May 21, 2015
We began our morning by going to the Mt. Of Olives. Mr. Schenk showed us his ideal classroom setting looking out on the city of Jerusalem. We were in the book of Zachariah as we looked at the focus on the feast of Sukkoth, which is one of the Jewish feast days. We can also see that Zachariah is like a prophecy for Jesus as he descends down the Mt. Of Olives and for his second coming. We then saw a cemetery that was on Mt. Of Olives, and it is a popular spot for Jews to get buried and also very expensive as it costs $70,000 to have a spot.
May 20, 2015
The wake up call came at 6 o’clock like usual so we began the day at 7 at the Temple Mount. After waiting in line for awhile we moved to the Gentile Court and then proceeded to look at the Dome of the Rock. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to go into the mosque.
May 19, 2015
This morning we left the Sea of Galilee, leaving after a short reading of the scriptures from Mr. Schenck. We were all sort of sad to leave, because Galilee is a beautiful place, and seeing the sun set over the sea was one of the most stunning scenes I have ever seen.
May 18, 2015
Just like the past 6 days, today was jam packed with hiking, bus rides, sermons, and sunburn. We started the day on a walk through the ancient city of Scytopolis. This city was breathtaking. Including 20 foot tall pillars, beautiful mosaic floors, bath houses, saunas, toilets and a theatre, this city displayed The more advanced building styles and technology of that time. At that time, Scytopolis was the cool place to hangout, and everybody wanted to be part of it. This city also offered many temptations just as any big city does today, and many people were pulled away from there faith seeking worldly pleasures. At this site, Mr. Schenck emphasized how we are to be in the world but not of the world. In our culture, everyone is doing what is right in their own eyes rather than what is right in Gods eyes. The world around us is filled with temptation and evil, and it is our job as Christians to impact the world around us for Christ rather than letting the world impact us.
May 17, 2015
Today we visited Gamla first and learned about part of the war between zealots and Romans. We also learned about the concept of “chanaf” the Hebrew word for wing. That God carries His people on the wings of eagles. After Gamla we went to a reconstructed first century Israeli town and learned a bit about what life would have been like at that time. Then we finished our discussion of “chanaf”.
May 16, 2015
After a 6am wake up call we headed around the Sea of Galilee to mount Arbel where we took a long strenuous hike up. We got to a portion on the hike where we had to go hand over hand, foot over foot rock climbing. But thankfully there were steel handles and footholds that were put into the rock to make it easier.once we got to the top we stopped to look at the view over the Sea of Galilee. We sat down for a teaching about Immanuel (which means God with us) and when after Jesus rose from the dead, he commissioned them to “go and make disciples of all nations” and ending with a promise to always be with them.
May 15, 2015
We started the day at Masada (Hebrew for fortress) after a delicious breakfast and an extra half hour of sleep. From a distance I could tell that it was going to be a hard hike, but I knew that it would be worth it. With backpacks full of water and a heart full of determination we started up the snake path to the very top of King Herod’s fortress. When I reached the top my heart drummed loudly in my ears and the heat was overwhelming, but I wouldn’t have traded that feeling with anything else. We had conquered the Masada, all the way to the top! After we caught our breath and drank some more water, we learned more about King Herod and the events that occurred at Masada and got back on the bus for the next stop.
May 14, 2015
Today we started with another 6am wake up call which came upon us very quickly. Breakfast was very delicious once again. After eating Mr.Schenck made the announcement, “load the bus!” and we were off on another adventurous day. Our bus driver Mayer drove us around two hours to our first destination. Passing through miles of desert we came upon a place called Wadi Zin. It was a quiet and peaceful place with a small stream and tall, dry mountains where we learned of the provision of God over his people no matter the circumstance or surrounding. The trail to the top was small and narrow with stone stairs and some ladders. Strain and heavy breathing resonated through the group. But as soon as we saw the end we got to stop, take a look and just enjoy the view. And WOW it was beautiful!!!!
May 13, 2015
WOW! What an awesome day! After roughly 18 hours of travel (without any mishaps, by the way), we hit the ground at 6 AM the next morning (eerily similar to a school morning 😊). With a buffet-style breakfast of cheese ravioli and pizza rolls, we headed off to a replica site, getting a great set of foundational knowledge about life in ancient Israel. It was an awesome idea to learn about normal life so that we could know more about what famous Bible characters’ lives.
April 2, 2015
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!