This is a brief travelogue of our (myself and Patricia) trip to the Holy Land. The trip was sponsored by the South-Alabama/West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. The trip had about 142 people from the conference led by Bishop David Graves. The larger group was split into four separate groups so that all 142 of us would not be at the same place at the same time. Our group was led by Dr. Ed Graves, Senior Pastor of the Fairhope UMC – we had people from the Fairhope, Brewton and Pensacola areas in our group (32 people).
The trip started in the northern part of Israel, specifically in the Galilee area – in Tiberias. The first three days we visited the areas associated with the major part of Christ’s ministry in the Capernaum area. Then we went to Jerusalem for five days to visit the sites where Christ was tried, crucified, buried and resurrected.
As a friend of mine said before I went – “when you return you will not look at the Bible in the same way” – he was certainly right! If you get the chance it is a trip that, at some point in your life, you need to take.
So let’s get started and browse through a few comments and a lot of pictures of this time. Comments can be added to each day to reflect your thoughts if you have gone or if you have not gone. There are a LOT of pictures which you can click on to see a larger view if desired. You can skip most of them by just using the appropriate link to move the next or previous day to see what happened. There is some scripture for each day that reflects what we saw. This was especially meaningful during the trip – to read the scripture of what we were going to see that day. This certainly helped to bring the Bible (NT mainly) into the context of the trip.