Monday, October 06, 2008

A.C. Wieand Visits the Holy Land

V.F. Schwalm, in his biography of A.C. Wieand, tells the following story of a visit A.C. Wieand and his wife Katherine made to the Holy Land in 1910.

The Wieands, along with seven other tourists, were on a trip they hoped would encircle the entire Dead Sea area. However, at Kerak, the capital of ancient Moab, they were caught in an insurrection of Arabs against the Turks. Thinking they were protected by friendly guards, the tourists sought to return to Jerusalem, but on the way they were kidnapped by a hostile band of Arabs.

Their money and equipment were taken at gunpoint, and they were threatened with death. The bandits tried to divert them from the main road into a swamp, but the travelers after a time were able to continue on the right path. Finally, after many harrowing adventures, they were rescued by friendly Arabs.

Schwalm wrote: It seems the good Lord certainly had his arms around our friends. When they approached Jerusalem they could say ... "As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about his people, henceforth and evermore."

Source: The Brethren Encylopedia