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Canadian Tour to Israel, Day 1 - Jorge Sedaca
February 24, 2017
By Jorge Sedaca, Executive Director & Tour Leader

Reporting from Tel Aviv - Jaffa

After our 10-hour direct flight from Toronto, a group of excited Canadians arrived at the Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv at 10:40 am this morning. We cleared customs, retrieved our luggage and exchanged some Canadian dollars into Israeli shekels. Daniel, our Israeli tour guide, met us with his usual smile and warmth. After loading our bus, we headed toward Ramat Gan, the area of Tel Aviv where the Messianic centre run by Beit Sar Shalom, Chosen People Ministries' affiliate in Israel, is located.

Jason is one of the leaders of our work there.  He welcomed us with a light lunch and excellent gourmet coffee he made himself. Afterward, he shared with us some of his own journey with the Lord and about the ministry planned for this strategically planted centre. We prayed with and for him and, after a short tour of the facilities, we headed toward the old city of Jaffa.

Our walking tour began at the statue of the Great Fish, reminding us of the story of Jonah who came to Jaffa (Joppa) in order to board a ship bound for Tarshish as he fled from the Lord’s presence (Jonah 1:3).

Our next stop was in the port area where we visited the traditional house of Simon the Tanner, where the Apostle Peter was staying (Acts 9:36-43) when he had a vision (Acts 10).



We concluded our walk at a park where the Monument to Faith depicts Jacob’s dream, the binding of Isaac, and the fall of the Wall of Jericho.

By this point - after the long flight and the walking tour - we were ready to check into our hotel for the night.  As is customary in Israeli hotels, dinner was more than abundant. Following a short group debrief, we all headed to our rooms by 8:30 pm.

What was the outcome of our first day in Israel? There was tremendous excitement at being in the Land of the Bible.  It is tremendously exciting to see and experience firsthand some of the places and people mentioned in the Word of God.  And it is encouraging and gratifying to have a glimpse of the work of Chosen People Ministries’ representatives through the Tel Aviv Messianic Centre.

Thank You, Lord, for the privilege of being here!

 

 

Filed under: Israel, Ministry News

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