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Israel | Day 3 | Sea of Galilee | Golan Heights

We woke up to the sunrise over the Sea of Galilee, in Tiberius, and it was GORGEOUS!! After much needed coffee and some breakfast, we went to the Jesus Boat Museum to see a boat dating from the time of Jesus. It was probably similar to one He would have used.

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While at the Sea of Galilee we took a boat ride out onto the sea. Our pastor, Dr. Peter Wyns, gave a message about Jesus walking on the water (Matt. 14) and calming the storm (Matt. 4). Afterwards our boat captain lead us in worship including some of his own songs. It was such a moving experience being able to worship on the Sea of Galilee where Jesus himself taught.

After the Sea of Galilee we headed to the Hula Valley and the Tel Dan Reserve, which the Dan river flows through. The Dan River is one of the rivers that feeds the Jordan from the melting snow from Mount Hermon. Interestingly, only a small portion of Mount Hermon is within the borders of Israel (the rest is in Lebanon and Syria), but the majority of the water from the melting snow flows from its summit into Israel and to the Jordan River.

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This is Abraham’s Gate, that dates back to the Bronze Age, and could have possibly been that gate that Abraham walked through when he went to rescue Lot after the people of Dan took him prisoner.

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Next we ventured into the Golan Heights and ate lunch at a Druze restaurant. Their specialty was a grilled cheese crepe thing with a cheese called labneh, which is a sour tasting Lebanese cream cheese. The restaurant overlooked the Golan Heights and a volcanic lake called Ram Lake.

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The video below is of our drive through the Golan Heights on our way to lunch.

The following stop was Mount Bental, a former military outpost, overlooking the Kunetra Valley or “Valley of Tears.” This mount has a spectacular view of the Golan, Mount Hermon and even Syria to the east.

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The mountain covered in snow in the far distance is Mount Hermon.

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The old Israeli bunkers were open for us to go down into, it was pretty cool!!

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After a full day of adventuring around Israel, we ended at the Jordan River for baptisms. This was the very river, probably not the same location though, where Jesus was baptized by John and the Holy Spirit descended on Him in the form of a dove (Matt. 3:13-17)

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Israel | Day 2

Our first full day in Israel was in Netanya on the Mediterranean Sea. We were so exhausted that our “short nap” ended up not leaving us enough time, or daylight, to explore. So this ensued our “being late” reputation for the trip….

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We were told there was a beach that had rocks with holes. So clearly we had to go there and get some right?!? The next morning we got up early and made plans to walk to the beach and come back in time to leave. Nothing is ever as easy as it sounds though. We could see the Sea from our hotel, but the lady at the front desk said it was a “5 minute” walk to the beach. However someone else on our tour said it was about a half to three-quarter mile walk. It was NOT a “5 minute” walk, more like 15 minutes.

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These cool rocks naturally have holes in them. I’m still not sure why, but I need to find out. In ancient times they were used as weights on nets for fishing.

We did eventually find the beach, which was awesome, but made it harder for us to leave in time to get back to the bus on time. Technically we made it back to the bus before we actually had to leave, but definitely later than we were supposed to be. We were literally speed walking/ running to try and get back in time.

After we were congratulated for not being left somewhere in Israel on our first day there, we went to Caesarea, the Roman port city where Peter  met with Cornelius after his vision of the sheet of unclean things descending from heaven, and gave his sermon the the Gentiles (Acts 10:24-28)

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This is our tour guide Aharon, he is awesome!

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The water was naturally this amazing blue color!

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The left photo is the inside architecture of the city gate in Caesarea. The city gates were important for the protection of the city and was where legal events an contracts were made and performed. The design of city gates varied throughout the country, but all were engineered to provide security for the city.

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These aqueducts are over 2,000 years old and they are still standing!!

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This is Tel Meggido that overlooks the Jezebel Valley. We learned that a “tel” is a mount that has cities layered on top of each other. So whenever a tel was conquered, the conquering peoples leveled the city and literally built their city on top of it. Tel Meggido has 35 cities layered on top of each other. This is also referred to as Armageddon – “Har-Megiddo,” Hill of Meggido.

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We walked down into a cistern in Tel Meggido. This used to be filled with water and was used as a back up supply of water in case of an invasion.

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I love this photo of an olive tree. An interesting thing we learned about olive trees is that you can uproot them leave them out of the ground for long periods of time, replant them and they will continue to grow. Also, as an olive tree ages, it becomes hollow on the inside.

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The almond tree is also an interesting tree in Israel. This tree is the first to bloom but it is the last to bear fruit.

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I made friends with this Donkey in Bethlehem, he was intrigued by my camera.

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In the replicated town of Bethlehem that we visited, there was a rebuild synagog. I did not know that a synagog was not only used for worship, but also for teaching/school and community gatherings.

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Another view of the Jezebel Valley, so gorgeous!

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Welcome to Israel!

Shalom from Israel! Our group from Antioch International Church in Fort Mill, SC, as well as a few of us from Sumter, SC and Florida,  made it to the Holy Land at about 7am on February 10th after 2 flights, 2 airlines and may hours of travel. The first destinations on our itinerary, besides a coffee shop to satisfy our extreme need for caffeine, was Joppa (Japho) and Mount Carmel.

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Before we left on our adventure, Robyn and I thought an effective way to put our bodies on Israel time was to not sleep the night before…..I’m still not sure how effective that actually was, but that’s what we did. So here is to adventure and very little sleep!

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This view of Tel Aviv was take from Joppa, the ancient Mediterranean seaport that Jonah set sail from on his way to Tarshish. Joppa is also the place where Peter lived for a short time and where we received the vision of unclean spirit descending in a sheet in Acts 10.

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The Jezreel Valley from top Mount Carmel, it doesn’t do it justice. Mount Carmel is where Elijah had his standoff against Baal/Asherah in 1 Kings 18:17-46.

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Group Leader 1 aka Peter Wyns, teaching us about the valley.

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This “compass” showed the geographical locations of many places in Israel from Mount Carmel.

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Big Daddy Weave | My Story Tour | The River Place | Fort Mill, SC

The River Place in Fort Mill, SC hosted Big Daddy Weave‘s My Story Tour in October. I remember hearing their music a long time ago but had never really gotten into them. The concert was amazing and the band was really great! This was the first concert we’ve hosted at The River Place, and things are off to a great start! Stay tuned to their website and Facebook for upcoming concerts!

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Gemini Ascension | UpStage (NoDa) Charlotte, NC

Last week I tagged along with my friend Amanda, of Back Seat Photography, to a spoken word/singing/poetry event at UpStage in Charlotte, NC, featuring Tenisha Jones and Venah Stalling of Gemini Ascension. I must say, their performance was powerful and moving. Definitely a very enjoyable night with some awesome people!
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I love simple shots like this especially with the fuzzy Christmas lights in the background!

20150409_UpStage_071_logoThese ladies were phenomenal!

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This is one of my favorite photos from the night. She has such a great smile!

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Jovan | Wayz | Album Cover Shoot | Downtown Greensboro, NC

I have been privileged to become friends with some amazing musicians, and this guy, Jovan (Wayz), is one of them. He is a hip-hop/rap artist who is a song-writing machine and lives and breathes to be in the studio. Over the past 2 months he has been working on producing his first album which lead to this photo shoot to create his album art. I am beyond excited about how the album cover turned out!! ¬†As much as I would love to post it all over social media RIGHT NOW, I’m going to wait until the album is actually finished….so me, as well as you, must be patient! ¬†In the meantime, enjoy these images!

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OneLight Media

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From what you can see on my blog, I’m sure many of you have figured out I have a passion for traveling and missions. I started a non-profit, OneLight Media, to provide promotional material to non-profits through photography, video and design. It is a non-profit that helps non-profits. I would love for you to check out my redesigned website and the new work¬†I’ve posted. I am in the process of raising funds and support to move to Nicaragua and Honduras for a few months to work with organizations I connected with on my last trip.

I am also selling coffee from Nicaragua to support my cause. It is seriously the best coffee I’ve ever had. Its straight from a farmer in Nicaragua and is organic and fair trade. Contact me and I can get some to you!! 1/2lb- $8 1lb- $15 ¬†hello.onelight@gmail.com

Thanks for your support!

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Civic Threads

I recently did a photo shoot for Civic Threads in downtown Greensboro. They print sweet T’s, mens and women’s apparel, local handmade items, and have their own line of “I love Greensboro” apparel and accessories.

Check out their website. Visit their store. Buy their stuff.

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Cathy & Patrick

This is the wedding of one my dear friends Cathy back in February.  It was an honor to photograph the wedding of one of my best friends!

Enjoy!

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The Longest Week of Our Lives

I wrote some of this in my last post, but it apparently didnt work. So I will update you now….

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So, on Wednesday, May 1st our well broke. We toughed it out using gallons of water to shower until Friday evening when we decided this was ridiculous and called Linda Gable (her and her husband, Tommy, started NewSong Mission in Nicaragua) and she let us stay the night at her house. I never knew a shower could feel so good. Continue reading

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