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Beverly and I were privileged to take a third Holy Land Pilgrimage, this time for 14 days with Pastor Lee Pickett, March 16-30 thru International Heritage Tours. The Half Shekel Journals I am publishing is my two-cents about this life changing experience.
(Actually a half-shekel is about 17 cents nowadays, so I'll try to be sure you get your monies worth.)

This is a work in progress so visit often. I can email you each journal as it is drafted and update you on the book's progress, just send me your email address. Feedback and corrections are always appreciated.
To recieve these in your email as they come out simply email me HALF SHEKELS 2023  PLEASE. Pastor-Rice(at)

(I have published another journal covering our Nov 2022 Israel Tour with Solid Rock Baptist Church, see /israel22 )

(I published a similar journal in 2009 it is available at  in pdf at /israel_journal.pdf  in paperback Israel_Journal )

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View the Half-Shekels in pdf as posted below:  
  hs2300.pdf   Journaling a Preacher's 2023 Pilgrimage to Israel Preface
  hs2301.pdf   Thur-Fri 16-17 Mar El Al Flight 26, Tel Aviv, Joppa
hs2302.pdf   Sat 18 Mar Caesarea by the Sea
  hs2303.pdf   Sat 18 Mar Mt Carmel, Druze, Megiddo, & Mt Arbel
  hs2304.pdf   Sun 19 Mar Worship On The Sea of Galilee
  hs2305.pdf   Sun 19 Mar  Mount of Beatitudes, Chorazin's Synagogue
  hs2306.pdf   Sun 19 Mar  Capernaum, Peter's Fish, Jordan Baptismal 
  hs2307.pdf   Mon 20 Mar  The Hazor National Park, Tel Dan, Canaanite Gate
  hs2308.pdf   Mon 20 Mar  Caesarea Philipi, Mt Bental (Velley of Tears), Kursi
  hs2309.pdf   Tue 21 Mar Cana of Galilee, Sepphoris, & The Precipice
  hs23010.pdf  Tue 21 Mar Nazareth Village, Harod Spring, Beit Shean
  hs23011.pdf  Tue 21 Mar Harod Spring, Beit She'an, Jerusalem
hs23012.pdf  Tue 21 Mar Ascending to Jerusalem
 hs23013.pdf  Wed 22 Mar Mount of Olives, Gethsemane, Bethseda
hs23014.pdf  Wed 22 Mar  Zion Gate, David's Tomb, Upper Room
hs23015.pdf  Wed 22 Mar Gallicuntu, Caiaphas' Palace & Dungeon
hs23016.pdf  Thur 23 Mar Davidson Archaeological Park, Temple's Southern Steps
 hs23017.pdf  Thur 23 Golgotha and The Garden 
 hs23018.pdf  Thur 23 ידד וששםם Yad Vashem
 hs23019.pdf  Fri 24 Mar Knesset, Neot Kedumim
 hs23020.pdf  Fri 24 Mar Valley of Elah, Aijalon
 hs23020a.pdf Sat Mar 25th Sabbath  & Museum Visit
 hs23021.pdf  Sun 26 Mar Qumran, Ein Gedi
 hs23022.pdf  Sun 26 Mar Masada, Dead Sea
 hs23023.pdf  Sun 26 Mar Dead Sea
.pdf  Mon 27 Mar Negev, Judean Date Palm, Timna Park
.pdf  Mon 27 Mar Timna Tabernacle Materials
.pdf  Mon 27 Mar Timna Tabernacle
.pdf  Mon 27 Mar Solomon's Pillars
.pdf  Tue 28 Mar Eilat's Underwater Observatory
 hs23029.pdf  Wed 29 Mar Ramon Crater, Ashalim, Sde Boker
 hs23030.pdf  Wed/Thur 29-30 Mar Beersheba, Tel Aviv, Newark

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I wanted to go to Israel ever since 1960 when I was saved and attended Marian Clark's Sunday School class at Fellowship Baptist Church, Gang Mills NY. I listened to him talk about the places where Jesus walked as if he had been there. I do not know that he had, but the pictures that he painted in my mind's eye week after week, and God's promises that he taught in that Jr. boys class assured me that I would one day stand with my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, on the Mount of Olives and see Jerusalem with him as the King of kings and Lord of lords. I still will, but to visit there in the flesh was a dream I inherited from my Sunday School training and my father, Levi Rice. Since his salvation in the same Church in 1958, Dad always wanted to go to Israel, to actually see Jerusalem, and he had tickets in hand after his second by pass surgery. His heart was weak, but I had told him that to go and even to die in the land would be better than to forgo such a dream. I was disappointed that his doctor and others, concerned for his heart, talked him out of his 10 day trip to the Holy Land. He canceled his opportunity and died without visiting Israel.

When the opportunity came for Bev and I to go on a 10 day Pastor Familiarization Tour it was financially impossible because we had just purchased tickets for our 10 day trip to Cajamarca, Peru, where our son Shane was ministering as a missionary. Impossible or no, the journal of that trip to the Holy Land was published. In July of 2022 another series of health and financial miracles brought us to sign up for another pilgrimage to Israel through Vision Baptist College of Solid Rock Baptist Church, Berlin NJ, where our grand children attended. They would escort us to Israel on Oct 30th through Nov 10th 2022, and our son Shane & Kathy Rice would join us. At the last minute or grandson Micah also got to join us on this trip. God is good, all the time.  

We had also promised our friend Pastor Lee Pickett that we would also tour Israel with them when he arranged his tour, he did that on March 16-30, 2023, just three months after our return. God marvelously provided that we could keep our promise. This Half Shekel 2023 Journal Book is likewise dedicated to Misty, Kassandra, Rachael, Rebekah, Moriah, Micah, Alexus, Charity, Lucas, Parker and Christina Rice, our 11 grand children, with the expectation that they too, one day, will get to walk where Jesus walked, and that they too, will one day stand on the Mount of Olives with their Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

God's Itinerary for Israel

Isa 35:1-10 ¶ The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. 2 It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the LORD, and the excellency of our God. 3 Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. 4 Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you. 5 ¶ Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. 6 Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert. 7 And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes. 8 And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein. 9 No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there: 10 And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

You should get the whole book when it is published.