William Terrell Hatfield

Pastor Terry

William Terrell Hatfield

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Pastor on his way to the Holy Lands, a trip of a life-time.

North America » United States » Kansas » Independence February 24th 2014

February 19 and 20, 2014 Today began the longest day in history beginning with a full day of touring followed by 26.5 hours in airports and on planes coming home. The day began driving to Capitol Hill (and other Israeli government buildings). Near Capitol Hill is the Israel Museum. We visited two major parts of the museum. One had an outdoor 1:50 scale replica of the ancient City of Jerusalem 40 AD-70AD at the time of the Second Temple. The detail was outstanding and really put in perspective everything we had been visiting by foot during the week. Next door was the Shrine of the Book, a building in the shape of a Torah, with the scroll knob at the roof. Inside were hundreds a scrolls and pieces of scrolls from the Dead Sea Scroll collection. ... read more

Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem February 18th 2014

After breakfast we drove east and south the to lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea. On the way we stopped in the Judan hills at sea level where most of us rode a camel. I felt sorry for the camel when I got on. He was obviously used to small Arabs. The camel master asked me “How many kilo do you weigh?” We then drove into the wilderness area associated with John the Baptist via the Oasis of Ein Gedi to Masada. At this great mountain fort were the Jews fought the Romans, we took the cable car up to the summit where we visited the excavations and heard the story about the Zealots and how they choose suicide over slavery in the war against the Romans. It was a beautiful vista looking over to ... read more

Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem February 17th 2014

Thank you for praying for me today. I could not have withstood the physical challenges of today's study tour without your prayers. We literally walked the entire Old City of Jerusalem. Imagine at 1.5 square mile of land with 37,000 residents and thousands of visitors. Up hill, down hill, up steps, down steps. People everywhere and this is not the busiest time of the year. We started our day with a visit to the Western Wall through the Dung Gate and walked up to the Temple Mount to see the Dome of the Rock, the Moslum mosque which Christian can not enter. We were allowed to be on the grounds there and near another mosque that is nearby. From the Temple Mount one can look over to the Town of Bethany where Jesus started his Palm ... read more

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 » North District » Tiberias February 13th 2014

This morning we began with a visit to the Igal Alon Museum which houses the "Ancient Boat', a 36 foot craft found in the mud of the Sea of Galilee. It has been dated to Jesus's day and is the very same kind of boat Jesus and the Disciples used on the night of the great storm when Jesus calmed the waves. We then walked over to the Ginosar dock where our wooden replica boat awaited us for a sail on the Sea of Galilee. It was a very windy day. The boat rocked and pitched in 3 foot waves. One of the group broke out in praise songs and believe it or not the wind calmed down. It was an mystical experience and made the Biblical story very real. Boarding the bus we went to ... read more

Middle East » Israel » North District » Tiberias February 12th 2014

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 What an amazing day! Beautiful weather and great experiences! The schedule changes a bit from time to time since they call a head and check on traffic and crowds. This morning we went to the ancient city of Joppa (Jaffa) of Jonah and the Fish fame and the place of Peter's vision of the clean things of God. This is an wonderful country. Northern Israel in very green with much agriculture and pine forests planned over the past several decades. Israel grows almost 100 % of their food supply and are the biggest citrus exporter to Europe. The cities and villages are modern, if not ultra-modern, except the preserved old sections. Highways and bridges are very new and in great repair. Every bit of the tillable land is planted with vegetables, fruits, ... read more

Middle East » Israel » Tel Aviv District » Tel Aviv February 11th 2014

After a quick flight to New York, we were on our way at midnight for the 6650 mile flight to Tel Aviv. At over 600 miles per hour with a tail wind we made it in 9 1/2 hours. That was the good news. The bad news I could not sleep, at all! So I am blogging you with no sleep since Monday am Independence time. We arrived here at 5 pm Israel time so I should get the opportunity for a good sleep tonight if I am not too wound-up to go to sleep. It was a beautiful flight today. Even at 39000 feet you could see the distinct shore lines and topography of France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Bosnia, Turkey, and old Macedonia. The Alps were particularly beautiful over Northern Italy. I sat with two ... read more

On time to Washington D.C.! Did have a long walk and bus ride to go to another terminal for the next flight to JFK. But here I am with an orange soda and my laptop with plenty of time. Very smooth flight from Tulsa to D.C. No storms and very little wind. On to the next leg! Thanks for your prayers!... read more

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