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Mike Abulibdeh (our guide and friend) and Allen

Mike is not that tall. He is standing on the curb and would not let me stand beside him.

Mike and Allen
Mike and Allen

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Mike and the Priest have words.

 Mike Abulibdeh (Our guide) and an Armenian priest in the Church of the Nativity
Mike Abulibdeh (Our guide) and an Armenian priest in the Church of the Nativity
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The 14 Point Star

Lillian touching the 14 point star over the sight of the birth of Jesus
Lillian touching the 14 point star over the sight of the birth of Jesus
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Riding Camels

Camel and Lillian
Camel and Lillian
Camel, Sandra and Bob
Camel, Sandra and Bob
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Merry Christmas…….

Today we had a wonderful Sunday. We have prayed for each family by name in our congregation in the Holy Land. Also we have prayed for certain persons each day, often lightening a candle in the holy shrines in their honor. Thus said, we started the day at the Israeli museum. We saw parts of the Dead Sea Scrolls as well as a detailed model of Jerusalem at the time of Jesus. The we headed south to Bethlehem and witnessed the true political and economic disparity of this land. We bowed through the small door to the mighty church, parts of it date from 360-70 AD. We were humbled by the antiquity of the entire place.

Afterwards, we toured Mt. Zion where the traditional location of the Upper Room is and other traditional sights. What a day!

In front of the Church of St Catherine, next to the Church of the Nativity, is a statue of St. Jerome. We owe him for his work in translating the Bible from Hebrew and Greek to Latin. Jerome lived in Bethlehem from about 384 A.D. to 420 A.D. He lived in a cave under the church and wrote the entire time he was in Bethlehem. At the foot of the statue is a skull. It is a reminder to us that the first Christian martyrs were not the early Christians, but the murder of the innocents that Herod had killed trying to kill the Baby Jesus. These children were sacrificed to the will and power of an insane leader and his ambitions. What does that tell us today? What do we sacrifice to ambition and power?

Allen, Lillian, Kathy, Sandra and Bob in front of the Holy City
Allen, Lillian, Kathy, Sandra and Bob in front of the Holy City