The summer of 2000, I went to Israel with a group of students from my church at home.

A wide-angle view of the beautiful gold-domed Holy of Holies in the center of Jerusalem

We watched the sun rise over the Sea of Galilee, visited Jesus' home town of Nazareth, floated in the Dead Sea, waded in the Mediterranean and got to spend a whole day wandering the streets of Jerusalem. We meditated in the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus was betrayed and captured.

Our group standing in white robes after being Baptized in the River Jordan

As a group, we were all baptized in the River Jordan, the same river where John the Baptist baptized Jesus. We saw so many awesome places, monuments and memorials.

I was absolutely amazed by the incredible, historic sites. We were so fortunate to see the country just a year before the turmoil started. It was a wonderful trip.

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