Sunday, June 7, 2009

Israel Tour: Day 1 & 2

Nathan JonesBy Nathan Jones

Welcome from Tel Aviv, Israel! It's been a long journey half-way across the globe, but well worth the trip.

Today I write from 8 hours into the future (from Central time) to report on Lamb & Lion Ministries' 2009 Holy Land Tour. So, while it's late in the evening in Israel, in the U.S.A it is only early afternoon. Praise the Lord jetlag only seems to work going back (don't ask me why). The loooong plane ride across the Atlantic, EU and Mediterranean Sea leave one lost in time, so arriving to eat dinner during lunch doesn't strike one as such a strange thing.

New York City Skyline

We saw the Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty from the air while landing near New York, New York.

Don McGee, Dr. Reagan, Nathan Jones & the Kwan's from California. The six hour layover was a great time for getting to know the groups who were arriving from all parts of the country.

Tour Guide

We were greeted by Shai-Shalom Matter, the Green Bus tour guide, at Ben Gurion International Airport. Shai's been serving as tour guide for these trips for almost 15 years. He's a Miami native who made aliya
to Israel some 30 years ago. Mediterranean Sea

View of the Mediterranean from the Sheraton Moriah in Tel Aviv. The beach is lined with cafes and little restaurants for the young beach scene.

Tel Aviv Skyline

View of the Tel Aviv skyline from the hotel. Tel Aviv is known for where Israelis go to play. Haifa is to stay, and Jerusalem is to pray.

Tel Aviv Streets

Little fuel efficient cars. Gas is nearly $6 a gallon in Israel!

Odd observations:

  1. Tel Aviv is a youthful town, both in constuction and age of the inhabitants, but down the coast the old city of Yafo (Joppa) can be seen in contrast lit up with external lighting.
  2. Israeli men walk with a relaxed posture. Israeli women walk as if they were on a catwalk.
  3. Speaking of cats, great herds of cats wander Tel Aviv. Shai says the British brought the cats and never took them when they left!
  4. The dessert counter goes on well past the salad bar.

Praise the Lord for safe travels to Israel and the good health of all those who have made the long journey! I'll be continuing to report in over the entire trip, so stay tuned for Day 3.

3 comments:

davidsoncounty said...

Thank you for the pictures!! Looks like a great trip, Makes me want to go back. I went with a tour in May 2000 and what a trip it was!! Praise the LORD for Israel, may she always remember the LORD'S name and keep Him first in her heart.

Billy said...

Thanks, Nathan, for doing this...looking forward to more!

son of thunder said...

I hope that one day I'll get to go to the Holy Land (before the Millenial Reign, that is).