The speaker was Angus Buchan a farmer from South Africa. Some of you may have read his story in his book, "Faith Like Potatoes." He spoke on Christ's words to Peter, "Feed my Sheep." Making the point that we must lead from the front...not herding from the back. We must work at our own lives as a model and lead by example.
It was an awesome way to start another beautiful day.
This was a military defensive position that was used by the military in the '67 war but is now a tourist site. The Golan Heights used to be occupied by Syria, with the border within sight of the Sea of Galilee. Our tour guide pointed out that during that time, Syria would take pot shots at farmers in their fields and boats on the Sea of Galilee. So in light of that Israel appealed to the UN and negotiated a new border that was set further back in 1974 for the security of the Galilee area.
There was a lot of heightened interest in our tour group as it was on the day of our visit that the leaders of the world were considering their response to the chemical attacks which had occurred a few days before by Syria on their own people.
The Golan Heights are beautiful and full of amazing vistas. It is ideal hiking country.
Of course, everyone had to "touch" the Jorden River. But it was not that simple for there were fish, ready to nibble on your feet the instant you were in the water. That made a lote of folk hesitate, and end up just dipping their fee or hands into the water. Others had stepped in, many with a lot of trepidation and let the fishes nibble on their feet! A natural "pedicure" even!