The Lady Flames celebrate their Friendship Games championship.
Photo Gallery The Liberty women's basketball team enjoyed a successful trip to Israel from May 29-June 11, touring many historic sites in the Holy Land and capturing the Friendship Games championship. The players' final thoughts about their experience are included below. Also, please note the "Photo Gallery" link above, focusing on pictures from the Lady Flames' time in Eilat at the Friendship Games.
#1 LaKendra Washington My favorite part of the trip was getting the chance to sing in very special places in Israel, like Mary Magdalene's mother's church and the garden tomb at communion. By far, those were my favorite experiences, and just getting the opportunity to go and see where Jesus walked was amazing.
#4 Emily Frazier My favorite places we went to on the tour were the Garden of Gethsemane, Tabgha and Mount Beatitudes. It was an experience I will never forget, and I am so happy and blessed to have shared it with my teammates and coaches. They made everything 10 times better than the trip already was. One of my fondest memories was sitting on the roof of our hotel in Jerusalem, looking at the city and watching the sunset. The Lord was more real there than He's been to me in a long time. The tournament was a lot of fun! Meeting new people from different countries and playing with different rules and what not, was a great experience. The competition was not too heavy, but it was still good for the team and a lot of fun. I can't wait for next season!
#11 Jelena Antic Every place we visited was interesting to me, since every place had some history attached to it. But the one place that stood out the most to me was the garden tomb, where Jesus was buried. It was unbelievable to see the inside of the tomb, where Jesus' body actually was, and to think about the fact that he rose again just because of His love for us. I also enjoyed the churches we went to. They were Orthodox. That's how churches in Macedonia look as well, including icons, drawings, etc. Eilat was so much fun. I think everybody enjoyed that because it was like a tourist spot. I am so thankful that I got the opportunity to go to Israel. I thank Coach Green and all the people who made this trip possible for me. This experience has definitely opened my eyes, and showed me the truth clearly. I think that Israel is one place that everybody needs to visit when they get a chance.
#12 Danika Dale My most memorable part of the trip was making new friends at the Friendship Games tournament. It was so great, and I learned a lot while being over in Israel. I will never forget it!
#15 Kylee Beecher The Israel trip was an unforgettable trip that I absolutely loved! It was a trip that I feel blessed to have taken because it was incredible to actually be where Jesus was and where he is going to be when he comes back! The scenery was breathtaking, even despite the heat.
My favorite part was being able to snorkel in the Red Sea and just knowing the history of God using Moses to part the Red Sea. I think our team built great chemistry on and off the court that will help us be successful next season. I can't really put into words how awesome the trip was to me.
#22 Tolu Omotola It was an amazing experience for me and one I will never forget, because I got to see the Bible in action! I also finally got the chance to play! I had fun spending time with the team, since I didn't really get to travel with the team last year.
#23 Avery Warley This trip was definitely one to remember and has absolutely changed my life and teammates' lives for the better. We experienced and took in memories that will sit in the back of our minds forever.
#25 Dymond Morgan Being able to travel to Israel was an overwhelming experience. Just to be where our Savior was and just to be able to walk where he walked is an overwhelming feeling. I've learned so much in a short period of time. I've learned to appreciate the things that I have and not to take the little things for granted. It was a blessing to be in Israel! I feel like I now have a better understanding of Christ.
#30 Brittany Campbell My favorite part of Israel, by far, would have to be the visit to the Garden of Gethsemane. This site allowed me to see where Jesus prayed the night before the Crucifixion. Matthew 26, the prayer Jesus prayed there, came to life for me. My understanding of the humility and selflessness of Jesus Christ grew. I was definitely overwhelmed with emotion and realized the "personal" aspect of the relationship that we can have with Jesus Christ.
#32 Rachel McLeod Israel is an amazing place. I am so grateful that I was able to experience it with my wonderful basketball team. For me, it meant much more than just another basketball trip.
I think my favorite place by far was the Garden of Gethsemane. It meant so much to me spiritually, being able to see the place where Jesus decided he would die for me. It was truly unbelievable. Words seem so inadequate to even begin describing it.
I am so thankful for this whole trip and everything I learned along the way. I had an amazing time! Our team is so much fun to be with. We made plenty of memories that I won't soon forget.
#40 Devon Brown My most memorable part of the trip was when we went to the tomb where Jesus was buried. It was really cool to see the place in person, instead of just seeing it on TV. I also liked the Mount of Beatitudes and Capernaum. I will always remember this trip and the places we visited. I had a blast, and it was an awesome experience.
#43 Kittery Maine It is hard to pick just one place for my favorite place in Israel, because it was all so amazing. I really liked the Mt. of Olives and just being on the hill/mountain where Jesus will descend from heaven. It was breathtaking to just sit there and overlook Jerusalem and Mt. Moriah. Words cannot express how it felt to overlook the Holy Land and be where Jesus was and will return.
#54 Carra Coy Israel was an amazing, life-changing trip! We had so many amazing experiences that it's hard to choose just one favorite thing we saw or did. However, I can narrow it down to a few things, including my baptism in the Jordan River, the Garden of Gethsemane, the Garden Tomb and playing with the Palestinian team from Nazareth in the Friendship Games tournament. Seeing all of these places and having these experiences just brought the Bible to life by being able to geographically understand the stories of the Bible.
Playing with the Palestinian team, who were Arab Christians, was an eye-opening experience. They ran short on players for the tournament for various reasons, so Danika, Amber and I volunteered to play with them so they could participate. They were wonderful women, and it was great because it was what the Friendship Games were all about—peace, understanding and friendship. I will never forget this experience and feel so blessed to have had this opportunity.
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