Following the Footsteps of Paul

Once we left Jerusalem and Israel, we began the second part of this Pilgrimage Journey – which is to follow the footsteps of the Apostle Paul.

The first place we came to was Cyprus. Paul’s companion, a Levite named Barnabas, came from Cyprus. We found here a beautiful Greek island with warm and friendly people. They actually reminded me of the kind of personality I would imagine for Barnabas. His given name was Joseph but they called him Barnabas because of his character. The name means, “son of encouragement” and that describes Barnabas well.

He took Saul of Tarsus under his wing when everyone else was afraid, because of the reputation of this man. He introduced Saul to the Apostles in Jerusalem (Acts 9:26-28). Every time we see Barnabas in scripture he is supporting, encouraging or defending people.

The people of Cyprus went out of their way to help us at every turn. One moment in particular comes to mind. We were searching for a cave system on foot and without a map. The bus left us off in a deserted place. We were short on water as I had hoped to buy it when we got off the bus. We started walking and the temperature began to soar. The signs were not helpful. We ended up halfway down a long descent and almost out of water. We decided to leave the trail and cut across rough and steep terrain to reach a large building we could see above us. At the top we saw a substantial metal gate with an armed guard. A young man approached us and informed us that this was a military installation and that entry was forbidden. I explained to him (remember this conversation is in two different languages) that we were out of water. He bid us wait and in five minutes came back with two glorious bottles of cold, sweet water. He then did his best to set us in the right direction which was quite different from the way we had been headed!

After another hour of hiking we arrived at this gorgeous, remote seaside cave system called Kavo Ghreko Point. Believe it or not, there was an orchestra waiting there to entertain us!

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Beautiful sea caves

Beautiful sea caves

Greek Orthodox church

Greek Orthodox church

Holly finds a friend. :)

Holly finds a friend. 🙂

An orchestra serenades us!

An orchestra serenades us!

Rugged terrain (we walked for miles in it)

Rugged terrain (we walked for miles in it)