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Israel 2019 – Final Installment

Our crew. Bus #7.

Here we stand, in this devastatingly beautiful land, all together, our tour nearing and end.

It was at this spot that all ten buses joined at once for the Watchman on the Wall commissioning.

Hats off to Gate 1 Travel. https://www.gate1travel.com/.

The logistics of ten very full buses seeing the same things, all at different times on the same day, is mind boggling!

Any way,

Watchmen on the Wall are taught about Israel’s history in depth, and are trained to pray for all things Jerusalem.

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Flight time – 15:30 – Check.
Our final view of Tel Aviv
The fountain was in the sky light!

Our flight from Tel Aviv was perfect.

We flew to Barcelona.

Waiting for our flight to Chicago (With airplane mode on to avoid roaming fees) and unaware of the fact that we were being rerouted through somewhere else, we totally missed our gate.

Here we were in Barcelona, we only speak English. Zero Spanish, trying to figure out our next move.

With exhaustion and frustration, we did our best not to argue. It was tough.

Then a ladies voice comes from behind us.

“I speak some Spanish. Can I help you? Where are you going?”

Believe it or not, she was going to Chicago as well!

Same gate. Different time. Thank you God!

She went to speak to someone, came back, and told us how we could book another flight.

Needless to say, we were in the wrong, wrong, place, at the wrong, wrong time, (we thought) and somehow, like He is known to do, God turned things around for us.

Oh what a story this photo tells!

The flight from Barcelona to Chicago of course was long (ten hours) and we did not get to sit together on the plane, but we were both grateful to have a seat on that plane, and be homeward bound.

Of course when we landed in Chicago, it was far too late for the scheduled flight for the last leg of our journey.

So the airline provided us with a hotel voucher, so that we could sleep, food vouchers, so we would not starve, and transportation vouchers so we could get back and forth from the hotel to the airport.

We used our first transportation voucher to get to our provided hotel, WHICH HAD NO ROOMS, there was literally no room at the inn.

Voucher number two took us right back to the airport, and to the customer service desk, to find out just what were were going to need to do.

The gal was so sweet and helpful.

After regaling her with our story, she looked at her screen, and said “Oh look what just popped up!”

A room had JUST opened up at the O’Hare Hilton. (At 10:30 at night?)

A simple ten minute walk from where we stood.

The photo above is the view from our forth floor window.

We even had some extra time to get to our flight home in the morning.

There is a moral to this story, a punch line, a promise.

God never once tells us in His word that things will be easy.

In fact sometimes, things can be down right frustrating.

But His promise, is that if we trust Him, He will always care for us.

Scripture says clearly;

No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper. Isaiah 54:17 (ASV)

Note; It does not say that there won’t be weapons, it says they will not prosper.

So we ended up home, safe, exhausted, and forever changed.

My hope is that you enjoyed your virtual tour to Israel. If you did, then please feel free to share the following link; https://significantencounters.com/2019/09/21/home-again/ This is where it all begins.

Thank you so much for travelling with me.

I hope to see you next time, for something new and different.

Miscellaneous Views – Israel 2019

No reason for these photos except –
Didn’t you always wish you could fly?
The lay of the land.
Can you picture Jesus and his disciples walking here?
Israels’ terrain is so diverse.
They take great pains making things beautiful.

Please join me again on Friday for the final installment of my Israel 2019 photo journal.

Day # 7 – Israel

Good Morning Herzylia, Israel!
Our touring began with cruising along the Mediterranean Sea.
What a lovely drive – A different lovely than what I’m accustomed to.
Port of Acre – Crusader Halls
Just the beginning.

I have many photos to share from the Crusader Halls.

There was so much history here, I can’t possibly repeat it all.

Enjoy the photos, and if you like, check the link and get the history, and the scope, of this place.

http://www.akko.org.il/en/Old-Acre-About-Conservation-Fortress-Project

A fleur de lis for my collection.
Into the market
I love walls, and texture, and brick, and this.
How about you?
Walk this way.
Complete with a hologram of the crusaders!
Out we go.
On the way to Rosh Hanrika
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosh_HaNikra_grottoes
Here we are.
Taking the cable car down to the Grottos.

After leaving the Grotto, we went up the hill to the Lebanese border.

While we were here , our group reached our hands over the border and prayed for both countries.

After leaving Rosh Hanrika, we headed toward Haifa.

Not the clearest photos get taken from a moving bus,
But they help to tie the places together.
Like pieces of a puzzle.
Different parts of a whole.
Here’s a bonus wall.
Haifa – Worldwide Headquarters of the Ba Hai faith.
https://www.ganbahai.org.il/en/haifa/

At the end of this day, the eve of our last day, we celebrated at a farewell dinner at the Dan Panorama Hotel.

All ten buses met for an enormous dinner, and farewell remarks from Jane and several other of our leaders.

Then off to our separate hotels for a much needed rest.

Join me again next time for our last tour day. Day #8.

Day #6 – Israel

Gai Beach, Tiberias, Israel

Good morning from the Sea of Galilee. 6:49 AM.

This is my favorite photo from our trip.

It was so peaceful, and minus the modern embellishments, is a view that my Jesus saw a lot of.

Tiberias – by the Sea of Galilee
The Sea of Galilee

The Sea of Galilee is essentially a large lake.

There is no Hebrew word for lake.

So it’s a sea.

http://jesusboats.com/

We were on the Sea of Galilee with ten of these “Jesus Boats”, where we all locked together and had a worship service, along with some Hebrew dancing before departing.

Quiet seas.

It was easy in some spots on our cruise to imagine Jesus walking across the water to one of these little boats containing some very concerned Apostles.

Close to the end of our trip.

We hated leaving the boats; but there was so much to see.

On to the Mt. of Beatitudes
Appropriate attire required for entry.
The view from here
Speaks for itself.
Breathtakingly restful.

Capernaum is next.

The walk to Capernaum.
Excavated synagogue close to Peter’s home.
Inside excavated synagogue close to Peter’s home.
Peter’s Home

Peter’s home – What you see above is a new synagogue built above it.

I had difficulty getting great photos here; so you can follow the next link if you want to see more clearly.

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/biblical-archaeology-sites/the-house-of-peter-the-home-of-jesus-in-capernaum/

Jesus resting?

This statute was close to the entry to Capernaum.

Made of black stone. Note the nail holes in the feet.

The view of the Sea of Galilee from outside of Capernaum.

Onward to lunch!

Choose one.
So not used to having my food stare at me!

This was so far out of my comfort zone!

But I ate it any way.

I was surprised at how good it was – Seconds?

Boat Museum – Ginosar, Israel
The Big Question
Great care was taken to keep the keel of this boat in tact.
Next stop – Magdala
An amazing archaeological find, actual floor tile.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magdala
So much has been revealed.
Exciting to think that Mary of Magdalene walked here.

As we head down the pathway from this spot, we come to Duc In Altum.

Which means “Out into the deep”

https://www.magdala.org/visit/duc-in-altum/womens-atrium/

In this atrium, we all stood circling this fountain.

We all began to sing (Sadly I can’t remember what song) and as we all moved to the center, the sound seemed to fill the hall.

It was amazing.

We were surrounded by pillars.
Each with the name of an important woman from the Bible carved into it.
https://www.magdala.org/visit/duc-in-altum/boat-chapel/
https://www.magdala.org/visit/duc-in-altum/encounter-chapel/

This room, the Encounter Chapel, struck my companions and I perhaps more than anywhere else we visited.

We stayed here in silence for several prayerful moments before leaving with very quieted hearts.

Just one more stop today –

https://www.israeljerusalem.com/yardenit.htm

The Yardenit is the baptismal site located on the Jordan River.

I have no photos of my own from this site, as I was busy getting re-baptized myself.

That’s it for today’s tour.

I’m exhausted.

How about you?

Please join me next time for Day # 7.

Day #5 Jerusalem to Tiberias

Day #2 of our tour.

We saw so much.

The time seemed so long, and so short.

Since it is impossible to remember all our guide told us, I placed some links.

Please enjoy the photos – It was hard to choose.

Panoramic View From Mt. Carmel

Elijah challenged King Ahab and the prophets of Baal here.

Resting at Mt. Carmel

The day was very warm. This was one of the most restful stops we had. It was so peaceful.

About Kibbutz – http://archive.jewishagency.org/first-home-homeland/program/16766
We had a delightful lunch here.
View of Bethlehem from the Kibbutz.
A quiet walk way outside the Kibbutz.
Caesarea

The place where Harod’s palace was.

On the horizon, part of his palace was made into a restaurant.

Entry to the Roman Amphitheater.
Tunnel to the theater.
Still in use today.

Some of the ancient names can still be read on the seats.

A Breath of Ocean Air.
Lovely Caesarea Beach
The restaurant. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g297742-d7251187-Reviews-Limani_Bistro-Caesarea_Haifa_District.html
Aqueduct – https://followinghadrian.com/2015/01/05/the-hadrianic-aqueduct-of-caesarea-maritima-israel/

We would love to visit Caesarea again, and stay a while.

What a beautiful town it was, oh and the ocean!

Jezreel (Yizrael) Valley – Armageddon
Jezreel (Yizrael) Valley – Armageddon

Olive trees in the distance from Mt. Precipice
My hubby with Mt. Tabor in the background.

Mount Tabor. … In the Hebrew Bible (Joshua, Judges), Mount Tabor is the site of the Battle of Mount Tabor between the Israelite army under the leadership of Barak and the army of the Canaanite king of Hazor, Jabin, commanded by Sisera. In Christian tradition, Mount Tabor is the site of the transfiguration of Jesus. (Google search)

After leaving Mt. Tabor, we headed on to our hotel, that night would be our first night in Tiberias.

We. Were. Exhausted.

Please join me next time for Day #6.

Day 3 – Jerusalem

On day three of our convocation, we heard again from Dan Juster, (http://www.kkcj.org/people/info/dan-juster), also from Aglow’s President and CEO Jane Hansen Hoyt (https://www.aglow.org/about-us/president-ceo).

During the time between sessions, we loaded on to a bus, and traveled to Revive Israel. (https://www.reviveisrael.org/ ).

To Revive Israel
A short walk down the hill to Revive Israel

Note: The rear view mirrors on the bus are on the front of the bus; and they’re still there!

We’re getting closer!

I’ve always wanted to go here; Finally!

Here We are!

At Revive Israel, we were able to worship together under the anointing of the house worship team.

Our Father, who art in Heaven…

At first blush, I was quite underwhelmed.

But as God often does, He shows Himself awesome in seemingly unassuming ways.

I found Revive Israel to me modest, and small, and FULL of God’s presence.

Through Revive Israel, we were introduced to Kite-pride. (https://www.israel21c.org/kite-pride-creates-jobs-for-ex-victims-of-the-sex-industry/)

We came away with our own Kite-pride bags – and the knowledge that someone formerly from the sex trades, is getting a start on a new life!

From Revive Israel

Come with me next time for Day #4’s adventure!

Day #2 Revisited – Exploring – Finding Food

“On this day, after the morning session, Frank and I went walking in the neighborhood around the Dan Hotel.

We shared a delightful lunch along the way; but I’ll share about that little jaunt later on in a different post.”

Well here is that post.

Each day we had some time in between Session 1 and Session 2, free time, to do whatever resting or exploring we wanted to do.

The first day, we took our bus ride back to the hotel for a nap.

Which turned out not to be as much of a nap, as a crash.

We had no idea just how tired we really were.

On day two, we decided on a walk around the neighborhood to find lunch.

We had our first encounter with falafel. Oh my goodness! It is served with your choice of sweet and savory additions, inside a pita pocket.

The place we first encountered this food, was no bigger than my living room; a place open to the street; charming.

We ate a lot of falafel while in Israel.

After eating, we went on a exploration through the neighborhoods around the Dan Jerusalem Hotel.

A very nice home

We wanted to wander a bit, and perhaps see a piece of everyday life in this place.

Many homes were surrounded by stone walls or ornate fences.

What we found, was that every street was different.

The unifying factor was the color of the stone. (referenced here; https://significantencounters.com/2019/09/27/day-2-jerusalem/)

Traffic on the edge of the neighborhood.

About a block before turning onto this busy street again, we passed a school.

The children, like children everywhere, playing outside for recess. (I took no photos, because, kids!)

The laughter of children, a language we understood, a language universal.

One of my favorite views!

A very small park in the midst of a stone and concrete neighborhood.

A breath of fresh air, and a glimpse of Jerusalem.

The neighborhood changes a bit.

On the way back; reminiscent of a small town factory district, but still, family dwellings.

Turning back toward the hotel.

Although our walk was short, the heat of the day was catching up, so we headed back.

We would see many more neighborhoods on our further travels during the week.

Best view from these windows!

It was a very different type of feeling walking through these places, knowing that we were actually IN JERUSALEM!

A place many want to go, and relatively few, get to experience.

Contrary to popular belief; Never, ever, did we feel unsafe.

Another lovely home.

In my childhood dreams, this would have been a palace.

I wonder how the inhabitants think of it.

Does it look like home to you?

Home at the end of our loop.

The last home before our return to the Dan.

Not sure if the bars are for protection, or simply ornamental. (Did I mention we always felt safe?)

A bright spot in all of the neutral color.

We made it back in time to catch the second bus, and a nap at our own hotel.

Join me next time for Day #3.