DAYS 1 & 2 – SATURDAY-SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4: DEPART U.S.A., ARRIVE IN ISRAEL, JAFFA, NETANYA
How exciting… our Israel-Jordan trip started today! With great anticipation, our group of 130 people arrived at various departing cities for our International flight to Tel Aviv. While the flight was long, we began to arrive at the Ben Gurion Airport in mid to late afternoon. After going through the long Passport Control lines and securing our luggage, we were greeted by Dr. John, our guides (Shlomo, Eli, and Benji), and our drives (David, Messiach, and Ziv). Because of the lateness of the hour, we drove and drove past Jaffa (Jonah – Jonah 1 & Peter – Acts 9,10) directly north.
“I never thought this departure day would ever arrive. It is like a dream come true. After the long flight, it was surreal to actually see the coastline of Israel and land at the Ben Gurion Airport. I am looking forward to reading the Bible where it all happened!
Battling the Tel Aviv rush hour traffic, we finally arrived our our two hotels in Netanya for a late dinner and a brief orientation meeting to follow. Though we are all tired, it is a thrill to be here in Israel. We are looking forward to the friendships we will make on the trip as well as our journey here in the land of the Bible!