These are slide shows Melissa and I have shown to our Sunday School Class the past two weeks. They are best watched in your browser at full screen. Then when you use the arrow or page down it moves like a slide show. Be patient they will take a little while to load in the browser.
April 2 HUMC SS pres
There will be more to come.
Links To VIM Trip to the Holy Land Sites
Wednesday. February 1st 2017
Visit classes at Mar Elias institution.
Meet with Archbishop Elias Chacour
Visit to Sindyanna of Galilee
Visit Basilica of the Annunciation
Church of St. Joseph
Thursday. February 2nd 2017.
Visit and church at Bir’im, meet Tommé Magzal
Visit Mount Carmel
Visit Caesarea Maritima
Visit Bahia Gardens
Friday, February 3rd 2017.
Visit Orthodox Church of Annunciation
Visit Church at Cana
Sea of Galilee Boat ride
Visit Tabgha (multiplication of loaves), Primacy of St Peter,
Mt. of Beatitudes.
Visit Jordan River baptismal site
Saturday February 4th 2017.
Visit Mosque of the Ascension and Church of the Lord’s Prayer
Overlook view of city from Mt of Olives
Walk Palm Sunday path
Garden of Gethsemane.
Visit David’s Tomb
Last Supper Room.
Visit Garden Tomb (with Communion).
Sunday, February 5th 2017.
Visit to Temple Mount
Dome of the Rock
Walk the Via Dolorosa (including pool at Bethesda)
Visit Church of the Resurrection (Holy Sepulcher)
Tour around East Jerusalem with Israeli guide.
Monday, February 6th 2017.
View Monastery at Wadi Al Qelt
Mt of Temptation
Visit Qumran and site of Dead Seas Scrolls
Visit to Dead Sea and swim
Tuesday, February 7th 2017.
Visit to Hebron
Visit Cave of Machpelah, (Ibrahim Mosque),
Tombs of Patriarchs
Presentation at HRC (Hebron Rehabilitation Committee)
Visit Glass and Pottery Shop
Visit Tent of Nations.
Wednesday, February 8th 2017.
Work project with local organization
Presentation on KAIROS Palestine.
Visit Shepherd’s Field
Visit Nativity Church
Thursday, February 9th 2017.
Work project with local organization
Visit to Bethlehem Bible College
Visit Aida Refugee camp
Friday, February 10th 2017.
Back home and working on pictures. But wanted to post these videos first. We had a wonderful trip and what an eye opening experience. More to come in the days ahead.
Friday started early because we were checking out of our Nazareth Hotel to move on to Bethlehem for the rest of our stay.
The first stop in Nazareth was at the Greek Orthodox Basilica of Annunciation. A beautiful structure that is said to be built over the spring that Mary was at when Gabriel announced to her she was going to be the mother of Jesus. The spring is still running today.
Our next spot was the Sanctuary of the Lord’s First Miracle, which was turning water into wine at a wedding in Canaan.
Sea of Galilee was our next destination area. First up was the boat ride on very calm waters. It was awesome to see the same landscape that Jesus and his disciples saw 2000 years ago from the vantage of being on the sea.
The rest of the morning was spent visiting locations around the Sea of Galilee. Tabgha, Primacy of St Peter, Capernaum, and ending with the Mt. of Beatitudes.
We had lunch at St Peters Fish, and most of us had the traditional ‘Gods Fish’ meal. Yummy!
The afternoon took us to the Jordan River where we saw many baptisms in the Jordan happening.
The drive to Bethlehem took a couple of hours, through two checkpoints and finally to the Manger Square Hotel.
Thursday started with travel to Bir’im, the Palestinian village that was destroyed in the 1947 time frame. We met Tomme’ Magzel who was 20 years old in 1947. He gave us a personal account of the struggles of his village and family. Bir’im is still only ruins other than the church that was rebuilt.
Our next stop was at the Carmelite Monestary for a panoramic view of Northern Israel. It sits on the Carmel ridge and hovers at 497 meters above sea level.
Next we went to Caesarea National Park on the Mediterranean. The city and harbor were built under Herod the Great during c. 22–10 BC. Pictured are the aqueduct, the palace baths, and theater.
Then back to Nazareth for last night at the Legacy Hotel.
Wednesday’s travels started with a visit to Mar Elias High School. This school is an intercultural school in I’bilin, an Arab village in Northern Israel. The founder Arch Bishop Elias Chacour has more than 1200 Muslim and Christian students in the Christian based school. Our group intermingled with the students in their classes and were able to learn more about their Palestinian culture and struggles. They were much like our high schoolers with their cell phones and after school activities.
We had a wonderful conservation with Elias Chacour for about two hours. He discussed his life story as an Israeli Arab Palestinian Christian. From being driven out of his homeland in 1947 to becoming a Greek Orthodox Priest. He has quite a story to tell, which you can read in his book “Blood Brothers.”
Our next stop was at a Fair Trade establishment called Sindyanna of Galilee. It is a female-led non-profit that actively promotes the concepts of “business for peace” and Fair Trade in Israel. Some of their products are olive oil, hand-woven baskets, olive-oil based soaps and much more. Jewish, Christian, and Muslim women all work together and share their cultures and experiences with each other. You can find their Organic Olive Oil in Whole Foods markets in the US.
Back to the hotel for a wonderful buffet dinner of local cuisine. It is a vegetarian’s delight!! Tomorrow takes us to Bir’im, the destroyed village of Elias Chacour’s childhood, Upper Galilee, Mount Carmel, and Caesarea Maritima.