27 folks from SAMP take off today for 12 days in Greece and Israel. I’m really looking forward to the trip. This will be my third trip to Israel and my first to Greece. In addition to Jacqui and Sammy traveling with me, I will turn 50 while we are away. Can’t think of a better way to mark a 1/2 century.
Here’s our schedule, your prayers are welcome:
TUESDAY, October 1st – ATHENS
We enjoy a tour of Athens and walk up Mars Hill where Paul spoke to the Athenian people about the One and only true God, visit the Acropolis, and the Parthenon.
WEDNESDAY, October 2nd – ATHENS, CORINTH
We will travel to Corinth where Paul lived and taught in 51AD. We will sit in the Bema and read from Corinthians.
THURSDAY, October 3rd – CAESAREA
After a leisurely morning, we will spend the afternoon walking on the Mediterranean beach and exploring Caesarea by the Sea, the seacoast home of Herod and Pontius Pilate.
FRIDAY, October 4th – MT. CARMEL, MEGIDDO, NAZARETH, CANA
We travel north to Mt. Carmel, Megiddo, the well in Nazareth where the angel Gabriel came to Mary, Cana, and then to our beautiful hotel on the Sea of Galilee.
SATURDAY, October 5th – GALILEE
We will travel by boat to Capernaum to see the site of St. Peter’s home and the Synagogue where Jesus taught, and the seashore where he called his disciples to become “fishers of men”. We visit the place where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount and see a boat that has been recently discovered, that was on the Sea at the time of Jesus. We end our day with a reaffirmation of Baptism at the Jordan River.
SUNDAY October 6th – GOLAN, CAESAREA PHILIPPI, DAN
We head north to Caesarea Philippi, where Peter said to Jesus, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God”, with its beautiful nature preserves and national parks. We visit the ancient city of Dan, and see the city gate that is 4000+ years old.
MONDAY, October 7th – JORDAN RIVER, BEIT SHEAN, DEAD SEA
We will begin our day visiting a Beit Shean with its theater and impressive columns along the Cardo. We drive through the Jordan Valley, to Jericho, and to Qumran to view the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. We overnight at a spa hotel at the Dead Sea, where we will have a wonderful experience “floating” in the Dead Sea.
TUESDAY, October 8th – MASADA, JERUSALEM
Our day will start with taking a cable car to the top of Masada, where the Jewish people made their last stand against the Romans in 70 AD. We then head out for Jerusalem, stopping to climb to the top of Mt. of Olives. A visit to the Garden of Gethsemane to begins our pilgrimage in Jerusalem.
WEDNESDAY, October 9th – JERUSALEM, BETHLEHEM
Our day begins on the Temple Mount and then on to Bethlehem we will visit the Church of the Nativity and Shepherd’s Fields.
THURSDAY, October 10th – JERUSALEM
We will have a time of prayer in the dungeon below Caiaphas’s house and walk to the City of David. There will be time to pray at the Western Wall and walk through the tunnels along the Western Wall, the Via Delarosa, Mt. Zion – the place of the Last Supper, and experience the wonderful aromas and vibrancy of the Old City of Jerusalem.
FRIDAY, October 11th – JERUSALEM
We will visit the Israeli Museum, viewing the Dead Sea Scrolls. We will visit Yad Vashem the Jewish Holocaust Center, and then onto the Old City. We will end our pilgrimage to Israel with communion at the Garden Tomb.
SATURDAY, October 12th – TEL AVIV to CHARLESTON.