Israel Bound

6 Jul

In keeping with our life philosophy to live to the fullest, Jody and I are preparing for a two-week trip to Israel.  We have always shared a dream of visiting The Holy Lands, but honestly never thought it would happen, at least not until our kids were grown.  That all changed last year when our church (Victory Church) announced a trip to Israel this summer.  This trip is part missions and part tourism.  Here are a few of the things we’ll be doing:

  • Working with local missionaries supported by our church
  • Ministering to the Israeli children
  • Visit Jericho, Galilee, & Jerusalem (just to name a few)
  • Float in the Dead Sea
  • Visit the cave in Bethlehem where Jesus was born
  • Stop at Jacob’s well, and the town of Nazareth, Jesus’ boyhood home
  • Get baptized in the Jordan River
  • Renew our marriage vowels in the Garden of Gethsemane
  • Stand in the Upper Room (revered as the place of the Last Supper)
  • Visit the Western Wall
  • And so much more

We are super excited about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and are so grateful to all the people who so generously gave to support us and this trip.  We pray God’s blessing on you in return.  As we watch the Bible come alive in front of us, we also pray that God would use this trip to grow & deepen our faith.  Finally, we would appreciate your prayers for safety and health both for us and our children as we are apart.

As you can imagine, I’ll be returning home with lots of pictures.  Is there anything in particular you’d like to see photos of?  Let me know, and I’ll try to include it in a post-Israel blog post.

Our "Israel" team (minus one)

Our “Israel” team (minus one)

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4 Responses to “Israel Bound”

  1. esjttp July 6, 2013 at 8:24 am #

    Praying for safty and good health for you and your fellow travelers.How exciting to have this experience to be where Jesus started his life to save ours,God Bless.

  2. Nate Hoffer July 6, 2013 at 10:16 am #

    I hope you all have a wonderful time! I look forward to seeing pictures.

  3. Emily July 6, 2013 at 7:42 pm #

    Have a marvelous time! I would love to see pictures of you in the Dead Sea and renewing your vows! Have a wonderful, fulfilling time!

  4. Michelle July 9, 2013 at 7:53 pm #

    Glad to see you decided to renew your vows, how awesome! Take LOTS of pictures of EVERYTHING! 🙂

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