Read: Matthew 10:40-42 (www.biblestudytools.com/nrs/Matthew/10.html)
Sing: As Ye What Great Thing I Know, UMH 163
Today is a free day for those of us who are going on to Egypt tomorrow. The fabulous five from the maroon bus have decided that we want to sleep late and then go into The Old City for shopping and sightseeing at 10:30. If you are looking for the hustle and bustle of a real Middle Eastern Market then entering through the Damascus Gate is where you want to go. Be prepared to negotiate on prices and you might be able to find the best bargain of your trip.
Our three ladies were excellent shoppers and drove hard bargains with a number of different shop keepers. James and I were not really into the shopping but we did enjoy just absorbing the ambiance of the market. The variety and quality of items was quite high and it seems you can find almost anything you want or need in The Old City. It was a pleasure to visit with so many of the people of Jerusalem – everyone we talked with was unfailingly kind, helpful, and genuinely glad that we had come to their city. There is no doubt that tourism is the major industry of the Holy Land and the people go out of their way to make you feel welcome. But they are also trying to get you to leave as many of your dollars with them as they can.