Jordan, “Garden of the Lord”

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February 13th 2017
Published: February 14th 2017
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Lot looked about him, and saw that the plain of the Jordan was well watered everywhere like the garden of the Lord (Gen 13:10)
Jordan is a land rich in epic scenery, world heritage sites, and natural wonders. It is also a spiritual heartland; a land blessed with a rich religious history. It is a land that inspired prophets and formed the spiritual backdrop for God’s covenants. Over the next four days, we will visit sites where modern day miracles happened, trek along pilgrimage routes mentioned in the Old Testament, take in views of the Promised Land revealed to Moses, visit the site where John baptized Jesus, see where Elijah ascended into heaven on a Chariot of Fire, and stop to enjoy the tranquil scenery where Jacob wrestled with an angel. Remarkably, the landscape in Jordan has changed little in the last 2,000 years. Today we ventured north of Jordan’s capital to Anjara, Jerash, Tell Mar Elias & the Jabbok River.

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Anjara - Our Lady of the Mountain Church

Our tour guide (Steve Ray) telling the group about Jesus passing through Anjara preaching the Gospel. Behind him is the Miraculous Weeping Statue - tears of blood shed on May 5, 2010.
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Miraculous Weeping Statue

Celebrating mass at Our Lady of the Mtn Church.
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Tall Mar Elias

Ruins of a Byzantine church marks the site of the home of Prophet Elijah.
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Roman Ruins

Jerash, city that dates back to the Bronze age. It is one of the best preserved Roman archaeological sites outside of Italy, revealing fine examples of colonnaded streets, soaring hilltop temples, handsome theatres, spacious public squares, plazas, and baths.
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Forum oval colonnade

When the city was inhabited, there were shops between each pillar, it was a marketplace in the middle of the city.

Where chariot races took place
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Jabbok River

Father James tell the bible story of Jacob wrestling with an angel. (Gen 32:22-32). The account includes the renaming of Jacob as "Israel", literally "He who struggles with God."
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Bread Man

Eat at a local restaurant with freshly made Pita bread
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Nancy going native

Traditional Red/White headdress of Jordanian men and women

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