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Day 6- Up to Jerusalem

Shabbat Shalom from Jerusalem! This was not necessarily a busy day, but we were in the sun a lot so I think everyone got exhausted.
We began our day at the Jordan River baptism site near the Sea of Galilee. Half of our group was baptized, including me. It was an amazing experience. Like a sign of crossing over, a new beginning.
After leaving the baptismal site, we drove to a date farm at Kibbutz Degania, the first Kibbutz established in Israel.
After that we turned south and headed along the Jordan Valley, following the river through the desert to the site of the Jordan River crossing by the Israelites. It is also likely was the site of John’s baptizing Yeshua. Moshe left us at some point to catch a bus home to his community in the Shomron.

His trip would take between 1 ½ and 3 hours to get home. He wanted to ensure that he was home in time for Shabbat. We continued our journey without a guide. The temperature was over a hundred in the valley, and the sun was really strong. We were only a short distance to the Dead Sea, the lowest place in the world, and in the middle of a very arid desert. It is very easy to get dehydrated.

Dad did a teaching near the Jordan River and then I danced to a song “Beyond the Borders”. It was a connection through the day with the theme of following God and stepping to another level. Unique also danced to a song called Holding Nothing Back.
After we left, we began our ascent through the hills to Jerusalem. This was my position on the bus most of the trip.

We entered Jerusalem to the song “Yerushalayim” and arrived at our hotel early. Unfortunately our hotel is on a pedestrian street, and so we had to park on the street and unload our bags, then cross the street and bring it up to our rooms in one elevator. I decided to carry all mine up 7 flights of stairs. Yeah. Don't know why I did that. Andrew helped me the last flight. We were all already pretty sweaty from being in the heat all day.

After we got settled and changed into our Shabbat clothes, then Unique, Desire, Andrew and I walked down to the Western Wall. It was a hike but it was good.

Then we had our Shabbat supper at the hotel and I am heading to bed soon.

Posted by Jordan Long 19:29 Archived in Israel

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Sounds like an amazing day!! I love that busride on the way to Jerusalem. Great picture of you guys at the Western Wall. Take time to breathe ❤ ? love you, AnnMarie

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