Tuesday, June 3, 2014 – Israel Trip

So many things have happened in the last two days that I have not had much time to write.

On the last post with all of the photos, I updated it and added comments about each photo. I hope you enjoy them. Just click here and you will be able to view those.

On Monday we had to get a different van from the rental company.  The clutch went out on the one we had.  Dave Sloan had to work hard to get us a good deal on the exchange and The Lord was good to us and helped him say the right words.

We then went to the Old City of Jerusalem.  We saw Oscar Schindler’s grave, King David’s Tomb, saw a short film about the life of David, walked though the tunnels under Jerusalem, saw the Western Wall of the Temple Mount, climbed the Southern Stares of the Temple Mount, went up on the Temple Mount where the Dome of the Rock is standing, and many other things.  My favorite thing that we did was walk west from the place where the temple was toward the Eastern Wall of Jerusalem and see the Easter Gate from the inside.  My father-in-law sang “I will meet you in the morning, I will meet you in the morning, Just inside the Easter Gate…”  I had tears in my eyes and goose bumps on the back of my neck!

Here is a photo of both sides of the Eastern Gate:

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We came back to the hotel, picked up Dr. Vineyard and drove south toward Gaza.

We got to stop and see the valley where David defeated Goliath!

We ate dinner with a Jewish family that lives just 2 miles from Gaza.  They are constantly bombed by the Philistines.  We had a great time with them.  The wife cooked a great meal and we had such a good time telling stories and listening to the stories they had to tell.

We got back to the hotel at 01:00!

We ate breakfast at 08:00 and then we went to the Holocaust museum.  I have visited death camps in Europe and those kind of places make me so mad!  I can’t stand people who commit such atrocities nor those who allow those things to take place.  My we always take a stand against EVIL!

We then went to the Horatio Spafford Museum.  He wrote the song “It is Well With My Soul!”  He moved to Israel after the death of his four daughters.  We sang the song in the museum and the lady curator cried.  I will never forget singing with my father-in-law at that special place.

We then set off to see Bethlehem.  That city is in the West Bank and it is controlled by the terrorists.  I know what spiritual oppression feels like and that was obvious in that place.  Wow!  We were just glad to leave.  The muslims want to kill all Christians and the catholics want to be called Christians when they are nothing like Christ.  I pray for the salvation of lost and blinded souls wondering down the broad way that leadeth to destruction.

We had a very nice dinner and everyone went to bed early.  I wanted everyone to get a update and then I am going to hit the hay as well!

Have a great day!

Joe Consford