Today was another long but satisfying day for the members of the NBCA delegation. The day began with a visit to the Yigal Alon Museum on Kibbutz Ginnosar, which is home to the “Jesus Boat,” believed to have existed at about the same time Jesus lived in Israel.
The group then went for a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, during which a stirring and emotional devotional was held.
The next stop was a visit to the Mount of Beatitudes in northern Israel where Jesus is believed to have delivered the Sermon on the Mount. The group then visited Capernaum, a fishing village on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee. Archaeological excavations have revealed two ancient synagogues, built one over the other, and a house turned into a church that’s said to have been the home of Saint Peter.
The day continued at the Yardenit Baptismal Site along the Jordan River in the Galilee.
Several members of the group were baptized while the others looked on and sang.
The tour participants then made their way south into the Jordan Valley and stopped at Valley Division Headquarters, one of the military bases “adopted” by The Fellowship. They met with some of the soldiers while learning of the important work done to protect the Jewish population living in the area.
Continuing on to Jerusalem, the group stopped on Mt. Scopus where they were able to see the Old City of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. The traditional blessing for those entering for the first time was made with grape juice and wine.