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S: WIHL 2011 - Photobook by Rebecca Queen

BC: Thanks to Bobby for taking the majority of the pictures I used for this book. Thanks to my parents for supporting me on my adventures through the Holy Lands! | by Rebecca Queen July 2011

FC: Wheaton in the Holy Lands May 15-July 4, 2011

1: 4 Countries 44 students 49 days | "See what the land is like. Is the land fertile or unproductive? Are there trees in it, or not? Be courageous!" Numbers 13:18, 20

3: Sights in the Old City of Jerusalem. The Dome of the Church of the Holy Seplechre and Temple Mount. Orthodox Jews at the Western Wall. Jewish boys in the street. Outside the walls of the Old City. | "And you looked that day to the weapons in the Palace of the Forest; you saw that the City of David had many breaches in its defenses; you stored up water in the Lower Pool. You counted the buildings in Jerusalem and tore down the houses to strengthen the wall. You built a reservoir between the two walls for the water of the Old Pool but you did not look to the One who made it, or have regard for the One who planned it long ago." Isaiah 22:8-11

4: Beth and I in Hezikiah's Tunnel. Walking inside the Old City walls. Women praying in the Church of the Holy Seplechre. Sights in the Old City market. (Go Thunder!) | From Erik Most's Blog post: "The word in Hebrew is Hesed. This word is commonly seen is the Psalms. One example, Psalm 48, “We have thought on your steadfast love, O God.” Our English translations use the phrase “steadfast love” to convey this Hebrew meaning of Hesed. As Dr. Wright noted, this translation serves its purpose, but we don’t capture the full meaning. It is better captured as the unfailing, unlimited, unbroken, committed covenantal faithfulness of God towards us that demands a response."

5: A Israeli take on Starbucks... 'Stars & Bucks' found in Bethlehem.

6: Stephen and Erik at the Temple Mount | Excerpt from Impression Report 5/25: "I felt like I was going somewhere that I wasn't invited. The Temple is juxtaposed with the Wailing wall surrounded by Jews praying for the Messiah to come."

7: The ancient Temple. Erik and I walking the streets. Standing on the stairs ascending to the entrance of the temple, probably the same stairs Jesus walked when he entered the Temple to worship.

8: The Mount of Olives. My favorite Cathedral. Garden of Gethsemane. The "rock of agony" where Jesus wept. | "The Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, 'Sit here while I go over there and pray.'" Matthew 26:36

9: "Great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise, in the city of God, his holy mountain. It is beautiful in its loftiness, the joy of the whole earth. Like the most heights of Zaphon is Mount Zion, the city of the Great King... As we have heard, so we have seen in the city of the Lord Almighty, in the city of our God: God makes her secure forever... Walk about Zion, go around her, count her towers, consider well her ramparts, view her citadels, that you may tell of them to the next generation." Psalm 48 edt.

11: Bethlehem. Worshipping at the Church that marks the place of Jesus' birth. The entrance to His birthplace. Beth and I by a door. A nativity set. Outside the church. The peace fountain in the Bethlehem city market. | "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times." Micah 5:2

12: The Southern Swing. Erik at the Mactesh Crater (largest erosion crater in the world). Beth, Mac and I swimming in the Dead Sea. Erik, Beth, Stephen and I at Herodia. Swimming at in the Mediterranean at Ashkelon. Examining pottery found at Ashkelon. Standing in Qumran where they found the Dead Sea Scrolls. Hiking the Psalm 23 valley called the Zin Wadi Canyon. Ibex in the valley.

13: "In a desert land he found him, in a barren and howling waste. He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye." Deuteronomy 32:10

15: At Caesarea (Herod's sea port) Bobby and I jumped in the Mediterranean Sea. The whole group by Herod's aqueducts. | "When the calvary arrived in Caesarea, they delivered the letter to the governor and handed Paul over to him... he ordered that Paul be kept under guard in Herod's palace." Acts 23:33, 35

16: "He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men." Psalm 107:29-31 | "And Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 'Come, follow me,' Jesus said, 'and I will make you fishers of men.' At once they left their nets and followed him." Mark 1: 16-18

17: Sea of Galilee. First century boat. Hiking the Arbel Cliffs. Paul, Erik and I on the lake for a morning boat ride. We stayed at Ein Gev on the Sea of Galilee. We spent three nights enjoying the same sunset Jesus saw and exploring the place where he did the majority of his ministry.

18: The Mount of Beatitudes. The Jordan River. Church where Jesus fed the 5,000. Bet Shean ruins. | "Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is our reward in heaven..." Matthew 5:11-12

19: " | "At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. As Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove." Mark 1:9

20: "The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, heard his cry and saw how he died, he said, "Surely this man was the Son of God!" Mark 1538-39

21: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre was one of my favorite sights. It marks the place where Jesus was crucified, his body anointed and buried. We got a private tour with Father Samuel. Photos include: the tomb of Jesus Christ, rock of Golgotha, and dome of the Church and inside Jesus' tomb.

22: We had a great time trying local food, including: desserts in the Muslim Quarter market, Cafe Hilell in the new city, Moshiko's for hummus and falafel, crepes in the new city, an Israeli salad with fresh cucumbers and tomatoes and finally Coke with an Arabic label.

24: Istanbul, Turkey. The Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Galata Tower built in 1348. | We flew to Asia for the day to visit Ephesus. Pictured is the library. | Turkey

25: The Chora Museum had the most beautiful mosaics I have ever seen. | The Terrace houses in Ephesus. | In Turkey we had the privilege of meeting the Ecumenical Patriarch for the Eastern Orthodox Church. He greeted us and encouraged us in our faith.

27: We spent our first 3 days in Greece relaxing at Makri on the beach of the Aegean Sea. This included lots of sand volleyball and reading. Our first stop was Philippi followed by the River of Lydia. At the River of Lydia we worshiped and dipped our feet in the cool water. | "And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight... | ...so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ." Philippians 1: 9-10 | "On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer... one of these was Lydia... | The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul's message.... she and the members of her house were baptized." Acts 16:13-15

29: The old city walls of Thessaloniki. Statue of griffin in archeology museum at Delphi, first century synagogue in Berea, paints from the Icon Factory, group photo with the pastor at Evangelical church in Drama. The Rocks of Meteora where the monks live, Kristina and Beth in the River of Lydia, inside the Church at the River of Lydia, the ruins of Delphi.

31: Cliff jumping in Neapoli, graffiti in the Roman Forum of Thessaloniki, Erik snoozin' on the bus, racing at the ruins of Olympus, the ancient city of Acrocorinth, remains of the pediment of Zeus, the placec where Paul well held on trial, Kristina, Beth and I at the monastary in Meteora.

32: Lisa and I at the Corinth Canal. Girls with statue of Leonidas representing battle of Spartans (what the movie 300 was based on). Standing in a watchtower at Accrocorinth. Beth and I about to board the ferry to cross into the Peloponnese peninsula. Priest speaking at the Greek Orthodox Church in Athens.

33: Beth and I with our rockin' Mountain Smith lumbar packs. These were the ideal bags to carry all our gear throughout the trip. Lisa, Kristina, Beth and I watching the sunset at the Temple of Poseidon. At the Parthenon with the US Special Olympics bowling team. Mac and I with Hannah of the Wheaton SMP Athens team randomly running into each other at Mars Hill.

34: Steven and I at the Parthenon in Athens. At a concert in the ancient Athenian theater. World famous Joshua Bell played the violin.

35: Famous statue of Spartan boy at the Athens National Archaeology Museum. Protestors being teargased in Athens WIHL girls by the Parthenon.

36: Final days in Greece. Surprise 'Greek God' raid by the WIHL boys. Special Olympics volleyball match USA v. Austria (2-1).

37: We were so excited to go to the Special Olympics. Will, Jared and I stayed up late making shirts the night before | The best iced coffee at Delphi. | Sunset at the Temple of Poseidon. | Statue at the Athens Archaeology Museum.

38: aIn Florence, Italy on our last day. Beth and I bought high-sped train tickets and spent the day shopping, eating and sightseeing. | Girls in the Colosseum. Rome, Italy

39: The final days sight-seeing in Rome. St. Paul outside the walls, the Colosseum, Gelato with Beth, Dome of St. Paul outside the walls, Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon.

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