The first stop of the "staying in Israel longer group," was the Sea of Galilee! We took a boat ride around the Sea, which is really more of a lake, and had a BEAUTIFUL day for it! We could see the northern shore of the sea, where Jesus taught the Beatitudes and Golan Heights where Jesus called the demoniac from the rocks. Very calm and peaceful on the Sea of Galilee; we had to use our imaginations as to what it would have been like scared from a storm and then seeing Jesus walk on water.
From the edge of the Sea we made our way up to The Church of the Beatitudes. You guessed it, a site that could have been where Jesus presented the teachings in the Beatitudes. They found an ancient church here and there is evidence of it being built over, many times, and is in the place where it would seem logical to share the Beatitudes. Now a Catholic Church, it is octagonal shaped because there are eight sayings. It is a beautiful site out to the Sea!
Next we made our way down to the Church of the Multiplication, or the church built where Jesus would have multiplied the fishes and the loaves. The very specific mosaic tiles t this church give evidence that it was here because there are no other churches with that style of mosaic. It is a stern of two fish and FOUR loaves, because Jesus, the Bread of Life is seen as the fifth loaf of bread!
Our final stop was in Capernaum where we can see Peter's house (again, a church built on top of it) and the synagogue in Capernaum where Jesus would have called the demons out of the man, according to Mark. There is also an ancient street in Capernaum that they believe to be the very original street of that city!
After so many wonderful things and sites we finally make our way back to Jordan and back to the airport. We made our way to the border crossing and it was much much smoother than last time! We made it in record time, got a few more stamps on the passports and made our way back to Amman, Jordan. We have a short "night" if you could call it that, arriving at the hotel around 7:00pm and departing at 11:30pm for our 3:00am flight!
We can't wait to share all the stories and photos with you and appreciate all the prayers you've offered us so far. Just keep them coming until we safely make it home to KC and other various places!