A large group of pilgrims from Zimbabwe arrived in the Holy Land in August. After a particularly festive welcome at the airport they were transferred to Jerusalem where they merged with groups from Australia and the U.K. The group spent time touring the many Christian sites in and around Jerusalem including the Upper Room (the place of the “Last Supper”) and the Tomb of King David, the Garden of Gethsemane filled with ancient gnarled olive trees and magnificent flower beds, and the Church of Saint Peter in Gallicantu located on the eastern slope of Mount Zion, just outside the Old City. Besides having free time to explore and experience the fascinating sights and sounds of the Old City of Jerusalem the group were taken on a tour of the Western Wall Tunnels. There was also time, while in Jerusalem, to visit The Pool of Bethesda, the Garden Tomb and Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and Museum.
During the first few days in the Holy Land the pilgrims also got to visit Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus and the Baptismal site of “Qaser El-Yahud” on the Jordan River.
While in this area they travelled to Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus and drove through Jericho to the Baptismal site of “Qaser El-Yahud”, north of Jericho, on their way to the Dead Sea (the lowest point on earth).
The group had a chance to visit the Red Sea city of Eilat on Israel’s southernmost tip and enjoyed the wonderful underwater observatory seeing the amazing and unique coral reef and colorful fish.
Traveling north, the group of pilgrims reached the Galilee region where Jesus lived and spent many years preaching and performing miracles. They spent time visiting the sites including Capernaum (The center of Jesus’ ministry), Tabgha (the place of the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes) and the Mount of Beatitudes (where Jesus is believed to have delivered the Sermon on the Mount) and enjoyed a relaxing boat ride with time for prayer, in a replica of a Jesus boat on the Sea of Galilee.
A number of other places were also toured during this 9 day period including Mt Tabor, Caesarea, Nazareth and more. The whole trip culminated in a farewell dinner before everybody was transferred to the airport for departure flights home.