Pastor Thomas and his wife, Elia, had an outstanding journey to the Holy Land. They met in Pleasant Hills with ministers from the Northern California Conference and their spouses making a group of 93. A 15 hours flight from San Francisco landed them in Amman, Jordan where they were met by three busses with local tour guides.
During their time in the Holy Land, Pastor & Mrs. Thomas visited the Jordan River, Mount Nebo, Petra, Masada, Ein Gedi, the Dead Sea, Qumran, Jericho, Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum, Sea of Galilee, Caesarea Philippi, Nazareth, Bethlehem, Magdala, Herodium, Megiddo, Caesarea Maritime, Jerusalem, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, Western Wall, Pool of Siloam, House of Caiphas, Garden Tomb, Mount of Olives, Yad Vashem (Holocaust Museum), and the Israel Museum.
He's not here! Pastor & Mrs. Thomas at Jesus' empty tomb.
Two highlights stand out for Pastor Thomas. Riding in a boat on the smooth and beautiful Sea of Galilee was special since this was a place Jesus had been several occasions. It was also special to be on Mt. Nebo where Moses saw the Promised Land before dying.
Other highlights included “swimming” in the Dead Sea one night. Pastor didn’t want to float away in the dark, so stayed close to shore. Floating was a different experience and the water left a different feeling on his skin. Visiting the busy Wailing Wall gave Elia a chance to leave a prayer in the wall as countless others have done through the centuries. And celebrating communion with the other pastors near Jesus’ garden tomb created special memories.
They felt very safe while there and the weather was nice, similar to here in Lincoln.
Pastor is planning to have a program for us and show some of his pictures and give much more information on their wonderful tour. Stay tuned! We are happy they had this tour and we are happy they are now back home. God is good!