Off to Nigeria

We had a full closing day for Israel, starting with 3 speakers this morning. Our group left at 1pm for some last minute sight seeing in Jerusalem. We were delayed an hour just getting through the checkpoint into Jerusalem from Bethlehem.

The tensions have increased each day that we have been here. VP Biden visited on Friday. Then the new 1600 settlement houses were announced. Second Clinton’s statement.  Then the remodeled temple opening yesterday. Demonstrations in the streets yesterday in which a policeman was wounded, etc.  The checkpoint for regular Palestinians was closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Then closed tighter on Monday.

We met “Don”, our guide, in East Jerusalem. He is an Israeli attorney and a political advisor to the USA presidents since 1992.  He also advises other key arab countries. “Don” spent two hours with us over a wonderful Jewish meal. I have loved ALL the food in Turkey and Palestine and Israel. Don says this is a unique moment and Obama must use his strength and encourage Israel to go to the table for peace. He says it will be a two state solution with a border similar to the original one right down Jerusalem. Don says the other key arab countries want this to get done. He thinks that current flare up will NOT turn to big violence and strife but it needs to be stopped now. Fascinating listening to him.

We saw the old city and Mt of Olives and other key sites. They, specifically, have not changed, but the areas right around them have changed significantly since we were here about 1982.

Got to sit next to Brother Andrew the last two days at the conference.  Lynne Hybels and two friends joined our afternoon tour. She is genuine and cares deeply about the situation here. I got her book about Nice Girls Finish Last for Davidene as well as Brother Andrew’s latest one.

So, now leaving my small group of guys after 9 days and off on my midnight flight to Lagos, Nigeria. A guy that goes there twice a year to Nigeria does not feel comfortable in Lagos, so I need to be careful. But we will be well taken care of there. I have my talks ready with new power points but need God’s Holy Spirit to guide the way and the schedule.

So far this trip has been unique and educational and extremely rewarding.

God is so good to let me do this.

About kenthumphreys
Kent Humphreys has been a business leader for over forty years. He also served as CEO of FCCI/Christ@Work for six years and now serves as their worldwide ambassador, speaking, writing, and mentoring young leaders. He continues to be active in distribution, private equities, and real estate. Kent and his wife Davidene have written six books together. They have three children and eight grand-children.

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