Israel Trip 2011

Mrs Raz and I recently returned from a ten-day trip to Israel, hosted by Dr. Bryan Sharp. There were 35 in our group, mostly preachers and their wives. It was a tremendous trip. If you ever have the opportunity to go with Bryan Sharp, you will not regret it. You will see the sites and enjoy some things that are definitely not on the typical tourist agenda. We went throughout the land of Israel and into the kingdom of Jordan. We witnessed the power of music as we sang throughout the land, to the delight of many Jews, who then willingly received our business cards.

I am thankful for our church family, who presented this trip to us as a tenth anniversary present. I am also thankful to Bro. Sharp for all of his hard work and leadership. And it was a joy to make some new friends on the trip.

Below is a 15 minute video of highlights from our trip. Below that are some separate videos of our group singing and preaching.

This video was made at the amphitheater in the ruins of Bethshan in Israel.

Our tour group ran into a group of Israelis at Timnah in the Negev desert. We sang for them, which opened their hearts to an impromptu message from Dr. Sharp. Watch the response of the Israelis to our song and to his words. Afterwards, several asked us for more information.

Singing “It is well with my soul” in St. Anne’s, a Byzantine cathedral in Jerusalem. Note the response of a church group from North Carolina in the back. Also, the group in the pews were sitting when we started. By the end, they were all standing and many were recording us with phones and cameras.

About James Rasbeary

I am the pastor of the Lighthouse Baptist Church in Wylie, Texas. Check out my blog at www.broraz.com.
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4 Responses to Israel Trip 2011

  1. Leeanne Graf says:

    What a blessing to see your pictures and especially the videos of y’all singing. How exciting that must have been. It brought tears to my eyes seeing Calvary and the empty tomb, Praise the Lord! Glad y’all had a great time and a safe trip home. Can’t wait to hear more about it! Have a great day tomorrow.

  2. Joe Consford says:

    I am a missionary sent out of Dr. Danny Dodson’s church in Center, TX. I am glad you had a great time on the trip. I am sure Brother Dodson made his impact!

  3. EDDIE GRIMES says:

    BRO RAZ,
    I AM A MEMBER OF CENTRAL BAPTIST IN CENTER TEXAS…BRO DODSON IS OUR PASTOR. TWO YEARS AGO I HAD THE PRIVELEDGE OF GOING ON THIS SAME TRIP. WHAT A LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE FOR ME AND MY WIFE. WE LONG TO GO BACK. WE TALK ABOUT WHAT WE SAW AND FELT EVEN STILL. IT HAS TRANSFORMED OUR BIBLE READING. I AM SO GLAD YOU AND YOUR WIFE GOT TO GO. I TRY CONTINUALLY TO GET YOUNG COUPLES TO GO BEFORE THEY GET TOO OLD TO BE ABLE TO MAKE THE MANY STEPS IT TAKES TO SEE THE SITES. THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING US TO SEE YOUR PHOTOS.

  4. Tori Leslie says:

    Wow, I’m sitting with tears in my eyes. What an incredible priviledge God allowed you two. I only pray that Johnny and I can experience the same one day. Oh t walk here Jesus walked!!

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