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Jet Lag

So we arrived at Tel Aviv Airport at 9am. We met up with Vivert and Neelam Lall. They are missionaries in India that we support as a church and they are joining us for this tour. We were originally planning on going straight to our hotel to freshen up, rest and get ready for the Tour to begin early Monday Morning. Our Tour Guide is named George. He suggested we go to Caesarea Maritima before we check in. Sounded like a good idea, so we did it. Caesarea is a place that King Herod the Great built off of the Mediterranean Sea to impress all the world travelers that arrived by ship. (Most places we go to on this trip were built by Herod the Great…(He is the Herod who killed all 2 year old and under males during the time Jesus was born)…Caesarea has a Hippodrome where they had chariot races, 4000 seat amphitheater, a temple, palace guard and a really advanced port for ships. The only biblical significance of this place is from Acts 10 and Acts 23-27. Peter was at this place. The Apostle Paul to. We were all pretty tired. Weather was in the mid 80’s…a bit warm. Jet Leg had set in…we looked like a bunch of zombies. 30 plus hours had elapsed and we have only had about 4 or so decent hours of sleep depending on how well one sleeps on a plane. We had a quick lunch at a local place and checked into our hotel for one night. We checked in at around 2:30 pm. Most of us were wiped out. We chose to eat dinner later on our own and most went and took a nap. BAD IDEA. Kelli and I crashed for a “quick” nap. Well I just now woke up and now it is 10PM and I’ve just slept for 6 hours. My body thinks its AZ time still and so I’m typing this from our tiny bathroom using the closed toilet as my desk seat and trying to not wake Kelli up. This first hotel is what I would rate as a 2 star hotel. We have two small beds. By small I mean my shoulders literally touch each side of the bed. its like a Half twin. But…better than a plane seat! I”m working on killing the Jet Lag.

So I will try to force myself to sleep more. We get up in the morning and will go to the Sea of Galilee. I’m sure our Parkway adventures truly begin then. Wish you could be with us…how about the next trip? November 2012.
Stay tuned…Sea of Galilee is next. I might try to walk on water…..what……don’t role eyes…Peter did!


Work?

We’re at Sky Harbor and sitting and waiting to load our plane to Newark NJ where we will switch rides and have a 9 hour flight to Tel Aviv. I was a bit anxious about the TSA stories I’d been hearing about full body scanners, full body pat downs that rank right up there with molestation…but we had none of that. Piece of cake getting through security! In fact one of the TSA agents caught everybody’s attention. He smiled and was giving everybody thumbs up when they went through the metal detector without setting it off…saying with a smile and raised eyebrows, “you made it!” He graciously helped those who forgot to remove a piece of metal from their pockets. He was shouting out reminders about what to do and not to do. He loves his job. But…maybe he doesn’t love his job, but chooses to enjoy what he has to anyway. With his positive attitude, I’ll bet his day goes by faster. He could have scowled, frowned, grumbled, demanded. Instead he chose to make us smile, relax and anticipate. He chose to serve instead of demand…give instead of take. That is the America I’m proud of. So…as you head off to work…what attitude will you choose. You HAVE to work today. Will you choose to lift and encourage or tear down and destroy? Go to work. They’re calling our row…gotta go!


Take Off X2

The launch of something is always exciting. I’ve got two launches in the final countdown! Can you hear the band “Europe”(1986) singing?

The FIRST launch is this blog. For me and the blog…I just want to say…”creativity is harder to come by than good grammar.”

The SECOND launch is the fact that it is almost midnight and I’ve got to be up at 3AM to launch a group of people on a pilgrimage to the Holy Lands of Israel. Jerusalem has launched 9 hours in advance of AZ time so I am considering staying up all night and beginning the Jet Lag early.

I’m not fully sure what “Traveling Mercies” are but if they are what I think they are…I would appreciate your prayers for such.

Stay tuned daily with this blog if you are interested in reading about how we walked on the land of Jesus. We’ll use boats where He walked on water. Let the Count Down to the Launch Begin! What will you soon launch? Don’t get your launch ate.