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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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Hi Sara,

Good to hear from you.  Our trip was smooth and far exceeded the expectations of every single person in our group.  Ziv served our group well as our guide.  Everyone that I talked to from the group found the trip inspiring in many different ways and certainly informative on many levels.  We realized that we only scratched the surface of Israel and hopefully there will be a group in the next few years who will go, possibly with some of the same people who went this time.  We’ll wait to see and keep sharing about our experiences.  We’ve got two talks scheduled here at All Saints, one in May and the other in September, about the trip and we’ll see who might be interested in being part of a trip in the future.

Thanks again for coordinating a great trip for us.
Mike