Saturday 3rd April, 2010
Saturday started with a visit to Caesarea Philippi and the old city of Dan. This is the place where Jesus asked the question "Who do men say that I am?" and Peter confessed "You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God". I have to mention the lunch this day.... Lebanese barbecue with Hummus and Arabic breads/salads ... yummy!
After Dan, it was a quick visit to an old Army base with fabulous views, before heading on to Gideon Springs, where Gideon chose his army according to the way they drank water, defeating the Midianite army of thousands with just 300 men (Judges 7). Apologies for the one photo - I couldn't resist capturing this sign in the coffee shop window!
The last two photos above (not including teddy) are of Bob Fitts, a worship leader who led us in times of Praise and Worship and Pastor Daniel, a Pastor of New Creation Church, who shared God's word with us at each of the main sites. A trip to the holy land, at any time, must be special, but to be there in the company of these two really made the trip one that can never be forgotten.
Sunday 4th April, 2010
Sunday 4th saw us at Qumran, famous as the location where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, ancient manuscripts with copies of almost every book in our current Bible. Although we did go to the Dead Sea Scroll exhibition, and learnt a little about the Qumran fellowship, this day was better known for giving us an opportunity to "float" in the Dead Sea! Knowing how good Dead Sea mud is for the skin, it was also time for a free treatment!
From the Dead Sea it was then the drive up to Jerusalem and to Mount Scopus for our first view of the Holy City.
More from Jerusalem in the next report. Hope you are enjoying our travels with us!
Trevor, Shanhong & Teddy