We started the day off in Jerusalem with a big israeli breakfast, per usual! Man, I need some hummus. Stat.
The Temple mount
Walking down from the Mount of Olives
Out in the desert near the location that Jesus placed the parable of The Good Samaritan
Honestly, just being able to picture in my mind the different landscapes changes so much for me. The landscape was so much more barren and diverse then I realized.
The road from Jerusalem to Jericho
The Garden of Gethsemane
We walked all the way through Hezekiah’s tunnel( 2 Kings 20:20)
We walked where Jesus would have walked!
We started our second day in Jerusalem at the Garden tomb.
Sign outside of the Garden Tomb
I loved this spot. It was clearly run by true followers of Christ and I was brought to tears at the presentation of the Gospel by our guide!
He is not here, but has risen. The grave could not hold Him! The sacrifice was accepted. Thank you, Jesus!
That afternoon was our free time and we quickly headed to the old city market. I was in need of some dates! and spices! I came back with food as souvenirs( it’s the best. My family loves me) I also made BFFs with a toothless Arabian man who sold me delicious nougat. I plan to visit him again!
All the Spices!
Funny story, our group took a slight detour on the way back to the hotel and added way more steps to our day. Now, I’m pretty short(5’4ish) and my friend Jenna is pretty tall and we looked at our steps that night, we both ended up walking 13 miles. But I walked 3,000 more step then her with my little legs!
The Western Wall
That evening, we went to the wailing wall as Shabbat was ending and then had a guided tour under the city. I was so shocked at how much they have uncovered!
This was our last day in Israel and it was very bittersweet as we packed up to leave. Never fear though! We had a full day planned, packed with activities all the way till our 11pm flight!
First stop was The Temple Mount.
“Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?” 1Corinthians 3:16.
Grateful we have access to the Father at any time.
Our afternoon was spent at the holocaust museum. sobering.
Stone sign outside of Yad Vashem
Our final meal together was a delicious spread of about 83 dips and fish!
Good Battle Tours November group!
I’m so grateful that I had this opportunity to travel to The Holy Land and the friendships that were formed. I am grateful to God that saw fit to bless me with these precious memories.