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Several visitors were present at 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 6, to see pictures taken in Israel recently. Jesse Paxton led the congregational singing. After prayer, Cinda Thompson, Barbara and Dennis Uhles shared a few comments about the trip. Then Pastor Bob showed the pictures. The closing prayer was by Geneva McCullough.
This was Pastor Bob’s 6th trip to Israel. He was the tour host for Ed Hill Tours of Florida. There were 37 persons in our tour group – half were from the central U.S. and the remainder were from the Cayman Islands.
After a 10-hour flight on ELAL we landed in Tel Aviv, Israel, at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26th. We visited the House of Simon the Tanner in Joffa, the ruins of Caesarea which is an ancient seaport built by Herod the Great, Mt. Carmel where Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal, Megiddo with its 24 layers of civilizations and a living history museum in Nazareth before arriving at our hotel in the beautiful city of Tiberia on the Sea of Galilee.
The next day we went to the Mount of Beatitudes and where Jesus fed 5,000, the ruins of the House of St. Peter in Capernaum, the Golan Heights, and had a baptism of 13 members of our group in the chilly Jordan River.
Then we crossed the border from Israel into Jordan and stopped at Mt. Nebo where Moses viewed the Promised Land and died. We spent a day at Petra, the ancient “Rose-Red City” with massive buildings carved out of stone; it is one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
When we returned to Israel, we went to Qumron where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. We stayed one night at a hotel by the Dea Sea, which is the lowest point on earth at 1,300 feet below sea level. We rode a cable car to Mosada, the mountain top palace and fortress of Herod the Great. We stopped at En Gedi where David hid from King Saul.
Then our tour bus climbed nearly 4,000 feet through Judean hills to Jerusalem, where we spent the last three days of our tour. There we visited the Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane, the Palm Sunday Road, the House of Caiphas where Peter denied Jesus three times, the Upper Room where 120 were gathered on the Day of Pentecost, Tomb of King David, the Holocaust Museum, Western Wall, Pool of Bethesda, and Church of St. Anne. We went to nearby Bethlehem to see the Church of the Nativity and Shepherd’s Fields. Back in Jerusalem, we walked down the Via Delorosa and wen to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The climax of the tour was at Golgotha and the Garden Tomb.
All these sights in the Holy Land reconfirmed the validity of the Scriptures and the reality of a living Savior!