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Israel 2017 Power Point Presentations Shared With HUMC Sunday School Class

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.

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There will be more to come.

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2017 VIM TRIP TO THE HOLY LAND ITINERARY WITH WIKIPEDIA LINKS

Links To VIM Trip to the Holy Land Sites

Wednesday. February 1st 2017

    Visit classes at Mar Elias institution.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar_Elias_Educational_Institutions#Mar_Elias_College
    Meet with Archbishop Elias Chacour
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elias_Chacour
    Visit to Sindyanna of Galilee
    http://www.sindyanna.com/
    Visit Basilica of the Annunciation
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basilica_of_the_Annunciation
    Church of St. Joseph
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Joseph

Thursday. February 2nd 2017.

    Visit and church at Bir’im, meet Tommé Magzal
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tent_of_Nations
    Visit Mount Carmel
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stella_Maris_Monastery
    Visit Caesarea Maritima
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caesarea_Maritima
    Visit Bahia Gardens
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bah%C3%A1’%C3%AD_gardens

Friday, February 3rd 2017.

    Visit Orthodox Church of Annunciation
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_Orthodox_Church_of_the_Annunciation
    Visit Church at Cana
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wedding_Church_at_Cana
    Sea of Galilee Boat ride
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_of_Galilee_Boat
    Visit Tabgha (multiplication of loaves), Primacy of St Peter,
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_the_Primacy_of_St._Peter
    Capernaum,
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capernaum
    Mt. of Beatitudes.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_of_Beatitudes
    Visit Jordan River baptismal site
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yardenit

Saturday February 4th 2017.

    Visit Mosque of the Ascension and Church of the Lord’s Prayer
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chapel_of_the_Ascension_(Jerusalem)
    Overlook view of city from Mt of Olives
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_of_Olives
    Walk Palm Sunday path
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Via_Dolorosa
    Dominus Flevit
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominus_Flevit_Church
    Garden of Gethsemane.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gethsemane
    Visit David’s Tomb
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David’s_Tomb
    Last Supper Room.
    https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=%EF%83%98%09Last+Supper+Room.-+Wikipedia
    Visit Garden Tomb (with Communion).
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Garden_Tomb

Sunday, February 5th 2017.

    Visit to Temple Mount
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_Mount
    Dome of the Rock
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dome_of_the_Rock
    Walk the Via Dolorosa (including pool at Bethesda)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Via_Dolorosa
    Visit Church of the Resurrection (Holy Sepulcher)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_the_Holy_Sepulchre
    Tour around East Jerusalem with Israeli guide.

Monday, February 6th 2017.

    Visit Bethany
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bethany_(biblical_village)
    Lazarus Tomb
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomb_of_Lazarus
    View Monastery at Wadi Al Qelt
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._George’s_Monastery,_Wadi_Qelt
    Visit Jericho
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jericho
    Mt of Temptation
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_of_Temptation
    Visit Qumran and site of Dead Seas Scrolls
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_Sea_Scrolls
    Visit to Dead Sea and swim
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_Sea

Tuesday, February 7th 2017.

    Visit to Hebron
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hebron
    Visit Cave of Machpelah, (Ibrahim Mosque),
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ibrahim-al-Ibrahim_Mosque
    Tombs of  Patriarchs
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cave_of_the_Patriarchs
    Presentation at HRC (Hebron Rehabilitation Committee)
    http://www.hebronrc.ps/index.php/en/
    Visit Glass and Pottery Shop
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hebron_glass
    Visit Tent of Nations.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tent_of_Nations

Wednesday, February 8th 2017.

    Work project with local organization

    Presentation on KAIROS Palestine.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kairos_Palestine
    Visit Shepherd’s Field
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chapel_of_the_Shepherd’s_Field
    Visit Nativity Church
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_the_Nativity

Thursday, February 9th 2017.

    Work project with local organization

    Visit to Bethlehem Bible College
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bethlehem_Bible_College
    Visit Aida Refugee camp
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aida_Camp

Friday, February 10th 2017.

    Visit to Herodium,
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herodium
    View Mar Saba Monastery
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar_Saba
    Free time in Bethlehem

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Israel 2017 Videos

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.

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Friday’s Follies

Friday started early because we were checking out of our Nazareth Hotel to move on to Bethlehem for the rest of our stay.

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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.

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Our next spot was the Sanctuary of the Lord’s First Miracle, which was turning water into wine at a wedding in Canaan.

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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.

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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.

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We had lunch at St Peters Fish, and most of us had the traditional ‘Gods Fish’ meal. Yummy!

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The afternoon took us to the Jordan River where we saw many baptisms in the Jordan happening.

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The drive to Bethlehem took a couple of hours, through two checkpoints and finally to the Manger Square Hotel.

 

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Thursday’s Travel

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Our travels took us to Haifa. This city is a major seaport located on Israel’s Mediterranean coastline in the Bay of Haifa. We visited the Gardens of the Baha’i World Center.

Then back to Nazareth for last night at the Legacy Hotel.

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Wednesday’s Adventures

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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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Made it to Istanbul

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VIM Team Leaves Dulles at 10:55PM (EST) Today – Arrives Tel Aviv 2:35PM (EST) Tomorrow

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