Church of All Nations

January 31st, 2021

Pray With Us: Church of All Nations

The Church of All Nations sits at the base of the Mount of Olives. Right next to the church are eight ancient olive trees, growing old in the Garden of Gethsemane. One of the trees is over 2,000 years old. Local Christians believe it gave Christ shelter as He prayed the night before His crucifixion.

Olive tree from the time of Jesus Christ
Olive tree from the time of Jesus Christ.

“And in His Anguish, He prayed more earnestly, and His sweat became like drops of blood falling to the ground.” Luke 22:44

This holy site used to be called the Church of Agony. In the center of the church is the rock where Jesus stopped to pray, before He was arrested by Roman soldiers. Because of that, the original name of the church comes from the bible and His prayers of agony. 

The bedrock where Jesus prayed in anguish
The bedrock where Jesus prayed in anguish.

The current structure is built on top of the foundations of two earlier churches. The first, a 4th century basilica was destroyed in an earthquake in 746 AD. After that, crusaders built a church in the 12th century, but it was abandoned in 1345 AD.

The Church of All Nations was completed June 24th, 1924. During the renovations, a Greek inscription was found on the floor that reads, “for the memory and repose of the lovers of Christ… accept the offering of your servants and give them remission of sins”.

Money for the construction was donated from twelve different countries from around the globe. Of course, this is why we call it the Church of All Nations today. 

make a unity prayer request

It is the perfect place to make a unity prayer request. The building and the garden are maintained by the Roman Catholic Church, but it is regularly used by Christians of all denominations. Protestants, Evangelicals, Lutherans, Armenian Apostolic, Eastern Orthodox and more all worship in this church.

The multi-denomination use is culturally unique and hard to find anywhere else in the world. It is truly a Church of All Nations. 

Post a prayer request today and our prayer team will hand-deliver it to the Church of All Nations. Worship online with the Salvation Garden and have your prayers heard in the Holy Land.

“For I know their works and their thoughts; the time is coming to gather all nations and tongues. And they shall come and see My Glory.” Isaiah 66:18

Coronavirus in the Holy Land

January 24th, 2021

Coronavirus in the Holy Land

Just like the rest of the world, COVID19 changed life in the Holy Land. The streets of the Old City in Jerusalem were once bustling with life. Thousands of pilgrims and tourists used to crowd the cobblestone streets. The churches were once full of people praying together, in the most historical and spiritual locations.

But for most of 2020, the Old City was empty. The shops in the bazaar shut down, even the churches closed their doors. The smell of incense still floats over the alters, but only the local clergymen are here to smell it.

The market stalls of Jerusalem shuttered their doors
The market stalls of Jerusalem shuttered their doors

I like to think now is the time to appreciate the things that we were too busy to see before. With everything closed, and only quietness around, we have time to reflect. We have time to fully dedicate ourselves to Jesus Christ. 

Since Coronavirus started, I have had more time to pray. I like to pray every day for myself and my family. But I also pray for the virus to end. I pray for people who lost their jobs. I pray for people who are sick or families that lost someone they love.

What do you pray for?

A church in Jerusalem
A church in Jerusalem

We can pray together as Christians. Let’s turn to God, faithfully untied. Even if you are physically separated from your friend or family, you can pray online together.

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

Do not lose faith. Do not lose hope. Remember that God is always with you. Turn to Him during difficult times and His goodness will prevail. 

And even though the Holy Land is closed for pilgrimages, your prayers can still be heard in Jerusalem. The Salvation Garden family is waiting to hand-deliver your prayer requests.

Dormition Abbey

January 17th, 2021

Pray with us: Dormition Abbey

Sign leading to the Church

This church and monastery is one the many spiritual sites in Jerusalem. Christian prayers have been heard from this church, for hundreds of years. 

The sacred building is outside the walls of Jerusalem’s old city, next to Zion gate. Even if you are physically far from Jerusalem, you can still make a special prayer request from Dormition Abbey.

Both today and in the past, the church has been an icon of the Jerusalem skyline. Dormition Abbey was even featured on a mosaic of the Holy City made in the 6th century AD. 

The church was first built by the Bishop of Jerusalem, John II, in the 5th century AD. But the building we pray from today is not the same one. The church was destroyed and rebuilt, more than once. 

It is a story of hope. The ancient Christians of Jerusalem did not lose faith. Because of their conviction to God, we can still pray together in Dormition Abbey.

Today, the church in Jerusalem was commissioned by the German Kaiser, Wilhelm II. Ottoman rulers gave the Kaiser a plot of land on Mount Zion when he visited the Holy Land in 1898 AD. It took twelve years to build.

The name of the church has always remained the same, although sometimes translated into different languages. It was built near the site of Jesus’s last supper and where the Blessed Virgin Mary died. 

The name dormition means “falling asleep”. Until today, the church is honored with commemorating where Mary “fell asleep” and where her body and soul were taken to heaven.

Even if you are not in Jerusalem, you can make a Holy Land prayer request. Join our prayer team in online worship. We will hand-deliver your prayers to Dormition Abbey.

‘And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.’ Luke 1:38

The Church in Jerusalem today

Pray at the Jesus Appearance Site in the Holy Land

Pray at the Jesus Appearance Site in the Holy Land

Write your own prayer request, we will print it and hand deliver your prayer at the Jesus appearance site in the Holy Land.

Jesus Appearance Site

To deliver your prayer requests, The Salvation Garden team visited the holy place of Emmaus Nicopolis, in the Holy Land, the exact location where Jesus appeared after resurrection and broke bread with his disciples. To place your own prayer request, please click here.

The visit was inspiring, spirituality is everywhere, we could feel it in our heart and bones. And the stunning sunset added to it all. We were thrilled to deliver prayers.

Jesus Appearance Site Emmaus - Prayer Request

City of Christians

We held our breath in front of this ancient Byzantine marble stone with Greek inscription stating:

“In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, Beautiful the City of Christians is”.

This is where it all happened and He appeared. What a strong place.

Jesus Appearance Ancient Sign - Prayer Request

2,000 Years Old

The earliest church building found in Emmaus Nicopolis is from the 3rd century. Nearly 2 millennia ago, people in the Holy Land marked this unique place as the exact location where Jesus returned to walk among us.

Jesus Appearance Location Holy Land - Prayer Request

Your Own Prayer Request

We took with us over 30 prayer requests and read them softly at this holy place. Being so close to where He appeared after resurrection felt like bliss. Learning that at least one prayer was already answered by a miracle filled our heart with love.

Jesus Appearance Prayer Request

Write Your Own Prayer Request

Through The Salvation Garden, once you write your prayer request, select your churches and click Continue. There, you will see an option to add “Jesus Appearance“, which means we will be honored to take your prayer with us on our next trip to Emmaus Nicopolis. The service fee we charge doesn’t even cover all costs, yet we raised some funds to allow us to continue. Thank you!

Click here to write your prayer request.

Jesus Appearance Location Holy Land - Prayer Request

Burning a Prayer – Like Holy Land Incense

Burning a Prayer – Like Holy Land Incense

After diligent preparations, were excited to announce a new ceremonial option for making holy land prayers even more special – we call it Up to God.

How to Burn a Prayer?

Through The Salvation Garden, believers are now invited to uplift their prayers. Upon writing your personal prayer request and selecting your preferred churches in Jerusalem, after clicking Continue, you can now add this unique option to burn your prayer.

Once a week, we will set up a special fire near Jerusalem and burn the chosen prayers in real fire, under God’s sky, so that the prayers go up to God.

Burn prayer like holy land incense - prayer request

Sending Prayers Up like Incense

Burning the prayer in the Holy Land will fulfill the ancient incense way, as it reads in Psalm 141:2:

“May my prayer be set before you like incense”.

Click here to write your prayer request and send it Up to God.

Burn your prayer in the holy land

Burn prayer in holy fire

Start 2021 in the Holy Land

January 10th, 2021

Start 2021 in the Holy Land

We are calling all prayer warriors for their best prayer requests. Now is the time to strengthen our faith as we head into the new year. In 2021, God is waiting to answer our prayers. Christmas season may be over, but we must stay strong in our belief of Christ.

Start off the year with online worship and have your prayers hand-delivered to Holy Sites in Jerusalem. Members of The Salvation Garden community are already having their prayers answered by the Lord.

“We had a Christmas miracle and wanted to thank your staff for delivering our prayer requests to the Holy Land. God bless all of you & may 2021 bring you joy, peace and good health.”

This anonymous prayer request was given directly to God in the Holy Land. Our prayer team in Jerusalem is working hard to keep helping our brothers and sisters find hope. We can not lose faith in the new year.

When we pray to God, an angel can answer our prayers. Make a silent prayer request now and strengthen your connection with Our Savior.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:6-7

Even though 2020 is over, we still live in challenging times. Do not hesitate to turn to God. Only He can answer our prayers.

Let God hear your prayers in Jerusalem in the new year. We will all pray together in the Holy land.