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Israel Trips 2016 by Erin Stringer

I have read the Bible since I was a child but there was nothing so powerful for me than when I walked the places Jesus walked.  It is powerful, moving, and awe-inspiring.  I came home reading the Bible with eyes open and a heart connected like never before. - 2015 Israel trip…

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Israel Trip - Day 10 by Erin Stringer

Today we crossed the border into Jordan for a once in a lifetime visit to Petra.  Petra does not have much biblical significance but this site is still a huge WOW.  The Treasury building is the most iconic building, well-known to Indiana Jones fans.  It was a long day -- including 4 hours…

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Israel Trip - Day 9 by Erin Stringer

We said farewell to Jerusalem this morning and headed south towards Eilat near the Red Sea.  On our way we stopped in En Gedi (where David took refuge after being plotted against and pursued by King Saul) and hiked a beautiful path through the desert cliffs back to two different…

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Israel Trip - Day 8 by Erin Stringer

Today was our last day in Jerusalem and a free day. Most of the group walked the city walls in the morning and then spent the afternoon in the Old City. A few made the short trip into Bethlehem. It is safe to say we will all miss Jerusalem!

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Israel Trip - Day 7 by Erin Stringer

For most, yesterday will be the highlight of the entire trip as we spent the day walking the last week of Christ. We began on the Mount of Olives and ended the day at the Garden tomb where we took communion together. It is a tough day in so many ways — walking where Jesus walked and…

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Israel Trip - Day 6 by Erin Stringer

From region to region, day to day and even hour to hour we have experienced a wide range of temperatures.  In Jerusalem it is colder than most parts of Israel and after a drizzly day yesterday, we were unsure what the weather had in store for us today.  But the sun was brilliant and the…

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Israel Trip - Day 5 by Erin Stringer

Today was filled with remarkable experiences!  We unexpectedly were able to start the morning on Temple Mount.  Due to obvious ongoing tensions, most groups do not get the opportunity to go onto the Temple Mount.  Today, however, it was open to us and we spent the better part of the…

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Israel Trip - Day 4 by Erin Stringer

In Indiana we take for granted the changing of the seasons.  In Israel, seasons are a big deal because rain is a big deal.  As we traveled through the desert today we were in awe of the greenery.  Now mind you, we just left the Sea of Galilee which is lush and gorgeous this time of year. …

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Israel Trip - Day 3 by Erin Stringer

And the people said…phew!  It is only day three of touring and our minds are already quickly filling to the brim.   So much to experience and so little time! We began our day on the Mt. of Beatitudes and then traveled north to Tel Dan.  (For those who have been to Israel before, yes, we…

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Israel Trip—Day 2 by Erin Stringer

It is probably no surprise that a day spent visiting sites meaningful to the life and ministry of Jesus would be a full day beginning to end.   To begin our day we took a brisk walk to the top of Mt. Arbel.  This allowed us to overlook the Sea of Galilee and get a good grasp on the…

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