I guess the strongest statement I can make is that we Returning with another group this coming year. The thought of using someone else has not even crossed our minds. These people took care of business, and became our friends in the process.
The land of Israel is sanctified with Christian tradition,it is the cradle of Christianity and the place where the events which are mentioned in the Bible and the New Testament took place. In Israel, the first apostles preached the gospel and thus were the first Christians It was here where God revealed to mankind in the person of Jesus, founder of Christianity.
A Greek Orthodox Church located in Nazareth, Which according to their tradition is known as the Church of The Annunciation. The Church was built by the Crusaders. It commemorates the Annunciation by the Angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary of the birth of Jesus. The Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation is located over the spring where it is believed that Mary first heard angel Gabriel's voice.
The Church of the Transfiguration is a Franciscan church located on Mount Tabor. It is traditionally believed to be the site where the Transfiguration of Christ took place, an event in the Gospels in which Jesus is transfigured upon an unnamed mountain and speaks with Moses and Elijah.
Also called the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher, or as it is known by eastern Christians –The Church of Resurrection, is a church within the Christian Quarter of the walled Old City of Jerusalem.
The place is venerated as Golgotha, where Jesus was crucified and also contains the place where is it said Jesus have been buried. Although the control of the building is shared between five Christian churches. On the south side of the altar is a stairway climbing to Golgotha –regarded as the site of Jesus's crucifixion.
Also known as the Church or Basilica of The Agony. Located on Mt.Olives next to the Garden of Gethsemane and affiliated with Roman Catholics. The basilica enshrines a section of bedrock where Jesus prayed before his arrest "And they came to a place which was name Gethsemane and he said to his disciples” , sit ye here ,while I shall pray. And he takes with him Peter and James and John ,and began to be sore amazed ,and to be very heavy ;and said unto them ,my soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here ,and watch .(Mark 14:32-42).
Located on the Mount of Olives, The shrine stands as part of a complex which includes a Christian church and monastery. Later on joined the church, and Islamic Mosque. This site marks the spot where Jesus ascended into heaven forty days after this resurrection. Some believe the marks on the huge stone which is located in the structure is one of Jesus's footprints.
Also spelled as Church of Beitphage – Located on the eastern slope of the Mt. Olives. Where the Palm Sunday Walk actually began. Now marked by two small churches from where the Disciples brought the donkey on which Jesus rode triumphantly to Jerusalem.
The monastery is located 3km from Jericho along a cliff overlooking the Jordan valley and the city of Jericho. The monastery was constructed above the cave traditionally said to be that where Jesus spent forty days and forty nights fasting and meditating during the temptation of Satan.
The Church of the Pater Noster, also known as the Sanctuary of the Eleona (French: Domaine de L'Eleona), is a partially reconstructed Roman Catholic church located on the Mount of Olives.The church commemorates the place where Jesus taught His Disciples the "Lord’s Prayer"(Our Father – Pater Noster).