One of the things Id like to do before I die is go to the Holy Land - Israel. Go where Jesus walked, taught, and for me that would be the most amazing experience. Since, I can't right now I got the chance to get a kit the 'Take A Part of The Holy Land With You' kit and in it is Olive Oil from The Galilee, Soil from the Holy Land, and Water from the Jordan River. Such a unique gift to have in my home. To know I have a piece of history - where Jesus my savior walked is awesome.
YARDENIT – THE BAPTISMAL SITE ON THE BANKS OF
THE JORDAN RIVER
Situated on the banks of the Jordan River, where it flows out of the Sea of Galilee, the baptismal site of Yardenit welcomes nearly one million tourists and pilgrims annually who come to experience the spirituality and pastoral beauty of the waters of the River Jordan, where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. Much of Jesus’s ministry took place around the Sea of Galilee and along the River Jordan, which abound with sites of biblical significance and historical importance.
Yardenit provides the pilgrim and tourists with modern comforts in the biblical setting of the Holy Land, and offers a serene and extraordinary setting for those wishing to baptise in the River Jordan:
"In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And when he came up out of water, immediately he saw the heavens opened and the Spirit descending upon him like a dove, and a voice came from heaven; ‘Thou art my beloved Son, with thee I am well pleased.” Mark 1:9-11:
Visitors to Yardenit are greeted by this very verse from Mark’s account of the baptism of Jesus in nearly 70 languages, depicted in hand painted tiles by Armenian artist Hagop Antreassian on the Wall of Life. Entry to the site is free and there is the opportunity to either rent or purchase white baptism robes upon arrival to the site. There are quiet areas for contemplation and group prayers and great care is given to respecting the religious sensitivities of the site. There are stairs, handrails and wheelchair-accessible slopes leading into the waters, which are constantly monitored for water quality and safety. The river banks retain their pastoral landscapes, with rich greenery and wildlife, and otters and fish swim freely in the river.
Over the years, Yardenit has welcomed many well known personalities, religious leaders and leading politicians. A grove of trees, planted by some of these special visitors to commemorate their visit and to honor their communities and supporters, can be found at the site.
The baptismal site is described so beautifully:
Yardenit, the baptismal site on the Jordan River ,reflects the perfect combination of Christian heritage, stunning landscapes of the Holy Land and a history of civilization. Kibbutz Kinneret which runs the Yardenit site was founded in 1913 by eastern European immigrants and is the second oldest kibbutz in Israel.
Kibbutz Kinneret with the help and blessing of the Ministry of Tourism, have built a unique visitors center of natural limestone in the shape of a nave of a church overlooking the banks of the Jordan River. The main building consists of a gift shop with unique religious items, including holy water from the actual site and foodstuff eaten during biblical times and a restaurant which serves amongst other delicacies St Peter’s fish. At the gift shop one is able to either rent or buy white baptismal robes and towels.
This is a picture of part of the Jordan River and it looks just majestic. It reminds me of me getting baptized. It was in a little creek in Kentucky, but id love to be baptized in the Jordan River.
Along with having a part of the Holy Land in my home Yardenit sent me a beautiful necklace.
It's so beautiful - it has a magnetic Jerusalem cross and then the cross can also turn into another type of necklace as well. It looks like the blues that's in the necklace would be a hundred different colors of blue almost like the ocean. Very gorgeous!
Yardenit was very kind to me and they are the sweetest company. They have so many treasures at the site and in the store.
The Yardenit store presents an ample supply of local produce from the banks of the river Jordan, holy water from its river, stones from its river bed, a range of Christian iconography, religious artefacts etc. These items are also available online at the Yardenit web-store, allowing access to the unique products dipped in the holy waters of the River Jordan for believers around the world.
Yardenit was established by Kibbutz Kinneret, Israel's second oldest Kibbutz, in cooperation with Israel's Ministry of Tourism in 1981.
If you'd like to visit their store: http://www.yardenit.com/store
or Learn more about the Baptismal site and community: http://www.yardenit.com/
FTC: These products were sent to me by Yardenit in return for my honest opinion and review.