DAY 9 – MONDAY, JUNE 24: SERVICE PROJECT WITH BRIDGES FOR PEACE, RAMPART WALK, GARDEN TOMB
Today was another sunny day, with highs around 90. The morning provided a unique service project with Bridges for Peace, while the afternoon included seeing more of Jerusalem.
Leaving the hotel this morning at 8:45, we drove to a school in Talpiot, a community within Jerusalem. The morning included doing several service projects through Bridges for Peace. First, we were greeted by the school principle and toured the school, meeting the young students in their classrooms. Next, we divided into groups, with some painting murals, and others painting outside railings. Others did handyman projects. We worked until about 12 noon, with lunch to follow. The interaction with the students was special!
“Today’s service project was a great experience. I really enjoyed meeting the Jewish kids and interacting with them. I think they were happy to talk with us too. I am glad this was part of the tour.” -Tour Member-
We drove back to the Old City where we entered through the Jaffa Gate. We walked to the Christian Quarter where some in the group walked up 190 steps to the top of the tower of the Redeemer Lutheran Church. The view from the top of the Old City was incredible! Then some in the group enjoyed walking on the Rampart Walls. These walls date to the Ottoman Period (1537-44). We walked from the Jaffa Gate to Herod’s Gate. The perspective was unique.
We all walked to the Garden Tomb at about 4 p.m. The Garden Tomb is one possible location for the death and burial of Christ. We also shared in worship here, with partaking in Communion as well. It was a special time with reading John 19 and 20 and reflecting upon Christ’s accomplished work for us! As we were leaving, it was fun to see the Christian music artist Chris Tomlin there getting ready to sing there.
We returned to the hotel for our farewell dinner, followed by an optional walk to the King David Hotel and Herod’s family tomb (still intact with a rolling stone). are flying home tomorrow, while most in the group have another day in Jerusalem, and then cross into Jordan.