April 2015 tour

  • 04.24.2015

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    We began our day atop the Mount of Olives, overlooking the city of Jerusalem.  This was the site of vast olive groves and gardens at the time of Jesus.  Today this mountain has an active cemetery, perhaps one of the very largest in the world, as many thousands are buried here.  Avi explained many of the customs of burial – no flowers, little ...

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  • 04.23.2015

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    Today we ride out of Jerusalem and back down to the Jordan valley.  We headed into the Negev, a rocky dessert that is part of southern Israel. There are three stops today – the first is Masada. We can see it from the bus – the desert fortress of Herod the Great!  What an impressive fortress built on a plateau nearly ...

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  • 04.22.2015

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    We rose extra early to meet the bus, and are greeted by Avi, one of Israel’s foremost guides with 44 years of experience. He is a veritable biblical  encyclopedia and a great teacher – he also is Yuval’s father, and did not hesitate to tell the group that he taught him all he knows about being a tour guide. We began our first full ...

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  • 04.21.2015

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    We started our day at Yad Vashem, the place of remembrance, where we are privileged to be on a specially arranged guided tour of this memorial with Hazy Flint.  She is a friend of Mark Jenkins and is one of the best guides to take guests though the exhibits on the grounds here on Mount Hertzel – she can tell ...

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  • 04.20.2015

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    We checked out of our hotel in Galilee, sad to leave this beautifully green region of Israel, but we were assured by Yuval, our guide, that “the best is yet to come”.  We began our day with a rare treat as we climbed to the top of the Arbel cliffs above Tiberius.  We could see the whole Sea of Galilee ...

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  • 04.19.2015

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    Our first stop of the day was to the traditional site of the famous Sermon on the Mount, called the Mount of Beatitudes.  There is an 8-sided chapel as well as a series of beautiful gardens as a commemoration of what has been called the “beatitudes”, a series of blessings that are recorded in the gospel of Matthew 5:3-12. Pastor Becton led ...

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  • 04.18.2015

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    Today we wake to the majesty of the golden sun as it rises over the Golan and sparkles across the gentle waves of the Sea of Galilee.  As we stand on our hotel balconies with a mixture of wind and birds chirping as they greet the dawn, we are struck by the beauty of this place.  Our hearts are full ...

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  • 04.17.2015

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    After checking out of the hotel, we boarded the bus for our first stop, one that is meaningful to the nation of Israel.  Independence Hall, originally the Dizengoff House, is where David Ben Gurion declared Israel a sovereign nation on May 14th 1948.  This is also where he and other Jewish leaders signed Israel’s Declaration of Independence.  “Independence Hall” is ...

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  • 04.16.2015

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    A group of pilgrims left Virginia with anticipation of seeing what God had in store for them in the Holy Land of Israel. After a bus ride to Dulles and a long day and night of time zone transitions, we arrived in Tel Aviv, Israel. We were relieved to finally catch up with our tour leaders and our pastor, who have been part ...

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  • 04.15.2015

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    The Words of Victory delegation returns to Yad Vashem for the ceremony marking the beginning of the day to remember the heroes and the martyrs of the Holocaust. Prime Minister Netanyahu delivers a passionate speech, drawing on the parallels between the fanatical state that was Germany under Hitler, and Iran under the mullahs. He cited Europe, in their desire for peace at any ...

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  • 04.14.2015

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    The media team and Dr. Becton left Grove on Monday at noon after a Jewish travel blessing delivered by Paul Klassen of Hope for Israel. The group departed early to work with Christian Friends of Yad Vashem on the international broadcast of the ceremony for the day to remember the heroes and the martyrs of the Shoah, or Holocaust. Dr. Becton and Israel Initiative ...

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