Emmy Award–winning television host Mario Lopez reveals how a recent trip to the Holy Land illuminated just how wide and how deep our Savior’s love for His followers truly is. Here, he shares how he allows God to guide his heart and how his once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage to Israel made his bond with the Lord deeper than he ever could have imagined.
“I wanted to walk where Jesus walked, see what He saw,” he says. In March of 2018, his dream came true when he and friends spent a week in Israel. Mario’s first stop was the Sea of Galilee, where he was baptized in the Jordan River. “I was baptized as an infant, but having that experience in the same place Jesus did was such an awesome moment,” he shares. “It was a renewal of my faith and my commitment to the Lord.”
Part of the power, Mario realized, is that people in the region radiate God’s love in every aspect of their lives. “I saw true substance in their passion for Scripture and prayer,” he describes. “The depth of their faith is palpable and their unwavering devotion deepened my own belief and helped me see my faith for the true and pure gift it truly is.”
Along Mario’s walk with Jesus, he’s learned a beautiful truth: “I can do all things in Christ Who strengthens me,” he says. “He always has my back!”