For the second year in a row, a number of Concordia Seminary students are going to Israel for an in depth study of Biblical history. Under the leadership of Pastor Tom Zelt of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Fremont California, who has been to Israel over 25 times, the primary goals of the course is to study the Bible within the context of the geography of the Holy Land and to develop new preaching and teaching skills based on their experiences. One of last year's students wrote: "This class and tour has been one of the most formative experiences in my seminary education. I read, reflect on, and teach the Bible in a whole new way."
I was able to catch them for a group picture early this morning as they loaded up for the airport.
They began with a prayer.
Oddly our two campus ducks decided to walk up and say good-bye. This was a very unusual ocurrence, these ducks normally give us a wide birth.
God speed, everyone.