Before Your Trip

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Preparing for Your Trip

As you prepare for the Christian Movement in the Mediterranean program, here are some packing recommendations and pre-program reading lists provided by the program instructor, Linford Stutzman, and his wife, Janet.

Conditions and Weather

September is generally one the best months for visiting the Mediterranean coast of Turkey and Greece. But the weather, like everything in the region, can be unpredictable. Therefore, while we expect beautiful weather, there may be some nights and early mornings that could be a bit chilly, with light rain or wind toward the end of the trip. So, this is a factor in deciding what clothes to pack.

Janet’s Packing Recommendations (Women)

  • Several pairs of shorts
  • Several capri-style pants
  • One pair of nice pants
  • One pair of jeans
  • An assortment of 6-7 shirts including T-shirts that can mix and match with the above
  • A summer dress or skirt
  • A sweater and/or long-sleeved fleece jacket
  • A light rain jacket
  • Swimwear
  • Good trekking sandals or comfortable athletic shoes
  • A pair of sandals
  • Comfortable flats or dressy sandals
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses

Linford’s Packing Recommendations  (Men)

  • Several pairs of shorts
  • A pair of light-weight pants with zip-off shorts
  • One pair of jeans
  • Assorted T-shirts and polo shirts
  • A couple of short-sleeved cotton blend shirts
  • A long-sleeved fleece jacket
  • A light rain jacket
  • Swimwear
  • Good trekking sandals or comfortable athletic shoes
  • A comfortable pair of casual “all around” shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses

Additional Items to Pack

  • An electronic device (phone or tablet)
  • A European plug adapter 
  • Any medications and perhaps a few first aid supplies
  • A small container of insect repellent
  • Sun block
  • Chapstick 
  • Motion sickness medications if necessary
  • Hand sanitizer
  • A flashlight
  • Notebook
  • Pocket Bible

Recommended Reading (Required for Credit Students)

The following books are strongly recommended (and required for credit students) in preparation for this program:

1. Birds without Wings. Louis de Bernieres, Vintage Canada, 2007.

  • A wonderful novel set in the turbulent history and geography of Turkey. The setting is a small village in Turkey (that we plan to visit) where Christian Greeks and Muslims Turks lived until the end of WW1.

2. Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter. Thomas Cahill, Anchor Books, 2003.

  • A very readable exploration of the incredible Greek civilization that has shaped the West, including the Christian faith.

3. St. Paul the Traveler and Roman Citizen. William M. Ramsay, Mark Wilson, ed. Kregel Publications, 2001.

  • An updated and revised edition of the classic biblical study of the historical and geographical context of Paul’s missionary journeys.

4. Sailing Acts: Following an Ancient Voyage. Linford Stutzman, Good Books, 2006.

  • This is the story of the life-changing voyage that Janet and I took for 15 months in 2004 and 2005, during which time we fell in love with the Mediterranean, the book of Acts, and the sea-farers, who often get overlooked by most land-oriented biblical scholars.

5. Acts 13 – 28


Additional reading for those interested in biblical, theological, and missional perspectives:

1. Travel in the Ancient World. Lionel Casson, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994.

2. In Search of Paul: How Jesus's Apostle Opposed Rome's Empire with God's Kingdom. John Dominic Crossan and Jonathan Reed, HarperSanFrancisco, 2004.

3. With Paul at Sea: Learning from the Apostle Who Took the Gospel from Land to Sea. Linford Stutzman, Cascade Books, 2012.

4. Cities of God: The Real Story of How Christianity Became a Global Movement and Conquered Rome. Rodney Stark, HarperSanFrancisco, 2006.

Other Study Materials

Linford will provide special maps and a study guide for every couple or single traveler for the entire journey.