“And Elijah said to Ahab, “Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain.”” I Kings 18:41 NIV Our longest hike was to the town of Montefalco, Umbria. Montefalco is visible anywhere in the Umbrian Valley because of its location. The first settlers were named Umbri and Romans, Lombards, local merchants, later ruled it. Then … Continue reading Rain, Rain, Go Away….
“I told them that it is not the Roman custom to hand over anyone before they have faced their accusers and have had an opportunity to defend themselves against the charges.” Acts 25:16 NIV Traffic jam. Construction. Accident. Nowhere to go – yet a two lane became a three lane with a wrecker squeezing through the bus and trucks. Crazy … Continue reading Perugia -Famous for….
“Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs will hear His voice, and will come forth; those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment.” John 5:28-29 Our advanced hiking group walked from the drop off point to Bevagna, a … Continue reading Bevagna, Italy and Tombs
“You shall charge the sons of Israel, that they bring you clear oil of beaten olives for the light, to make a lamp burn continually.” Exodus 27:20 We hiked miles through the forest to the ridge and started down the mountain. A lovely German shepherd greeted us as we started back down the mountain after three miles hiking. Wild … Continue reading Pure Olive Oil
“You brood of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak what is good? For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart.” Matthew 12:24 Eighteen of us loaded on a bus that took a windy scenic road to a small hamlet, population 6,500, Gualdo Cattaneo on the west side of the valley. Our first hike started … Continue reading Adventure: Accidents, Vipers and Wild Boars?
“Strangers will stand and pasture your flocks foreigners will be your farmers and your vinedressers. But you will be called the priests of the Lord; you will be spoken of as ministers of our God. You will eat the wealth of nations, and in their riches you will boast.” Isaiah 51:5-6 NASB We met the Tour Director – Irene – with … Continue reading Tour Grouping
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 NASB After a tour of the Coliseum, we started walking through Rome. All the tourists must get very tiresome for the … Continue reading Only One Day in Rome
“Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.” 2 Thessalonians 1:4 NIV The Rome Coliseum is Rome’s Number 1 tourist destination and the changes since my last visit in 1988 were astounding. There were lines waiting to buy tickets to visit the Coliseum. Most tours required … Continue reading Let the Games Begin Rome Coliseum
“Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves.” Matthew 21:12 NIV I had forgotten the beautiful Umbrella Pines of Rome. The Rome airport hotel had a driver who drove us to the Coliseum from our outlying hotel. … Continue reading Vacation Begins in Roma
“But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” Luke 10:40 NIV Preparing for two week vacation in Italy took 5 weeks of training. Why? We trained … Continue reading Preparation and Training