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|Wednesday, November 27, 2013|
|The Holy Land Continues to Surprise and Amaze Me|
My sixth trip to Israel, which ended Monday, proved to be the most enjoyable I've had. It was full of surprises as I toured with Perry Stone from Dan on the Lebanese border in the north to the Dead Sea in the south.
A shot of Perry Stone (l) and Steve Strang overlooking Shepherd's Field in Bethlehem (Facebook)
If you read my previous Strang Report, you know I flew in early to meet with Christian and Jewish leaders. Prior to leaving, the agreement with Iran was announced-which greatly upset the Israelis. I interviewed Perry Stone on the prophetic significance of that news, which you can read here.
It was a wonderful tour with many new experiences as I traveled with my wife, Joy, and Tessie DeVore, the executive vice president of our book group, and her husband, David. Since I had been to Israel five other times and already had seen many sites, I thought I knew what to expect. But with every day came new experiences and many surprises.
I hosted a small tour to Israel back in the 1980s. It was mostly a tour of Catholic churches and Israeli museums. I also spent a lot of time on that trip in the Hadassah hospital since one of the ladies on my tour broke her leg! By contrast, my trip this year was about places in the Bible that have been excavated or are much as they were when the Bible was written-instead of covered with Byzantine-era churches.
It's almost humorous that in some places, two churches will claim to be the real site of a biblical event-as is the case about the place in Nazareth where the angel appeared to Mary.
I don't have space to give a detailed account of every stop. We made five or six stops every day for seven days! Although I did try to post something on Facebook at every stop (you can "like" me on facebook.com/stephenestrang). Here's what I enjoyed most:
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