In the morning we started taking the bus to Bethlehem and visited the organisation „wings of Hope“, wich works with traumatized persons in palestine. It was very interesting to hear about the work they are doing and the traumas that are caused by the political and cultural situation. Afterwards all of us decided to visit the Banksy museum and hotel next to the Wall in Bethlehem. Visiting it was a really special experience, it was a museum full of the history of palestine and banksy´s drawings and graffities. The building is full of paintings about peace and the deep hope for freedom. Once again it was showing the need for solutions to the conflict so that the „city of Peace“ (Bethlehem) is no longer devided. Afterwards we went shopping for two hours and then we had free time to talk and a party in the evening with our favourite games.
John and Vico
Our first night at Tabgha was very nice. Those who woke up early were able swim in the pool to wake up properly. After breakfast we started another church rally. First we went to the beatitudes church which has a very beautiful architecture. The flowers in the garden and the awesome view made it even more enjoyable. We also went to Caphernahum (the town of Jesus) and Saint Peters church. It was very touching to see the places where Jesus lived and bulit his church. After lunch and another jump in the pool we went on a boat ride on the Sea og Galilee. We put on some music, had fun and danced together. When we reached the middle of the lake we stopped the music and the engine of the boat. We gathered and listened to the bible verse in which jesus calmed the storm. After that we stayed silent and thought about the bible verse. It was very relaxing to take in the atmosphere and enjoy another breathtaking view. Then we went to Taghba where Jesus fed 5000 people with 5 pieces of bread and two fish. In the evening we had a special service. Everyone was involved in it. We prepared the decorations, prayers and songs. Also we were able to take part in the preaching. We are happy and feel peace within ourselves, got rid of stress and hope to take this feeling with us when we go back home.
Julian and Natalie
Today we had to get up very early after a short bus drive we visited a service at the church of the redeemer, then we went on a trip with a guide of ICAHD through east Jerusalem. He told us, what the isrealian goverments official reason for building a wall in a completely different place than the border from 1976 is. But seeing all the illegal settlements, hearing about them and the weird location of the wall makes clear that there can´t be a good explanation for all of that. And he told us some things about the organisation he is with and that they stop the destruction of palestinian homes. Inspite of all these bad impressions we had a great party because of Anna 18th birthday. And birthdays have to be celebrated!
Lasse and Stefanie