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Some short & fun facts: Israel can fit into Texas 26.6 times and is approximately the size of New Jersey.
I forgot how crazy touring is. We do soooo much everyday that by the end of the day it’s so hard to remember everything you did. I still cannot believe I am in Israel. Today as I sat on the bus and looked out the window at all the storefronts and watched as we passed street signs with three different languages, I was struck by the reality of being back here. My heart is SO happy and the Lord really does satisfy the desires of my heart. I feel at home. I really cannot believe I am here. I am SO thankful.
We started the day early in Tel Aviv. Tel Aviv is so interesting because it was built from the ground up (it literally used to be sand dunes) but there are really nice modern building and then old buildings that were never finished. The sea is beautiful. We started out the day at Jaffa. It was so fun walking around and remembering every place we had gone last year. Jonah fled from God in Jaffa and Peter also was here. Jaffa is an amazing ancient port city. It’s interesting to see the old area of Tel Aviv which is so geographically spread out; and then to see new Tel Aviv which is built up.
After Jaffa, we traveled North to Alfei Menashe, which is a great spot of a viewpoint over Israel’s most narrow spot from the perspective of the West Bank. It was so interesting to view Israel from the West Bank, which is something I haven’t been able to do. From there, we went farther north to Megiddo. It was so cool being here again, one of my favorite spots. Megiddo is where Armageddon will take place (Revelation 16:16). It is wild seeing the Jezreel valley where it will all take place.
Dr. Faydra Shapiro gave us a talk at the Yezreel Valley College about Zionism and Jews–what Jews think of Evangelical Christians and vice-versa. It was interesting hearing a Jew know so, so much about the Christian faith who works side-by-side with them and still not be Messianic. She had some fascinating things to say. I was glad we heard her speak as many Jews feel Christians just want to convert Jews. Christians don’t understand the hurt and harm they have done to God’s chosen people.
It was great to be in Nazareth again. First we stopped at the Ancient Nazareth Village, which is sort of a reenactment center as they have actors. It’s awesome though that this is one of the only sites run by Messianic believers. Nothing like watching the sunset over Nazareth. We visited the Church of the Annunciation, which I haven’t been to. Massive and really interesting. After dinner tonight some of us walked around downtown Nazareth, although a huge group of Americans is extremely obnoxious. I’m kind of sad we won’t be able to explore and really get an authentic taste of Israel on tour but that’s kind of hard to do.
I’m really excited for all that the Lord has already done and all He has yet to do. God has already been faithful to meet me here and give me clarity and direction in areas. Another early morning at 5:30! Praise the Lord jetlag hasn’t been that bad!
- Pray for me as I’m not feeling that well.
- Pray for continued clarity and direction in my future ministry to the Jewish people in Israel.
- Pray for energy for tomorrow!
- Pray for spiritual refreshment
- Pray for us that have gone to Israel to really soak this all up and not denounce things if we’ve seen them before. Pray for us to see things with fresh eyes and an open heart.