Another Report From The Holy Land Team

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The above is “good morning” in Arabic!!

Yesterday, we journeyed to Jerusalem for a day in the Holy City.  We attended church at the East Jerusalem Baptist Church, located just outside the Old City’s walls.  The pastor was very surprised to see so many extra bodies attending service, but set about right away to put out the needed amount of chairs.  We were warmly welcomed and have been asked to do a presentation next Sunday.  Afterwards, we travelled through the Old City (entering through the Damascus Gate and leaving through the Dung Gate) to get to the City of David.  Here, we all donned our water shoes and some hiked their trousers up, to walk through Hezekiah’s Tunnel.  Hezekiah’s Tunnel is a tunnel that was dug underneath the City of David in Jerusalem during the reign of Hezekiah. This engineering feat was accomplished by digging a 1,750 foot tunnel into the mountain.  An ancient stone carving found near the entrance describes this incredible operation.  When the city was defending itself from the approaching Assyrian army in the 8th century BC, King Hezekiah decided to protect the water by diverting its flow deep into the city with an impressive tunnel system.  (2 Chronicles 32:30)  It is one of the few intact, 8th century BC structures in the world that the public can not only visit, but enter and walk through.  There is still water flowing through the tunnel and although there were some deeper parts, most of it was mid-shin deep.  After leaving the tunnel, our pants were dry in less than a half hour…how we love this dry, warm heat!!!  We also visited the Western Wall (commonly known as the Wailing Wall), a site for Jewish prayer and pilgrimage for centuries. It is located in the Old City of Jerusalem at the foot of the western side of the Temple Mount. It is a remnant of the ancient wall that surrounded the Jewish Temple’s courtyard, and is one of the most sacred sites in Judaism outside of the Temple Mount itself.  All team mates got the opportunity to touch the wall and some even tucked a written prayer inside some of the cracks.  Of course, the team shopped some too and have added to their growing piles of souvenirs and gifts to bring home.

We are having such a lovely time here.  We have grown as individuals and, most importantly, we have all drawn closer to Lord.  His hand of provision is always present and daily we are reminded of His ever-pursuing love for us.  Thank you all for praying for us and helping make this once-in-a-life-time opportunity happen!    

 HL #1 Israel #2


  1. Hi Josh !
    We are so happy to see the pictures of you and your team in Israel and hear about your work and your travels. Everyone here is asking how you are doing and what’s going on. The testimonies and the team report keeps us informed.
    May the Lord continue to bless you and keep you.
    Love, Mama & Papa

  2. Thanks again for the updates! I really enjoy following along on this journey. We are praying for you all! I hope you get your mail soon! We have been writing often.

  3. What an amazing day! And an open door to share next Sunday, what a blessing! It is such a thrill to see God opening doors. I can only imagine what it is like for you to see and touch the structures that man has made that are recorded in the bible. I pray that God will use these moments to cement in your hearts that his promises are true, that his word is true, and that the seeds being planted for each of you will grow your faith throughout your life. Praying for you all!
    Klystia’s mom

  4. Jennifer Brooks

    Wonderful to hear about what you are doing. This is SO exciting. We are praying for ALL of you. Good to see your face Emily 😉 I hope all of you are taking pictures.

  5. What a blessing to hear how well you all are doing and to hear that the Lord is answering our prayers and blessing you and working in and through your lives! God is so faithful!! We love you all very much and are praying for you lots!! ❤❤

  6. rich and amy fetterhoff

    Thanks so much much for the updates, we really look forward to them. We’re praying for your group throughout the days. What a great experience for each of these kids…… thanks leaders for your ministry to them, to us, and the people there……

  7. Timothy Kennelly

    Thanks for the report. It is great to hear about all you are doing.

    May Christ be with you.


    Tim Kennelly

  8. Chrissie Kennelly

    Thank you for the reports! We are praying for you!

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