Into the Valley

Israel 2019 Day 6 We started our day with a sobering visit to Yad Vashem, the holocaust memorial in Jerusalem. We were horrified by the reminder of the effects of sin on humanity, and amazed at how God protected Israel when they were at such great risk. As we drove through Jerusalem and out of…

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A Day of Peace

Israel 2019 Day 5 We started our day traveling to Gordon’s Calvary, one traditional location for the death and resurrection of Jesus. Our host reminded us of Peter’s words: “For you know that you were redeemed from your empty way of life inherited from your fathers, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but…

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Tunnel Day!

Israel 2019 Day 4 Our day started with the most ancient history of Jerusalem: the city of David. Pastor Mike Ruel read 2 Samuel, encouraging us to consider God’s faithfulness in Jesus, the Son of David. We saw the ancient Jebusite walls guarding the Gihon spring and the water system that David’s men used to…

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A Day of Healing

Israel 2019 Day 3 Jesus’ work is healing work. Today in Jerusalem we ventured under the Old City, walking through the Western Wall tunnel. This tunnel runs north-south along the Western Wall of the Temple Mount and allowed us to see and touch temple wall stones that are still standing from the time of Jesus…

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Jerusalem Orientation

Israel 2019 Day 2 Our official theme for today was getting oriented to Jerusalem. Our unofficial theme for today was tracking part of Jesus’ steps leading up to his trial and crucifixion. We started the day on the Mount of Olives overlooking the city. We considered Jesus’ triumphal entry from Bethany into the city. The…

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