Friday, May 11, 2012

Hello everyone,

Today is our 5th day here in Israel but it feels like we've been here much longer, well for me anyways. The trip has been awesome so far and just keeps getting better. I will be sharing with you all what we did today.

First we started out by going down to Ginosar by the Sea of Galilee. There we watched a short video in Jesus Boat Museum, then we walked down to the docks and went for a boat ride in the Sea of Galilee. We stopped in the middle of the sea and Linford started sharing scriptures about the places around the Galilee with us and the significance of these locations. He also shared an interesting topic about why Jesus chose fishermen to follow him. After the boat ride, we got back on the bus and drove up to Mount of Beatitudes where we visited a church. We spent some time there and took some pictures. When we were done, we visited another church close by. Here we walked down to the beach of the Galilee and Linford began to share more scriptures with us about the disciples and Peter. After when we were finished there, Linford led us up a little hill in the Mount of Beatitudes where we eventually came to a place where they think is the place Jesus gave the sermon on the mount. We had devotion there and talked about the kingdom/empire of God vs. kingdom/empire of the world. It was a very interesting topic and good to hear what everyone had to say. (FYI as I'm writing this we just felt a little earthquake...nothing major....we are all fine.) Anyways, our last location we visited was Capernaum. This is where Jesus did most of his ministry and also where Peter's mother-in-law lived. We got to see the ruins there and had Linford give us biblical history of this place. This was are last stop of the day, we returned back to the Fauzi Azar Inn after our visit.

So far our trip has been very educational and I believe many of us are learning so much. The bible feels like it's becoming more alive!

- Andrew Vang

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