Friday, June 2, 2023

Donkeys, The Sea, and Fire

 We flew out at 2:20pm PST on May 15th and after a 4 hour layover in Frankfurt Germany, we landed in Tel Aviv at 7:30pm on May 16th (Tel Aviv time.) By the time all 94 of us arrived at the meeting place in the airport, went through security, loaded onto the busses and drove the 30 minutes to the hotel, it was 10:00pm. The amazing hotel served us a delicious dinner and we fell into bed around midnight.
We had to be up and on the busses at 7:30 in the morning. And that began nine days of the most incredible journey!  
Our first stop was Caesarea National Park, right on the Mediterranean Sea. We saw the remains of Herod's palace and the harbor he had built. We visited 46 sites in our 10 days on the ground. It was a whirlwind trip but one we will never forget.

 We also went to Mt Carmel, where Elijah confronted King Ahab, then he prayed and God rained down fire on the altar and it consumed the wood, the altar and the water around it.
We visited a Jewish village where we got to put on robes like they wore, pick and grind wheat, some rode donkeys, (Chuck and I didn't) and just experience what life would have been like back then.
Incredible experiences for our first day!


Pamela M. Steiner said...

Sounds like an amazing journey. I can't wait to hear more. What a blessing to walk where Jesus walked. I am so happy for you!

Billie Jo said...

What an amazing trip! Wow!!!

Terri D said...

I am so happy for you to get this experience! Looking forward to hearing more!! xo

Jeanie said...

This looks like a wonderful -- and fascinating -- trip! I can't wait to hear more!

ellen b. said...

It all sounds amazing. So happy you could walk these paths and experience this sites. said...

What an experience of a lifetime. I would love to have worn the robes, ridden the donkey and done all the things. Your photos are gorgeous. Thank you for sharing with us.