Israel Trip Update #3
We had a wonderful and very full day today! We started out on the Mount of Beatitudes with an excellent devotional by Rev. John Walter. Thanks John!
Then it was on to Caesarea Philippi where Rev. Michael Mason shared concerning the words of our Lord, “Upon this rock will I build My church.” Very inspiring Michael! Thanks!
We rode up, up, up into the clouds! We saw the Golan Heights. The last time we were here we were unable to go there because of the unrest.
We took a nice boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. We visited the “Jesus Boat” which was dug out from the sea area and carefully preserved.
We then had lunch at St. Peter’s Fish restaurant.
Capernaum, the town where Jesus lived during His Galilean ministry was another highlight of the day.
We then went to the Jordan river bank where we had the wonderful experience of baptizing twenty-one people! Twenty were from our group and one was from Brazil! We’ll tell you more about that later.
It was a blessing to hear the testimonies of the candidates faith in the Lord Jesus Christ prior to being baptized in the cold river.
An especially wonderful experience was baptizing my own children, Marie, Brian and Kevin (and my new daughter Phoebe too). It overwhelms me even now to think of it. God is So Very Good!
The others in the group that were baptized today were Joseph Carpenter, Linda Fuller, Roy Hoffman, Jerry & Ellie Hollenbach, Michael Mason, Justin & Brooke Steen, Brian & Phoebe, Kevin & Marie Spangler, Ashlyn, Austin & Allen Stump, Andy Wagner, Phil & Linda Yoder, and Wesley & Britney Zimmerman.
And it must be that the cold river Jordan makes a person relax... I slept 5 hrs straight last night!
Thanks for all your prayers folks!
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Rev. Brian Spangler