We’re at B20 at the Denver International Airport, waiting to take off for Israel. We’ve been looking forward to this trip and in some ways more than any other trip we’ve been on. There are at least two reasons why. First, we’re going to the Holy Lands. When we were there last summer, we felt sure that this was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Thanks to God’s blessings, a generous benefactor, and our kind elders, we’re able to go back and see the places where Bible events occurred and walk again in the footsteps of our Savior. Second, we’re going with so many special people. As people walk up to our gate, it’s exciting to see them and know that we’ll be experiencing this with my Bear Valley brothers and sisters. We have elders, deacons, teachers, students, and wonderful members who we will experience this with. To see these sites and feel these feelings is wonderful enough, but to do so in the fellowship of friends and spiritual family is even greater.
I believe that I will be reminded throughout each day of the blessing of the church. To be able to connect that to the place where the church began will be special and thrilling. Having Kathy by my side is always my chiefest blessing, but to associate with so many other people with whom we share faith and life will stay with us for the rest of our lives. With your permission, I will be sharing observations and facts from the various places on our journey. Thank you for coming along with us, if only in a virtual sense. We’d appreciate your prayers over the next several days. I leave you with the thoughts of Jeremiah, who said, “For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope” (29:11). May God bless us all on the grand journey we’re making from this world to eternity.