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April 5 Mission dinner to welcome guests from Israel

The Mission Committee is hosting two guests from Israel. Elias Abu Ghanima and Abuna (Father) Arif, associated with the Mar Elias Educational Institution. You are invited. – On Wednesday, at 6:30 pm, April 5th, there will be a dinner with a program to follow. (If you cannot attend dinner and want to hear the presentation, […]

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Exercise in Israel

I know that many of you were concerned about our well being in Israel.  I wanted to share a meeting that we had that shows how we were handling the physical aspects of our trip.  

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Final full day … Sunday, July 6

The entire group — with Archbishop Elias Chacour on the first row, third from left. Ted and Jane Settle (Bound Brook Presbyterian), serving as summer volunteers at the Mar Elias Educational Institutions in Ibillin, are the couple first row, far right. We’re safe and sound at the end of good, long Sunday that started with […]

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Note of wonder from Sandy LaCasse

As our time here in the Holy Land begins to run out, I look back at the past ten days and wonder how it will shape our future. For my son and I this has been an amazing, unforgettable trip. We’ve seen the birthplace of Jesus, prayed the Lord’s Prayer in the same place he […]

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Thanks from Marilyn

A huge thanks to all who encouraged me to participate on this journey, especially during my frequent moments of hesitancy. What a blessing to be having this amazing experience and walk the paths of Jesus, to meet incredible individuals who have committed their lives to teaching others about this part of the world and their quest for peace in the midst of turmoil. […]

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July 5, more personal posts

Day two of Work: I had the opportunity to wail on a school wall with an ax (for a good cause) for a solid hour. It was tiring but rewarding work and now the walls are almost ready to be tiled. I am glad that our group had the opportunity to give back to the […]

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Fourth of July — Personal posts

After our first morning of hard work at the school, we had a wonderful afternoon swimming in the Mediterranean Sea and enjoyed a barbeque dinner. That’s my kind of Fourth of July celebration! — Ellen White   Hello Parental Unit, Pop, Emma, and Charlie! I hope you all are having a fantabulous 4th of July. […]

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Thursday, July 3

Jericho, Galilee, and Ibillin! We checked out of the beautiful Intercontinental Hotel this morning and were on the road by 7:30 a.m. First stop was the banks of the Jordan River at the site where John baptized Christ.  The pastors led a brief service including the special opportunity for each of us to have a […]

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Thursday, July 3, quick a.m. post

We had such a marvelous day yesterday, Wednesday. After saying goodbye to Bethlehem, we spent the day learning about the Dead Sea and the Dead Sea Scrolls. To varying degrees most of us were able to enjoy the Dead Sea’s therapeutic waters and mud at this “lowest point on earth” before heading to Jericho.  Our […]

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Quick update & Message from Nancy Mikoski

We wrapped up several days of touring around Jerusalem and Bethlehem this afternoon, Tuesday.  The day included a powerful experience touring the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem.  After lunch we split up into four groups; each visiting various sites, museums, and the lively markets depending on their fancy. Looking ahead, early Wednesday morning we will travel […]

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