We organized a memorable day trip for pastors and their spouses to the Northern region, where the Sea of Galilee is. This is the cherished region that is central to much of Jesus’ ministry.
Even though millions of believers set foot in the Holy Land each year, often our own people do not get the chance to experience these sacred sites where New Testament events occurred.
This day provided an exceptional opportunity for the group, guided by esteemed tour guide Mr. Amer Nicola, to learn more about these locations and to strengthen their fellowship within the body of Christ. The day included a boat ride where the very well known hymn “How lovely it is for brethren to dwell together in unity” filled the air, and we also took some time to reflect on Jesus calming the storm, Jesus walking on water and many other stories from the Bible while being in the Sea that Jesus was in.
An integral aspect of the journey included exploring the Church of the Primacy of Peter in Tabgha. During our visit, our guide elaborated on five distinct reasons why this site is traditionally associated with the miraculous multiplication of the loaves and the fishes. Drawing from sources such as Biblical scriptures, archaeological findings, geographical context, historical records, and longstanding traditions, our guide provided insights into the significance of this location. Additionally, the Church of the Primacy of Peter is renowned for being the setting of Peter’s encounter with the resurrected Jesus, during which he received a three-fold commission: “Feed my lambs,” “Take care of my sheep,” and “Feed my sheep” (John 21).
Our journey continued to the newly discovered first-century city of Magdala, home of Mary of Magdala. We also learnt about the importance of the Magdala Stone.
This trip was concluded with a heartwarming meal, where everyone enjoyed fellowship together and had some valuable bonding time together.
The trip provided many pastors with a unique and special opportunity to explore their own country with a new lens, assuming the role of visitors and gaining insights into the places where Jesus ministered. Several participants conveyed their appreciation for the valuable knowledge gained, even though they had been residents of the region for their entire lives. Following the positive outcomes of the previous ABC-sponsored journey to Jerusalem and Bethlehem last year, we aspire to persist in supporting similar enlightening trips in the times ahead.