S: The Holy Land - March, 2011
BC: Our Tour Group - March 18, 2011 An ancient street in Jerusalem's Temple area
FC: The Holy Land A Pilgrimage March, 2011
1: March 14, 2011 Little Rock to Tel Aviv, Israel | Flying with friends on the trip of a lifetime | First glimpse of Israel through the reinforced glass of Ben Gurion Airport | We boarded our Mercedes tour bus and were greeted with a red rose | Ready to leave Little Rock | Cathy, Ed, & Donna | Janet Clay Ben Gurion Airport
2: Jerusalem - a city of contrasts | "The Harp" | Government Buildings | City Walls
3: Ramada Inn, Jerusalem & the View from Our Room | Ramada Inn | ......Tired, but so happy to be here! | After a very long flight......
4: Our First Sight-seeing Tour of Jerusalem March 16, 2011 | View of the Old City of Jerusalem & the Dome of The Rock | Can't believe I'm really here! | David Aarons, our Jerusalem Guide | "Jerusalem, Jerusalem, sing for the night is o'er... Hosanna, in the highest, Hosanna forevermore!" | Jerusalem scenes
5: March 16, 2011 - Cheryl and Dale's surprise wedding was enjoyed by all and shared by the married couples who renewed their vows | Ramat Rachel overlooks the valley where Ruth gleaned in the threshing fields; David was anointed King; the angels appeared to the shepherds announcing the birth of Christ; and "O Little Town of Bethlehem" was written in 1868. Bethlehem is seen is just across the valley. | Rachel with her children | The Shepherds' Fields | Ed with Donna, his bride | Bro. Don's message: The stories of Jacob and Rachel & Ruth and Boaz
6: We were met by our Bethlehem guide, Ashrav. Bethlehem means "House of Bread." Wheat and barley were once grown in this area. | In Palestinian-controlled Bethlehem, we found a devout Christian shop-keeper who admonished us to pray for the peace of Israel.
7: The Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem 326AD; 540AD by Justinian | "A Baby Changes Everything" | Images by Crusaders 1099AD
8: The Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem | Mosaics from the original chruch 326AD Below: Church Square
9: Bethlehem Scenes | St. George's Cafe where we ate lunch | Growing political demonstration | Whatever he's selling, it's probably $1 | Palestinian version of Starbucks | Palestinian shoppers | Bethlehem - a very crowded city
10: The Church of the Shepherds Fields | "Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me....." | "I once was lost, but now I'm found, Was blind, but now I see!"
11: The Garden of Gethsemane The Garden's Theme: Surrender | An olive tree, more than 2,000 years old | Jerusalem's Eastern Gate from the Mount of Olives
12: Above: the Holy Rock; | The Basilica of Agony (Church of all Nations) Garden of Gethsemane | Above: & right: The Great Seal of the United States of America | According to tradition, the Holy Rock where Jesus prayed. | Cathy at the Church of all Nations
13: Sanctuary of Bethpage | One of the oldest monuments: Jesus mounting the colt | "Mary and Martha" read the account of Lazarus | Rhonda sang "My Alabaster Box"
14: Scenes from the Sanctuary of Bethpage: Sanctuary Priest; an ancient burial cave | Bethpage village | The group | The guys help David pick up trash
15: Our $5.00 camel ride | The Dome of the Rock - background for our group picture | Below: Just below the Dome of the Rock lies Jerusalem's city wall and a Jewish cemetery where rocks, not flowers, are placed on top of the tombs; | Weary beast, weary traveler | Above: the Muslim Dome of the Rock viewed through the window of the Church of Dominus Flevit
16: Lunch - where we tried filafa and found our group picture waiting for us. | After lunch, a trip to the Israel Museum and the model City of Jerusalem in 66AD | Gate to the Old City of Jerusalem | Model of Solomon's Temple | Model City of Jerusalem, Israel Museum | Psalm 48 - Written about Jerusalem, viewed from the south: "Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion on the sides of the North, the City of the great King."
17: King David's Tomb | "The Upper Room" circa 1200 AD, possibly built on the site of the Upper Room of the Last Supper and Pentecost. "Praise God from Whom all blessings flow.... Praise Him all creatures here below..." | A woman prays at David's tomb | King David with his harp | Stained glass window - Upper Room
18: "Before the cock crows..." | Steps to the House of Caiaphas | Across from the Upper Room, the House of Caiaphas - and in the distance, the Mountains of Moab | Church of St. Peter: "I will give you the keys to the Kingdom" Matt. 16:19 | Church of St. Peter | Jesus tells Peter, "You will deny me."
19: "The Sacred Pit" - a prisoner, possibly Jesus, would have been let down through the ceiling by rope and would have been imprisoned until his trial. | Peter, denying Jesus | Excavations - what events did these walls witness? | Psalm 88 "You have plunged me into the bottom of the pit." | We sang "The Light of the World is Jesus" and "The Blood will Never Lose its Power."
20: t | After a long day of sightseeing, dinner at the Hotel Ramada. Then David asked if we would like to see how the Jews prepare for the Sabbath. It was Thursday night, so we headed for the crowded Jerusalem marketplace where everyone was shopping, getting ready for the Sabbath. Some iPhone pics.... | Fresh veggies everywhere in the market | A Jewish service was in progress... | Jewish Market Scenes
21: Friday, March 18th - By 3:00 p.m., most businesses will be closed and most Jewish food will have been cooked in preparation for the Sabbath. Our day began early. | We visited the Church of St Anne, which dates back to the Crusaders and has a 12 second resonance. "How Great Thou Art" "Alleluia"
22: Our next stop: the Pool of Bethesda, where we remembered the sick among us and at home
23: Carved in the ancient pavement, the "Game of the Kings" played by the Roman soldiers | The Church of the Condemnation - We prayed the Lord's Prayer and sang "Up Calvary's Mountain"
24: Jesus was probably tried here or close by. Paving stones have soldiers' games carved in them. | The dungeon (formerly a water cistern) - here, or close by, Jesus was beaten with 39 stripes.
25: The Via Dolorosa | Amid the "Twelve Stations of the Cross", the street is crowded with tourists and lined with souvenir shops
26: The Church of the Holy Sepulcher | "He Arose, He Arose" | "Hallelujah, Christ Arose!" | "Rock of Ages, Cleft for me..."
27: After sightseeing comes eating (Everest Cafe) - then a few minutes to shop | Columns from Jerusalem's First Temple Period 1000-586 B.C. | Patriotic decals and tee-shirts
28: We walked through some of Jerusalem's more affluent areas. Children were dressed in costumes to celebrate the Feast of Purim.
29: The Wohl Torah Centre, with the beautiful solid gold Menorah that's worth millions | Jewish family visiting the Wohl Torah Center | Jerusalem from the Wohl Torah Centre | The Menorah
30: The Western Wall | Men and women pray separately Men's prayer section, Western Wall | Ladies prayer section, Western Wall
31: Scenes from the Western Wall, Jerusalem | Our group at the Western Wall
32: Views from Jerusalem's Temple Area | Cathy and Becky Vint | Carolyn, Sissy, Jim & Karen Hutchens, Donna & Ed Clawson
33: I walked today where Jesus walked.... | Jerusalem's Temple Area - the pavement dates to before Christ. | Our guide, David, made a picture of the group. | Carolyn | Kathy, Janet, Carolyn | Standing on holy ground
34: Saturday, March 19th - Jewish Sabbath - and the Garden Tomb | As we waited to enter the Garden, a group from Brazil sang "How Great Is Our God" | Ron, our guide, was an enthusiastic Englishman. | Jewish services start between 7:00 and 8:00 a.m. and end about 11:30.
35: "At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden, a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid. Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation, and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there." John 19:41-42 | Golgotha, the "Place of the Skull" | A few yards away, the unfinished tomb | Bro. Don and Ron
36: The Garden Tomb | The empty tomb..... | Rhonda led us in the song "Because He Lives"
37: Communion Service at the Garden Tomb
38: In the Garden, David Aarons told us he could no longer be our guide due to a back injury, & Dale and Cheryl Bruns left to fly back to the U.S. to attend his son-in-law's funeral. | A wine press - evidence that the Garden was once a vineyard. | Garden Tomb scenes
39: A Bedouin camp | The Judean Wilderness. We stopped at an overlook where, in the middle of the desert, was a monastery. | The Bedouins don't miss a sales opportunity! | We left Jerusalem and traveled south toward the Dead Sea. | Palestinian Family | Monastery
40: A Masada Park employee - During the Festival of Purim, children and adults dress in various costumes. | Our new guide, Raphael, was with us for the trip to the Dead Sea | We stopped at Masada National Park. Masada was a fortress built by Herod the Great between 37 and 31 BC. | Masada
41: The view from our room - sunrise over the Dead Sea Below: Scenes from the Hotel | Scenes from Hotel Le Meridien David, Dead Sea | Zinnia floating in the Dead Sea | "We want peace" a declaration heard over and over
42: Theda and Conrad Carroll waiting for the bus to leave Hotel Le Meridien David | Karen Jim Donna | Pictures from Hotel Meridien David, Dead Sea
43: Sunday, March 20 - Joined by our new guide, Mike, we traveled from the Dead Sea to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. | An Ibex | Dead Sea - a very desolate area | Qumran Cave where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in 1947. | Jericho Road
44: Jericho scenes | We were excited to find out that Mike had arranged for us to stop in Jericho | Jericho's walls | Bro. Don: Story of Jesus and Zacchaeus at Jericho
45: Mercedes limo - with fancy coat hanger antenna! | Lunch at Temptation Restaurant | Ready to board the bus for Galilee | Wash day! | Israel is serious about its borders!
46: On our way to Galilee, we stopped at the Jordan River and Bro. Don, assisted by Ed Clawson, baptized several people. | Jan, Zinnia, and Janet ready to be baptized | Bro. Don and Ed Clawson | Jan | "River Jordan is chilly and cold...." It sure was! | After the baptismal service, we checked in to beautiful Hotel Gai Beach on the Sea of Galilee | Zinnia
47: Monday, March 21 - The sun rising over the Golan Heights onto the Sea of Galilee | After breakfast, we took a boat ride out onto the Sea of Galilee. From Bro. Don's devotional: Life changes suddenly, redeem the time; Jesus moves away from us to draw near to us; He is always praying for us; the wind always blows against us; He comes to us in the darkest hour; our hope is in Christ alone; you've got to get out of the boat to walk on the water; never take your eyes off Christ; anything over our head is under His feet. | Songs: "The Anchor Holds" & "How Great Thou Art"
48: More than 2,000 years old, this ancient boat was discovered in the Sea of Galilee. | The "Jesus Boat" is similar to one that Jesus and his disciples would have used. | Mike, our guide, asked us to think about the Dead Sea - how there is inflow from the Jordan River, but no outlet - then to consider the Sea of Galilee, where the Jordan river flows in and then flows out. He admonished us to "be Galilee."
49: Our next stop was the beautiful Arbel Valley, or "Valley of the Wind and the Doves" | Kathy in the Sycamore tree | Sandra Schrekenhofer
50: From Arbel, we traveled to the Mount of Beatitudes | Church of the Beatitudes
51: The Church at Tabgha commemorates the miracle of the loaves and the fishes | Peter's Primacy | Sea of Galilee | Jesus said to Peter, "Feed my sheep."
52: The Sea of Galilee - One of our favorite places in Israel | We ate lunch at Ein Gey Kibbutz - This is St. Peter's fish. The lemon works well to cover up its eyes! | Cathy at Ein Gey Kibbutz | Lunchtime
53: Kursi - where Jesus drove the demons into the swine | Our next stop: Capernaum
54: Synagogue at Capernaum | Capernaum Excavations | Capernaum | Ancient olive press | Capernaum
55: Mosaic Tile Floor | We visited "St. Peter's House", Capernaum, which overlooks the beautiful Sea of Galilee | Statue of St. Peter Capernaum
56: Ready to board the bus for our hotel in Tiberias | Sea of Galilee, Capernaum | Archaeological finds at Capernaum | Some columns have inscriptions regarding "Caesar" | Sea of Galilee Capernaum | Capernaum
57: Sunrise, March 22, 2011, Sea of Galilee | As dawn broke over the mountains, a fishing boat came near the shore. The two guys were singing. Wonder if Peter and Andrew sang as they checked their nets? Then an Oregon youth group began to sing "How Great Is Our God".... "The splendor of the King, clothed in majesty, let all the earth rejoice, all the earth rejoice. He wraps Himself in light, and darkness tries to hide, and trembles at His voice, and trembles His voice - how great is our God, sing with me, how great is our God, and all will see how great is our God!" | The youth group from Oregon met every morning for praise and worship at sunrise.
58: After breakfast, we traveled through beautiful countryside to Tel Hazor | Countryside around Tel Hazor | Tel Hazor History
59: Tel Hazor Mike, our Palestinian Christian guide, explained to us that politics and religion are not the root of conflict - instead, the battle has been and continues to be over location and water. | Hazor
60: We saw satellite dishes everywhere - even on top of the potty! | Look out, Cathy! | Tel Hazor scenes | Rhonda and her son
61: We traveled north toward Mt. Hermon, crossing the Jordan River. We were within 10 miles of Lebanon and Syria. | River Jordan | Villages of Lebanon from the bus window | An Israeli helicopter patrols the Syrian border | We hiked down to the Banyas Waterfall, which is fed from springs at the foot of Mt. Hermon | Poppies at Banyas waterfall
62: Janet Clay,, Zinnia, Donna Clawson | Steve Wiles | Karen and Jim Hutchens | Banyas Waterfall
63: Posted along the entrance to this beautiful, peaceful place, a solemn reminder that there is no peace in this corner of the world. | Mike, our guide, and Carolyn | Carolyn - just couldn't leave without a few more pics! | Banyas Falls trail | The Falls
64: Next, we traveled to the Temple of Pan, once one of the most depraved places on earth. Here human sacrifices were made to the god of Pan. | Our devotional here was from Matthew 16:13 - when Jesus asked, "Who do people say that I am?"
65: Kathy, Mike, Janet | Ed & Donna Clawson, Mike, Karen & Jim Hutchens, me | Sissy McNew | Mike on his cell phone - modern technology in an ancient grotto | Jennifer & Carolyn | Grotto of Pan
66: We traveled along winding roads toward Mount Hermon, which is a strategic area overlooking the borders of Syria and Lebanon | Across the border in Lebanon, a small village | We drove through a Druze village
67: We had lunch at a Druze village in the northern Golan Heights | Druze village scenes
68: After lunch at the Druze village, we traveled to the Syrian border | A Syrian village and United Nations buildings | Israeli Defense overlooking the Syrian border | Syrian wind turbines | Battle scarred buildings | Syria
69: On the way back to our hotel in Tiberias, we stopped once more at the peaceful Valley of Arbel | Scenes of the Arbel Valley (Valley of the Wind and the Doves)
70: The Arbel Valley, overlooking the Sea of Galilee | Mike, our guide, told us how a storm could quickly form in the Valley and swoop down on to the Sea of Galilee
71: The beautiful Valley of Arbel Jesus would have walked this valley from Nazareth to Capernaum
72: We left the Valley of Arbel and traveled back through Tiberias to our hotel. Our balcony was a great place to sit and reflect on our day. Soon, as Mike had described, a storm began to descend from the Arbel Valley. | Storm clouds in the Arbel Valley behind the hotel. | The wind started to blow and the peaceful sea became rough. | Storm on the Sea of Galilee | Tiberias
73: A dove flew into one of the palm trees by our room and began to coo. | A sightseeing boat, out on the rough sea, makes its way to the shore. | Sea of Galilee | "The anchor holds, Though the ship is battered, The anchor holds, Though the sails are torn. I have fallen on my knees As I faced the raging seas The anchor holds In spite of the storm." "The Anchor Holds" - Lawrence Chewning & Ray Boltz | "Each cooing dove and sighing bough That makes the eve so blessed to me Has something far diviner now It bears me back to Galilee. Oh Galilee, sweet Galilee, Where Jesus loved so much to be; Oh Galilee, blue Galilee Come sing thy song again to me. Every flowery glen and mossy dell Where happy birds in song agree Through sunny morn the praises tell Of sights and sounds in Galilee" "Memories of Galilee" - Robert Morris - 1874 | "He's the Savior of men, And he's coming again His promise secure it shall be He's the Pearl of Great Price, He's the world's sacrifice He's the Master of Blue Galilee" "The Master of Blue Galilee" - Wanda Faye Jaus - 1949
74: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - Tuesday's storm clouds linger over Galilee. Our visit to Israel is almost over. Today we travel south of Galilee - first to Bet She'an, then to Nazareth and Cana. | At the entrance to Bet She'an, a shepherd watches over his flock | The ruins of Bet She'an
75: The Bet She'an Amphitheater | A few in the group opted to climb the Tel while the rest of us visited the ruins | Mike explains the history of Bet She'an
76: Bet She'an was once a major city located along a main trade route of the Jordan River. | Amphitheater, Bet She'an | Looking down to the theater area | Several civilizations contributed to the building of Bet She'an, including the Greeks, Romans, & Christians | Here we sang "The Old Rugged Cross"
77: In 729AD, during the Muslim period, a massive earthquake destroyed Bet She'an. The columns remain as they fell. | Bet She'an "spa" | Baptismal Font - Christian period
78: Picture of Jordan, taken from the bus | Our next stop was Gideon's cave and the Harod Spring | Gideon's Cave | Gideon's Cave | Dianne McArthur, Jennifer & Bobby Tiner, Kathy White, & Cathy Dunn
79: Carolyn read the story of Gideon from Judges 7 | Nazareth, taken from "Three Faiths Lookout" (Mt. Precipice) | Lunch was provided by Mike and Khaliel - a picnic on the bus on top of Mt. Precipice | Jim Hutchens takes a picture from Mt. Precipice | Harod's Spring at Gideon's Cave | Our next stop: Nazareth
80: Mount Tabor, taken from Mt. Precipice | Nazareth from Mt. Precipice | Mt. Precipice, also called the Leaping Mountain | One of the few times we needed a coat - it was quite windy and cold on top of Mt. Precipice. | Nazareth | View from Mount Precipice
81: Scenes from Nazareth, the town where Jesus grew up. Below the Church of Annunciation's spire, a billboard declares Muslim doctrine | Synagogue Church - according to tradition, built by Crusaders on the site of the Synagogue where Jesus prayed and taught. Mike demonstrates how teachers would have sat as they taught the people in the Synagogue.
82: Altar of the Synagogue Church | Franciscan High School, Nazareth | Nazareth Market | School children headed home with with an afternoon snack | Nazareth
83: Mary's Well, Church of Annunciation, Nazareth | Church commemorating Christ's first miracle at the wedding in Cana | Cana | Cana
84: Thursday, March 24, 2011 - It looked as if our last sunrise in Galilee would be obscured by clouds.... but, before long, the first rays broke through and soon the Sea was bathed in glorious golden light. | "He wraps Himself in light, And darkness tries to hide, And trembles at His voice, and trembles at his voice. How great is our God, sing with me, how great is our God And all will see how great, how great, is our God!"
85: One final glimpse of Galilee as Mike played the song "The Stranger of Galilee". Mike's message: "Be Galilee." | We left Hotel Gai Beach and began our journey towards Tel Aviv where we would catch our flight home. | We stopped at Megiddo | Steps to Megiddo | For a while, a thunderstorm threatened our trip to Megiddo, but we waited and were so glad we did. Trail to the Tel
86: Cathy | Megiddo - King Solomon's Palace, 10th Century BC | Ancient pagan altar of sacrifice | Some Megiddo History
87: Carolyn Jones and Kathy White Megiddo | Grain silo, Megiddo | Looking for pottery shards??? | In the valley below Megiddo, is an underground Israeli Defense Airfield
88: The group at Megiddo | Bro. Don | Mike patiently waiting for us to go down to the water system. | Megiddo | Megiddo - steps to the water system
89: Exit options: 183 steps or 80 steps - a no brainer! | Eighty steps later, daylight! | As we left Megiddo, Mike drew our attention to an ancient tomb with a rolling stone. Khaliel turned the bus around and stopped for us to make pictures. | Steps down to the Megiddo water cistern | Carolyn, Cathy, and Denver Prince
90: Becky Vint | We left Megiddo and stopped at the Sanctuary of Mt. Carmel | Views from Mt. Carmel | Sandra Schrekenhofer with Elijah
91: In the valley below, an Israeli Defense airfield | You can see for miles from here - arrows point the directions to various places | Elijah & Janet Clay | Elijah & Cathy
92: Our final stop of the day was Caesarea Maritime, and Herod's Theater, built by Herod the Great (or Herod the Crazy as Mike called him) in 22-10 BC.
93: Herod's Palace, Caesarea Maritime | A ship sails off the Mediterranean coast of Caesarea Maritime | Ed Clawson, Herod's Theater | Herod's Palace | The stage area, Herod's Theater
94: Caesarea Maritime
95: Scenes of beautiful Caesarea Maritime - how about a cottage right here??? | The two-story building is the remains of the Governor's House and was probably home to Pontius Pilate | The Governor's House
96: Caesarea Maritime scenes | Carolyn and Kathy | The Apostle Paul was kept here and sailed to Rome from this harbor
97: Remains of the Aqueduct Caesarea Maritime | This little girl was enjoying a day out with her Mom | The Aqueduct | Zinnia at the Mediterranean Sea - another favorite place!
98: We left beautiful Caesarea Maritime and traveled toward Tel Aviv. The highway was packed as we neared the airport. We will never forget the security at Ben Gurion! | Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv | The Mediterranean Sea from beneath the arches of the Aqueduct Caesarea Maritime | Khaliel, our excellent driver got us to the airport safely and on time. | Khaliel drove many miles and patiently waited for us at each stop.
99: “You've started to look to going back home in the States where your children and your family and your job, your routine life that you usually do - and that is normal. But believe me friends, and remember what I am telling you now, when you will take that plane tonight and it will fly up in the sky, something will play there in your heart and you will feel something towards this land and you will feel like you are leaving to home away from another home. Few days you spent here, not years as you spent where you were born and you grew up. But, those few days here connected you to a valuable, great Person that all your life you heard about. And the moment just came for you to come and experience where He was born, where He grew up, where He lived, where He talked to people, where He taught people, where He was crucified, and then He gave his life to all, and all are ‘living back after’. This land is a special land, even it is little and small with the great events that took place here and the great people who lived here in this land, starting from the first and the creation, going up to the prophets and coming to Jesus Christ where He himself came down as a man and walked between the people and gave them that example – He showed that example. He didn't just talk as many people like to talk only. No, He talked and showed and worked. He showed how we have to be. And He taught us a lot. But, how great His teachings, after 2,000 years - and still going on and on. That kind of solid House of God that He prepared, and He taught us how to build it and how to keep it so solid wherever we go - which means in our hearts, in our minds, friends - and there is no better place to keep Him, no better warm place, no better solid place, no better beloved place - and very powerful place, than our hearts and our minds and our souls. When we go away from this life, then our souls keep alive and they don’t die - only our body dies. And with that meaning when we build the House of God in our hearts, then it will be alive all the time, until we meet again. Friends, you took the decision – you came here – you walked the streets, you heard, you listened, you experienced the Holy Land and today you are going back with thousands, thousands of images, thousands of pictures, not only in your camera but in your heart and in your mind. Pictures that will remain unforgettable – sweet memories from the Bible land. A lot of the blessings that you hold and you carry in your heart with your wishes that those blessings will protect you and take care of you and your family and your children and will cover your house wherever there you live. And that’s one of the pilgrim’s dream when any pilgrim is coming to the land of Jesus Christ to take with him back blessings to protect him from any kind of bad thing or any danger. But we learned a lot the last few days - lessons that never can we learn them in our daily life, just to come here and complete that kind of knowledge that started in your church or in your home where you learned about Jesus and about the Bible. But being here is a kind of real lecture, real lesson, real university where you see things, you walk where things took place, and then the whole image is complete – the whole knowledge is complete, the whole understanding of the Bible is complete. And in two words I can tell and that is my hope all the time, and that is our goal that the Bible became alive to you in all its meaning wherever we went. And now after those days, after you walked everywhere when you go back and you hear anything connected to the Savior’s life or anything connected to the Bible, the old and the new, you will tell, ‘I was there, I walked there, I saw this, I saw that,’ and you yourself will be a testimony and you will tell a lot about your new understanding of the Bible. And I am sure that many things that you knew before, now you know them differently and let’s say better than before. You understand the Bible better. And when you go back just keep telling people what you learned out of your visit to the land here and the Biblical sites and all what you saw here, friends. I feel all the time when you leave, friends, you are the messengers of the Holy Land. From now on, you have to keep talking about this land. Talk to your friends, tell them about the beauty of the land, the people and everything you want to talk about and above all, talk about the Bible land and the power of the sites and how you felt the presence of the Lord here and there..." Mike, EO Tour Guide | The afternoon sun breaks through the clouds Tel Aviv, Israel March 24. 2011