Leaving Jerusalem June 14, 2013
Jill here… Our guide is amazing! His name is Yossi Paz and he has figured out what these kids like and boy have we had some adventures! Last night after dinner, we loaded up the bus again for an evening tour of the lights of Jerusalem. We walked on top of the walls of Jerusalem and peeked in on a Rabbinical school where we saw Jewish boys sitting in a room full of books studying the Torah. They do that for 18 hours each day. We also were able to walk through the cemetery where all the Jews want to be buried. It houses Absalom’s tomb and Zachariah’s tomb. The archeologist working on that site was Yossi’s friend and he left a door open for us so we were able to climb up into one of the temple’s and take a picture. We felt very Indiana Jonesish.
Our first stop this morning was the Mount of Olives for a great view overlooking Jerusalem. We reflected on how Jesus wept when he looked out over the city. Our next stop was the Garden of Gethsemane. It is one of the few places that looks very similar to what it would have looked like when Jesus was there. We were able to go off alone for some quiet time before coming back to reflect. We also spent some time in the wilderness.
Israel June 12, 2013
We made it to Israel. We have been touring nonstop. Students are doing great! The hotel doesn’t have free wifi.
We are eating lunch after a morning of touring.
Yesterday in Athens we worshipped with Greek, Iranian, Sudan, Afghan, and American Christians. The closing prayer was led by 4 different men from 4 different countries in 4 different languages: Greek, Arabic, Farsi, and English. Several of those worshipping were tourists like us, some were residents of Athens, some were missionaries, and some were refugees….and we all worship the same God. We are part of the same body.
Many parts, one body.
Leaving the Artemis for an afternoon of shopping at the Plaka.
Many of us bought shoes at the Poet’s shop. He is famous for his handmade custom-fit sandals.
We arrived at church on Sunday evening before anyone else. We sang while we waited.