DAYS 1 & 2 – SUNDAY-MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3-4:
Our day of departure finally arrived! With excitement for the journey ahead, we met at the JFK (NY) airport (as well as others) for our night flight to Israel, the land of the Bible. Most in the group arrived at the Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv on Monday afternoon. Others came in at various others times. After going through Passport Control and getting our luggage, we were greeted by our agent, our driver (David), and our guide (Shlomo). We loaded the bus and drove to the Joppa (also called Jaffa) area. From the shoreline we could see part of the ancient harbor (where Jonah sailed from, Jonah 1) and where Solomon brought in the cedars of Lebanon for building the Temple in Jerusalem (I Kings 5). This was also where Peter raised Tabitha (Dorcas, Acts 9) and had his vision of unclean animals 9 (Acts 10).
From here we drove north to Netanya where we check into our hotel. Following dinner, we met for our orientation meeting to help us prepare for the days ahead.
We are so very excited to be in Israel, and we look forward to our first full day tomorrow.
DAY 3 – TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5: CAESAREA, CARMEL, MEGIDDO, SEPPORIS, PRECIPICE OF NAZARETH, TIBERIAS