IMG_4854Our departure day finally came.  With the majority of the group meeting at JFK Airport in NY, our flight took a little over 10 hours to the Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv.  We arrived around 5:30 p.m.  After going through passport control and getting our luggage, we met our guide ((Shlomo Ben Asher) and driver (Avraham) and boarded the bus.  We made a quick stop in Joppa where we had a great view of the Tel Aviv coastline.  We read from Jonah 1 and Acts 9 & 10 about the encounters Jonah and Peter had here.

IMG_4166We drove just a few miles south to Bat Yam (located right on the Med Sea) and our first night’s hotel.  We enjoyed dinner together, all 50 of us, followed by a brief orientation meeting in preparation for the days ahead.  Even though we are tired from the flight and time change, we are excited to be here in Israel.

We are all looking forward to our first full day tomorrow.

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