July 3, 2014
Today was a day of bitter-sweet lasts for our group. The last land-line we will probably hear ring for a while (our 6:30am wake-up call); last hard-boiled egg from the breakfast buffet; last fill-up of our 2-liter water bladders; and our last hours in the rich beauty of Jerusalem.
It is amazing to wake up to a city so rich in religion, history, and culture. We began our final hours together with a walk through the Armenian Quarter and out the Zion Gate to the Mount of Olives, where we spent most of the morning reflecting on the final days leading up to Jesus’ death.
July 1, 2014
Often I have things that I need to relearn. Here I realized again that you cannot judge an individual by what you see just like we don’t judge a book by its cover. I’ve found that there is incredible depth beneath the surface of laughter, and there is laughter ready to bubble out of those who have such depth. We are so varied but it’s beautiful to see how God brings us together. We are now family.
June 27, 2014
Our fourth day of the Israel In-Depth Tour (a.k.a. Believers’ Boot Camp) began with a hike through Wadi David in the Ein Gedi. David came here to the Judea Mountains from the cave at Adullaml to hide from Saul. This is shepherd country – David knew it well. He was familiar with where every path, every crevice, every cave and every spring of water was located. We hiked to the base of two waterfalls and it was the perfect place for our teaching on Living Water (Mayim Chaim). It is said that this water has been making its way from Jerusalem through the land, the rocks and the desert for over 1000 years. Perhaps as long as 2000 years. How amazing that God prepared this water so many years ago for us to enjoy on this very hot day.