Testimonies 2.A life-changing trip to Israel – Zhu Baozhu

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Thank you and praise the Lord for making it possible for me to fulfill my long-awaited wish and come to Israel! When the plane landed at Tel Aviv airport, my heart was so excited that I wanted to cry.

At Peter’s ordination, the tour guide shared that here the resurrected Jesus asked Peter three times, “Do you love me?” and my heart asked myself again, “Lord, do I love you?” Lord, I know I don’t love you enough, please help me to love you more. This time we were in Israel, and most of the churches we went to were Catholic churches, among which there was a statue of Jesus crucified on the Beatitudes, and the tour guide took us to sing hymns in front of the statue we sang hymns in many places, but here, when we sang hymns, in front of the statue of Jesus being hung on the cross, I wept, and I said, “Lord, I am so small, so unbearable, so unworthy, you are still crucified for me, what can I use to repay your salvation?

Coming to the Jordan River to be baptized was a very important purpose for my visit to Israel. But because it was quite cold two days ago, I was a little withdrawn. But because our tour guide is a very emotional person, she shared some testimonies of leading a group before, saying that when a group came here, because the weather was very cold, the tour guide advised them not to go into the water, so as not to get sick if the water temperature was very low, but the whole group of them said that no matter what, they must go into the water. This passage touched my heart and made me decide to go into the water, even though I didn’t bring anything I had prepared, but thank God that God was prepared for everything and was baptized in the Jordan River. Thank you very much, Lord! When we were baptized that day, we not only saw doves [a type of the Holy Spirit], but also a rainbow [covenant]after baptism, and a water duck [with a water duck], and the tour guide said that this was the first time she had seen a rainbow when she brought so many groups to the Jordan River. After being baptized, in the locker room, I once again gave thanks to the Lord, because I knew that if I didn’t get baptized this time, I would regret it very much.

On the night of Jesus’ betrayal, he came to Gethsemane to pray, and said to Peter, James, and John, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, and I am almost to death, and I knelt and prayed, saying, ‘Father, if you will, take this cup away, but not my will, but do your will.'” An angel appeared from heaven and strengthened him. Jesus was in great pain and prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. [Luke 22:42-44]. When we came to the Garden of Gethsemane, where I felt the fear and fear of Jesus, but also the obedient heart, I wept again and confessed my sins to God, saying, “Lord, I’m sorry, forgive me for my sins, because there are things I can’t do at the moment, I still can’t obey.” May the Lord have mercy and add more love to me, so that I can live out my love truly.

To come to the Wailing Wall is to pray. In the process of prayer, God moved me to bless Jessica, me, and my family with Psalm 23. That night, the team leader took Tian Tian and me to accompany Jessica to the Wailing Wall again [because Jessica was uncomfortable staying in the car during the day.]Jessica was comforted, sweet, and unexpected, and I felt calm and secure. Coming out of the Wailing Wall, the team leader took us to the “King of Kings Asian Temple of Prayer to pray”, which was the tour leader’s itinerary. They prayed for three hours from 6 to 9 p.m., and when we arrived late, we could feel the difference in the spirit in this prayer hall. The three of us knelt in prayer, and in the process, I felt God’s love for the people of Israel, the longing for their return, and I couldn’t help but weep and beg the Lord to give me more time. In prayer, I also knew more clearly that it was urgent to pray for Israel and pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

The last trip was to the Holocaust Memorial, and the whole mood was heavy. I don’t understand why the same people can be so cruel and merciless to abuse, poison, and kill, and ask God to forgive us for our sins.

This trip to Israel, although tiring, but full of rewards. Hallelujah, thank you and praise the Lord, and thank you to the brothers and sisters who remain in the church for their intercession, so that we may be full of peace, blessed when we go out, and blessed when we enter. May the fire of love ignited by the Lord in our hearts continue to burn, and may it also influence those around us to rise and prepare ourselves as well-decorated brides for the Lord’s return. May all thanks and love be given to the Lord who loves us!

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