Thursday, March 29, 2012
Incredible Opportunity...do you want to come to Israel this fall??
Living in Israel for the past couple months, I have become quite overwhelmed with this land, the people, the conflicts, and the purposes God has in all of it. As you know, I have seen soooo much, and have begun to experience His amazing heart for Israel. I want to share it with all of you very much, that's why I created this blog, and have hoped to transmit just a small portion of what I have been blessed to experience. But much more than that, it would be an honor for me to personally be with you when you see Israel for the first time.
This fall Michael will be coming to Israel to join me for the last 11 days that I am here (November 25th-December 6th). I have arranged for a private tour guide named Aubrey, who is adjunct faculty here at JUC, to take us around the land of Israel in a private vehicle (10 passenger van, including driver and tour guide). We will be coordinating the itinerary together, but believe me, this will not be an ordinary tour...where you are crowded into a bus and herded to all the popular tourists site, and often told wrong information about them. We will be seeing things that many never get to, as God leads us to visit the often more remote places where He wants to touch our hearts. We will have a full itinerary, but also take time to pause and pray and look at God's Word as we experience the Land.
The first several nights we will be staying right in the Old City, at the Gloria Hotel, where we can walk to many sites, including the Western Wall, the Temple Mount, the City of David, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Garden Tomb, and soooo much more. We will also take day trips, e.g, down to the Dead Sea, Masada, Qumran, etc. The next several nights we will be staying at a beautiful resort on the Sea of Galilee. From there we will see many northern sites, and of course, Capernaum and the places where Jesus did most of His earthly ministry. We will return to Jerusalem for the last couple nights, possibly staying at a beautiful log cabin guest house in the Judean hills near Jerusalem.
I could tell you much more, but I just wanted to put out the invitation and ask anyone who may be interested to contact me asap at my email address firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Obviously, we only have seats for just a few people, our space is very limited because we want to keep the group small (actually only about 4-5 seats left). You would need about $1500 to purchase the plane flight very soon, and about the same amount of $ for the hotels and tour expenses, but that half won't need to be paid until just before the trip in November.
I am praying the Lord will stir the hearts of the ones who are to come and be with us.
Many blessings to you all,
Baptism in the Jordan River! come see what it is like...
Yesterday I had the awesome experience of going with one of our students, Clara (who is dear to my heart) to be baptized in the Jordan River. She was baptized by another one of out students, Ikwan, who is a Korean pastor at a Korean congregation in Tel Aviv.
This is where we turned off...it's about a 40 minute drive from Jerusalem, near Jericho, in the Jordan River Valley next to the wilderness. This is the actual site (or close to it) where Jesus was baptized, as the scripture says he went down from Bethany to the Jordan, and Bethany is close by. There is another more popular site for baptism up near the Sea of Galilee called Yardenit, but this one is closer and just right for Clara, who has been wanting to do this for weeks.
Clara has to get ready...so here's the women's changing area.
They have these cool bamboo changing booths.
Look what I get to wear!
Here's the site...the Jordan River is not very wide here. That's the country of Jordan you see across the river with the church, as the Jordan River is the border between the two countries.
Clara with her 2 roommates, Chelsea and Liz.
Ikwan goes in the water to check it out, but went in a little too deep!!
Definitely a great and memorable day in her life:)
Ok, here goes....(watch the video)
Baptized, Blessed, Beaming...
A little Korean boy about to be dedicated to the Lord and baptized.
Dad proudly holds his son as Ikwan blesses him with the water of the Jordan River.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Derek Prince's gravesite, and an awesome mural
A couple days ago I was walking along a street with Hermana, and a gate was open to a cemetary. Hermana said "this is where Derek Prince is buried, but I've never seen the gate open" (well-known Bible teacher, great friend of Israel), so we walked inside to see his grave.
Here's his grave again, and right behind it was this most outstanding huge, life-size mural, painted on the wall surrounding the cemetary, depicting the history of the Jewish people.
http://www.jerusalemwalloflife.org/ if you want to know more and see more picturesl
Just last night, at a meeting at Succat Hallel (the 24/7 house of prayer), I turned around and there was Patricia, the artist!! We talked some more, and she is going to come visit me at the University. How cool is that:)
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
4th day of Field Study - Sea of Galilee!! Capernaum! Climbing Arbel!
We sat down on rocks on the shore, Dr. Wright read scripture, and a hush fell over the group. We literally sat silent for about 15 minutes, most of us praying, listening to the lapping of the water on the shore, meditating on where we were, knowing Jesus spent most of His ministry in this very place. I did a quick video of this quiet time, so go ahead and listen for yourself:
We start walking, and I see this through the crags in the rocks.
Well, praise the Lord, I must be down (whew!! I am sweating!!) because I am taking this picture of where I just was. Wanna see just a little video of it? Here you go....
3rd day of Field Study - The Golan Heights, Northern Israel
This day we were in the northern and northeastern portions of Israel, up on the Golan heights, an uplifted land above the Sea of Galilee area that belonged to Syria before the 1967 war. This land was called Bashan in the Bible, and looking out my bus window I see the 'cows of Bashan' (Amos 4:1)
So we made it down to the base of the falls. If you get too close you get soaked with spray. I am taking this video while listening to Hermana sing from Psalms 29 - It was a profound moment, to see and hear this water crashing and have her singing this scripture.
We saw this view into Israel from Mt. Bental as we were leaving to go back to our hotel.
I don't know how this picture got in here out of order, but this was from the tel Dan, where you see those steps going up was site of an ancient temple.
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