On Saturday, which was the NBCA group’s last day in Israel, they began their day by visiting the Garden Tomb. This site is considered by some Christians to be the location of the burial and resurrection of Jesus. The group gathered together and held a prayer service, while reflecting on their faith.
Then, they traveled south to the Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls, a set of ancient Hebrew scrolls containing some of the oldest known copies of biblical texts, were discovered in 1947.
Finally, they ended their tour by floating in the Dead Sea, one of the saltiest bodies of water in the world.
What a great way to end the trip! All of the members feel so blessed to have visited the Holy Land, and will always carry these memories with them.
And as the NBCA tour came to a close, the members reflected on how the tour has strengthened their faith. In a new article posted by the Jewish News Service, writers tell us more about what the participants had to say about their 5-day journey through the Holy Land.
“Just being in Israel, in the Holy Land, and walking where Jesus walked, is incredibly inspiring,” says Barbara Wright, president of the Senior Women’s Missionary Union of the National Baptist Convention of America (NBCA). “We are all one in Christ.”
“My faith, as we interpret the scriptures, we identify with the people of Israel as God’s chosen people, and therefore we understand that those who bless Israel receive blessings and those who curse Israel are really fighting against our culture and faith,” says A.W. Mays, an African-American Christian leader from Austin, Texas.