Our first day to walk in the land! And walk we did – over 5 miles!
We visited Tel Gezer. The ruins of a city gate are from Solomon’s era. Joe talked about the significance of the gate in those days. It was a place of safety for those coming in. The Church should be a place of safety. Do we fulfill God’s will in rescuing those who are hurting?
We saw the valley of Aijalon. The sun stood still so it wouldn’t shine in the eyes of the Israelites fighting.
We visited a “gethsemane”, or olive press.
David killed Goliath in the Elah Valley. We picked up smooth stones in the brook as souvenirs.
Virgil and Jackie (Kenaston) Hershberger are from Shipshewanna, Indiana. Coming from vastly different backgrounds, they found each other after experiencing widowhood. Jackie grew up in a non-Anabaptist home and was in the hippie culture when she was born again. She married Dennie Kenaston, who was instrumental in starting the Charity church. Dennie died of cancer in 2012. Virgil’s first wife died of cancer in 2011. Virgil grew up Beachy and was ordained deacon and then bishop. Coming to Israel is a lifelong dream come true. It’s something of a first anniversary trip for Virgil and Jackie.