How To Make a Deposit on the 2014 Israel, Eygpt and Jordan Trip.

To book your land costs in full and/or put a deposit on the Israel, Eygpt and Jordan Trip please follow these steps.

Click on this link here http://www.ayelet.com/KampmanMarch2014.aspx

You will be directed to Ayelet’s site. The screen will display the Tour Highlights. You will see no only page links directly on the top of the page but there are also links below that. You can see Tour Highlights, The Itinerary, and the Rates, Dates, Hotels and BOOK IT tab. Please click on the Rates, Dates, Hotels and BOOK IT tab.

You will be directed to the next screen where you are instructed to “click” on the “book” link to sign up. (Please Note: Prices are currently our land only costs, we are awaiting confirmation of airline costs. Those costs should be forthcoming in April.)

To book as an individual then click 1 person, but click that you will be rooming with another guest who is registering separately. You do that is by clicking “yes” to the question: Will you be sharing a room with someone registering separately? ***Answer YES*** (Sorry for the repeat!) If you are going with a friend we will pair you with them. If you are rooming with a “new” friend we will be putting people together. If you wish to have a room to yourself, there is a significant increase in cost for that; it is much better to room with someone, but that is your choice. 🙂  Click that you will share a double room or a triple.

Continue to follow the screens and continue to fill in the necessary information. You will only be required to give a $500.00 deposit at this time, though the screen will show you the total land costs.

You will be required, if you are not already a registered member with Ayelet to create a “New Account,” so please proceed doing that.

If at any time you run into trouble, or are unsure of this secure online process, please call Ayelet’s office or email them for assistance.  You can email Grace at grace@ayelet.com, She’ll be working with Jeff  (Ayelet Tour Organizer), and is available to help you out with registration.  She can also be reached at 800-237-1517, ext 338.

How To Tell A Story In A Stained-Glass Window

I recently had the priviledge of going into one of may daughter’s classes to talk about sharing our faith story. In the days preceeding the invitation to come, I had been introduced to the stories in this stained glass window. (I don’t know about any of you, but if I ever build a house, I would love to incorporate some stained-glass windows!)

http://www.medievalart.org.uk/chartres/44_pages/Chartres_Bay44_key.htm

It is so easy to think that we should have a typical formula for sharing our faith story; but when we really think about how unique each person is, then the expression of that faith story can be equally unique. Therefore, I encouraged these kids to get creative.  I said something along these lines: If you are a painter, then paint; If you are a speaker; then speak; If you are an artist, then do your artistry; If you are a musician, then play music; If you are a poet, then write poetry. The beauty of telling your story of salvation (or faith journey as some like to call it) is that there are a variety of ways that you can do that.

I have embraced that God has gifted me with a voice to be able to speak, but that does not mean it is the only way to tell God’s story of salvation and redemption. In fact, sometimes, as is evidenced by the stained-glass window above, there are other ways to communicate God’s stories.

In the highschool class we focussed primarily on the story of the Samaritan and I encouraged the students, as I would encourage you, to reflect on where you find yourself in that story. Take time, if you wish,  to reflect on the various characters in the Samaritan story (Luke 10) asking questions such as: What do you think was going through the various people’s minds? Who were they? What opportunities did they miss out on? Can I place myself in each character’s shoes, even if momentarily, to help me gain a better understanding of the dynamics of this story? What emotions  might the man who was beat up and left for dead experience? How does this story make me feel?

YOU have a story, please don’t feel that you can’t express it; rather, find creative ways to share it with others. There is no only way in terms of expression.

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