We left the Sea of Galilee and journeyed south down the Syrian African Rift Valley to the Dead Sea.
We went to the Jordan River and discussed the ministry of John the Baptist and his relationship with Jesus. That morning we visited a Baptismal site on the Jordan River. I was baptized in the Jordan River by Priscilla our group leader. There were 8 of us baptized, two for the first time and 6 of us as a renewed dedication.
I had been baptized in the Catholic church when I was four years old. When I was saved at age of 9 I was baptized by immersion at the Brookfield Baptist church in Brookfield,Illinois. I always thought if I ever get to Israel I would get baptized where Jesus was baptized. Baptism is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith n a crucified, buried, and risen Savior.
Then we went to Jericho which is now in Palestinian territory. We saw where the battle of Jericho was fought by Joshua and the Israelites. We also had lunch in Jericho. A few people rode on a camel named Sam. I didn’t ride him but he kissed me. The best kiss I ever had lol.
We went to Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.
We were headed towards Masada where we were suppose to stay at a nice 5 star spa hotel. There suppose to float in Dead Sea. We couldn’t get through the road because of flash flooding and washed out. There had been flooding due to rain from the Jordan area. We turned back and had dinner in Jericho again. Still couldn’t pass and our guide got us rooms at a kibbutz. A kibbutz is a collective community in Israel traditionally based in agriculture. All money generated goes into a collective pool. They have a unique flavor of hospitality. The kibbutz run hotels and also have groves of date palms and other groves such as bananas.
God was protecting us. Our thoughts and prayers go out to families who lost love ones in the Dead Sea flash flooding. Twenty students lost their life in a Jordan school trip near the Jordan shores of the Dead Sea. Israel helped Jordan with the rescue mission.