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Day 11 - Jerusalem: Mount of Olives, Gethsemane, St. Anne's Church, Pool of Bethesda, Garden Tomb, Holy Sepulchre, Southern Steps, Farewell Dinner
Tuesday Mar 22 2022
6:00 pm UTC
Day 11 Jerusalem.
Walking Jesus’ Last Day.
Mt. Of Olives.
Path of Cohanim. Garden of Gethsemane.
St. Anne’s Church. Pools of Bethesda.
Via Dolorosa. Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Temple Southern Steps.
First question we were asked at O’Hare as we began this amazing journey to...
Day 10 - Jerusalem : Temple Mount, Hezekiah's Tunnel, Herodium, Johnny's (shopping), Yad Vashem, Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Monday Mar 21 2022
7:00 pm UTC
On an unseasonably cold March night in Jerusalem, a small group of Christ-followers approached the Wailing (Western) Wall for the first time. So many Jewish sisters huddled against the cold. Desperate to get “that place” on the wall believed to be closest to where the Holy of Holies, God’s...
Day 09 - Galilee - Jerusalem : Jordan River, Beth Shean, Jericho Road, Israel Museum, Model of Jerusalem, Shrine of the Book, Western Wall, Rabbinic Tunnels
Sunday Mar 20 2022
11:00 pm UTC
This morning (Sunday) our team made its way to the banks of the Jordan River for ‘church.’
Can you imagine a better place to remember our own baptism and our identity and mission in Christ as sons and daughters of the Living God?
The water in the Jordan River is flowing fast and is...
Day 08 - Gamla, (Tel Dan), Caesarea Philipi, & the Decapolis
Saturday Mar 19 2022
7:00 pm UTC
Every morning and evening, our group has been praying the Sh'ma - a prayer and commandment that Jesus likely prayed every single day. My mind today has been fixed on the last line of the Sh'ma "and love your neighbor, as yourself."
We started our day hiking down into Gamla, an ancient village...
Day 07 - Galilee: Mount Arbel, Capernaum, Chorazin, Bethsaida
Friday Mar 18 2022
10:00 pm UTC
This morning, as we gathered together for morning prayer, Kim reminded us of a practice at All Saints Church each Sunday. One of our pastors moves to the center of the church for the reading of The Gospel and every person, young and old, turns their body, eyes, head, heart, and feet toward Jesus. As...
We began our day at Caesarea Maritima. This important coastal city was built by Herod the Great (20 to 8 BC). This was one of Herod’s many palaces and like all of his projects, it was a true architectural feat. Constructed of gleaming white marble, the city represented the power of Rome and was...
We started our fifth day with a hike to a beautiful waterfall in the desert at En Gedi. We talked about Mayim Chayim - Living Water - and how our lives should be reflecting the waterfall behind us. Our lives, devotion to the Lord, and love for His people, should be like water in the desert - filled with...
Today was our 4th day in Israel. We began in the city of Mitzpe Ramon which means “vista.” It is deep in the Negev desert, and high in the mountains. We then drove south through the Rift Valley which is 700 feet below sea level to a region 5 miles from Egypt. We hiked up one of the steepest...
On this chilly day in Israel, we were taken to the desert of Judah with the Dead Sea in our sights and Masada towering over us. This is where David hid from Saul. Rod reminded us that Jesus takes us to the desert to teach his people from there.
As I was challenged by Libby to pray to see...
First day of actual touring done! There was no rest for us after spending close to 18 hours safely traveling from Chicago. We had a “night” of sleep before heading out early from our hotel just outside of Jerusalem. Not knowing where we were going or what we were doing today, we were asked...
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