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December 2018

Day 10 - Gethsemane, Upper Room, Mt of Olives, Garden Tomb

Another rainy whirlwind today - although by the end of the day it was getting a bit nicer, so high hopes (along with some prayers) for tomorrow...

We first visited the Garden of Gethsemane. This is a good site for the actual location of the place, as well as the dating of the trees. The big olive tree dates to Jesus time! Also here is a beautiful catholic church, and a good view of the Golden Gate:

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Next we went to see the Upper Room where Jesus broke bread with the disciples before he was crucified. This is also a good location for this event... the building itself is from Crusader time, but the location itself is authentic based on archaeology and history, which I won't go into here, but you can (and should) research it for yourselves...

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From there, as the rain finally slowed a bit, we went to the top of the Mount of Olives and took in an amazing view of the old city across the Kidron Valley. Some of our people also had fun with some folks selling trinkets to tourists in this very busy spot:

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Finally, we visited the Garden Tomb for a service and to share communion. While this is most likely not the actual spot of the tomb, it is a very good facsimile of what the garden would have been like, and it is quiet and peaceful and run by Christians. A very pretty place to contemplate on Him, and what He did for us:

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Ok - all caught up again. And tomorrow, our last full day of touring.... in the old city.

Posted by Comp Ministries 08:23

Day 9 - Valley of Elah, Latrun, and Bethlehem

Another whirlwind of pictured or day 9... but I want you to see it!

Another day of rain as well, but our intrepid travelers braved it bravely (?) and soldiered on (no pun intended since we visited Latrun).

Starting off the day, we visited the Valley of Elah, where David slew Goliath. This is an "A" place, we know it happened in this location, and standing there imagining the Children of Israel on one side and the Philistines on the other side(s) is incredible. We also saw the brook that still winds its way through the area, but thanks to the rain and our consideration for the bus driver and his bus, we looked from inside and saved him 17 pair of muddy shoes.

Next we went to Latrun... a military museum dedicated to Israel's mechanized divisions which means tanks! This is one of if not the largest tank museum in the world, they have over 150... but more importantly, its a memorial to those who gave their lives in defending the state of Israel from the 1948 war through the present.

Finally, we went to a bit of a "surprise" place as we weren't sure we would go and it wasn't officially on the schedule... Bethlehem. There we saw the church of the nativity, built traditionally on the place Jesus was born. It is an extremely old church and has many underground grottos to explore.

That's it for day 9, day 10 soon!

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Posted by Comp Ministries 07:28

Day 8 - Temple Mount, Western Wall, Tunnel, Museum...

I am so sorry things have gotten away from me and I've fallen behind here... so I'm just going to tell you what you're seeing and post a bunch of pictures for the next couple days so you see them before we get home!

Day 8 was a rainy day! We first went to visit the Temple Mount which is the original location of the Temple, but is now home to the Al Aqsa mosque (the black one) and the Dome of the Rock (the gold one), which covers the stone from which they believe Mohamed ascended, but also is a good candidate for the Holy place of the Temple... thus the fighting over the land there.

After coming off the Temple Mount and circling back through the Muslim Quarter of the city, we came back to the Western Wall and went under it... technically underground along the bottom of the original first century Temple of Jesus time. Down there you see one of the largest stones (3rd largest I believe) ever used in a man made structure - it weighs as much as a fully loaded 747 and is the foundation of the 1st century temple.

Next we went to Peter Engalicantu, "Peter Cock Crows" literally, the location where Peter denied Christ and the home of Caiaphas the hi priest. Here we also see stairs that date back to Jesus time, and which we know he walked on as he walked across from here to the Garden of Gethsemane, and these were the stairs used at the time for those in the area. Pretty amazing...

Finally we went to the Israel Museum and the Shrine of the Book. We saw so many amazing things at the Museum, including a model of the city as it was in Jesus time. Sorry, no pictures in the Shrine of the Book, but your friends and family can tell you all about it.

Thus ends day 8!

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Posted by Comp Ministries 06:40

Day 7 - Eilat to Jerusalem

Well, today we left Eilat and traveled through the Negev desert, all the way to where we will be for the second half of our trip - the Holy City of Jerusalem.

Along the way we saw many things - One final pretty bit of sunlight over the Red Sea, the Mitzpe Ramon crater (their Grand Canyon, basically), some tanks, some Ibex, the ancient city of Avdat, and then we came into Jerusalem and checked in for our first night.

The internet seems fast here - so thankful for that - so tonight I'm just going to post a bunch of pictures of what we saw, and of us, and let them do the talking. Check back tomorrow for our first day exploring His city!

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Posted by Comp Ministries 08:13

Day 6 - The Tabernacle, and Timna Valley

Hello all - wanting to get this published and get all caught up for dinner, so sorry if I'm brief - but I know you mainly care about the pictures anyway haha!

Today we went to the Timna Valley just north of Eilat. King Soloman had his copper mines there, and the whole area is very beautiful with many cliff formations, including the Mushroom, Solomon's Pillar, and one I thought looked like a T-Rex - you can decide which is which.

But more importantly to us, there was a scale reproduction of the Tabernacle which the Children of Israel carried with them when they wandered in the wilderness. Our local guide was very knowledgeable and interesting, and seeing it to scale is eye opening to me at the least, as it is not what I had expected or pictured in my mind.

I will let the pictures do the rest of the talking, and with that, this blog is all caught up whew - so as we move on to the holy city of Jerusalem tomorrow, you can move forward as we do.

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Posted by Comp Ministries 06:58

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