The View From Here: A personal walk through the Holy Land
|Enjoying Jerusalem hospitality|
Excellent hospitality became a theme over the week. We were blessed with some delicious meals, provided through Springs of Hope and on one occasion by one of the local women and her friends who opened up her small, sparse apartment (which she shared with her husband and 9 of their 10 children) to over 20 visitors.
I was touched and challenged by the brave individuals and families we met who live with the physical and emotional scars of war everyday. For some their families have literally been torn apart. And yet they carry great dignity, hope and love. As they impart to one another, a growing sense of community is forming. I can see how God is poised to build on these powerful foundations, as they begin to take their vision beyond themselves.
|A moment to pray at the Western Wall, Jerusalem|
the coldest! Our day-trip to Galilee and the River Jordan was a real highlight. The landscape is beautiful and peaceful. I loved visiting the ruins at Capernaum as the remains are in great condition and it's easy to imagine life there 2000 years ago.
Over the course of the 6 days it was fun to connect with various folks from Dugit, and to see some of their ministeries in operation. We also spent an evening with the impressive couple who head up Helping Hand
On my last day, as I sat in beautiful Jaffa looking across the bay to Tel Aviv I sensed that I had begun a connection with Israel which can only deepen. It is clearly a nation close to God's heart, and integral to His purposes on the earth. Here's to my next trip!
By Catherine Harrison, YPMP Trustee