Jade/Joy Bus 7 Places and Faces


With thanks and appreciation for the BEST Bus Shepherds ever, Tommy & Stephanie Mello along with ‘our’ 93 year old inspiration, Joy O’Connor! Philippians 1:3

Tommy, Stephanie and Joy at the Herodium

Northern Border

All of Bus 7 were greatly impressed with our guide, Shimon Eyal and literally learned volumes plus he was a barrel of FUN!

Our guide, Shimon Eyal, at the Northern Border

Shrine of the Book

Bus 7 SAW part of the scroll of Genesis on display for the first time at The Shrine of the Book on March 13th! (Pictures were prohibited inside the museum)

Joe and Lindsey Allen outside the Shrine of the Book

Joe & Lindsey Allen
Jade/JOY Bus 7

A Place of Remembrance . . . How Could Anyone Forget?

This morning we toured the sobering Holocaust museum, called Yad Vashem.

The Hebrew words Yad Vashem means, “a hand and a name,” an idiom from Isaiah 56:5 that refers to a memorial.

Yad Vashem
Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Museum

Every time I go to the museum, I visit the “Row of Righteous Gentiles.” A row of trees planted in dedication to individuals like Corrie Ten Boom, Oskar Schindler, and many others, honors those Gentiles who risked their lives by sheltering and helping the Jews during a time when few did.

A place of remembrance. How could anyone forget?

—Wayne Stiles
Bible Teacher for Sapphire Bus 6
(Read more of my Bible lands devotionals here)

Passion Week Locations

We visited some of the locations around Jerusalem that are significant to the week leading up to the crucification of Christ. It is amazing to reflect on Christ’s sacrifice for the whole world and to see these places first-hand, especially as we prepare to celebrate Resurrection Sunday in a couple of weeks back home.

View of Jerusalem from inside the Dominus Flevit, church built over site where Jesus wept over Jerusalem.
Walking down the Palm Sunday road.
Garden of Gethsemane.
Rock where Jesus agonized before being arrested.
Thorn tree on the Mt. of Olives . . . Jesus’ crown of thorns could have been woven from these.

Terri Hays
Bus 4

En Gedi, Qumran, the Dead Sea

We started the morning climbing the falls of En Gedi where David hid from Saul. From there we took the tram to the top of Masada. What a view and what an amazing slice of history this old fortress represents. From there we floated in the Dead Sea. Bus 8 is great!!

The falls of En Gedi
Top of Masada
Floating in the Dead Sea

Cathy Carl
Bus 8