israel day 1

well, we made it to tel aviv. before i go much further, please understand that i am not using a rel computer but a internet kiosk like ive never seen. so please bear with my typos and lack of punctuation.

i only have a few minutes but we all wanted to check in with our friends back home and say we are here, we are safe, and we are loving it.

after landing, we took a bus directly to joppa – the oldest port in israel. there was alot of neat jonah history to learn there, you know, jonah and the whale? well, we sttod and looked out over the medeteranan sea at the same place jonah did centuries ago as he set sail, fleeing from god’s call on his life to preach repentance to the people of nineva. jonah’s retrebution for running from god was three nights in the belly of a whale somewhere over the medeteranian sea. its still difficult to grasp such ancient history. america is sooooo young compared to the history we are experiencing here. i also learned today that nineva is still around today. you may have heard of mosul iraq? well that ws the same nineva god wanted jonah to preach to. puts jonah’s apprehension into perspective.

a couple of other interesting points to note:

we witnessed the rituals of a group of orthodox jewish men while on the plane. their customs weer very new to me, i will be explaining more about this when i have a computer and not a kiosk…

while in joppa we did hear the muslim call to prayer. we were not expectng that and for brian and me it brought back memories of last summer. its so wild to realize the worlds primary monotheistic religons all consider this their holy land. you can already sense the tension and we are only still in tel aviv.

our hotel tonight is on the med. sea so breathtaking. we had some time to walk along the shore line, the water was crystal clear and cold!! but that didnt stop brian and edward from diving in for swim while jeff kai and me ate ice cream and watched from the beach!

joel will speakin a few minutes so i need to wrap for now. please continue to pray for us. we head out for tiberias earrly tomorrow. i am hoping that the next hotel has better options for being online.

before i sign off, if any of you have questions please leave a comment and we will be glad to answer back. israel is rich with history and we will all have so much to share over the coming days.

thanks for tuning in. wish u were here!!

9 Comments Add yours

  1. Holly says:

    So exciting! Can’t wait to hear more about your trip and see pictures! You are in a place I have always wanted to go! Enjoy and praying for you!

  2. Jessica says:

    We are so glad that you all made to Israel safely! I am excited to read about your adventures! Keep it coming!

  3. Shannon D. Stewart says:

    So glad that you made it there safe!! Jon and I are praying that you have a wonderful trip and that God will show you his face in amazing ways. I LOVE YOU!!!

  4. Marvin says:

    Hey there! Glad you made it there safely! I look forward to reading about your trip!

  5. Lindsey says:

    I’m are so glad that you all made to Israel safely, I’ve been praying for you and yor trip. I can’t wait to see pictures.

  6. Cheryl says:

    I “stumbled” on your blog while looking for info, to share with my Mom & Dad, as my brother Mark and Teri, his wife, enjoy their trip to Israel. As they are on Joshua Fund Prayer & Vision Trip(they left from NY), I thought that I would follow your blog! Thank You! Enjoy your time in Israel!

  7. JoAnn says:

    I am excited for you both as only a mother can be.
    Can’t wait to hear all about it!
    Love you!!!

  8. Mississippi Sue says:

    HalleluYAH for your safe arrival!!

    I am so happy for this wonderful opportunity God has provided for you and Brian. Believe me; I am absolutely giddy with anticipation as I anxiously await your updates on your ‘My Living Canvas’.
    Certainly, all of your readers will be extremely blessed through your experiences while in Israel.
    I pray that God will have His finest angels encamped about you each as you travel and work and that you will feel His presence with each step you take.
    Shalom Alechem!

  9. Linda Walters says:

    Hi, I finally logged on to this site and was so happy to hear that you arrived safey. I also enjoyed reading you daily experiences. I know you will have a wonderful time. Your friend, Drew is coming to Aiken on Monday and Claire will arrive on Friday. I’ll take good care of them. You both are in my prayers. Love, Linda

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