2019 Ellen White in Europe
Torre Pellice, Italy
Ellen White in Europe: June 19, 2019 Waldensian Valleys (Italy), Switzerland, France, Norway With Dr. Martin Klingbeil, professor, Southern Adventist University Note: This is a unique new European tour exploring the travels and ministry of Ellen G. White, author of The Great Controversy. We are still gathering pricing info for this tour. If you'd like to receive pricing when available, just email [email protected] If you have specific questions about this tour, you may email our guide, Dr. Martin Klingbeil, at [email protected] ITALY Wed., June 19 Overnight flight to Rome from point of origin. (A New Testament tour with Dr. Greg King will be offered June 5-19, allowing travelers to join the Ellen White in Europe tour on June 19) Thurs., June 20 Arrive morning in Rome. Transfer to Torre Pellice in the Waldensian Valleys traveling by bus through Tuscany. Vegetarian lunch provided. Supper and worship with Dr. Martin Klingbeil. Overnight in Torre Pellice. Fri., June 21 Breakfast. Visit sites in the Waldensian Valleys: the open market in Torre Pellice (Friday is market day.
); the Cave Church (Ghieisa d’ La Tana); School of the Barba; Chanforan; monument of the Piedmont Easter Massacre of 1655 (wear comfortable shoes for some hiking in the mountains). Return to hotel for supper and vespers. Ellen White visited the Waldensian valleys three times during her stay in Europe: 27 November–16 December 1885; 15 April–29 April 1886; 4 November–18 November 1886; she was deeply moved by the beauty and majesty of the valleys as well as the unwavering faith of their inhabitants. Sabbath, June 22 Breakfast and Sabbath worship at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Torre Pellice with Dr. Martin Klingbeil. Provided vegetarian lunch. Sabbath afternoon hike to a Waldensian mountain church. This is the church where Ellen White worshipped during her visits in the valley. It was then a rented hall. It is also the same location where in 1859 the first European Seventh-day Adventist was baptized by Michael Czechowski, the first (unofficial) Seventh-day Adventist Missionary to Europe. FRANCE AND SWITZERLAND Sun., June 23 Breakfast. Load and depart Torre Pellice. Bus drive through the Italian and French Alps with a stop in the charming village of Chamonix at the foot of Europe’s highest mountain, the Mt. Blanc. Open lunch. Panoramic gondola ride across Aiguille du Midi (weather-permitting). Arrival at Collonges sous-Salève near Geneva. Ellen White traveled at least once by train along the route we are taking (in other occasions she also used the St. Gotthard pass further east) and commented on the magnificence of the French Alps; she sketched and described the mountains as she traveled past them. Mon., June 24 Breakfast. Reformation walking tour of Geneva including the St. Peter's Cathedral, Calvin's Auditorium, the Reformation Monument and Calvin College. Open lunch in Geneva. Free time in the afternoon to explore Geneva. Visits to Geneva, Basel, Lausanne, and other important places in Europe connected to the Protestant Reformation moved Ellen White to revise the Great Controversy so that it would be more relevant to the growing Adventist movement in Europe. Tues., June 25 Breakfast. Load and depart Collonges sous-Salève for Basel via Tramelan, Switzerland. Lunch along Lake Neuchâtel. Visit of the first SDA church outside of North America in Europe at Tramelan and visit to a nearby cave that provided refuge for Anabaptists since the 16th century. Arrival in Basel late afternoon. Ellen White preached the inauguration sermon at the Tramelan church on Christmas Day, 25 December 1886. The little wooden chapel was built in the garden of the Roth family home. Its upper room is still the meeting place for the Adventist Sabbathkeepers in Tramelan. Wed., June 26 Breakfast. Load and depart Basel for Zurich. Visit former site of SDA headquarters for Central Europe on the corner of Weiherweg and Rudolphstrasse; visit John N. Andrews’ grave, the first official SDA missionary to Europe. Transfer to Zurich airport. Depart for Oslo, Norway. Evening arrival in Oslo and transfer to hotel. The park-facing apartment on the third floor of the publishing house in Basel became home for Ellen White during her stay in Europe. Aside from offices and printing press, the house accommodated a number of families. When she entered the newly built house for the first time she recognized some of its furnishings and staff from a vision in 1975. NORWAY Thurs., June 27 Late breakfast. Visit to Akershus Fortress in the morning. Open lunch. Boat tour of the Oslo Fjord and city highlights in the afternoon. Ellen White visited Norway three times (October 30–November 16, 1885; July 2–16, 1886; June 6–July 22, 1887) and spoke to the largest audiences of her presentations during her stay in Europe. On November 8, 1885, she gave a temperance lecture at the military gymnasium at the Akershus fortress with 1,600 people in attendance, including the bishop of Oslo (then Christiana). Fri., June 28 Breakfast. Train ride along the Oslo Fjord to Moss. Visit the Adventkirken Moss and the Bellevue Pine Grove at Jeløy, Moss. Explore Moss, its famous galleries and beaches before returning by train to Oslo in the afternoon. Dinner and vespers at the hotel. Moss was the site of the first European camp meeting, the first SDA camp meeting held outside of North America. Ellen White was the guest speaker for the occasion and other visitors from abroad included S. N. Haskell, J. H. Waggoner, L. Conradi, and D. A. Robinson. The weather was beautiful and the meetings successful. The 5th Session of the European Missionary Council ensued with delegates from all over Europe. Sabbath, June 29 Sabbath worship at the Syvendedags Adventist-Kirken Betel in Oslo. Sabbath lunch provided. Afternoon exploration of Oslo, e.g. a walk along the Aker River, a visit to the Botanical Garden, the Oslo Cathedral, or the park at the Royal Palace. Vespers and tour closure at the Oslo Fjord. The corner building at Akersgata 74 was rebuild in 1885 housing the printing press and a large meeting room. When entering the pressroom just after her arrival in Oslo (Christiana), she said: “I have seen these presses before.” Sun., June 30 Tour ends. You may depart for airport to fly to your place of origin, stay additional nights in Oslo, or continue onto our June 30-July 10, 2019, tour: Germany-Austria 500: From Luther to WWII, with Dr. Volker Henning. (See EVENTS.) Note: This is a unique new European tour exploring the travels and ministry of Ellen G. White, author of The Great Controversy. To receive more details and pricing when it becomes available, please email [email protected]