DAYS 1 & 2 – MONDAY-TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18-19: DEPART U.S.A., ARRIVE IN ISRAEL, JAFFA, NETANYA
Our day of departure finally arrived. About half in the group met in Chicago for our flight to Tel Aviv. It is the second largest city in Israel (about 600,000+). Others in the group had different international flights or made travel arrangements on their own. With thanks to God, we all arrived safely here in Israel! After landing at the Ben Gurion Airport and proceeding through the passport and luggage areas, we boarded our bus.
“Today we landed in Israel! It has been a dream of mine to come here and walk where many the stories of the Bible once took place. Although I am very tired from the long plane ride, it is exciting to be here. I can’t wait until our first full day tomorrow!” – Tour Participant –
We drove through the southern area of Tel Aviv to Jaffa (also called Joppa). Here we recalled the story of Jonah (Jonah 1) and Peter (Acts 9 & 10) as we walked through the alleyways of the city. It did rain upon us for about 10 minutes along the way. Boarding back on the bus we battled the Tel Aviv rush-hour traffic to Netanya. Although it took a little longer than normal, we checked into our hotel and enjoyed dinner together. We also had an orientation meeting following dinner to prepare us for the trip ahead.
It is exciting to be here in the land of the Bible.