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The Gurney Clan is packing and preparing for the Holy Land!

Discussion in 'The Ancient Way - Eastern Orthodox' started by gurneyhalleck1, Dec 23, 2018.

  1. gurneyhalleck1

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    We had a crazy situation. Our bus was going through these narrow streets when, suddenly, this Muslim guy parks his car right in front of our bus!!! He just got out of his car, went into the mosque to pray!!! Our bus sat there trapped like a sitting duck!! We waited like 25 minutes before this character finally emerges from the mosque!

    While we were waiting, we see this Saddam banner. Suhaib, our guide, tells us that many small town Jordanians see Hussein as a martyr of Islam who loved and protected the Sunni people from the Shiites and the West. He is beloved and seem as an innocent martyr even though he was a strong man type.

    Of course we all rolled our eyes.....

    I’m not a fan of the Iraq invasion and honestly think we did far more harm than good, but to think Saddam is a holy man in paradise with Allah??? LOL

     
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  2. gurneyhalleck1

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    Thank you, Mary! I honestly was starting to wonder if I’m boring people to death?!^_^^_^:sorry:

     
  3. gurneyhalleck1

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    It’s pretty surreal, and very encouraging! It blesses and helps form your faith showing a concrete series of locations and surroundings where salvation history took place. It’s amazing!

     
  4. gurneyhalleck1

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    You hit the nail on the head, IIF. All five of us are thoroughly exhausted and ready to come home, a bit overwhelmed!! And blown-away we sure are!!! Transformed? Definitely!!!

     
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  6. whereloveandmercymeet

    whereloveandmercymeet There but for the grace of God...

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    You definitely haven’t bored anyone!! I’m going to miss the lovely photos and memories you’ve been sharing here. Thank you for sharing them :hug:
     
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  7. ArmyMatt

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    I remember their devotion to prayer when I was on gate guard in Afghanistan. we pulled guard with two locals and two of us, but as soon as the call to prayer came they would stop, roll out their prayer mats, and pray. their devotion to prayer was pretty impressive.
     
  8. ~Anastasia~

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    Noooooo!!!!!

    I think we are all enjoying that we get to share in small part your experience! I for one am having a very rough week at work (just overwhelming and exhausting - great kids though) ... but I barely have time or energy to get online. Your photos are my highlight this week. :) Thanks!!!!
     
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  9. AMM

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    I've been out of town for 10 days but you'd best believe that the first thing I did this morning was come to read the past 100+ posts on this thread and look at all your pictures :)
     
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  10. “Paisios”

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    Certainly not boring me - it is great to see and hear of all these places.

    Edit: And with (at the time of this edit) 2880 views of this thread, it would certainly appear that there are many others who find this fascinating as well.
     
  11. gurneyhalleck1

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    Today we went to Mt. Nebo where Moses looked down at the Promised Land before he died. It was SUUUUUUPER windy and cold up there!! Father Matt, I look like Palpatine! ^_^

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    What Moses saw...
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    Right outside Bathany Beyond the Jordan where The Lord was baptized. It is a very intense place LOADED with Jordanian military, police, checkpoints, etc.
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    Look on top of the two hills overlooking Bethany
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    The exact spot where Elijah ascended in a chariot
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  13. gurneyhalleck1

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    Tonight we get shuttled from our hotel here by the Dead Sea to the airport. We fly 4 hours to Frankfurt, Germany. Next, 12 hours to California, then, 3 hours drive to our house.

    Please say a quick little prayer for Scott, Kate, Luke, and Veronica....for a safe trip home and the strength to hang in there...19 hours tests one’s mettle!!
     
  14. RobNJ

    RobNJ So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish!

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    You've got it!
     
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    You most certainly have those prayers - but I can't help feeling that the journey home , long and tiring that it is with the changes of planes and then getting the car and driving home, is much easier than some of those cold but exhilarating long days that you have had whilst away. Hopefully you will be able to sleep for a good part of the Frankfurt to Cali leg.

    Take care and know we are all praying for you and the family to come home safely
     
  16. “Paisios”

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    Praying for you and your family.
     
  17. gurneyhalleck1

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    Well, I wish such things could happen, but I must say...I’m 6’5”, 260 lbs. I fit into an airline like a sardine. Miserable. Frankly I’m dreading it!!! I practically never sleep a wink. But hope springs eternal....

    Thank you ALL for your kind prayers!!!

     
  18. Gracia Singh

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    God speed, Gurney! Bless you, and thank you for "bringing us along"!
     
  19. ArmyMatt

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    prayers for the journey home!
     
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    You get the seat next to the middle exit for extra leg room.
     
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