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SITE OF JESUS' BAPTISM NOW OPEN DAILY TO VISITORS AND PILGRIMS

After much investment in infrastructure to improve the spiritual experience and physical comfort of tourists and pilgrims, the Qasr el Yahud baptism site on the River Jordan, known as the place of Jesus' baptism, is now open daily to the public. Recognized since the 4th century as the site of the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist, Qasr el Yahud is considered the third most important site for Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land (after the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem and the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem). Israel's Ministry of Tourism, among others, has invested about $2.3 million in renovating and upgrading the site. Wooden ramps into the Jordan River now allow pilgrims easy and comfortable access to the waters for baptism; shaded areas have been erected for prayer sessions; and bathroom, shower and parking facilities have been upgraded. The site is also wheelchair-accessible.

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Sara,

I wish to let you know how much Beth and I enjoyed our recent tour of Israel and Jordan.  We enjoyed the Biblical itinerary and the expertise of our guide, Kobi,  who is superior to any guide we have had (including 3 European "Rick Steves") tours with guides.  The comprehensive itinerary, the quality of the hotels, food, bus and driver all helped contribute to an unforgetable  experience of a lifetime.   Jerusalem Tour's attention to detail really stood out in a positive way.  We had very few additional expenses during the entire trip and that is noteworthy.

The pairing and reading  of scripture by tour members and by Kobe  with the places we visited in Israel, and Jordan were quite  impactful and help us to have even a stronger faith in Jesus and a fresh perspective and admiration for Israel and Jordan and its citizens.

Thanks for a great life experience.

Blessings,
Bob and Beth Lockwood