There is no place like Israel in all the world. You could travel to many wonderful places in the world but I feel as though none can compare to the Holy Land. The most important event in Human History occurred there. The birth, ministry, death, resurrection, and ascension of the Savior of the world. When you see these places with your own eyes, you never look at the Bible the same way again. This year we took 34 people. We were all on one bus, which makes it easier to get around. This was my 5th trip but it was unlike other trips in the past. The weather was challenging at times. We went from wearing shorts in the Judean Wilderness, to wearing beanies and scarfs in Jerusalem. At one point we even got stuck in a small hail storm. But it was such a blessing.
One of my favorite highlights this year was being on the Sea of Galilee. Galilee is always one of my favorite spots. This year when we were on the water, the sea was calm. I taught about the story of the storm and how Jesus came walking on the water. When I finished my Bible study the weather suddenly changed. The waves began to rise and the rain began to fall. Its like we were living the actual story. The people had so much fun they were cheering and singing. It was a blessing.
The other thing that was a blessing on this trip was watching how the Lord led us every step of the way. There were times when we had to be flexible in arrangements, but everything worked out. Prayerfully we will be able to return to the land again next year with another group of people from the church to experience the blessing of Israel.