Israel Calling

Garden Tomb

The door to the Garden Tomb

Iconic Views of the trip
Jo speaking: “We enjoyed camel rides and tremendous hospitality at Abraham’s tent. Views of Judean desert, overlooking Jericho across to the Moab mountains. An amazing day.”

Genesis Land

Genesis Land

Model of Old Jerusalem

Model of Old Jerusalem

 

 

 

Wednesday 29th May

Sue was the only solo rider on a camel!

Sue was the only solo rider on a camel!

Bedouin Camel Ride

Bedouin Camel Ride

Sue speaking:
Hi All, Greetings and shalom from all of us here.

Amazing to think we will be returning home tomorrow.

June has recovered a bit & Kenneth & Fiona took her out by taxi around Jerusalem whilst I led the camel train to the desert and Dead Sea yesterday. I took her to Spafford Children`s Center & the Garden Tomb this morning. Do pray for the journey home tomorrow and particular for her arrival back in Brum, and getting to the flat as we will all be tired and of little help arriving at 11pm.

Today has been a free day to do our own thing but Moira managed to have a fall and is a bit bruised – but OK. Sorry I`m bringing back wounded sheep, but we have had an extraordinary time.

Many of us walked through Hezekiah`s tunnel – a hilarious time paddling and singing before also watching Bar Mitzvahs at the Western Wall and walking the Kotel Tunnels and places which Jesus would have known well. We sat on steps near Temple Mount that he must have used regularly and pushed our way through the Suq that I am sure is very similar with sights, bustle and sounds and Roman Soldiers, now young Israeli conscripts.

Yesterday`s desert experience took us to the Dead Sea via En Gedi which really is an oasis and cleft in the valley, saw Qumran of the Scrolls fame, floated in the Sea (Haven`t been able to censor all the photos!) and then rode camels to a Abraham`s Bedouin tent for a hospitable meal.

I think we`ll all be coming back a little heavier (food) but enriched spiritually as we have met God in different places.

Blessing & Shalom
Sue Clegg

Circle at the Garden Tomb

Circle at the Garden Tomb

Communion at the Garden Tomb. A highlight of Monday 27th

The Garden Tomb

The Garden Tomb

Communion at the Garden Tomb

Communion at the Garden Tomb

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Lunchtime photos sent by Jo Dreverphoto (19)

Lunchtime

Lunchtime

The Group Leaders - Relaxing?

The Group Leaders – Relaxing?

Relaxing over Lunch

Relaxing over Lunch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John photographed the group’s  visit to Hezekiah’s Tunnel

Hezekiah's Tunnel

Hezekiah’s Tunnel

Hezekiah's Tunnel

Hezekiah’s Tunnel

Renewing baptismal vows in the River Jordan

Renewing baptismal vows in the River Jordan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sue writing on Sunday 26th May:

Western Wall

Western Wall


“Hi folks, As you are aware its not been easy and your prayers are valued.  However June has rested and appeared more perky last night. I am hoping to arrange to get her by taxi to meet us at the Garden Tomb tomorrow which I’m sure will be special for all of us.

“Last night we just had a little reflective meeting – praying for you folk who would be having evening service – the only room I could get in the hotel was the synagogue! I`m sure there must be a parable in that??

“It remains hot but I think all are experiencing different things which I trust cumulatively will be beneficial.  A few tears have been shed at different points, especially seeing the fervor of the Jews at the Western Wall.

“Personally it was a bit of a roller coaster for me, getting them to Jerusalem.  Having commenced at the R.Jordan renewing baptismal vows and praying for one another we moved on to where June became ill and hospitalised.

“Remaining with the party we had our first site of Jerusalem where saying the Psalm of Ascent and praying for Peace of Jerusalem and Israel moved our Jewish Guide who thanked me and since has been very different with us.

“Later I took some down to the Western Wall for the commencement of Shabbat which is always quite an experience and then returned to the hotel where many Jewish families we

f Jerusalem, but today will also include City of David. So from the Holy City we send our Greetings and love.”

Sunday 26th May

Jerusalem Panorama

Jerusalem Panorama

A beautiful arch in the  old city of Jerusalem.  with the symbol of St John the Baptist.

A beautiful arch in the old city of Jerusalem, with the symbol of St John the Baptist.

Debby and John sent a number of new pictures of the group’s visit to Jerusalem:

Dome in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Dome in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday 25th May
Sue reads from the Bible as we get our first view of Jerusalem. Our guide is standing behind her.  The group prayed for the peace of Jerusalem.

Praying for the peace of Jerusalem

Praying for the peace of Jerusalem

The group's first view of Jerusalem

The group’s first view of Jerusalem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday 23rd May

Olive Press at The Nazareth Experience

Olive Press at The Nazareth Experience

Reconstruction of a Carpenter's Workshop

Reconstruction of a Carpenter’s Workshop


John sent two pictures from the group’s visit to Nazareth.

Olive Press and reconstruction of a Carpenter’s Workshop at The Nazareth Experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wed 22nd May

Sue writing:   “Shalom from Israel.

“We are blessed. Today we walked with Jesus and his friends on the hills of Galilee after sailing across the Sea very patriotically under the Union Jack with English and Welsh national anthems (Elwyn is with us!) We listened to teaching in Capernaum synagogue and paddled on the sea shore where Peter was re-instated having fallen from his proclamation at Caesarea Philippi.

“The fruitfulness of this land flowing with milk and honey – oranges, apples, olives, mangos… is eye catching, though we have seen a fire that has burned a great swathe this afternoon and even jumped the road we travelled on.

“It is a hot, 32 degrees, and most of us have gone for a dip in the Sea – which is where I`m heading.

“Tomorrow we head inland to Nazareth and possible place of Transfiguration.

“We are keeping well in spite of the aches.”

Boka Tov.

Drawing water from a well

Drawing water from a well

Guide under Sycamore Tree

Our Guide expounding under a sycamore tree

Grinding Hyssop

Grinding Hyssop

Cistern at Megiddo

The Cistern at Megiddo.

Caesarea Maratama

Caesarea Maratama

Beryl at airport

So we don’t get lost!

Tuesday 21st May
Debby sent a few photos:

Caesarea Maratama is where Paul was possibly imprisoned before he was sent to Rome

The cistern at Megiddo is where Armageddon is expected to take place one day.

Debby said: “All going well so far as you can see from the pictures. Very hot and busy schedule.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday 20th May
Sue writing: “Its 1.30am Israeli time (2hr ahead) just arrived hotel after delayed flight/
Julia & I getting lost in our “suite of rooms”! Could get used to this.

“Log: arrived Israel. All through security ok – eventually. Some nerve wracking moments and blood pressure up. May have new title on my return as they wanted to know why I was leading group so from now it`s ‘Pastor Sue’.

“Interesting flight with passengers asking if they could join our next group tour – so we appear to be making an impression.

“Met our guide, Yehuda at airport and first impressions we`ll get on well. Prayers being answered.

“Fresh air coming from the Carmel Mountains (ie a chilly 25 degrees C!) and humid.”

Tel Aviv

The Mediterranean but no time to get in it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John sent us a photo (bottom of page) and added this comment: “The Mediterranean, but no time to get in it!”

23rd May 2013 Posted in: News, St John's Stories by Stella Jennings 2

2 Responses

  1. Helen Nixon says:

    Lovely to have this comprehensive update – with several of our C Group in the party

  2. Stella Jennings says:

    As I have been posting these updates and photos I have also been spotting members of our C Group!

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