Let’ Travel Together
It’s been a minute…
Wednesday Word & Fearless Friday have been on a hiatus. BUT so has the rest of my “blog” life. Sometimes real life just rushes you from all sides. I have been totally consumed in real life issues. Let’s just say the summer of 2018 will never be forgotten. I will be posting more on it in detail in future featured life blogs.
Here’s the last 90 day’s
short, no detail list:
Moved son into college
5 trips to Branson
1 Team National Convention
with 3 extended fun filled
Ft. Lauderdale, FL days.
Multiple Lake & Friend weekends
One horrible 36 hours of my mom suffering before going to Glory.
3 days of preparing an adequate tribute for the rock of our family before her resting physical body here. She is healed and living an eternal dream life now.
Transitioning earthly belongings and adjusting to a new normal, LOL ( I miss picking up the phone, already).
What I do know
I have finally received the (numbers & dates to take a group to Israel with me next year. I cannot wait to share this wonderful country with you. I pray that you will have faith in me enough to go. This will be my 3rd (if not 4th, by then….may have to slip in one more visit before next April) time to go to Israel in the last 2 years.
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God has placed a passion in my heart for His land and people. How can we teach, believe and want to share His word and never go walk on the dirt that is sacred and holy to Him? This little piece of just over 8,000 square miles (a few more historically) is where almost everything in the recorded scripture takes place. There is NO record that I have ever read where Jesus Christ ever traveled to any other country (except for when Herod pursued him as a toddler). So….God must REALLY love it there; to have spent what little time He was a human, to have saw fit to NEVER step one foot off of this hallowed ground.
To say it’s life changing to go to Israel is truly an understatement. I leave Jerusalem crying each time. It is where I believe God first breathed the breath of life into dirt and chose to make man. It is where Abraham was to sacrifice Issac. It is where my Savior and YOURS poured out His precious blood to give atonement for each human who wants eternal life. It is where the Holy Spirit first poured out His gifts to keep man moving forward toward the cross and eternal life until Christ’s return. This land is more than words….it is a living history. You will feel like you are walking through a time warp when you enter certain places. The foods you will eat, smells you will smell and sights you will see can transport you to a life that you have only ever read about.
You will experience a varied set of emotions and I will guarantee you will never open a Bible and think the same EVER again…
Day -1 Mon, April 8th – Travel Day
Day-2, Tues, April 9th – Arrive Tel Aviv
Morning arrival. Meet and greet at the airport. Board bus and travel with your guide to the Port City of Jaffa on the Mediterranean for a short visit. Travel along the way of the Sea of Netanya. Rest of the day at leisure to relax and stroll along the beach. Welcome dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Netanya. (Ramada Netanya or similar)
Breakfast. Travel along the Mediterranean coast to Caesarea to explore the excavations of the ancient Roman port. Travel to the village life in Jesus Days Muhraqa, which commemorates the battle of Elijah on Mt. Carmel. View the Jezreel Valley and visit Megiddo, the side where the final battle of Armageddon is to take place. End the day at the home town of Jesus, Nazareth, to enjoy a visit at the reconstructed Nazareth Village and to the wedding church at Cana. Dinner and overnight at the Sea of Galilee. (Ron Beach or similar)
Day-4, Thu, April 11th – Golan Heights
Breakfast. Start the day at Safed. Time for lunch. Visit Tel Dan Nature Reserve. Visit the Banias, the site of ancient Caesarea Philippi and the Banias Falls. Nimrod’s Fortress in the Golan Heights area. If time permits, end the day with a view of the area from the Shalom Lookout, in the Southern Golan. Dinner and overnight at the Sea of Galilee.
Day 5, Friday, April 12th – Sea of Galilee
Breakfast. Enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee with music and worship. Visit the ancient Boat Museum at Kibbutz Ginosar. Visit Capernaum to see the remains of Peter’s house and where Jesus chose to center his ministry. Ascent the Mt. of Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount (reserved meeting point). Stop at the 7 Springs on the shore of the Sea of Galilee by Tabgha, site of the miracle of the fish and loaves. Visit the newly excavated site of Magdala. End the day with a visit to the Yardenit baptism site. Dinner and overnight at the Sea of Galilee.
Noah baptized in the Jordan
Day-6, Sat, April 13th – Jordan Valley-Jerusalem
Beit She’an, Israel
Breakfast. Visit the excavations of the Roman city of Beit She’an. Travel south along the Jordan Valley with an optional stop at Kaser El Yehud Baptism site and a view of Mt. Temptation at Jericho. Ascend to Jerusalem via the Judean Wilderness (Wadi Kelt) like pilgrims have been doing for centuries. Shabbat Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (Dan Boutique or Panorama Hotel)
Sun setting over Jerusalem
Day -7, Sun, April 14th – Jerusalem
Breakfast. Start the morning with a visit to the Temple Mount (security permitting). Stroll through the city alleys and colorful markets, as we walk along the “Way of the Cross” from St. Stephen’s Gate, the Pool of Bethesda to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Then we will visit the City of David and see the 3D movie and the Davidson Center to see the Southern Wall Steps. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem
Day – 8, Monday, April 15th – Dead Sea
Breakfast. Start the day with a visit to Genesis Land for a short camel ride and hospitality in Abraham’s Tent. Then travel down to the Dead Sea, the lowest area in the world. Enjoy a short hike to David’s waterfall at Ein Gedi Oasis.
Visit Qumran (with movie) where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered and shop for Dead Sea products. Enjoy a dip in the salt mineral waters of the Dead Sea. After dinner at the hotel, we will visit the Western Wall and Western Tunnel. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day-9, Tuesday, April 16th – Jerusalem
Tour and communion at the Garden Tomb. Drive through Government Hill and view the Menorah at the Knesset, Friends of Zion Museum. On to the Israel Museum to see the Model of the First Century Jerusalem and the Scroll of the Book, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are displayed. Machane Yehuda Market in the afternoon. (Must sign up for the market). Dinner and Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 10, Wednesday, April 17th – Jerusalem
Ascent the Mt. of Olives. Visit Dominus Flevit Church and walk down the Palm Sunday path to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations for prayer in the Garden. Continue to Mt. Zion to see the Upper Room and King David’s Tomb. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem
Noah next to statue of King David
Day 11, Thurs, April 18th – Tel Aviv/Departure.
Begin the day at the Yad Vashein Holocaust Memorial and travel to the Valley of Elah, site of the Battle of David and Goliath and see the 911 Memorial. Farewell dinner. In the evening, transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Jaffa Port Mediterranean
April 19th – Departure 00:30am.
Just do it!
I dare you to do this. There’s never a better time than the present – it is a gift and we never know when we will be required to give that gift away and NEVER get it back. Failed health, circumstances, money, children, jobs, yada-yada-yada – excuses are cheap / free; but they truly can cost you the most…. a life time of I wish I had’s.
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After traveling to Israel, I know that I was brought to this land to share the secrets that it holds with other children of the gospel. You need to come experience the things it holds for you and YOU can go share it with the world!!!!
Lean In and Lean on Him to make this trip of a life time with us!
Shalom & Rhaposdyville Livin,
Check out my previous post on my trip to Israel.