We drove to the Golan Heights on Day 5. The Valley of Tears is an area in the Golan Heights named after a major battle in the Yom Kippur War in 1973. Boaz told us a personal story about this war; his father and uncle fought in this battle at the Valley of Tears. He was 6 years old at the time and remembers hiding in a bomb shelter with his mom.
Here is Boaz, our wonderful driver, tour guide, and friend.
One Israeli tank; one Syrian tank.
Joe and Zack
Mary and I
Christian and Sharona
Lizards were quite the attraction for these two boys…
… and sometimes a distraction for the rest of us, too!
Next we went to another place in the Golan Heights over looking into Syria (the view was behind me when I took this picture)
In these pictures the green crops and fields is Israel, the brown beyond is Syria. The “Green Line” of Israel is due to all the agriculture and farming that the Israeli’s do.
Awesome picture, huh?
We went into a gift shop at this place and I bought an iced chocolate/vanilla coffee. It was very refreshing. I’m not that crazy about coffee, but of course, anything iced is amazing on a hot day.
Opposite the gift shop was this…
… and this:
Driving to our next place I took these pictures out the van window:
And my favorite: Banana Trees:
Next we went to the Jordan River, to a small section that is used specifically for baptisms.
On the other side of the bank is the country of Jordan.
Pastor Carl baptized Zack and I and few others in our group. Baptism does not save you, nor make you right with God. Baptism is an outward display of your decision to follow Christ. (I will have to edit this post later with pictures of our baptism once I get them from someone else in our group.) This was another sweet time of worship and Bible teaching.
Last stop: the Dead Sea, or as the Israeli’s call it, the Salt Sea. We played with the muddy sand and rubbed it into our arms and legs, and enjoyed how soft our skin felt after we washed it off. Floating in the Salt Sea was an entertaining and unique experience!
The four “kids” of the trip: Mary, Abbey, Zack, Joe.
That night we stayed in a very nice hotel near Jerusalem. Our hotel room over looked the Dead Sea.
Pretty mosaic on the floor in the lobby
View from mine and Mary’s room:
So, this sums up Day 5. Until next time!
Posted by: Miss Razmuffin