Last evening we visited with some Christian Aid Ministries folks. We went through Jaffa Gate on our way.
Our last full day in Jerusalem…. We’re feeling sad about that; at the same time, we’re looking forward to seeing our homes and families again. We left Jerusalem behind temporarily and went toward Bethlehem. Our first stop was the Herodium, another one of Herod’s palaces. This one was built on top of an artificially heightened mountain. Other nearby mountains may even have been lowered so this one loomed high over them, and high over nearby Bethlehem when Jesus was born.
Next we went to an olive wood factory and shop, where we craved many beautiful things, and contented ourselves with small things.
Then we returned once more to colorful Old City Jerusalem. We passed by a school and yeshiva in the Jewish Quarter, where boys of all ages were out playing on their lunch break. “And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof.” Zechariah 8:5
We shopped, ate an authentic lunch of hummus and pita, then walked out to Damascus gate. On the way, Ohri took a sudden surprise detour into the “best dessert place in Jerusalem” and treated us to about 4 different kinds of delicious middle eastern desserts.
We toured the Garden Tomb and shared with one another the highlights of our trip. Many people mentioned how the stories of the Bible have come to new life in their eyes.
We had another visit/sharing time at the hotel and said goodbye to Ohri. We went shopping one last time in Jerusalem.
Joe and Ina Mullet were our tour group leaders. Joe did a great job arranging the schedule and taking care of the accommodations. His Bible teaching on location made the Bible come to life. Thank you, Joe and Ina!