Sisters Rebecca and Vanessa never imagined walking in Jesus’ footsteps. But that is exactly what they did. They left seven kids and two husbands (yes, we’re impressed at the logistics of this too) to travel to Israel and Palestine on a tour led by Bible historian John Dickson. “The trip exceeded my expectations,” Vanessa said, an Associate Pastor at Roseville Anglican Church in Sydney. Vanessa had just started working alongside John Dickson when the trip was announced. “For me it was seizing an opportunity.” The first person Vanessa called was her sister Rebecca. “Spaces were filling fast so within hours we committed and booked,” Rebecca explained. “Our parents desperately wanted to go to the Holy Lands but had to put it off. Instead they offered to fund us. I had a sense of great privilege, going with their shared dream in mind.” “From the moment we landed there was a beautiful feeling of ease and…
Helping Christians Go Deeper In Their Faith
In our high-paced lives, Selah offers experiences for Christians to go deeper in their faith by offering travel, retreat and workshop opportunities.
We have local retreats designed to refresh and replenish, as well as travel opportunities including Holy Land and Bible Tours, or simply travel to a beautiful destination with like-minded people.
THE SELAH STORY
The concept of 'Selah' was birthed Lisa Tarzia's personal experience. As the Executive Director of Mission Travel, Lisa has always been passionate about travel that transforms. Through her own journey, 'selah-moments' she experienced were life changing. This drew her to a place where she wanted to provide opportunities for Christians to have these moments.
"Escaping from the busyness of life and making an intentional choice to stop and go deeper in faith is what I want to create," says Lisa.
Selah provides these opportunities through retreats, workshops and travel. Custom made for the Australian Christian, the heart behind Selah is for people to grow and be transformed.
The power of pausing and reflecting is incredible. As A.W. Tozer writes 'More spiritual progress can be made in one short moment of speechless silence in the awesome presence of God than in years of mere study.'
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For Xavier College staff, St Ignatius holds a special place in forming the mission and values of the school. In September this year, 15 Xavier College staff, along with a chaplain from the Jesuit order (founded by St Ignatius Loyola), ventured together to visit the places St Ignatius lived and went to. It took them to some of Spain, France and Italy’s most spectacular destinations. Ignatius was a Spanish officer until he was struck by a cannonball that shattered his leg during a battle between Spain and France. A long convalescence led to his radical conversion and conviction to follow Jesus. The pilgrims came face to face with the realities of St Ignatius’ spiritual experiences: the Chapel of Conversion in the bedroom where Ignatius spent over nine months to recover, to the cave in Manresa where Ignatius experienced his deepest desolation and fervent prayer. More than a cultural tour, it was a catalyst for deep…
As the sun rose behind the Acropolis during the dawn service, Kay and Chris Woodward had goose bumps. “It was a spectacular sight,” Chris reflected. He recalled standing on Mars Hill, listening the multi-lingual Easter service alongside Christians from all backgrounds. It was both the beginning and Chris’s most memorable moment during the Steps of Paul tour led by Tim and Merridie Costello in 2019. Paul the Apostle had delivered his Acts 17:19 sermon in this exact spot. The tour took Sydney-siders Kay and Chris from Athens to Corinth, the Meteora Monastries, Thessalonica, Philippi and then across to Istanbul in Turkey. They visited the churches of Pergamum, Smyrna and travelled to Patmos Island where John wrote Revelation. Forty two people joined the tour. Many were from Tim Costello’s original church in Melbourne. “Tim and Merridie are very gracious people. Plus Tim is such a great storyteller and raconteur. We really felt very connected to the…