Saturday, March 7, 2020

Bumped into some Adoption Airfare® Clients at ATL!

POSTED IN FLIGHT: Arrived in Atlanta to check in for our flights to #Israel, and guess what happened?! We got in line behind a team of orphan children headed back to Ukraine after a special time of being hosted by families in the USA.

When I asked if they were our client, sure enough.. they started sharing about how wonderful it has been working with Jeff!! I was grinning from ear to ear in #Amazement!

We were all pleasantly surprised at God’s timing. Yes, these precious children all sat about 4 rows behind me, safely on their way back to #Ukraine. It was a really special encounter for us, especially seeing them waving goodbye with lots of kisses, tears both directions, and love just emanating from their host families and from the children.

#UkraineHosting #Adoption #HostingTravel #OrphanCare #OrphanHosting #DivineAppointment

Friday, February 28, 2020

Coronavirus COVID-19 Travel Tips When Flying!

I'd like to take a few moments to go over some helpful tips for those preparing to travel by air during the spread of Coronavirus, better known as COVID-19.  This little crown-shaped bug is getting a whole lot of attention these days, and I'd like to take a moment to address some practical things that can really help.

There are always lots of viruses floating around, some more dangerous and harmful than others.  As a former nurse, hygiene and universal precautions, are something I take very seriously.  I think there are several practical things we can do to help while flying and while in the airport, to minimize the spread, and to protect ourselves as well when flying is not optional.

  1. WASH, WASH, WASH! - Proper hand washing - Take 20 seconds to wash your hands, scrubbing with soap and also taking your fingertips and putting them into the palm of your hand to almost scratch the palm area to get under the nails. Sing your ABC's if you need to!  Also don't touch sinks and toilet handles or anything in a bathroom after washing. Use paper towels or toilet paper to dry hands vs. wind blowers which can spread germs.
  2. GLOVES OR NO GLOVES? - Gloves, N99 face mask and eye protection - Gloves are great to wear in bathrooms.  Masks are to be worn if you are sick, not necessarily if you're well according to the CDC.  However, we also believe it is a choice for people to make individually. I think it's important to talk to travelers about the funny feelings of wearing a mask so that cosmetic "what will others think" does not outweigh the importance of this whether for protecting yourself or others.
  3. SANITIZING WIPES - Sanitize your space - It's a great idea to bring some sanitizing wipes to wipe down the tray table, arm rest, etc in your seat. It's a good idea because who knows how often these things are being sanitized in an aircraft. 
  4. HAND SANITIZERS - Hand sanitizer sprays and gels can tote with you in your carry on to use when hand washing is not possible.
  5. NASAL SPRAY - Colloidal Silver Nasal Spray - Is a proactive measure and can be sprayed into nostrils during air travel when air is re-circulated inside of the aircraft.
  6. AIR NOZZLE IN FLIGHT - Should I turn off the air flow nozzle? Usually you want to get "fresh air" but it is discussed that recirculated air can spread germs as well. There are filtration systems in an aircraft to help cleanse the air, so you can always ask this question on the specific aircraft, to get an idea if you should turn the nozzle on or off. 
  7. BUILD UP YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM - Take your best immune building supplements prior to travel and throughout travel to stay well. Some that we recommend are Vitamin C with bioflavinoids, Echinacea, Elderberry, Vitamin D drops, Turmeric, Bio-Curcumin, Colloidal Silver products, Probiotics, Zinc, Selenium, and Activated Charcoal capsules.  You can research how much of these and when and why to take them, but having yourself well-stocked, is great for you and others you love who may not have these things when they need them. Also getting plenty of rest will help you stay strong to fight off any illness you come in contact with.
  8. SAY NO TO SODAS AND SWEETS - Limiting intake of sugars, sodas, and any sweet treats is a really good idea, especially when sickness is in the air.  The more sugar you are eating, the higher chances you'll have of getting sick.  Sugar and sugary treats work to really break down the immune system, making you more vulnerable to viruses.  Staying away from all sugars is a huge help. Fruits are great and fruit juices, just not any refined sugars or concentrated sweets.  Even limiting these for a week or so prior to travel is a great idea to build up your immune system prior to flying.
  9. STAY HYDRATED - Buy your bottled water in the airport and drink lots of water before and after flying.  Make sure to get lots of sunlight and fresh air as much as possible while traveling. Statistics show that moderate exercise can greatly reduce your chances of getting sick.
  10. BATHROOMS - Be careful in bathrooms. Bring with you some toilet protectors just to be sure there is coverage where you are sitting in case restrooms run out of these.  Also it's good to bring some gloves and sanitizing wipes to clean areas that are not cleansed properly before you enter.
That's my list! Hopefully this is helpful for someone, and be sure to visit the CDC website for their list of recommendations as well.  

Please visit our website for any upcoming airfare needs and stay well!

We also offer some great travel insurance policies which you can view HERE.  Policies that cover "Cancel for any Reason" are what we recommend, and are usually the most beneficial when purchased within 7 days of ticketing.

Blessings upon your journey!
Tabitha from Adoption Airfare®

Monday, July 8, 2019

Keeping Cool in Israel with Hineni Tours

We are getting close to seeing you all in Israel VERY SOON for our July Israel Tour!  We are very excited and can't wait to meet everyone in person.

As a reminder, summertime in Israel can be very hot, so we have put together a video with some practical tips for our tourists to help you stay cool while in Israel.  Make sure to check the weather before you depart, so that you can know how to pack properly.

Please remember to visit our TRAVEL TIPS page to refresh your memory on some of the ins and outs.  If you have not paid your tips yet, you will need to bring with you $150 USD cash to be collected on our Monday morning meeting time.  

Feel free to give us a call if you have any questions at all while in Israel.  

Tabitha Cell: 209-247-0740

Kevin Cell: 678-675-7727

A few things:

  • There will be one airport transfer for those of you arriving in on Sunday afternoon or evening.  
  • The bus will transfer you to the hotel from the airport.  Please call us when you land, and we will have someone outside after you make it through customs, they will be holding a sign "Hineni Tours" for you to identify them and to help you get onto the proper bus.
  • Some of our team will be arriving early and will be in Israel before you depart, so please let us know if you are having any travel delays so that we can keep everything running smoothly for the team.
  • Dinner will be served at the Metropolitan Hotel in Tel Aviv when you arrive, and everyone is welcome to eat at whatever time they prefer during dinnertime hours.  Your dinner is included in your tour package.
  • We will be in the hotel lobby around 8-8:30pm on Sunday evening for a team "Meet and Greet" after dinner.  
  • On Monday morning (the 22nd), everyone will need to be packed up and ready to go at 9am and we will meet in downstairs for a team meeting together before we head out on our touring for the day.  Location of that meeting TBA.

We look forward to seeing you very soon!


The Hineni Tours Team

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Airline Points and Frequent Flyer Miles - Avoiding Pitfalls

Have you ever tried to book flights with points or miles and you feel like you end up with more questions than answers?  Do you ever feel after using a combination of points and cash, that you paid more than you should pay for such purchases?  We would like to outline some of the pitfalls that can come into play with using points, in hopes of avoiding unnecessary frustration.

  • Mileage purchases must be done directly with the airline
  • Tickets purchased using mileage points can be difficult to change
  • Be aware that BLACKOUT dates may apply
  • Double check the rules as some of the mileage booking rules can be confusing
  • Changing a points ticket can be tricky and expensive
  • Frequent flyer miles with airlines can be less flexible than credit card points.
  • Sometimes it is best to use credit card points for hotels and rental cars vs. flights
  • Consider buying discounted tickets with your travel agent using your credit card and reimbursing your card with a cash payout from your points vs. paying through the credit card system to utilize your points.
  • Blackout dates can sometimes apply to flights being purchased with credit card points.
  • Consider allowing your travel agent find the lowest fare for paying passengers to coordinate with points passengers.
  • Some of the deeply discounted child fares are only possible if one adult purchasing with the child using money, not points. 
  • Standalone child tickets can be very costly if not coordinated properly, so make sure if you book airfare for yourself and your child, that you seek help and advice from a trusted travel agent.
  • Since points and miles can be tricky, always seek the advice of your trusted travel agent for clarification and help in understanding how to best use your points and miles to your benefit.
  • You can always ACCRUE miles anytime you work with a travel agency. Just be sure to provide your frequent flyer numbers to your agent to make the most out of your money spent.

Please keep in mind that each airline and credit card company has their own currency with which points can be utilized and spent.  It is always a great idea to look into the specific benefits of your points and make sure you are using them to your maximum benefit.

Our skilled travel agents at Adoption Airfare® enjoy creatively helping our clients to save money utilizing our discount humanitarian fares, sale fares, tour fares, student fares and consolidator fares.  These type of fares can save significantly, even beyond using points in many cases.  We have discounted one way fares on our transatlantic and transpacific flights, saving people a lot vs. booking something that they pay more for, even when using points.  It is always a case by case situation, but our team of agents are here to help with this however we can and our advice to you is always free of charge!!  :)

Please visit us for a quote today for your next trip!

Safe Travels,
Tabitha Lovell

Adoption Airfare® and Hineni Tours

Reasons to Reconsider "Basic Economy" Flights

Recently, the USA based airlines have opened up a myriad of "basic economy" fares.  The rationale behind these fares, is to offer low-cost options to encourage sales, and fill up seats in the main cabin.  Yes, this does open up more 'wallet-friendly' options, but what most people don't know, are the restrictions associated with these "basic economy" fares.

As much as possible, our Adoption Airfare® team works hard to avoid Basic Economy flights for our travelers.  The cheapest option is not always the best option, and there are some factors worth considering if you're thinking about buying that low-end fare.

We can book basic economy fares, but most of the time we steer clients away from them for the following reasons:

  • Group and Family Seating is Not Available with Basic Economy Tickets
  • Strict Limits on Size of Carry on Items
  • Strict Limits on Personal Items that You can Carry with you
  • Flight Changes Not allowed
  • Refunds Not allowed
  • Certain Mileage Plan Benefits Not available
  • Last Boarding Group to Board flights
  • No Pre-Assigned Seating
  • Strict Limitations and fees on Any Checked Baggage 
  • No free Checked Bags Allowed

When would a Basic Economy Ticket be good to consider?

  • A Single Independent Traveler with Only a small Carry on item
  • Someone with firm travel dates, not concerned about the Possibility of Flight changes
  • Young person or Student who is Flexible to sit anywhere on the plane
Are we suggesting that you book high-end seats with pillows, toothbrush kits, and blankets?  Not necessarily. Going up to regular economy is usually not too far above basic in terms of price. If you are thinking about Basic Economy, we hope this will help you to understand what is behind the low cost fare you're seeing, and help you to make an educated decision.  Our agents are able to search for options that you may not be able to find on your own, and we would love to help you secure the best option for your personal travel needs. 

Please visit us for a quote for your next trip!

Safe Travels,
Tabitha from Adoption Airfare® and Hineni Tours

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

The Lord is Working in Tel Aviv!!

What an amazing day!  Everything in Tel Aviv has been on foot since parking is such a challenge.  Our first adventure began at the local organic cafe called Neroli.  The wraps, salads, and juices are amazing!  We took a seat outside on the very busy but cozy street setting with lots of beautiful green plants and a nice table with just enough chairs for us.  Somewhere during our meal, Kevin realized that we had been given the food for the table next to us by accident.  He began talking with the man, and they were laughing about it and mentioning how sometimes these things happen for a reason.  This opened up a really a good conversation about the Lord.  Funny how things like this happen to us as we are taking steps to share our faith with the people while we are here in Israel.  Divine providence for sure! 

This family lives in Switzerland, and were visiting Israel just like we are.  Kevin and the husband had a long talk about the Tanach, the New Testament, Jesus, and lots, lots more!  They are a secular Jewish family, and several times he mentioned the teachings that follow in line with the Kaballah that he adheres to.  He reminded me a lot of the "New Age" spiritual type of people in the Bay Area in California.  He was very open to hear from Kevin, which was really great.  They had a really great conversation.  Come to find out, they grew up very close together in the same neighborhood in San Jose, CA!  What a small world.  They were getting back on their flights to Switzerland, and we met them just before they were heading to the airport.  After our time with them, they took their suitcases and headed off to their flights home from Israel back to Switzerland.  The Lord was really working in that conversation, and seeds were planted for sure!  May the Lord water those seeds that were planted to bring forth much fruit! 

Our next stop was to pick up some bikes and electric scooters, to take some bike trails along the shoreline of the Mediterranean Sea.  This was so fun.  We had a chance to meet lots of local people on our day of biking and scooting around.  We are looking forward to sharing this great adventure with our teams when we are here in Tel Aviv!  When you come to Israel with us on one of our tours, remember to bring your walking shoes and biking gear and get ready for a really fun bike ride for those who would be up to it.  Bring your children too!  They will love it here in Israel!

Taking our electric rental bikes around Tel Aviv!

Faith got to ride on one of the really fun electric scooters!

Faith scooting along the trails.  Super fun!

Later on in the day, we decided to get some coffee and juice at an Aroma Cafe along our path.  When we stepped in and sat down, I was surprised to see Maria, the woman who helped us settle into our apartment, walk in the cafe!  I felt like this was too crazy to be a coincidence, so I piped up excitedly... "Hello Maria!!"  We were both surprised to see each other as this was quite a distance from where we met the day before.  She wanted to share something with me.  She told me, "Tabitha, thank you so much for that card you gave me."  (Princess gospel tract).  She came closer to us and started to elaborate.  She said, "The words of that were so precious and touched my heart."  She shared with us how she had not been sleeping for several nights, and was feeling very anxious.  Then just the night before, she decided to take a look at that card by her bed and read it.  She shared with us how as she was reading the words, it was talking about her life.  The words pierced her deeply to her heart.  As she was sharing this, she was very moved, with her hand on her heart.  She mentioned how that after she read that tract, she slept for the first time in such a long time.  God gave her peace.  She said something so beautiful.  "This is what I have been looking for my entire life." 

She expressed that she is a single mother and she is having problems with her 15 year old son, and sleep has not been easy.  Kevin and I were able to share with her about calling upon the Lord and asking Him to fill her with His Holy Spirit. 

We shared the verses with her:

“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. If a son asks for [e]bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” ~Luke 11:9-13

She told us that she is going to ask the Lord to fill her with His Holy Spirit.  What an amazing testimony!  I told her that I want to see her again before I leave, so we are meeting for lunch today.  I'm excited to see what the Lord has in store for this meeting. 

Meeting with Maria at the coffee shop

We are filled to overflowing just to see the work of the Lord's hand in Maria's life.  We are planning to connect her with local believers here in her area today.  She really desires this.  She kept telling us how she has been needing this her whole life, and how that when we share with her, she gets goosebumps all over and butterflies in her chest.  Truly Maria is experiencing a touch of the Ruach (Holy Spirit) in her life.  All praise and Glory to the great KING of her heart, Yeshua/Jesus!!  Let's be in prayer for Maria, that she will fully experience the JOY of following her King, and may she grow in her relationship with the Lord deeper and deeper in the coming months and years ahead.  Please also pray for her son Matthew, to come to salvation.  We are so excited to see what the Lord is going to do!

Visiting a street market in Tel Aviv

Spices here are amazing!

Spices, spices, and more spices!!

Street markets are so fun and great places to share your faith!

Faith shell hunting!

Lots of great restaurants along the bike path!

Wow!  Somebody ate their Wheaties! 

Kevin pointing at "Benny" the fisherman sign!

For the Gelato lovers -- this place has some amazing flavors!

Smoothies are our thing!  We can pass on the gelato, but give us a smoothie any day of the week and we'll take it!

Neroli is our favorite place in Tel Aviv for smoothies and salads.  Delicious food and great service!  Thank you Jesus!

Monday, April 1, 2019

Special Meetings in Jerusalem

We are amazed at how the Lord has led us to such wonderful meetings here in Jerusalem during our time here.  We designated a week to stay in Jerusalem, and we have needed every single minute here.  It's been so wonderful.  After our miraculous meeting on Friday with Zusha in Jerusalem, our Sunday lunch meeting with him was so special.  Zusha introduced us to a wonderful plant-based restaurant.  We had a very nice time sharing our testimonies with him, and him sharing his life with us.  We can truly say that we have a dear friend in Zusha, and we can't wait to see him again. We are planning to return this summer to spend more time with him and also with more friends we have made here in Israel.  Zusha has invited us to his home for a Shabbat meal.  This will be very special and we can't wait to accept this invitation on our next trip here in Israel.

Zusha gave me my new Hebrew name, Tzvia.  My name Tabitha is too difficult for the Hebrew speaking people to speak.  It's something about the "TH" sound that is very difficult for them to pronounce, so many times when I say my name, they can not repeat it back to me.  Since this keeps happening, I decided to ask if I could know the word "Gazelle" in Hebrew.  Zusha told us that there are many women in Israel with the name "Gazelle" which is pronounced "Tzvia".  Since Tabitha means Gazelle, I felt that this was a perfect name.  So now when I order cofee and they ask for my name, instead of getting a confused look and trouble with the translation, I've decided to use "Tzvia" here in Israel for certain things like this.  It's fun! Kevin is Chaim.  

I am Tzvia, and Faith is "Emunaa".  Chaim = Life, Emunaa = Faith, Tzvia = Gazelle.  :)

After our lunch with Zusha, Kevin was openly sharing about his past cancer diagnosis in the restaurant.  A man was very curious and looked at me and wanted to hear more about this.  He spoke a very British English, but thankfully we could communicate very well together and shared the whole cancer testimony.  He wanted to talk more with us, so he and Kevin and his friend stepped to the side and they began hearing everything Kevin wanted to share with them.  They are so happy to have met him and they want him to come back to Israel to teach them more about the scriptures.  The Lord truly has answered some very specific prayers of ours in bringing us these two men that Kevin was able to share with about their Messiah.  They were so hungry for more, that they asked for Kevin's information and will be staying in touch.  God is truly working here in the land of Israel among His beloved people!  We have LOVED meeting and enjoying our new friends here in Jerusalem.

Here is Kevin sharing with these two men at the restaurant. Beautiful meeting!

We spent Shabbat at a very special congregation in Jerusalem, and re-connected with some dear friends there.  One special friend I will call "Adah" because of privacy.  We can not disclose actual names and faces of some of our Jewish brethren for privacy.  I wish I could show her beautiful kind and sweet face.  Adah is our new Safda (meaning grandmother).  She is such a trooper!  As an older lady, she was very excited when we invited her to drive 2 and 1/2 hours north to the upper Gallilee to worship up on the mountain with Joshua Aaron and the other local believers in the land.  We had such a precious time of worship and fellowship together.  

Our sweet "Adah" and Faith walking out of the walkway after our time of worship.

My new sweet sister, Jessie and I fellowshipping together after worship time.  She is such a gracious host.

Faith and Ms. Jessie.  She was so kind and welcoming in her home to have us spend time with her.  What a precious gift of hospitality she has.  She is a dear friend and we can't wait to see her next time!

Kevin and Joshua's dad became good friends.  We plan to spend time with them in the USA where they are from.

Faith getting a guitar lesson from Brother Ryan, who is one of the leaders of worship with Joshua Aaron.  Their home has an amazing view of the Galilee.  Such a precious family!

My new friend Tanya.  She is so precious and I can't wait to get to know her more.

Kevin sharing with these two men at the restaurant who are asking him to come back and teach them more.  Praise the LORD!

Some of Israel's wonderful food

Special plant-based desserts at the restaurant Zusha introduced us to.

One of the finest Salad bars in Israel!

All of this food was incredible and all plant-based with loads of flavor.  

Village Green is the name of this incredible restaurant.  The prices were very good for this type of food.

Kevin and our dear friend, Zusha.

Pastor Joe leading services up in Haifa on Sunday night.  One Russian Jewish man came to Yeshua as His Savior in this meeting!  Hallelujah!!!

Fellowship after the meeting in Haifa at our very first Shawarma restaurant.  This was one of the finest Shawarma places I think that has ever been planted on earth.  The food was really amazing.

Fellowship over Shawarma.  Best of the best!  :)
So before we left Jerusalem, we had one last mission.  We had been ministering to a sweet lady in the Naot shoe store.  She is really humble and coming to understand the truth.  Naot means "Oasis" and we truly believe that she is coming to a resting place, an oasis of her faith, in finding Yeshua as her Messiah as a result of this trip.  We delivered a full Bible to her today and she is planning to read the "Brita Hadasha" meaning the "New Testament" which is a forbidden book in her religion of Judaism.  

Kevin spending time with our new friend who is really coming to experience the Lord's love for her.
She was so hungry to hear more about her Messiah, and as we shared more and more with her, she would get tears in her eyes hearing about His great love for her.  Please keep her in prayer.  She is a very special person we were able to meet on this trip, and God is really working in her heart and life.  We feel just a taste of His incredible love for her.

Bumped into some Adoption Airfare® Clients at ATL!

POSTED IN FLIGHT: Arrived in Atlanta to check in for our flights to #Israel, and guess what happened?! We got in line behind a team of orp...