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Day 09 - Last Day in Israel
Thursday Nov 11 2021
11:00 pm UTC
Our final day in Israel has arrived. The air is bittersweet as we get on the bus, but it doesn't last long as there is still so much to see. We begin the day at the Mount of Olives overlooking the city of Jerusalem. Brad leads our morning devotion in relative peace in a place that is usually crammed...
Day 08 - Herodium, Bethlehem, Yad Vashem (Holocaust Museum)
Wednesday Nov 10 2021
8:00 pm UTC
Phil and Josie Mettler here! What an amazing day in the Holy Land! We woke up to a beautiful morning in the City of David and, after a delicious breakfast, we were off like we were shot out of a Red Ryder BB gun. We hurried to board the bus to make the trip to the Herodium, the immense summer palace...
Day 07 - Temple Mount, Western Wall, Hezekiah's Tunnel
Tuesday Nov 09 2021
9:00 pm UTC
After arriving last night, we awoke in Jerusalem today, 11/9/21, in our new abode —the hotel Dan. It is beautiful, and the people have all been kind and welcoming. There was a deliciously fresh (and large!) buffet breakfast, after which we were on the bus/ready to go by 7:45am.
What a great day! We started the day on the shores of the Sea of Galilee with our daily devotion and reading of the Sh'ma. Mike Slayden shared the power of "the greatest sermon in human history." At the heart of the Sermon on the Mount was the truth that our righteousness begins at the end of ourselves....
Shalom Shalom from the east side of the Sea of Galilee. This is where our day started and ended. As we are writing this, we can see the lights of Tiberius twinkling from across the lake. We began the day by boarding an old wooden boat and cruising our way across the lake. Thoughts of...
Today was yet another day full of adventure, gaining knowledge and community in unique ways.
We started the day waking up in none other than Jesus’s hometown of Nazareth…incredible! After a quick devotional overlooking Nazareth (and picture taking of course) we hopped back...
We are starting to get into a routine here in the Holy Land! It seems everyone has adapted to the time change and is excited to start each day, inviting God’s Word to truly come to life.
After a delicious buffet breakfast offering of many Israeli dishes, our day began with a devotional...
Day 02 - Wilderness of Zin, Beersheba, Dead Sea Swim
Thursday Nov 04 2021
9:00 pm UTC
Today was a mixture of challenge and refreshment. We began our adventures in the Wilderness of Zin (where the Israelites wandered, where Elijah fled): hiking along a narrow trail into a deep canyon (wadi). Our guide, Ronen, directed us to experience the taste from the bushes of bitter herbs around us...
This first day in Israel was so amazing. Being sleep-deprived and coming off of such a long day of traveling appeared to have little effect on what God was doing in my life. So many of the sites today added a visual to my bible that I otherwise would not have, like seeing the valley where David fought...
We made it! After what seems like years (literally after a year postponement) we are in the Holy Land. We left LAX at nightfall and arrived at Ben Gurion just before midnight, so it really hasn't sunk in that we are actually here. We haven't seen anything but darkness since we left. Thank the...
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