DAYS 1 & 2 – MONDAY-TUESDAY, JANUARY 13-14: DEPARTURE FOR ISRAEL & ARRIVAL IN TEL AVIV.
Our day of departing for Israel finally arrived! God brought together 36 people for this Israel tour. 10 in the group arrived on their own, while 26 of us flew on flights today.
Ben Gurion Airport
Traveling through either London or Rome, our approach pattern intro Israel took us over the Island of Crete. We all then landed at the Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv this afternoon. After passport control, we were greeted by our Israeli agents and bus driver.
On our way to our hotel in Bat Yam (south of Tel Aviv), we made a brief stop in Jaffa (Joppa). By the replica of the big fish, we read from Jonah 1. We also read from Acs 9 and 10 about Peter here. Additionally, Solomon would use the port of Joppa for the importing of cedars from Lebanon used in the Temple in Jerusalem.
“I am so excited to be in Israel now. I’ve waited a long time (too long) to make the decision to come and visit Israel. I am looking forward to seeing the Bible come to life right in front of me.” –Tour participant –
Arriving at the hotel, we checked in. Following a nice dinner at a nearby restaurant, we had a brief orientation meeting. Some even walked along the beach before retiring or the evening! We are excited about being here in Israel, the land of the Bible!