Note: our Director of Christian Education, Michael Farmer, is on a trip to Israel through his studies at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio. While there, he is sending periodic updates about what he's been doing.
As we begin our last full day in Israel/Palestine I figured I'd catch up with updates. I pray that everyone had a wonderful Pentecost. We visited an Episcopal Church in Jerusalem to worship for Pentecost. I was an amazing service done in both Arabic and English. It was truly a blessing. I included a picture of a poster I found in the sanctuary there. We had the rest of the day off so I was able to do some shopping and sightseeing on our own. In the evening, my roommate and I went to the Wailing Wall to pray.
Monday we left Jerusalem and saw the Herodian which is where Herod was supposedly burried. We then visited a Palestinian refugee camp. It was heart breaking but also powerful. We had a tour from a 29 year old gentleman who had a wonderful spirit. I can share more information on their struggle when I get home. We finished the day by traveling through to Bethlehem. We visited the spot where Jesus was born and where the manger was. This sanctuary was under renovation so we didn't get to see much, but the caves where the sites were was quiet and peaceful.
This morning we left for the shepherd's fields and then we travel to Samaria, and finish this evening in Tell Aviv. Our hotel is about a block away from the Mediterranean Sea so I'm hopeful that we will be able to swim tonight before repacking and preparing for our flight home tomorrow. I'm looking forward to being home for an evening in my own bed before traveling to Myrtle Beach to meet up with my family for a few days of jet lag recovery on the beach before driving home with them on Saturday.