“What joy for those whose strength comes from the LORD, who have set their minds on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. When they walk through the Valley of Weeping, it will become a place of refreshing springs. The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings. They will continue to grow stronger, and each of them will appear before God in Jerusalem.” ~Psalm 84:5-7.

2016

Steph Carse - February 2016

“As I was planning to film a new music video, I woke up one morning with the thought of going to Israel to film some of the footage for the video.

With all the stigma that I have heard about one’s safety in Israel and not particularly liking to travel long distance too much myself, I would have never imagined to take that leap of faith.

Yet, I felt strongly about going there to film the new project.  I also realized that everything was being aligned for me to go there besides, the price was right.

What I did not know what how changed my life would become and I mean CHANGED.

First, I found out quickly that it is way safer to be walking the streets of Israel, then walking the streets of Orlando, Florida where I reside.

I felt divine protection over me the moment I arrived in the Holy Land.

Then on that trip, I was particularly blessed to meet Dr. & Pastor Todd Horton.

He kindly offered to be our tour guide for the filming.  But he was way more than that.

I know he was sent by God to be a spiritual guide for me.

He took us across Israel from Masada, to the Dead Sea, from Galilee to Jerusalem.

I was seeing with my own eyes the stories I have been told as a child.  It was all unfolding right before my eyes.  

I got to be baptized in the Jordan River.

I had been baptized before, but now it was a totally different experience for me.  I felt the embrace of the Holy Spirit in a way I had never felt before.  

I am no saying that one has to be baptized in the Jordan River to feel that. But for me, that’s what it was.

My feet have now walked where Jesus walked.  My eyes have now seen His land and where did did most of His miracles.  My soul is now dancing with His Holy Spirit.

Words can not express the gratitude I feel towards God’s blessing and God’s Amazing Grace.

I got to experience the Sabbath at Todd’s house with his beautiful family.  What a testimonial they all are of God’s unique plan for each of us.

I pray that the work I did over there, be a blessing and inspiration to many.

My closing thoughts are; I am forever grateful to God and for the fact that tI didn’t let fear dictate my decision about going to Israel and that I obeyed what I know was His plan for me.”

– Steph Carse – Orlando, Florida – February 2016

2015

Carol Tyson - November

“I recently had the privilege of spending two weeks in Israel with a few friends from the United States, and with Todd Horton of Touched by Grace as our leader and teacher.
 
The Israel Experience led by Todd was indeed a faith journey of a lifetime. He is a wealth of historical and Biblical knowledge and holds a deep passion for Israel and its people.
 
Todd anticipated every need and planned ahead with meticulous detail to assure a balance to our days. His humor and his depth of knowledge combined to make for many engaging converstations. He never seemed to tire of my endless questions and generously gave of his time to each of us.
 
In addition to booking fantastic hotels and restaurants, we experienced the joy of staying in Todd and Rose Horton’s Touched by Grace Home. I didn’t think anything could rival the lavish breakfasts of our hotels, but Rose’s breakfast feasts took first place! She was a gracious host, as were their four delightful children. Their home is full of grace and beauty.
 
At the beginning of our journey, Todd presented each of us with a copy of his study guide “An Israel Experience”, a comprehensive guide to many of the sites we would be seeing and studying along the way. The guide is a keeper that I will treasure for years to come. It reflects the kind of attention to detail that is Todd’s trademark to ensure his travelers enjoy a full and rich experience of Israel!”  Carol Tyson – Los Angeles, California – November 2015

Joanna Krupa - August

“My trip in Israel is one I will always treasure but the most special and spiritual moment was getting baptized as an adult and being thankful and accepting my love and faith for God and Jesus . I am so thankful and grateful for many things in my life the good but also the bad as it makes me who I am. Life is all about learning from your mistakes and doing everything you can to be a better person as no one is perfect. It was the most amazing feeling.” – Joanna Krupa – August 2015

Ryan Dunham - May

“Heading home after a life changing week in Israel. Thanks Todd & Rose Horton, Josiah, Abigail, Sarah and Rachel!!!” – Ryan Dunham president of Integrity Music – May 2015

2014

Robert & Denise Kellogg - August

“What an amaizing trip we all had, thank you for being part of the Kellogg family, teaching us and leading us through the Holy Land and the Bible.” – Robert & Denise Kellogg, Halliburton  – August 2014.

Colonel Steve Mathias - April

“Trip to Israel. Phenomenal Experience. Linking up with Todd Horton from Touched by Grace was the best decision we made. Learned more in 10 days about the history of the Bible and the region than I had in 50 years.” –  Colonel  Steve Mathias, US Military – April 2014

2013

Dr. Dudley Rose - July

“What a splendid time? Words cannot begin to describe the impact of this trip and the visits to so many important Biblical places.  They have profoundly enlivened my sense of the stories and the impact of their message.  As moving was to be with your family.  Everyone of you is a delight.  In just a few days with you I know already that I will miss you all.” – Dudley Rose, Cambridge, Mass.,  Harvard Dean, – July 2013

Greg & Sandy McBrayer - March

“Your thoughtful planning and tours combined with your scriptural presentations have made the land come alive and helped clarify the Scriptures in our minds.  We will never forget our Israel Experience or our new friends.  The experience exceeded our expectations in every aspect.  Thank you and may God bless you and your family”  –Greg & Sandy McBrayer March 2013

Alder Bellevie - February

“Firstly, we cannot thank you enough for making this a trip of a lifetime.  We just feel so incredibly lucky to have found you and that you were willing to show us  Israel. We made it to the airport safely! Cannot thank you enough for all that you did. You MADE this trip for us!” – Alder Bellevie February – 2013

2012

Joe Diaz - November

“Mr. Horton is an excellent travel professional and public relations specialist that helps educate individuals regarding Israel’s history & culture and offers excellent tours throughout the country.”

– Joe Diaz – Israel Ministry of Tourism – Atlanta, Georgia November 2012 

Bob and DeeAnn Jesse - September

“DeeAnn and I have wanted to come to Israel since we were married in 1994.  This trip has been a dream come true!  This trip has brought us closer to our Jewish roots and helped us to better understand Jewish culture.  Thank you for the incredibly wonderful food and lodging I can honestly say getting baptized was the highlight of my trip!”

–  Bob Jesse – Minnesota September 2012

Karla Marx - September

“It has been so very much more of a blessing to us than when we were here 28 years ago.  It has made the scriptures come alive, helping us understand the different places, customs, and people more than we have in the past.” –

– Karla Marx – Georgia September 2012

Jeanie Tidwell - July

“We had a wonderful, sweet time in Israel. Our teacher with the travel agency was Todd Horton and he did an excellent job. We had a sweet Holy Spirit connection. He baptized our entire family in the Jordan River, at Yardenit and the sweetest moment was at the Garden Tomb as we had Communion/Lord’s Supper with Todd and Family.”

– Jeanie Tidwell – Texas July 2012

Chuck, Mary, & Becky Warner - March

“Both of you overwhelmed our family with love, compassion, sensitivity and thoughtfulness.  We are blessed to have been with you during our inaugural time into Israel!  It was simply a perfect trip, led by a devoted couple who love Israel and are trying to share this love and passion with others.  It is hard to put into words what this trip means to us, as a family and individually, with the emotions, memories and experiences we had.  In other words— THANK YOU for sharing Israel with us.  I have no doubt that we will return to explore more of our love for Israel and the people of the land”

–  Mary Warner – OH – March 2012

2011

Lara Spaw - March

“The first thing I noticed about being in Israel was how comfortable I felt, spiritually, physically, mentally. Everything was so relaxing. I got to sense, first hand, what it was like being in God’s Holy Land. They don’t just say that for nothing.

My favorite part, by far, was Jerusalem and the Garden Tomb.  When I was younger, reading about all the places in the Bible that I didn’t know how to pronounce, they all seemed so foreign to me. But now, after having been to these places, the Bible comes alive. It was an amazing and addictive experience that I will treasure forever. Before even leaving Israel I knew I was going to go back. Everyone should visit Israel at least once, and tell me they don’t feel changed.

As for my guidance and leaders, I felt completely safe wherever I went with Todd. I was educated to the nth degree about anything there is to know about everything. I felt completely comfortable asking any type of question. I didn’t feel stupid. I, in fact, felt encouraged to know everything I could and/or wanted to during the entire trip. I felt comfortable enough to be silent and “take it all in”, and I also felt comfortable enough to ask questions I’ve only contemplated in my head. It was liberating. And I thank God our Father for that.

I would highly suggest Touched By Grace  and The Israel Experience to any and everyone interested in knowing the Truth about Truth. It was by far the most exhilarating experience my spirit has ever had. One I would do all over again in a heartbeat.”

– Lara Spaw – IN – March 2011

Ashley Dill - March

“God had been calling our family to Israel for years. We decided to heed the calling and wanted our extended family to come, too. My husband, David, began to search the internet for Holy Land Tours and stumbled across Touched By Grace. He called Todd and it was a perfect fit! Our beliefs matched Todd’s and we set him free to plan the perfect trip for us.

It was so wonderful to have Todd there with us during our travels. He is extremely knowledgeable and developed a fabulous itinerary of our group of 15 (ranging in ages from 7 to 72)!  Our lives, and the lives of our children, are changed forever. Our faith is now 3-D! We read the bible and listen to sermons and can “see” where all these places were (are).

– Ashley Dill – TN – March 2011

2006

Jan Stolpe - January

“As our minds, souls and hearts connect to the roots of our faith in Israel, different people seem to have different experiences — for some it is deeply spiritual, for some it is academic, historical or theological. Chances are, your experience will be a unique combination of all of these.

The last thing I wanted was to be flooded by pre-manufactured conclusions and slogans. TBG / Todd + Rose shared their lives and prayers in an attempt to be with me, not just bus me around. Because of this they were able to support, discern, and pay attention to my physical, cerebral and spiritual needs, helping me to process and contextualize my experiences as I took them in. This allowed me to connect with God in a raw, passionate, honest and PERSONAL way as an individual. After all, I am grateful to be one of HIS sheep, but that doesn’t mean I want to be maneuvered through Israel in a tourist herd”

– Jan Stolpe – CA – 2006