May 8, 2015
This was an amazing journey through Israel, starting in a biblical garden and Gezer, and ending with walking the streets and tunnels of Jerusalem, and culminating with a silent walk on the ramparts of the city. A journey that cannot be described in words or shown in photos, only experienced in the heart and soul. As we hoped, God met us here. In the capable hands of our guide Ronen and pastor Mike, we were guided through this fantastic land. I belive this will take a full year to process all we have seen and heard.
May 5, 2015
Waking up in Jerusalem is a feeling all its own. It is the first day we realized our trip is coming to an end. We have absorbed so much and have had the word come to life in front of us day after day.
Today was no exception. We began our morning on the Mount of Olives, a place of rich events. It is the place where David was forced to flee and where Solomon rejected God and built altars. In the end times, Zechariah 14 says the Mount of Olives will be split in two forming a great valley and living water will flow out from Jerusalem.
May 4, 2015
This morning we bid a fond farewell to the Sea of Galilee. How powerful it was to walk the land where Jesus walked, and to cruise on (and swim in) the waters on which He sailed and walked. If I looked in the right direction, it was possible to look across the waters and imagine that Jesus might have looked out on the same view.
May 3, 2015
Wake up, get ready, breakfast, BOAT RIDE! This is how today started. We climbed on a boat that could hold about 60 passengers to go to the other side of the Sea of Galilee. We worshiped on the boat, singing at the top of our lungs to our Creator. It was one of the most beautiful times singing praises to Jesus on the same water that He walked on, and that He calmed the storms on. Mike reminded us that faith equals risk. If there were no risk, we wouldn’t need faith. Jesus called Peter out of the boat to walk on the water, but when the storms came he lost faith and begun to sink. Our challenge this morning was to think about what boat Jesus is calling us out of. The winds will blow, the waves will come, but if we don’t come out from the boat, we will never walk on water.
April 30, 2015
We started our morning heading out from the Dead Sea Hotel to a place nearby called Masada. Prior to our pre-study material, I had no idea about this place. Masada was now on my radar as a must see place even though it is more of a Roman Empire historical site. As a boy I loved building forts and this is the fort of all forts! Built high on the top of an isolated mountain top with sheer walls all the way around. As a group we hiked the snake path and stairs to the top.
April 29, 2015
Today, we started our adventure at the opening of a canyon in the Zin Wilderness. The rock formations and native plants were breathtaking. They looked like something from a painting…something that you cannot begin to describe, but only encourage others to experience. Our group of 46, plus our fearless tour guide, Ronen, traversed the canyon floor, hopped across the Jordan, and bravely climbed the narrow, steep staircase to the top.
April 28, 2015
We had an amazing day today! I apologize in advance for the length of this blog, but WOW it was amazing! First, just being in Israel is beyond anything we could have anticipated. We have all heard so many bible stories and we all have an image of what to expect. But now we all will experience it for ourselves. Each of us will live it in a different way, and experience what our Lord has in store for us in a personal way.
April 27, 2015
Hey everyone! We’re here…finally! After 20+ hours of travel, including two planes rides (one I thought was never going to end) and a short trip on a bus, we made it to Israel! As I’m writing this entry, we are all getting settled in to our cozy beds (that we have been waiting so long for) at a beautiful Kibbutz in Ma’ale HaHamisha – try saying that five times fast.