March 2011 tour

  • 03.30.11

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    Today was a bittersweet day. This was our last few hours in Israel before our flight out at 4pm, and everyone was reluctant to leave this beautiful country. For once, everyone was up and out on the bus early – no one wanted to miss anything! Our final stop on our tour was the Garden Tomb and the overlook of Golgotha. ...

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  • 03.29.11

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    Today is  our last full day of touring in Israel. We begin very early with a visit to the Mount of Olives, the place where Jesus ascended into Heaven & where He will return “in the fullness of time”. The mountainside is dotted with olive trees, and has a beautiful overlook of the Old City of Jerusalem. We can see a ...

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  • 03.28.11

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    Today was our day in the Judean wilderness. We left the city for the day and journeyed further south to the Negev Desert. Our first stop for the day is the desert fortress of Masada, which was about an hour and a half away from Jerusalem. Despite the length of the drive, the view was beautiful, and Yuval’s jokes made ...

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  • 03.27.11

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    Today marks the beginning of our first full day of touring Jerusalem! This morning began early with a visit to the Wailing Wall, which is the only section of the Temple that remained after the destruction of Jerusalem in 70AD. We circled up and the men donned their yarmulke as we walked to our separate sides of the wall. The ...

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  • 03.26.11

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    This morning we bid farewell to our hotel in Galilee, and began our journey southward towards Jerusalem. Our first stop today is Tabgha, also known as St. Peter’s Primacy. This is where Jesus appeared to His disciples for the third and final time after His resurrection, and also where He absolved Peter of his denial of Him. This is a ...

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  • 03.25.11

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    Our day began early this morning, with a visit to the Mount of the Beatitudes. This is a place not far from the Sea of Galilee where Jesus fed the five thousand men, and gave His Sermon on the Mount. Today, there is a prayer garden and cathedral on the site, maintained by the Catholic Church. Pastor Becton recounted the ...

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  • 03.24.11

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    Our first full day of touring started off with a beautiful, cool, overcast morning that quickly turned to rain. Although a bit of a pain for us as tourists, Israel needs the rain badly to sustain their crop growth, so we could only be but so upset. We started the morning off with a visit to the ruins of Caesarea ...

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  • 03.23.11

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    We made it! Around 3pm local time (8am back home in Virginia), our flight arrived at Ben Guiron Airport in Tel Aviv. Wheels on the tarmac are a wonderfully welcome sound after an overnight trans-Atlantic flight, strict German airport security and often bizarre airplane food! Despite our travel-weariness, we were all very thankful that God has brought us safely this ...

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