Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Galilee by Sunset

Elaine Phillips, professor of biblical studies, and her husband, Perry, took a group of students to Israel and Jordan in May. Christina Matthew ’10 says, of her experience: “Now if I read about the Israelites in the Old Testament, I can picture the vast desert of the wilderness. I can picture Jesus preaching to thousands during the Sermon on the Mount. I have walked all over the city where Jesus lived. Through all of these experiences God has graciously made His Word all the more alive in my life, and I am so thankful.”
Matthew continues, “One of my favorite days there was my 20th birthday, starting with a museum display of a first-century fisherman’s boat and a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. We got off in Capernaum and the surroundings were beautiful—not only were we standing in the midst of palm trees and pink, orange and yellow flowers, we were standing on the foundations of the first-century church where Jesus preached. After that we went to the Mount of Beatitudes and had time to sit and reflect and pray. We ended our day with a rock climb along the Cliffs of Arbel and a sunset over the Sea of Galilee.
“Jordan was so different from Israel. Petra, a hidden city with a lot of character left in the rocks, was incredible—definitely a workout as we hiked around the city! We laughed at ourselves as we, a bunch of “healthy” 20-year-olds, were panting behind our fearless, unstoppable leaders.
“The Phillipses are both amazing leaders and teachers, and it was a blessing getting to know them. Their wealth of knowledge and their love for God is contagious!”

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