Story from Day 4

Israel Tour 2019

Today we made our way from Tiberias along the Sea of Galilee to Jerusalem. We made several stops along the journey that have significance in both New and Old Testament stories.

Our first stop was at Gideon's Spring. You'll remember Gideon had a huge army ready to fight against the Midianites (Judges 6-8), but God told him to send all but 300 men home. Why would God do something like this? Jeff Lovingood reminded us that when we are the underdog and God is for us, we will always be victorious. Not only that, but when we are able to win a tough battle, we tend to give God the glory more than ourselves. It is a great reminder that without Him, we wouldn't be able to win on our own account.

After visiting Gideon's Spring, we hopped back on the bus and made our way towards Bethlehem. As we traveled, we passed by the Shepherd’s fields on the outskirts of town and then proceeded to visit the Nissan Brothers Olive wood factory in Bethlehem. We shopped there, had some lunch and then moved on to the Church of the Nativity. This church was built about 300 years A.D. and is the location where many scholars believe to be the actual place of Jesus’ birth.

After wrapping up our time in Bethlehem, we headed towards Jerusalem. We arrived just in time to see the sun setting over the old city—which is a special time in Jerusalem because it begins the Sabbath.

It was another great day in the Holy Land. I hope you’ll continue following our journey and praying for us as we’re gone. Shabbat Shalom from Jerusalem!

Today we made our way from Tiberias along the Sea of Galilee to Jerusalem. We made several stops along the journey that have significance in both New and Old Testament stories.

Our first stop was at Gideon's Spring. You'll remember Gideon had a huge army ready to fight against the Midianites (Judges 6-8), but God told him to send all but 300 men home. Why would God do something like this? Jeff Lovingood reminded us that when we are the underdog and God is for us, we will always be victorious. Not only that, but when we are able to win a tough battle, we tend to give God the glory more than ourselves. It is a great reminder that without Him, we wouldn't be able to win on our own account.

After visiting Gideon's Spring, we hopped back on the bus and made our way towards Bethlehem. As we traveled, we passed by the Shepherd’s fields on the outskirts of town and then proceeded to visit the Nissan Brothers Olive wood factory in Bethlehem. We shopped there, had some lunch and then moved on to the Church of the Nativity. This church was built about 300 years A.D. and is the location where many scholars believe to be the actual place of Jesus’ birth.

After wrapping up our time in Bethlehem, we headed towards Jerusalem. We arrived just in time to see the sun setting over the old city—which is a special time in Jerusalem because it begins the Sabbath.

It was another great day in the Holy Land. I hope you’ll continue following our journey and praying for us as we’re gone. Shabbat Shalom from Jerusalem!