DAYS 1 & 2 – MONDAY/TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26-27

The Ben Gurion Airport

The Ben Gurion Airport

Our day of departure finally came!  With most of the group meeting in Philadelphia, PA for our direct flight to Israel, it was fun to meet everyone God brought together for this trip.  The group includes students, staff, and friends from the Solid Rock School of Discipleship from Lake Beauty Bible Camp in Long Prairie, MN.  The group also includes folks from Texas, Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota, Virginia, and Colorado.  We are 24 in total.

Landing at the Ben Gurion Airport (named after Israel’s first Prime Minister) at 1:30, we proceeded through passport control to the baggage area.  Securing our checked luggage, we met Shlomo our guide and David our bus driver.  After loading the bus, we left the airport and drove 30 minutes to Jaffa (Joppa).  While it had rained in the morning, the skies were just overcast, but with no rain this afternoon.

Jonah's "whale" in Jaffa/Joppa

Jonah’s “whale” in Jaffa/Joppa

On the way, we already were “touching the Bible” as we could see the Judean hills and Shephelah (lowlands) to our east. Even the Ayalon Valley/River came into view, helping us recall the story of the “sun standing still” for Joshua (Joshua 10).  Arriving in Jaffa, we walked through the alley-ways of the city.  We read from Jonah 1 and Acts 9 & 10, narratives about taking the kingdom message to Gentiles.

The Tel Aviv coastline

The Tel Aviv coastline

We drove only a short distance to our hotel here in Jaffa.  After checking in, we had some free time before our “orientation meeting” at 6, followed by dinner at 6:30.

It’s so good to be in Israel and we all are looking forward to seeing the Bible “come alive” in real and transforming ways!

DAY 3 – WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28: GEZER, BETH SHEMESH, AZEKAH, ELAH VALLEY, BEIT GUVRIN, LACHISH, BEERSHEBA

(REGIONS to study: Shephelah, Negev)

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