June 16, 2016
Today was our last day here. I type this with a saddened heart! I’ve absolutely loved our time here and have felt very at home here. We’ve shared lots of laughs and have learned so much in so little time.
For our last day, we packed up our stuff and climbed into the bus one last time. We got dropped off at the Mount of Olives and learned about the presence of God. God’s presence once dwelt in the tabernacle and now he even dwells in us! How cool is that! We serve an almighty God who will never leave us nor forsake us. Often we hear that phrase, but overlooking Jerusalem they sank in.
June 14, 2016
What a great first day it was in Jerusalem! It’s quite a stark contrast from the barrenness of the desert and the fertileness of galilee to the hustle and bustle of the city.
We began our day at the Temple Mount and at the Dome of the Rock. After we visited the Dome of the Rock we went to the Western Wall (or the wailing wall) where the Jews pray. We even got to be apart of the praying. Guys and girls have to be separate but we were able to go to the wall, pray and watch the culture and rituals of the Jewish tradition unfold. It was an incredible experience to be apart of their traditions.
June 13, 2016
We have to say goodbye to the Sea of Galilee today. We drove around 1 hour to Zippori after the last breakfast at the Ein Gev by the Sea of Galilee. We went into the Six-Shaft Tunnel. It is about 0.8m wide and 1-3 m high. We were barely able to fit in.
After stopping at Zippori. We “hiked” up to Mt. Precipice with the Chinese Yutong bus and our awesome driver Meir.
Jesus was fleeing from his pursuers at this mountain in Nazareth. “But he walked right though the crowd and went on his way”. (Luke 4:30)
We can see the whole town of Nazareth from Mt. Precipice.
June 12, 2016
We started the day on a mountain top named Hippos (horse) that overlooked the Sea of Galilee. In the 2nd Century the Gentiles of the Golan Heights built a town across the lake from Tiberius . We were able to explore the ruins and many of us walked through a long tunnel that was occupied by bats. Jarrett came out of the tunnel thinking he was the new Batman. Matt used this location to remind us that when Jesus performed miracles in Galilee he ask the witnesses to not tell anyone and when he did miracles in Gentile’s land he requested that they tell everyone. Hmmm, maybe sowing some seed? As Matt finished the lesson, I was struck by the fact that we were using 2200 year old fallen marble pillars as benches.
June 11, 2016
FYI jumping waves in the Sea of Galilee is sabobba (Hebrew slang for “cool/fantastic”) several of us went for a swim after dinner tonight. As I swam, I tried to imagine what it was like 2,000 years ago when Jesus calmed the stormy waves AND WALKED ON WATER! I think many times we hear the Bible stories many times over and forget the wow factor. We truly serve a powerful God!
June 10, 2016
We are now staying at the Sea of Galilee and this means we have moved out of the desert and we could all tell a difference because we wore pants and or sweatshirts last night. Woah, who knew we could ever not be hot!
Today we began our day by climbing Mnt. Arbel. Only 4 people tripped today compared to the 10 people yesterday so obviously we’re getting better at mountain climbing. While on the mountain we first talked about the Kingdom of God and how Jesus was the kingdom of God and He came in humility but will one day come again in power.
June 9, 2016
Hello there! It’s Angela and Wow! What a day! The day started with a delicious breakfast buffet and then we were off to En Gedi! And boy was it hot! We hiked up the steep hills and saw amazing sights! (The Dead Sea, Ibex, waterfalls, etc) We found several pools of water and were happily cooled off… At least for a few moments 🙂 By the pools we heard teachings of the living water of Jesus. Through him we are able to survive and grow. He is calling out to us to come play in the water and dive into it. Aka he desires all of his children to know him and be with him.
June 8, 2016
Day two we began nice and early at 8am with a hike up to Masada in the 100° heat. Masada is a military stronghold that was conquered and controlled by Herod the Great and was turned into his headquarters for international trade and also contains 3 of Herod’s palaces. Masada, being a stronghold, must be difficult to access so we climbed the Snake Trail (the original trail). Picture Cannonsburg times 10 and then there are switch backs and 100 flights of stairs (thank to the fit bit we know this) and then it’s 100° in the desert. That’s what we climbed, and it was beautiful.
June 7, 2016
Day one was amazing! After not sleeping much on the plane rides, we were all a bit sluggish! However, once we arrived we hit the ground running. First, we headed to Tel Gezer. Tel Gezer was a key city in the ancient world due to its strategic location for water, agriculture, trade, and defensibility. We also saw the city gates that Solomon rebuilt. At the city gate, judges would sit and settle disputes fairly. We were reminded that the city was a place of justice. We are to be city gates in our world and judge fairly. God has placed his people in the crossroads of life, just like Tel Gezer. Just like Gezer, we are to be cities on a hill and shine bright for Jesus.
April 25, 2016
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!