Today was our last day so after packing our stuff and eating breakfast most of us gathered in the courtyard one last time for a short service and a reflection while some stayed with the few of us that had gotten sick :(. In the short service some of us prayed for each other:
Dear Lord, on our journey we have experienced many new things. We take these situations with us as memories. The view over Palestine, many different kinds of food, many many churches and arab words. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to meet new people, old friends and inspiring persons. Thank you for making us meet a crab at tabgha, for calabeese, for pool parties and for floating on the dead sea. Please take care of each and everyone of us. Take everyone back safely and hold your caring hand above all of us. Amen
Dear god I ask of you to grace upon Miria with comfort of heart and prosperity of soul. I ask you to ease down her difficulties and always keep a smile on her face. Dear God in life the new friends we make are the grace of today and the future to that tomorrow holds. With them we grow into being the leaders of the next generation. Miria, to a generous heart a pure smile and a precious soul I pray today, I pray for god to keep you in good health with the hope to sometime seeing you again. Amen
Dear God, may the sun always be on your face and the water above your head. May you be sure on all decisions you have the possibility to take and may your feet be free in their way – so you can go to take all chances! May the melodies of music keep your smile and positive mind always up and may your voice always find the space to raise when you think it´s time for it. May you have the calm and peace to look back and recognize traces of improvement.
If I rise on the wing of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. Psalm 139
And until we meet again may god hold you in the palm of his hand.
Over the last 12 day we learned a lot about each other and ourselves. Those experiences and memories will stay with us forever. We will always remember our new friends. In life there are a lot of ups and downs. We shared a lot of them. We laughed and danced and sometimes we cried and fought. The most important thing is that we did it together. Dear god we want to thank you for all of this.
Afterwards we had lunch and an emotional goodbye and the the bus arrived and we had to leave.
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