JERUSALEM, Israel - Travelujah aims to become a "one-stop shop" for Christians planning a trip to Israel by providing some unique services for its clientele.
The concept for Travelujah came from the idea of "developing the Christian tourism and pilgrimage market for the Galilee," Travelujah CEO Elisa Moed told CBN News. A "study highlighted the overwhelming need for a comprehensive online Christian-focused 'one-stop shop' for expert and actual pilgrim travel advice," she said.
Headquartered in Israel, the agency offers a broad range of services it hopes will make faith-based travel to Israel an unforgettable experience.
A good place for potential visitors to start is the agency's website, packed with more than 800 pages of information for first-time visitors and seasoned travelers alike, which includes listings of Christian guest houses, holy sites and a scripture index.
"It's a great resource and travel service for groups and individuals who simply want to learn or are ready to start planning a trip," Moed said.
The website provides a venue to share travel experiences and advice with others and can even be used to form a tour group. The agency also publishes a free bi-monthly newsletter. And the Travelujah blog includes links to informative articles about Israel.
While most travel agencies focus on tour packages, Moed says Travelujah offers "so much more."
"We try to delve into each group's goals and determine the best way to offer them a unique experience that suits their interests," she said.
Moed said most Christians traveling to Israel on a tour are first-time visitors whose "number one motivation" is to walk in the footsteps of Jesus. But they also want to learn more about other biblical figures, like King David and the Jewish prophets, such as Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and others.
"It's important to provide a narrative that includes the historical and modern and to relate this to scripture and to highlight the fact that there has been a constant Jewish presence in the land for thousands of years," Moed said. "Most groups look at Israel as [biblical] prophecy being fulfilled and want to [get to] know God's chosen people," she added.
One of the agency's goals is to help Christians understand the Jewish roots of Christianity, "whether through the Bible, a site, a holiday or tradition" and through a "meet the people" experience with local residents, community leaders, and rabbis.
"We're able to create unique programs that include 'meet the people' experiences. We are reaching a worldwide faith-based audience that is interested in learning more about Israel and the region," Moed said.
For more information, visit Travelujah's website.