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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,

Gary and I made it home safely Sunday evening.  Our flight from Philly to Phoenix was cancelled, so it took an extra 8 hours, but it worked out fine.  Our extra three days with our friend was wonderful!  The Jerusalem School she teaches at accepts all children, regardless of ability to pay.  The children were from many backgrounds and I enjoyed each of them.

First, I wanted to thank-you.  You and your company attended to every detail to make our trip amazing.  I will be recommending you to every church pastor I meet!  Personally, I enjoyed the few conversations I had with you.  You are a very special person and I enjoyed getting to know you a bit. Secondly, Gary and I still owe you for the cost of Tressa's meal on the departure night.  Please let us know that cost and I can either give you our credit card or mail you a check.

You and Jerusalem Tours will be in my heart for a long time!  You have been a huge blessing in my life!

Best Wishes,
Roxanne Small