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 entire group,” Kay said.
The main drawcard was the opportunity to visit places from the Bible.
“Paul the Apostle was such a giant of the Christian Faith. We both felt travelling to the places Paul went to would really bring the Bible to life for us,” said Kay.
Both Kay and Chris were raised Christian. Fourteen years ago Kay went to an Alpha course where she describes having “quite a profound conversion”. She is now a lay Bible teacher with Bible Study Fellowship and worships at Vineyard Church in Sydney together with her husband.
Patmos Island was Kay’s trip highlight. “It was where John wrote Revelation. Tim conducted a devotion. It brought the whole trip to this beautiful ending. We have a hope in God written very clearly in the Bible and Revelation brings it back to how it should be. It was very special.”
Chris explained, “I’m still very much more of a head than a heart Christian. Although it is something I’m moving toward. For me reading and seeing things connected to my faith gives me more building blocks to the way I am developing as a Christian. Seeing the places written about in the Bible gives me greater conviction that it clearly has to be fact.”
Over and over again we hear from people like Kay and Chris that reading the Bible is never the same again after a tour with Selah. If you want to bring your Bible study to life, join our next tour. We’d love to have you along!
Join a fun and inclusive group of curious Christians who will follow in the Footsteps of the Apostles. Tour departs 2 May 2020. Don’t wait, book now!