Rebecca Ferrebee-Wilson

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Rebecca Ferrebee-Wilson

Retired teacher with a love of travel and a photobug to boot!



Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem February 21st 2018

Today has been a laid back sort of day. We went to the Israeli Museum where we got to see a small portion of the Dead Sea Scrolls as well as many other artifacts. The bulk of the Dead Sea Scrolls are kept in Jerusalem but are not out for the public viewing. The Israeli Antiquities Council provides the care and safety. The museum also has a model of ancient Jerusalem and the temple. It is very interesting to see the places we have visited and to see just how Jerusalem looked in Biblical times. When we left this museum we went to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum of Israel. I had been there before but it is so full of information that one visit would not be enough to see everything. Actually two visits isn't ... read more
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Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem February 20th 2018

Today we visited the birthplace of John The Baptist at Ein Karem. The family actually had two houses - one in the valley and one on the high hill where they spent the summers to escape the heat. It is believed that Mary (mother of Jesus) visited Elizabeth at the one in the hills. John The Baptist is believed to have been born in the house in the valley. John the Baptist was one of the babies that should have been killed when Herod ordered all the boys under the age of two to be put to death, however hie was hidden and saved. The church built on the site of the winter home is one of the most beautiful church I've seen. It is filled with beautiful ceramic tile from floor to ceiling. The pictures ... read more
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Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem February 19th 2018

Wow! We had a busy day today! following breakfast we boarded the bus for the Mount of Olives where we had a group picture taken. Then we walked down the road that Jesus took into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. We stopped first at the Church Dominus Flevit (The Lord Wept). "As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, 'If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace - but now it is hidden from your eyes." Luke 19:41-42. The chapel was constructed in the form of a teardrop in 1955 on the ruins of an ancient church. It overlooks the Eastern Wall of Jerusalem and the Golden Gate through which the Messiah will appear at the end of time. Surrounding the Eastern Gate are ... read more
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Middle East » Israel » West Bank » Nablus February 18th 2018

Today was a moving day - that is moving from one hotel to another. On those days we pack up our suitcases, put them out in the hall on our way to breakfast, identify our luggage before we board the bus to make sure it gets loaded. This was a long day of travel from one part of Israel to another, so we spent a lot of time on the bus. We started the day at nearby Yardenit, a baptismal site on the upper Jordan River. Several people wanted to reaffirm their baptism, some by immersion and others by pouring. It was a bit cold in the water but it was a wonderful way to start the day and to celebrate the reaffirmation of baptism. We then took a long bus ride to Jacob's Well in ... read more
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Middle East » Israel » North District » Tiberias February 17th 2018

Today was a rainy day. Many of us were awakened in the night by a storm and rain beating on the windows. We are all grateful for the rain though because or friends in Israel have about 320 dry days and they need rain. We headed out to our first stop which was a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. It is one of my favorite things to do here. We go out into the boat and read scripture and hear stories about Jesus, his teachings and his miracles. About 70% of Jesus teaching and miracles were performed around the Sea of Galilee. Some of the ones we might quickly remember are: The calming of the storm (Mark 4:35-41), the sermon on the mount (Matthew 5:1-12), the feeding of the 5,000 (Mark 6:30-44), and Jesus ... read more
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Middle East » Israel » North District » Nazareth February 16th 2018

This morning was a little different as this is the day we move from our hotel in Bethlehem to our hotel in Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee. We not only had to get ready but pack our suitcases and put them outside our door before we went to breakfast. We are very fortunate that at each hotel we have young men who carry our luggage from our rooms to the bus and vice versa. All we have to do is double check and make sure our luggage is ready to be put on the bus. Our bus ride today took a little time as we were going to Caesarera Maritima on the Mediterranean. It is beautiful there with the ancient ruins on a backdrop of the blue seas of the Mediterranean. This site is important ... read more
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Middle East February 15th 2018

Day 4 we boarded the bus to go to the Church of the Nativity, the traditional site where Jesus was born. This is the oldest church in Bethlehem because when the Persians invaded they saw a picture of the three wise men and believed it was their countrymen so they left it standing. Typically when we go there we get to go down to the Grotto of the Nativity which is where Mary laid Jesus in the manger. We think of the manger as being one of wood and straw, but the manger was actually a stone trough. Today there was a service going on so we couldn't go to the Grotto. When you enter the church you must bend low as the door is very short. The reason for this is so camels, donkeys, etc ... read more
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Middle East » Israel » West Bank » Jericho February 14th 2018

Our wake up call at 5:00 AM this morning (at least in our room) was an overly persistent rooster and the Muslim Call to Prayer over the loudspeaker in town. A buffet breakfast was available at 7:00 am so we had plenty of time to get ready. Following breakfast we boarded the bus for our daily first full day of touring. On our way to our first stop, Herodium, we drove from Bethlehem through Bethany and on to just outside Jerusalem. We learned that Bethany was a place Jesus visited often to get away and relax. According to our guide Bethany stood for the house of the poor. Herodium is that mountain fortress that was created by Herod so he could tower above the rest of Israel, specifically Jerusalem. It was quite a climb to the ... read more
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Europe February 13th 2018

It looks weird to be blogging on Days 1 & 2 but when you travel over here you really lose a day. We left home at noon to travel to Pittsburgh for the first leg of our journey. We flew from Pittsburgh to Newark and then from Newark to Tel Aviv. The group from Tyler and Ritchie County is a good-size group (about 30), many or which have traveled together to the Holy Lands. Trust me there is no lack of entertainment on this trip! The fun began when Steve Leasure left his passport and had to go back to the truck (in the furthest parking lot) as we waited for him. The TSA guard keep trying to shoo us across the street to the "shortest security lines". When we finally followed his direction he heaved ... read more
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North America » United States » West Virginia February 10th 2018

Last minute preparations for another trip to the Holy Lands. I'm so excited! Follow my travels and pictures!... read more




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