Day 1 -The tour begins

OPENING SESSION:  We began our first full day in Israel with a Opening Session at the hotel with some worship and a message from our President, Jan Hansen Hoyt.

We are working on our video skills (smile) So bear with the beginning of this one. Its gets better!


In Israel’s historic 70th year as a nation, we visited Independence Hall where, on the 14th of May in 1948,  (just before sundown) David Ben Gurion read Israel’s Declaration of Independence, celebrating the restoration of the first nation in history to become a nation again after 2,000 years of ceasing to exist.  He declared the establishment of the State of Israel in the home of the first mayor of Tel Aviv, Meir Dizengoff. We viewed a short movie about the days leading up to the event and then entered the actual room where dignitaries, journalists, and leaders of the Jewish people in Palestine were packed in to hear the declaration on that May day. A tour guide gave a fabulous presentation reliving the drama and the excitement of the events. It felt like we were there when it happened!

We are in Independence Hall hearing the very recording of David ben Gurion when he declared the State of Israel on May 14, 1948. He was standing beneath visionary Theodore Herzl.

The talk  culminated with the actual voice recording (ABOVE VIDEO)  of David Ben Gurion’s declaration and the playing of Hatikva (The Hope), the national anthem of Israel. That day in 1948 the orchestra that had gathered in the upper floor ready to play that song for the first time as the Jewish State.  Israel had become a nation again after 2,000 years of ceasing to exist.

 This verse from Amos has been fulfilled!

We visited Emmaus.  It is the town mentioned in the Gospel of Luke.  Luke reports that Jesus appeared, after his death and resurrection, before two of his disciples while they were walking on the road to Emmaus.  We spent time in the remains of a church that had been built on the site. We broke bread there together.

We had a wonderful time of worship led by Phyllis Fox.

VIDEO (below)  Glenda Fleming brought a message using the scriptures of what took place here.


We broke bread together.



Lunch in Jaffa.  Falafel and shawarma sandwiches – local food. Yum!

Jaffa is where Peter received the revelation that God accepted Gentiles into belief of Yeshua as Messiah.


Mount Carmel– This is where Elijah challenged the 450 prophets of Baal calling down fire! A huge impressive statue of Elijah greeted us. We climbed the stairs leading to a concrete platform large enough for the travelers on all the buses. The 360-degree view was spectacular — one of the best in all of Israel, especially southern Galilee. Below us was the Kishon Brook. There Elijah commanded the water to be carried drenching the altar and sacrifice. Mt Carmel is actually a high point on a coastal range. It was strategic to the Jezreel Valley. The  three passes through the mountain became significant routes of travel in the ancient world.

Statue of Elijah the Prophet  

As we stood on Mt. Carmel, we had a wonderful view of the Jezreel Valley that will host the final great battle of  Armageddon.

We arrived at the Gai Beach Hotel in Tiberias overlooking the Sea of Galilea.  What a view!

Our day was packed with memories to be relived over and over.

(Kay Rogers:) Why I love the Gai Beach Hotel. It sits right on The Sea of Galilee and is beautiful. It is 6:15 in the evening and a lovely 75 degrees. Our Aglow group is just arriving and I know they will feel very refreshed here.


Prayer points: 

  • We pray against any health issues that would rob our travelers of the joy and spiritual impact of this trip.
  • We pray for good rest and speedy adjustment to time change.



  1. Thank you so much for the beautiful documenting of this trip via video, photography and copy.  Thank you for allowing us to share in the blessings!  God bless you with rest, peace, revelation and blue skies.

    • Sherry and I are glad the pictures are capturing the beauty that is Israel. It’s an amazing land! Sandy

  2. Hi Israel Aglow Watchmen On The Wall,

    Thank you so much for all the wonderful photos, videos and other updates from the Aglow Israel tour with the links to the Israel Aglow Facebook page.

    The singing in the last few videos from Migdal especially inspired me and brought the song El Shaddai to my mind. I wrote a third verse for our Aglow family, both for you and the ones on the tour. I’ve attached a photo of the whole song with the added last verse for you to see.

    Because of copyright issues you probably won’t be able to post it but thought, if you think it appropriate, you might share it privately with people. I know you will pray over your decision. Much blessing to you all, whatever you decide. I know I was blessed by your posts and the inspiration came out of it, so thank you again.

    I look forward to seeing more of your updates and the emails with the prayer points which I am continuing to pray through.

    Our God is so wonderful!! Praise, blessing and honour to Him!!! Exalt His Name on high through all the nations!!!! All glory and majesty is His!!!!!
    Praise, praise, praise Him!!!!!! Thank you, Lord, for all Your promises and provision. Thank you that You have covered Your Aglow family in Israel with Your might and power, protection and the joy of health. Thank you for restoring them from any jetlag and making all food and drink pure and holy, keeping them from any illness. Thank You that You are keeping them safe from any accidents or other incidents that may cause them harm. Thank You that You will bring them all back safely to their homes when the tour is finished. Thank You also that You have answered their and our prayers for the restoration of Israel to Your Kingdom, to be one with You in glory when You come again for us, dear Jesus. We praise You and hold onto Your promises for Israel. Thank You they are Your chosen people and we are joined with them in You. Bless Your beautiful and lovely Name!!! Glory, glory, glory to You, Lord!!!! All praise and worship belong to You, Lord our God!!!!! Thank You, Lord, our Creator, Saviour, Redeemer, Comfortor, Healer and Friend!!!!! All blessing to You!!!!!! In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

  3. Precious Sherry &Aglow family- Blessings! I feel as though i am in Israel with you!!! The pictures and videos are amazing, sound is great! Praying for you , and with you as you celebrate Israel’s 70 th!!! Love to all, and shalom!- Deborah Smith

    • Hi Deborah, Sherry and I are so delighted that you feel like you’re walking with us….. that was our goal. Thanks for commenting. Sandy

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