DAYS 1 & 2 – FRIDAY-SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12-13: DEPART U.S.A., ARRIVE IN Tel Aviv, ISRAEL, JAFFA
Today our journey of a lifetime finally arrived. With excitement, we met at the Pittsburgh airport for our departure. With one group flying through London and the other through Vienna, we arrived precisely at the same time at the Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel. All our connections went as schedule. Praise God! The weather was very pleasant, with full sun and temps around 80.
After going through Passport control and picking up our luggage, we were greeted by Shlomo (our Israeli guide) and David (our Israeli driver). We boarded the bus and drove to Jaffa (also called Joppa). Located on the shoreline of the Mediterranean Sea, this was the place where the stories of Jonah (Jonah 1) and Peter (Acts 9 & 10) took place. The view of the Tel Aviv from here was amazing from here.
“We are so very blessed to be in Israel. It’s like a dream come true, one of those ‘bucket lists’ destinations. We are so thankful for the on-time flights too!”
From here we drove through Tel Aviv to Netanya to our hotel. After checking in, we enjoyed dinner together followed by an orientation meeting. Some enjoyed a walk on the beach afterwards and taking in some of the modern Israeli life in the square downtown.
It is a blessing to be here in Israel, the land of the Bible!