EMAP in Israel

On January 1, 2012 senior linebacker Kiso Faletufuga (San Diego, CA) joined a group of 16 other students and professors on a three week trip to Israel. This trip was an interterm class focused on teaching the geography and history of Israel. The class visited every important historical location in Israel. Many of these sites have Biblical significance.

The group visited cities around the country that had been reconstructed to give the visitors vision to what life was like 2,000 years ago. Kiso was very impressed with these reconstructions, “It was amazing.” 

“Just to see how it was 2,000 years ago. How they got food, how they got water it was amazing.” 

When asked what was most memorable Kiso touched on seeing the wilderness in Israel, 

“It gives you a different perspective. You see how it (Israel) actually looks so you get a better understanding. Like the wilderness. You have a picture of what it looks like (in your mind) but when you see it you can see how big it was. It was unbelievable how Jesus went through the wilderness for 40 days.”

The most powerful spiritual moment for Kiso came at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. This church commemorates the hill of crucifixion and the tomb of Christ's burial. The group was able to visit the popular church early in the morning when there were few visitors. It was a place that touched Kiso,“You feel something when you are at the Holy Sepulchre. You feel vulnerable, spiritually.”

The group spent time at the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Jerusalem which was an “eye-opening” experience.

Kiso provided advice to other students who are contemplating a trip like this,

“Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. I was the only football player there and it was the first time I had been outside of the country. I had to make new friends and now I am really close to them. You’ll never forget the trip or the people you go with. It was a great time of fellowship and friendship.”

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