June 27, 2017
Our day began with breakfast at our various host homes and then volunteer work at three different schools in Beit Shemesh. We painted, cleared a garden, helped in the school library, and spoke English with the students among other things.
We ate a picnic lunch in a nearby forest and then made our way on windy roads to Zanoah, a city belonging to the tribe of Dan and mentioned in the Samson story (Judges 13-16). It offered us a clear view of Beth Shemesh and the Sorek Valley beneath us.
June 26, 2017
“If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget it’s skill!” – Psalm 137:5.
We had an unforgettable day in Jerusalem! We began our day in the City of David, the oldest portion of Jerusalem. We went down, down, down beneath the city to the Gihon spring and Hezekiah’s Tunnel. King Hezekiah’s men built this tunnel to protect Jerusalem’s water supply 2,700 years ago (2 Chron 32:30)! 1/3 of a mile in gushing spring water through solid rock, amazing! We stopped midway through, turned off our lights and sang Amazing Grace.
June 25, 2017
Today we trekked through the Nahal David at Ein Gedi, learning about David’s interactions with King Saul at the very location. We even got to see hyraxes and ibexes, mentioned in the text! Pastor Ron taught us about living water and asked us if we’re all in . . . right before he stepped under a waterfall!
June 24, 2017
Today some of us started out with an abrupt teaching moment of the traditions on the sabbath! If you get in the “Shabbat Elevator” don’t press any buttons! That’s considered work…and they may or may not smack your hand down and scold you in Hebrew 🙂 – if you weren’t awake yet, you definitely were after that!
June 22, 2017
Greetings! Today we completed our tour of the Sea of Galilee with a visit to a small town called Kursi and then spent the majority of the time in the Golan Heights.
The first site visited was Kursi, a Gentile town on the eastern part of the Sea of Galilee in the area known as the Gerasenes. The town was in earshot of the Roman cities of the Decapolis. Andrew Gilmore taught on Mark 5 where the demon possessed man was delivered. This town was in the area where Jesus would have visited and ministered.
June 21, 2017
Today we ventured out onto the waters of the Sea of Galilee, with a boat ride from our hotel on the eastern shore, to a kibbutz called Nof Ginosar on the western shore. We shared our testimonies with one another, prayed for each other, heard a lesson on renewal and following Jesus, and danced!
At Nof Ginosar we saw the famous first century boat, and learned about boating and fishing in the time of Jesus and the disciples. What an incredible image to help us better picture first century boats in the stories in the Gospels!
June 20, 2017
Thank you for your continued prayers! We made it safely to Israel! YEAH!
Today was a packed day filled will teaching as we walked the land and saw some amazing sights. Ronen is our local tour guide and is a wealth of information. He is very likeable, throwing in humor throughout the day.
June 19, 2017
We made it to Israel, all 45 of us from all over the U.S. Some of us met in L.A., some in Istanbul, some in Tel Aviv, and all tomorrow morning at breakfast before we’re off on a great adventure here in Israel! Thanks for praying and following. Check back tomorrow for a summary of our day and photos!