By Guest Contributor: Will Troxler
We began our second day by visiting Caesarea Philippi to see the remnants of the Shrine to Pan, an ancient Pagan worship site.
This is the same site referenced in Matthew 16:13 when Peter Declares Jesus as Messiah. To me, this was one of the most powerful experiences of the trip. We stood at the shrines of Pagan Gods to see where Peter denied them and claimed Jesus as Savior. All of this we experienced directly in front of the Gate of Hades, where human sacrifices were previously made in the name of Pagan Gods. This truly revealed to me the enormity of Peter claiming Jesus, here, in a Pagan Worship site; how awesome!
|A close up view of the Gate of Hades|
|Reese read the passage and shared some thoughts|
|Rahel, Jessica and Julia|
We ventured over towards the Sea of Galilee to see the village of Capernaum briefly and then hiked up to the Mountain of the Sermon on the Mount!
|Will shared about Peter and Jesus at Peter's Primacy along the seashore|
Christina read the Beatitudes from the Mount of Beatitudes.
|Our tour guide, Amer, teaching|
|Julia hanging on for dear life|
|Hunter Lambeth flashing the YL sign|
|David our Captain|
Ned tried to walk on water...
|Dakota had a chance to read and share with us before his baptism|
That evening, we had the special opportunity to meet Wael and his family. Wael grew up in the Gaza Strip and is on staff with Young Life in Nazereth. After he shared his story, we were able to lay hands on him and pray. A great ending to a great day!