From our accommodation at hotel Hofit on the Med we were blessed to be able to attend the Lebanese congregation at nearby Naharia. What a blessing indeed this bunch of Lebanese Christians were rescued by Israel in the 2001 war with Lebanon when they had a window of 4 hours to flee their centuries old lands because their lives were in danger from Muslim advancement . The Congregation has grown and is an on fire Holy Spirit led group. I got the chance to speak a word of encouragement over them and pray for them. Amazing privilege.
After breakfast at the hotel next day we set out for the border at Rosh hanikra. The border crossing between Lebanon & Israel blocked since 1948. The original tunnels & bridges for a rail line were constructed by NZ & South African Engineers in WW2. There is a plaque erected in honour of the NZ 10th Engineers 1943. We prayed at the border for Israel & Lebanon. Talked to soldiers and went on the cable car down to the caves right on the border.
From Rosh HaNikra we headed to Akko an ancient city on the Med with an interesting history. At one time it was the crusader capital in the Holy lands and the ships carrying the Knights berthed here. Napoleon had a go at the city in around 1797 but failed. The old city is mostly an Arab town and the new parts of the city are Jewish. The buildings in the old city including the wall are between 1500 & 1000 years old and still standing strong. In NZ we just don’t have anything to compare. Except for the odd Kauri tree. We had lunch in Akko in what was once the Turkish Bazar. Then we headed off to the upper Galilee and Lake Kinneret or better known as the sea of Galilee.
The Galilee region will be our home for the next four nights, as we stay at one of my favourite hotels. Hotel Ron Beach in Tiberius. (Highly recommended) Our first night in the hotel we were treated to the Ron Beach banquet meal..yum… then we had some of Israel’s finest worship whose name escapes me right now. Everyone was touched by the power of his sound.