A group of students aged 15-17 from a school in Zimbabwe travelled to Israel for an 8 day pilgrimage of the Holy Land. The 8 days were spent travelling around the country visiting the holy sites.
In the Sea of Galilee region they toured amongst other places the Mt. of Beatitudes where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount, Capernaum on the North West shore of the Sea where Jesus began his preaching career and Tabgha, the site of the Miracle of the Multiplication. They also had time for prayer and reflection while enjoying a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee and for those interested baptism was performed at Yardenit Baptismal Site.
Touring Jerusalem, the students visited both ancient and modern Jerusalem, visiting Christian holy sites like Dominius Flevit – where Jesus wept over the city of Jerusale, walked down the “Palm Sunday Road” to the Garden of Gethsemane where he prayed the prayer of Agony and was betrayed by Judas Iscariot. In the Old City they visited the Pool of Bethesda and walked along the Via Dolorosa also called the Way of the Cross.
There was time for a visit to the Israel Museum to see the Scale model of Jerusalem in Jesus' days and also a tour of Yad Vashem – the holocaust museum.
Many more sites were visited in Jerusalem as well as Bethlehem and the group also visited Jericho, Qumran and, of course, got to spend a bit of time floating on the waters of the Dead Sea.
The tour ended with a farewell dinner in Jaffa before the group were transferred to the airport to return home after their once in a lifetime experience touring the Holy Land.