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Let’s Travel Together! Israel Here We Come!
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 September) time to go to Israel in the last 2 years.
Israel Registration Form September 2019
Dr. Randy Caldwell will be leading. We are going to glean from his over 25 years (over 50 trips) of traveling there and all of his amazing Biblical knowledge. He has used the same guide all 25 years, so needless to say one thoroughly has the Bible down and the other knows Israel – everything!
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 – Sunday, September 15th – Depart USA
Depart USA on flight to Israel. Overnight en route.
Day 2 – Monday, September 16th – Arrive Israel / Tel Aviv / Galilee
Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport on LY16 from Boston at 1410pm. Meet and Greet at airport and travel to Jaffa, the ancient seaport on the Mediterranean, home of Peter the Tanner. Continue along the Coastal Plain to the ancient Roman Seaport of Caesarea. Travel via the Galilee to your hotel. Dinner and overnight in the Galilee
Breakfast. After breakfast travel to Nazareth Village to learn about the village in the time of Jesus. Continue to Cana, site of the first miracle of the wine. On to Meggido in the Jezreel Valley, site of the final battle of Armageddon and Mt. Carmel. Dinner and overnight in the Galilee.
Day 4 – Wednesday, September 18th – Sea of Galilee
Breakfast. This morning sail on the Sea of Galilee in a wooden boat with music and worship. Continue to visit the ancient boat museum at Kibbutz Ginosar. On to Mt. Beatitudes for a time of prayer overlooking the Sea of Galilee. We then continue to Tabgha, site of the Miracle of the Fish and Loaves and to Capernaum, site of the synagogue where Jesus chose to center his ministry. We end the day with a visit to the newly excavated site of Magdala. Dinner and overnight in the Galilee.
Day 5 – Thursday, September 19th – Golan Heights
Breakfast. This morning drive up to the Upper Galilee to visit the biblical city of Tel Dan and the site of Caesarea Philipi at the Banias Nature Reserve. Travel through the Golan Heights and Shalom Vista back to the Sea of Galilee. End the day with a visit to the Yardenit Baptism site. Dinner and overnight in the Galilee Dinner and overnight in the Galilee.
Noah baptized in the Jordan
Day 6 – Friday, September 20th – Jordan Valley / Jerusalem
Beit She’an, Israel
This morning travel to Gideon’s Springs. Continue to Beit She’an reconstructed Roman city in the Jordan Valley. Travel to Samaria to visit Shiloh, where the Tabernacle stood in biblical times. Continue for a view of Wadi Kelt on the way up to the Holy City of Jerusalem. Enjoy your first view of Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Sun setting over Jerusalem
Day 7 – Saturday September 21st – Jerusalem
This morning we ascend up to the Mount of Olives and Walk down Palm Sunday Road to the Garden of Gethsemane for prayer. We enter the Old city of Jerusalem to visit the Pools of Bethesda and Ecce Homo. We will continue through the markets to the Jewish Quarter and Mt. Zion to visit King David’s Tomb and the Room of the Last Supper. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 8 – Sunday, September 22nd – 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.
This morning we will travel to the Judean Wilderness to visit Genesis land and experience riding a camel and Hospitality in Abraham’s Tent. We will travel down to the Dead Sea to visit the Oasis of Ein Gedi, where David hid from King Saul, Ascend by cable car to Herod’s Fortress – Massada and Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. We end the day with a float in the salt mineral waters of the Dead Sea. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 9 – Tuesday, September 23rd – Jerusalem
This morning we ascend up to the Temple Mount. We will visit the City of David, Hezekiah’s Tunnel and the Pool of Siloam as well as the southern wall steps that lead to the temple at Davidson Center. We will visit the Western Wall, Western Wall Tunnels and Temple Institute. Time permitting we will Visit the Israel Museum. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 10 – Tuesday, September 24th – Jerusalem
This morning we will have a tour and communion at the Garden Tomb. We then travel to see the Tomb of Samuel, the Ella Valley and the 9-11 Monument in the Judean Hills. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Noah next to statue of King David
Day 11 – Wed, September 25th – Jerusalem Free Day
Free day in Jerusalem. Farewell dinner and rooms at hotel until transfer to airport.
Jaffa Port Mediterranean
Day 12 – September 26th – Departure
Depart on LY15 to Boston at 0050am.
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.
Don’t forget to get registered TODAY! (Put my name or RedneckRhapsody on the top of your form, please)
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.