June 5, 2015
Now that we’ve returned from our study tour you’ll hopefully be able to talk to one of us in person about what we saw, heard, learned, and experienced!
Below is a wrap up video that serves as a nice summary of the trip and a reminder of all that we did.
June 2, 2015
Today was the big day. We woke up early so we could be the first ones in line to go up on the temple mount. We wasted no time getting started, and we went as long as we could. Nearly 8 miles of walking later, the day certainly lived up to the anticipation. Of all the places in the Holy Lands, Jerusalem might be the most special. David, Solomon, the kings of Judah, Hezekiah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezra, Nehemiah and so many others spent time in this place, and to this day, the city bears witness to them. But they were not the only players in history to make their mark.
June 1, 2015
Hello family and friends! Today we saw the sights and learned about the history of Jerusalem. First, we enjoyed a delicious breakfast at our final lodging location, the Grand Court Jerusalem Hotel. We had a brief morning devotional and then boarded the bus, heading to our first site of the day, the Israel Museum.
May 31, 2015
When we woke up this morning, we said goodbye to the scenic and homey Ein Gev Kibbutz by having our devotional time. Dr. C. Wayne Rice and Tucker Feix began by leading us in singing hymns. Pastor Terry Feix tied together our lessons from yesterday by talking about how seeing so many of these biblical locations provides unique perspective on bible reading. Names of places that we formerly had no reference of are now being replaced by images, experiences, and stories. Having passed into the second half of our trip, I can already see this happening.
May 30, 2015
Hello family and friends! Day 7 was, well, incredible. I am struggling for the words to describe some of the events, as there was a lot of emotion involved for me, and I know for many others as well. And we had fun today too!
We got an early start (even earlier than usual) with breakfast at 0630, then we left to enjoy a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee. The weather was gorgeous and as everybody got comfortable on the boat, the captain played The Star Spangled Banner over the loudspeaker (really loud!), and hoisted the American flag on the bow, next to the Israeli flag.
May 29, 2015
Hello family and friends! Day 6 of our journey was another incredible adventure. The passing clouds and cool breeze made for a relatively comfortable day outdoors, and the sky was much clearer today, which gave the water a beautiful deep blue-green color. We had our devotional next to the Sea of Galilee, a moment of prayer, and sang together one of my favorite songs, “Lord I need you – oh I need you, every hour I need you, my one defense, my righteousness, oh God, how I need you.” Then we were on the road again, headed for our first stop of the day, Mount Arbel.
May 28, 2015
It has been another wonderful day in The Holy Land! The weather was much more kind to us today, with an overcast sky at times, and a nice breeze. I didn’t see it, but I am told there were a few raindrops last night. We got an early start this morning, with another great devotional, complete with singing praises to Our Lord alongside the Sea of Galilee. It was a beautiful and moving moment and a perfect way to start the day.
May 27, 2015
Today was a very busy day in the desert. We began with a delicious breakfast, followed by a brief morning devotional and prayer. We end the devotional by saying part of “The Sh’ma”:
Sh’ma Israel: Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai Echad.
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God-The Lord alone!”
Today was a very hot day, with blazing sun and temperatures around 110-112 degrees. As we drove to our first site of the day, we were able to see the actual Dead Sea, whereas prior to today, we had only seen the evaporation pools. Yehuda explained the water level of the Dead Sea drops approximately 3 feet per year. Water from the Sea of Galilee would normally feed The Dead Sea, but it is dammed and diverted for use by Israel.
May 26, 2015
Day 3 of our trip marked the first day of the desert sites. At the end of the day yesterday, we drove to our hotel, which is situated right on the shore of the Dead Sea. This morning, Yehuda explained that the Dead Sea is located in the Rift Valley along a fault line that separates Israel from Jordan. There is evidence to believe that long ago, the plate containing the country of Jordan moved 70 miles to the north while the plate containing Israel sat still. This created the Dead Sea and several mountain ranges.
May 25, 2015
Our first stop today was in Yad Vashem, where we toured a biblical village and learned about agriculture from that time period. Our guide, Yeshuda (I apologize, but am unsure of the spelling of his name) is incredibly knowledgeable and he is really helping us to integrate all these sites with the information from Bible passages. In the village, we saw a wine press and learned how wine was made in the old days. Terry Feix brought it to touch our own hearts by explaining the amount of hard work and time and dedication it took just to prepare the land for growing grapes. If prepared properly and well tended, good fruit was the result. God is working like that in the lives of His people, preparing fertile soil and giving us all we need to spread His truth and bear fruit.
May 24, 2015
We headed to our first site– tel-Gezer. Here, we hiked to the top of the tell (a hill containing historical layers of city ruins) to observe the location of the ancient city of Gezer. Among the ruins of the city were massive stone monuments standing vertically together in a line. At this site, we had a lesson from our pastor about raising “standing stones” in our lives by taking time to remember and reflect together upon the things God has done for us, so that future generations may have knowledge of them. Lastly, we saw the ruins of Solomon’s Gate to the city. The scenery and weather were both phenomenal, providing a perfect setting for our first evening in Israel.
May 23, 2015
We have a long flight ahead of us! We’ll be departing at 9:30p EST and arriving in Tel Aviv just under 11 hours later at 8:09a EST which will be 3:09p Israeli time.
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May 8, 2015
Our trip to Israel will be here before you know it!
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We’ll be sharing our travel experiences online with you, our friends and family, to not only bring you along on the journey with us, but to also solicit your ongoing prayer and support. Most of us on this trip have been preparing mentally and spiritually for what will be a life-changing experience in the land. We’re also preparing physically as we train our bodies to handle all the time we’ll spend on our feet walking. So please pray that we would be diligent in our preparations and we would all be ready to learn what God has to teach us!