotic birds and monkeys and a couple wild boar! What a precious day of rest. We depart the hotel at around 6:00PM tonight, for our overnight flight back to the US. (BL)|
|Jan 25||Arrive back at Washington, DC, Dulles airport today at 7:30AM.|
Bob Cornuke on The Search for the Ark of the Covenant
Bob, Rhonda, & Misgana make a perfect trio. This has been the most meaningful trip of my life – don’t change much, especially Axum and Tana Kirkos!
— Robert L.
Very personal service whenever I had questions!
The superior attitudes of the staff (patient, adjustable, humorous) made the trip A++! Thanks!
— Carol B.
I have very fond memories of this trip!
I learned a lot, experienced a lot, and created great memories. Great overall experience. Local guides were mostly excellent….knowledgeable and friendly. Rhonda is very helpful and professionally competent in all she does.
— Richard and Bobby
Couldn’t have been better! Loved Tim’s piano playing and singing in the lounge. Everything was great!
Everything ran smoothly. What a lot of logistical planning went into this trip. Greatly appreciated! We will see you again!
— Bob and Ginny S.
It was my first trip of this kind and I enjoyed every minute of it! Nancy, with whom I talked a lot, was most kind, helping me with everything.
— Janny V.
Hopefully the economy will pull out of this so that next summer’s Christian Mediterranean cruise will be as big a hit.
I loved it! It truly was the adventure of a lifetime. My son had a wonderful experience, too. Thank you for making the trip kid-friendly!
— Lorretta & Jacob S.