By Nathan Jones
Welcome from Tel Aviv, Israel! Today I write from 7 hours into the future (from Central time) to report on Lamb & Lion Ministries' 2014 Holy Land Tour.
Our loooong journey by plane started for most of us in Dallas, Texas. We flew nimbly across the Atlantic Ocean and landed for a brief layover in Germany. We then reboarded and headed down the EU and over the Mediterranean Sea and into Ben Gurion Airport just outside of Tel Aviv. It's been a long journey half-way across the globe for our stalwart "pilgirms", but well worth taking the adventure to get to walk in the land of the Bible. All travelers are brimming with enthusiasm, knowing with great expectation that our time in the Holy Land will make the Bible "come alive" as we experience what we have been reading about for so many years.
It is now late in the evening here in Israel, but for those loved ones we kissed good-bye in the U.S.A., it's still only early afternoon. Praise the Lord jetlag only seems to work going back (don't ask me why). The sleepless night in the big jet leaves one lost in time, so arriving ready to eat dinner during what at home would be lunch doesn't strike one as being so strange a thing.
- Another irony, watching The Book Thief on a German plane.
- The stark Frankfort Airport is bereft of any creativity or advertising.
- Tel Aviv is so full of stray cats that the bus driver and airport crew had to take sticks to poke them out of the bus' engine compartment before we could leave.
- What may be camouflaged as a fancy orange and green dessert cup is in truth pureed veggies. Psych out!
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 as we explore Tel Aviv and Joppa.