After cruising from Greece, the next stop on the Paris Hatcher World Tour was Haifa, Israel. We booked an early morning excursion by the name of “In the land of Jesus” this is where the real fun started for me. It was an eight hour tour and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment. I was in such amazement with Israel & I didn’t care that it started raining cats and dogs towards the end of our tour, I was just so happy to be in the land of Jesus creating memories.
Us standing in front the Sea of Galilee.
The Sea of Galilee where Jesus gave more than half of His parables and performed most of his miracles.
Excursion description: Learn about Haifa’s rich spiritual heritage as you tour Galilee’s sacred sites, roam around Tabgha’s famous church, and visit Nazareth, the childhood home of Jesus. Ascend the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered his famous sermon and stroll past the site of his baptism in the River Jordan. Hear the story of Christ’s miracle feeding while perusing the Church of the Multiplication. Explore Nazareth, where the archangel appeared to Jesus’ mother, Mary, before his birth
Inside the church of multiplication praying and lighting a candle. Matt.14:13-21
Shay and I were blessed with the opportunity to get baptized in The Jordan River (the same river where John The Baptist baptized Jesus Christ). This was one of my main goals and I was going to try my best to make sure it happens. While on the tour, we were told by the guide that there weren't any baptisms going on (I immediately was sad) and once we walked in, the staff greeted us and I asked, “Are there any baptisms taking place on today?” I was told, “Yes” but you have to purchase your gown and towel. No problem, I came prepared. I had already brought my baptism gown from New Orleans and took it with me on this excursion. Since we were on a strict time frame, I needed to check with the tour guide to see if I’d have time to get baptized. After going back and forth in my head about how I was going to pull this off, I finally decided to ask our tour guide if I had enough time to change and get baptized before heading to our next destination. She was hesitant for the sake of time and decided to contact the bus driver. He said he would open the bus for me to get my gown (I was excited again). Only thing was, I needed to change on the bus too and the driver didn’t speak much English so I ran to the back of the bus and signaled to him that I was about to change right back there (pointing to the back of the bus). He existed the bus and I quickly changed into my baptism gown. I also grabbed Shay’s robe because although she was on the fence about getting baptized for the sake of time, I knew if she saw me dressed while holding her robe she would quickly change her mind and so she did. Along with us, there were two large groups getting baptized, but we managed to do it and make it back to the bus on time. Talk about completing a mission, immediately after the baptism I felt great knowing I didn’t allow anything to stop me from accomplishing my dream of getting baptized in The Jordan River. Honestly, for a brief minute I thought it wouldn’t happen but I said a silent prayer and believed that it would and it did! FAITH ;)
Rushing back to our towels. The water was SO cold but this was such a wonderful experience.
It still feels surreal ;)
Immediately after getting on the bus, it started raining. I was grateful and would like to believe that God held up the rain just for us. Next part of the tour was Nazareth, which was very cold and rainy but nevertheless, very beautiful.