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We are precisely two-thirds through our three weeks of staying in three capitals: Jerusalem, Amman and Athens. We’ve been privileged to have Jon and Layne travel with us and bid them farewell as they head home and as we head to Greece with our Bible teachers Caleb and Joni. Our time has been balanced between visiting Biblical sites, playing tourist, eating local foods, bartering and having regular Bible studies together. Whilst I hope the time comes for us to share some of the more profound lessons from this trip, I want to tell of a few of the adventures we’ve had so far. We’ve had so many small bursts of experiences that I expect we’ll be grateful for for a while.

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So, between Israel and Jordan…

  • We shared communion together in the Garden Tomb, one of the two suspected locations of Jesus’ crucifixion, burial and resurrection
  • We floated in the Dead Sea, covered ourselves in mud and stood on the shore as a momentary lighting storm passed by
  • Some of us ate ‘Saint Peter’s fish’ in Tiberias by the Sea of Galilee
  • We skimmed stones on the Sea of Galilee in Capernaum and had a teaching on the location according to the Gospels
  • We ate our body weight in hummus and pita
  • We waded through water for a 20 minute walk through Hezekiah’s tunnel
  • Some of us woke up for the sunrise in Jerusalem and Amman
  • We walked the Via Dolorosa, the supposed walk of Jesus as He carried the cross
  • We spent hours driving through Jordan’s beautiful landscape accompanied by sunsets and a full moon
  • We explored Petra and some of us chose to ride camels for a stretch of the journey
  • We wandered through the ruins of the ancient city of Jerash, seeing temples of Artemis and Zeus
  • We caught the end of sunset by ruins built by one of the Herod’s in Caesarea. Some of us dipped our toes in the Mediterranean Sea for the first time
  • We watched many an episode of Sherlock together in the evenings, eating pastries and baklava
  • We enjoyed not having to share Jon and Layne, travelling with them and having them around
  • We played the card game Dutch Blitz in a few unlikely and ancient settings
  • We enjoy getting to know Caleb and Joni and sharing life with them for a while
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