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Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem February 16th 2014

Happy Lord's Day to you! We split up the group of 37 and attended 4 different churches. The group I was in went to the East Jerusalem Baptist Church (Interdenominational). There were probably 60 people in attendance. It was a very informal service with praise songs, hymns, lots of prayers and testimonies and a message by an Australian missionary. We then went in a van to the Old City, entered the Jaffa gate and walked to the Church of the Holy Sceplicur the site of the tomb of Jesus. We waited in a massive line for 1.5 hour to get our turn to enter the tomb. Only 3 or 4 people at a time can enter the inner chamber. Rather than being a stark rocky chamber it was decorated with icons. The Greek Orthodox Church has ... read more

Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem February 15th 2014

After breakfast we went to Bethlehem in Palestinian Authority Occupied Territory. There is a check point and it sometimes requires your Passport to enter this city just 5 miles south of Jerusalem. The city is partially walled off by a wall similar to the Berlin Wall. A sad sight in such a holy place where we celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace. In the Church of the Nativity (Greek Orthodox) we had the moving experience of entering the manger cave beneath the church. There one sees an ancient stone manger and a place marked by a 14 point star to identify where Mary gave birth to Jesus. The 14 point star is to number the number of generations from Abraham to Christ. The old church is under renovation, but still lovely with its ornate ... read more

Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem February 14th 2014

Departed the kibbutz hotel at 8 am and drove to Cana of Galilee, where Jesus performed his first miracle, turning water into wine. As “faith” would have it there was a wedding going on the church which marks to site. It really brought the festivities of the scripture story alive. It was then a short but rugged distance to Nazareth. Remember Jesus walked from Nazareth for the wedding. I keep saying “things” are amazing, but Nazareth deserves no other word. Wevisited the Church of the Annunciation, Joseph's Workshop, and Church of the Synagogue. The synagogue where Jesus preached his first sermon was still standing, through the walls had been rebuilt a couple of times. It was smaller than most country churches I have been in. For me the highlight was seeing the ruins of the house ... read more

Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem January 5th 2014

Yesterday we began the day with free time (shopping) in the Old City of Jerusalem. At noon, we got on the bus and drove to a spot in Jerusalem for a magnificent panoramic view. We then headed to the Garden Tomb for a tour & an inspirational service. Then back on the bus to the ancient City of Joppa. After dinner at a local restaurant in Tel Aviv, we headed to the airport for our flight home. Below is a link to a short video of Rueben on our final day in Israel. Enjoy. Final thoughts tomorrow. 100%... read more
Magnificient view of Jerusalem
Magnificient view of Jerusalem
Kay & Butch with our guide Rueben

Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem January 3rd 2014

Yesterday we again began our tour at the Old City of Jerusalem. We started at St. Stephen’s Gate and then on to the Pool of Bethesda, St. Anne’s Church, and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. We then made the short trip to the little town of Bethlehem. More tomorrow!... read more
Jerusalem (Pool of Bethesda)
Jerusalem (Pool of Bethesda)
Jerusalem (Pool of Bethesda)


Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem January 2nd 2014

Yesterday we began our tour of the Old City of Jerusalem. We began at the top of the Mount of Olives for an overview and introduction to the city. We then proceeded down the slopes to the Garden of Gethsemane. After a brief service in an olive grove, we headed to the Western Wall (Wailing Wall) and then a trip through the Western Wall tunnel. We then paid a visit to Mount Zion to see the traditional spot of King David’s Tomb and the Room of the Last Supper. We finished the day at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. More tomorrow!... read more
Garden of Gethsemane
Garden of Gethsemane
Garden of Gethsemane

Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem December 24th 2013

I just completed a wonderful visit to Jerusalem for the Hanukkah holiday. It is still a thrill each time that I tour the holiest and most fascinating city on earth. My home is in Haifa, but the City of Gold is just a two hour bus ride from my front door. This is a glimpse of the Kotel or Western Wall from my friend Tim in 2009. He was a Southern Baptist envoy to Haifa. img= My favorite trip in this glorious nation is to Israel's capital. I always visit the Tower of David, where King David composed the 23rd psalm. The Tower of David (Hebrew: מגדל דוד‎, Migdal David, url=http://en.wikip... read more

Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem November 18th 2013

Shalom! This is the second and last blog about my visit to Israel. Jesuralem is the capital of Israel, but not recognized as such by the United Nations. It's the largest city in the country with approx. 700.000 people. Jerusalem is considered a holy city by Christians, Jews and Muslims and is the most visited city in Israel. It felt to me like an open-air museum with so much history, so much to see. Of course it all depends on what you want to see. The population of (ultra-) Orthodox Jews here is very big and is something you'll notice as soon as you arrive. Most sites are within the walls of the old city, which is divided into an Armenian quarter, Christian quarter, Jewish quarter and Muslim quarter. The Jewish quarter was destroyed in the ... read more
On my way to Jerusalem
Jerusalem; with two military boys
Jerusalem; Jaffa Street

Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem October 23rd 2013

Prepare yourselves for a blog of Jerusalem, a walk through history of food, culture, and religion! I am thrilled to finally get myself to Jerusalem on Monday....I took a train there. When I told a few local Israelis I was taking a train there, the reaction was "There's a train that goes to Jerusalem?!" News to them, there sure is. However, it turns out that the train is not the preferred mode of transportation for the locals....bus is the preferred mode and here's why; time. The train takes nearly double the time the bus takes. This is because the train takes a scenic route along the mountainside verses a straight ride down the high way. I enjoyed the train ride on the way there--it was a beautiful view, and a nice way to see Jerusalem from ... read more

Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem October 9th 2013

OLD CITY JERUSALEM, TEMPLE MOUNT, CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHER AND MORE - DAY 7 Big day, early start to try to get ahead of the expected crowds. Our bus driver, Joseph, has been excellent the whole trip. I don’t know how he handles all situations with high skill and no apparent stress, but he does. We have two tour guides again today to keep our groups at an average of 16 to allow easier communication in the larger crowds. Our first stop was at the Temple Mount where Abraham was to kill his son but his son was saved by God’s directive. It was also the site of the two Temples and is now the holiest Islamic site in Jerusalem which makes the challenge of keeping peaceful relations between all the religious groups in Jerusalem ... read more

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