Sunday 13 March 2016

Israel: travel and day 1

The trip started with a day full of travel - I was not sad to be leaving the snow in Czech! I had a 4am, four-hour train from my hometown to Prague and then went through the pre-check-in security necessary for a flight to Israel. It was when we checked in that we heard our flight was delayed by six hours. It was a long day! But we safely arrived at our hostel in Tel Aviv at 1am... and promptly went to the beach to dip our toes in the sea.

Dave sharing with us on top of Mount Arbel.

Wednesday was the day everyone was flying in and we headed back to the airport to meet everyone. From the airport we went to Mount Arbel and after our wonderful guide for the trip, Andre, gave us some background information, Dave spoke.

The theme of the teaching of the trip was disciplemaking and it was so good to have the JV President teach us on location. In most of the talks there was a disciple-making takeway and the one for Arbel was:

The engine of movement is disciplemaking with your eyes on Jesus.

The Sea of Galilee from Arbel.

Throughout the trip we also memorised the Great Commission, and it's possible the Great Commission was given to the disciples from this place (all we know is that they went to a mountain in Galilee):.

All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you and behold I am with you always, to the end of the age.
Matthew 28 v 18-20 

The mustard plant

We spent the first three nights of the tour in Tiberias, which is on the coast of the Sea of Galilee.

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