S: Jordan and Israel Work & Witness June 2011
BC: We're in Tel Aviv heading home. Oh, how we want to come back!
FC: Jordan and Israel June 17, 2011-July 2, 2011
1: Jordan and Israel Work and Witness June 17-July 2, 2011
2: On the way to Tel Aviv! | Johnny, our Israeli tour guide | The beginning of our adventure! | Mom fell as soon as we left the airport! The Middle East sure is a dangerous place! | 'Jesus' in Arabic.
3: We spent our first night in Nazareth. On Sunday morning we walked to the Church of the Annunciation before attending a service at the Nazarene church. | Mary's well. | 'Jesus' in Arabic.
4: After the church served chicken schwarma sandwiches and watermelon for lunch, we drove to Mt. Precipice where the Jews tried to throw Jesus off the cliff after He read from Isaiah 61. | Mt. Tabor, in the background, is one of two possible sites for the Transfiguration. | Above and below are views from Mt. Precipice to the Valley of Armageddon.
5: Schneller Guest House, our home in Zarqa. | City scenes in Amman and Zarqa. | We crossed the border around 5:30 pm and drove to Schneller for dinner.
6: Our first day at Zarqa Nazarene School! | We were greeted by bagpipes, drums and a cultural dance troupe. We gave gifts to the teachers then divided into groups to organize the day's work.
7: VBS | Women's Ministry | Teaching the Bible story. Juliana translated. | Getting packets of beads ready. | Karla dedicated a baby! The ladies loved making their balloon flip-flops!
8: Shopping for the 'bombs!' | Ah, THE BRICKS! Up three stories! | Tearing down the wall. | Dan spent much of the week painting in one of the Kindergarten rooms. The fumes were awful! He took time off to help in VBS.
9: If you give Bethany a sledge hammer, she's going to make a mess! | Miriam, Nadia and Bethany were awesome! Nadia dunked over Harry!!
10: JoAnne really did work, even though there aren't many pictures! | Here she's making chicken salad for our lunch at Petra. There were tons of little chairs to clean, eggs to scramble, and desks to paint! | Thanks to Karla for deciding we needed yummy breakfast. We just weren't used to olives with tomatoes and cucumbers, salty cheese and boiled eggs every day!
11: Above: Amer Qusus Below: Pastor Khalil Halaseh | Diana and Juliana Sahliah | Missionary Rod Green and Alaa Eldeen | Summer | The Zarqa pastor, his wife Rose and family. | Miriam Kh and Alaa | Our friends in Zarqa
12: Read Ghanem, our new sponsored child. | Read is 10 years old and going into 5th grade. The pastor's wife, Rose, knew him from the school and went to his house to get him so we could meet him. He is from a Muslim family and attends the Zarqa school. Our prayer is that Read will come to know Jesus as his personal Savior.
13: We spent our last night in Jordan worshiping with our new friends in the Zarqa church. The music was lively, DeAnne sang, the Koreans also sang and Pastor Rob preached. It was sad to leave and we miss them all, but we are now Facebook friends! | Bethany called Amer 'a giant Arab teddy bear!' He LOVED her and Sydney and wanted them to stay and marry his sons!
14: PETRA | On Friday, we took a "break" from work and traveled to Petra, "The Lost City". Our tour company gave each of us a bedouin head covering, which gave the locals a pretty hearty laugh. We walked up 900 steps to reach the Monestary at the top. The three of us then went with Eric and Ben about 1/2 mile further to "the best view in Petra"- which turned out to be a true claim! On the way back, Dan and Bethany rode camels!! When all was said and done we had walked 9 miles and spent 5 hours in the scorching heat, but it was well worth it. Needless to say, after shaking most of the sand out of our shoes and taking showers to wash away our dirt tans, we all slept very soundly!!! | "The Lost City"
16: The traditional site of Jesus' baptism (above). A sample of mosaic ruins we saw in Jordan and Israel (below). | The cathedral at the site of Jesus' baptism.
17: The Church of the Nazarene in Madaba. | Mt. Hor where Aaron died. | Moses' view of the Promised Land from Mt. Nebo. | Bethany is trying to duplicate the same pose that Jesse did in this spot when he was in Jordan with Youth in Mission seven years earlier.
18: The Dead Sea | Using the free mud to make our skin silky smoothe!
19: In Jordan we were blessed to share in the ministry of Zarqa Nazarene Church...we made friends with the wonderful Christians there...we gained a better understanding of what it is like to live in an Islamic culture...we discovered that the Arab people are gracious and hospitable and are trying to live their lives each day just like we are...the country has beautiful places like Petra and the Dead Sea, but is mostly barren and dry. The Jordanians love their country and their king. We would love to go back. | In Israel we experienced a lifetime dream come true. We walked where Jesus walked. We saw and touched so many special places we had only known about before...where Gabriel spoke to Mary, the birthplace of Jesus, the Sea of Galilee, Peter's home, the Temple, the Garden, the tomb, Calvary, the Old City and so much more.
20: Leaving Jordan Monday morning, June 27, we passed a UN truck delivering food to a needy community. It took two hours to cross the border at Beit Shean. We said goodbye to Aladdin, switched buses and picked up Johnny and Taleb again on the Israeli side. We stopped at McDonalds to use their picnic area for our packed lunch but we couldn't resist going in for ice cream! We then drove through the Jezreel Valley on the way to Ceasarea Maritima on the Mediterranean Sea. We were amazed at the beauty and the significant historical ruins.
21: The beautiful Mediterranean Sea at Ceasarea
22: More ruins of King Herod's palace. Bethany is sitting on the public potty! On the right is the foundation of the room where they believe Paul was tried before Festus and Agrippa. | The archway (L.) and ampitheater (above) are original from the time of King Herod. | The ruins of the palace that extended into the Mediterranean Sea (b).
23: The aquaduct that brought water into the city. | The Hippodrome for horse and chariot races.
24: On Tuesday we left the Nazareth hotel and drove to the Sea of Galilee. This was a very special place to us because Jesus spent so much time in ministry here. We walked down the Mount of Beatitudes and saw the hill where Jesus probably fed the 5,000. We walked in the sea right where Peter recognized it was Jesus cooking breakfast on the shore and where he was reinstated into Kingdom work. The shoreline is covered in tiny conch shells. | The Sea of Galilee
25: The church at the top of the Mount of Beatitudes | Bethany reading the Beatitudes outside the church. | Overlooking the Sea of Galilee from the top of the Mount of Beatitudes.
26: This is the rock that tradition says Jesus was preparing breakfast on for the disciples.
27: We ate a fish lunch in Ein-Gev which means 'pearl of Galilee'. | Once on board, they raised the American flag and played our National Anthem. | It was hard to believe we were sailing on the same sea that Jesus and the disciples crossed so many times. Golan Heights in the background.
28: The ruins of Peter's house
29: This synagogue was built in the early 4th century on the ruins of the one that Jesus taught in. | The bottom layer of stones are original from Jesus' day.
30: An olive press | Carvings of the Star of David and pomegranates | A carving of the Ark of the Covenant | Ruins as you walk into the town | Capernaum continued...
32: Ah, the Bethlehem Inn. They've added on since Mary and Joseph stayed there, but they still don't have fitted sheets! The dove below was painted by Banksy, a famous graffiti artist, who goes to controversial places to do his work under cover of night. It is guarded by Palestinian soldiers. | Right outside the front door we were confronted with part of the wall that is built around the entire West Bank. It is covered in graffiti.
33: We are touching the star where tradition says Mary gave birth. | Inside the shepherds' cave | Ornate cathedrals were built over every holy place. | Starbucks couldn't make it in Israel so this is the next best thing!
34: We spent Wednesday morning shopping at a big olive wood store. We ended up going back that night to buy the nativity and Dan's shepherd carving. We had lunch at the Jerusalem CON with Lindell and Kay Browning. Tim Evans, the young pastor from Ireland, took us up to the rooftop to see the aquaponic system they had developed. This technology will hopefully offer food security for developing and less-fertile nations. After lunch we went to the Mt. of Olives and walked down the Palm Sunday road to the Garden of Gethsemane. From there we went to Caiaphas's house and saw the dungeon where they held Jesus between trials. The steps leading up to the house are probably the ones that Jesus actually walked on. | Overlooking Jerusalem from the top of the Mt. of Olives
35: Looking across the Kidron Valley to the temple mount. On the left is the old city of David. If you look closely you can see the eastern gates (r) which have been sealed by the Muslims because they know the prophecy that Jesus will return through the eastern gates. They have also put a cemetery in front to make doubly sure it doesn't happen! Below are two closer views of the eastern gates and the cemetery.
36: The Garden of Gethsemane
37: The church at the Garden of Gethsemane. On the left is the view from Mt. Zion across the Kidron Valley | l. The rock inside the church where it is believed Jesus endured His agony
38: The steps outside Caiaphas' house that Jesus was probably taken up from the Garden of Gethsemane for His first trial. | Where Jesus was tried before Pilate (below)
39: Inside the lowest dungeon of Caiaphas' house where they kept the worst criminals. Jesus was probably held here. (Below) Holes in the rocks where they tied prisoners hands up.
40: Jeron putting a prayer in the Wailing Wall | Thursday we began by going to the Wailing Wall, the temple mount and the Dome of the Rock.
41: The entire mount area was heavily patroled. To our great relief, the abandoned suitcase found underneath a chair we were all gathered around belonged to a peddler and did not contain a bomb.
42: He is Risen indeed!
43: We shared communion together near the garden tomb. There was another group there that was singing and we joined in with them.
44: (Clockwise from top left): The Bethesda Pool ruins, rabbis, the Jaffa gate, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a rock with a 2,000-year-old earthquake crack inside the Church, and an archway in the Old City.
45: On Friday we spent a few hours in the Old City. We finished all of our gift shopping and used Rod as a personal assistant. It was a great day in Jerusalem, just in time for a red-eye flight home. | Old | The | City
46: Hezekiah's Tunnel | Narrow, dark and wet for the daring ones. Narrow, dry and lighted for the wimps.
47: Group picture of the adventuresome ones right before they went in. I see Bethany but I can't find Dan and JoAnne.! | The wet and wild group coming up the steps. Lots of laughing and funny stories.
48: Above: The Upper Room Below: The south and west wall of the temple. Below rt: Close-up of the same corner. The rubble is from the destruction of the temple.
49: Above and rt: The Southern Steps The exit door of the temple is on the left. | The sealed up arches were the entrance to the temple in Jesus' day. We are standing on actual pavemenet that He would have walked on.
51: Quotes "This is my language."...Amer "It will be here in 30 minutes."...suppliers in Zarqa "That was easy!"...Taleb "Wakey, Wakey"...Aladdin "Shake a leg"...Aladdin "When we talk about...we talk about..." Aladdin When we talk about Mt. Hor, we talk about H.O.R."...Aladdin