Penny Ellwood

Blue Springs Enote

A Life-Changing Trip to Egypt

Posted Oct 18, 2019

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Greetings Resurrection Blue Springs,

Bill and I arrived back home Tuesday night from an exhausting and amazing journey across Egypt. We managed to time our arrival there with an unexpected heat wave, which lended a much greater appreciation for the difficulties of the 40-year exodus and wandering in the wilderness that Moses and the Israelites experienced!

Our group started with the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. We saw the treasures found in King Tut’s tomb and the royal mummy room and then joined the caravan of nine Resurrection buses traveling the route of the Exodus. We traveled under the Suez Canal through the Sinai Peninsula to St. Catherine’s monastery located at the base of Mt. Sinai. We dined with the Bedouins and Bill joined the large group that made the difficult journey to the top of Mt. Sinai for sunrise – this was the site where Moses heard God and received the Ten Commandments. These were memories made for a lifetime.

We had a marvelous day to recovery at Sharm El Sheikh on the Red Sea before flying to Luxor, where we boarded our two ships. They took us up the Nile for four days to explore the temples and sights of Karnak, Luxor, Edfu and the Vally of the Kings. There were many moments when I wanted to pinch myself to actually believe I was standing in temples and tombs built thousands of years ago. I saw images out of the pages of the National Geographic that I had poured over as a child, but never dreamed I’d get to see for myself!

Our journey ended with Petra in Jordan and the opportunity to stand on Mt. Nebo, where Moses looked out over the Promised Land before he died.

This journey will forever change the biblical images I carry in my mind and impact my understanding of these stories in the Old Testament. Though I was expecting it, I am always surprised at how rich the scriptures become within the context of the culture, history and geography of their origin. It will take time to process it all and I haven’t even mentioned the new friends I made on the journey! I am grateful for the experience and excited for the opportunities to share them with you.

This Sunday Pastor Adam will continue our series exploring the Ten Commandments through the eyes of Jesus. This Sunday we will focus on honesty and being people of integrity. We'll also talk about the damaging impact of bearing false witness. We'll have a chance to hear from Pastor Darryl Burton, one of our own pastors, as he shares about how he was wrongfully imprisoned because of false testimony. You won’t want to miss it!

There is one more thing I want to mention before closing. We have one of our largest events, Trunk and Treat, coming up in just over a week. It is scary how many trunks we still need for the event! If you'd be willing to decorate a trunk and bring it up for the event that would be awesome (I'm told you can even purchase trunk decorating kits). We're also collecting candy to hand out. It's a great opportunity to serve our community and meet the neighborhood.

I thank everyone who kept the home fires burning while we were away and am grateful to those of you who served at Christmas in October. I look forward to seeing you in worship on Sunday!

Grace and Peace,


Penny Ellwood

Penny Ellwood

Rev. Penny Ellwood is the Campus Pastor at Resurrection Blue Springs.