Israel Study Tour with The Church at Rocky Peak

Mar 28 - Apr 8, 2016

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Walking the path of Jesus

Day nine and what a packed day it was!

We started this morning on top of the Mount of Olives, where Jesus took his disciples to camp the last week of his life. The birds were singing as we gazed over the Kidron Valley. It was such a clear day, Ronen was able to point out a number of landmarks such as the Temple Mount, the old city walls and Mount Zion to name a few.

From there we walked down to the garden of Gethsemane. This was the place I've been looking forward to visiting the most. We read through Mark 14 and Michael taught about how in those times of our lives where we feel the Lord doesn't understand the heartache and trials we go through, He really does.
Mark 14:35-36

Going a little farther He fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. "Abba, Father" he said, "everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will." What an incredible prayer for our lives "yet not what I will, but what you will." We worshiped together in the garden and had some time to hear from God. The word He has continued to give me this trip has been the word "Brave." To be brave in Him for in Him I find my strength.

We then found ourselves walking through the Lions Gate and into St. Anne's Church. The acoustics in that place are incredible. We sang Amazing Grace as a group and filled the church with praise to our King.

Just a short walk and a staircase away we visited the pool of Bethesda. This is where Jesus went straight into the danger and healed on the sabbath!

As we walked through a portion of the Via Dolorosa we came to The Church of the Holy Sepulcher. It is believed that this church holds the location of the crucifixion and the tomb in which Christ was buried. It was interesting how close those two locations are to one another.

We wound our way through the small streets of the Via Dolorosa once again and enjoyed haggling our way through a unique shopping experience. It was much like an open air bazaar. I had quite a bit of fun myself.

After lunch we walked through the Ramparts and we read through some of the Psalms that speak of the ascents into the city.

From there we hopped on the bus and went to the Israel museum. We saw a detailed model of what the city of Jerusalem would have looked like in the first century. It has been updated hundreds of times as archeologists discover new evidence.

It was exciting to get a better picture of what the city looked like when Jesus walked the streets. Ronen was impressed with the retention of the group's knowledge from what he's taught us. The Shrine of the Book/ Dead Sea Scrolls happen to be housed in the museum so we were able to see those. A great follow up from what we learned about them last week.

On to the holocaust museum we went. Not a biblical sight but definitely a very important part of Jewish history. We stood in the shade of the Righteous Among Nations trees as Ronen told us the story of a women who survived the holocaust. That woman is his mother in law. Such a big part of history broken down into detail by those who lived it.

Our final stop of the day was Dolphin Yam for our farewell dinner. We feasted on pita, pasta, shrimp, fish, chicken, and ice cream for dessert. Such a great evening together! A few of us shared some of how the Lord has worked in our lives over the last nine days. It was bittersweet as we expressed our gratitude to the best tour guide and driver anyone could ask for.

To my fellow travelers, we did it!! I praise God for the opportunity to share these wonderful experiences with you all.

-erika sutherland

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In the Garden of Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives. Jesus often came here with His disciples as a retreat away from the busy city. It is also the location of His arrest and ascension into heaven. Being in this place and reading of Jesus' tremendous strength and faith in His Father in the face of temptation is a strong reminder that I should constantly be chasing after God's will, even if I cannot understand it myself. Mark 14: 35-36 "Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. 36 “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” #rpisrael2016 #wheninisrael #israel #adventure #travel

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Alright one more #israel pic just to prove that I climbed #masada via the #snakepath and survived. We definitely conquered the land that day, and our reward? This crazy view (and a Popsicle). It's the #littlethings #rpisrael2016

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Ready to board in Istanbul. #rpisrael2016

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#piedraangular #rpisrael2016 Jerusalem de noche. We can walk at night no problem

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Well heading home now from the best #israel trip! I did a terrible job of posting while I was here so here's a #camel pic 🐪 #rpisrael2016

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Today I leave the land that has taken my heart. While I am glad to go home... I am going to miss reading His Word, and standing right where it happened... My life has forever been changed walking in His footsteps... #WhereYouGoIWillGo #rpisrael2016

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Walking the Ramparts in Jerusalem. #rpisrael2016

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Garden of Gethsemane. #rpisrael2016

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View from Mt of Olives. #rpisrael2016

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The border ⚔ . . . . #rpisrael2016 #prayfortheworld #vscocam

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Closing out #rpisrael2016 walking through all of Jerusalem... Mt. Of Olives, St. Anne's, Bethesda, Church of Sepulcher, Zion Gate, the Old City, Israel Museum, Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum... 18,229 steps later... The sun goes down on our last day in country!

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Farewell dinner at the Dolphin Yam Restaurant. #lastnightinisrael #gtitours #rpisrael2016

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The Tower of David on the Ramparts of Zion #rpisrael2016 #travel #adventure #jerusalem #wheninisrael #israel

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I made some friends! 😹😻 #rpisrael2016 #wheninisrael #adventure #travel #cats #jerusalem #catsofinstagram

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At the Wailing Wall #rpisrael2016 #travel #adventure #wheninisrael #westernwall #wailingwall #jerusalem

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Ronen (blue) our tour guide and Meir ( white ) bus driver. Best tour guide and driver in Israel. #rpisrael2016

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