Posted by: sammerz | 28 April, 2011

Holy Land Tour 2011

We were in a team of 52 pilgrims, organised and led by the amazing Daljit & Gurmit Gill as well as Dan and Alison Daniels. The two-week trip began with a day in Cairo to marvel at the Pyramids of Giza. Our 16-day tour of Israel was compressed into 9 days and we stayed by the Sea of Galilee in Ginnosar (Gennesaret) and subsequently in Jerusalem.

The tour was led by a guide/historian/theologian extraordinaire, Erez Bar David, who did not only show us the old-time places, but challenged us to read the Bible and understand the literal and figurative contexts as well. The tour stops included Herod’s palace in Caesarea, the high place in Tel Dan and the old city’s gates, a cruise on the Sea of Galilee, the Jordan River where Jesus was baptised, the cave at En Gedi where David hid from Saul, the pit at the House of Caiaphas where Jesus was held before his trial, the Garden Tomb, the Garden of Gethsemane, the Mount of Olives, the Mount of Beatitudes, the Mount of Precipice overlooking the Valley of the Armageddon, the (muddy) brook where David gathered his five smooth stones, the extremely salty Dead Sea. Wherever we stopped, we paused to read from the Word of God and reflect on stories past. It served as a reminder that our Lord Jesus Christ was real and many of the places mentioned in the Bible still stand today.

Another day in Cairo with an Egyptian dinner on the Nile cruise concluded our trip. It has been a spiritually enriching experience and we highly recommend this trip of a lifetime!

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More photos are available on Sam’s Facebook albums (part 1 and part 2).



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