After an 11 hour flight from Newark N.J., to Tel Aviv Israel, we made it.
Eighteen of us hopped on a tour bus from the airport and got out of the city as fast as we could. When the bus stopped we pulled over to the fishing town of Galilee/Tiberius. What an awesome view.
We started the day off at the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. We read from Matthew 5 and then walked around with visions of what it must have been like for Jesus and the disciples to teach their communities about the Kingdom of Heaven come to Earth.
Then we checked out the place where Jesus was supposed to have done the miracle of the feeding of the 5000 with the bread and fish.
Calire tried to walk on water as Jesus did in the Sea of Galilee. It didn't work out quite the same.
And then we took a sail boat ride on an old wooden boat that was similar to the one's they think Jesus and the Disciples took in their stormy sea story.
The final site of the day was to see the Baptism site on the Jordan River. Most of the boys were more interested in the fish than the story....Ummmm....but really, we had a GREAT TIME!!
Overall, the first day was filled to the brim with stuff, and we saw A LOT! This evening we sat down and downloaded all the emotions, sites, and what we were expecting for the future. Most interesting: Everybody is Bewildered that we are actually walking the footsteps of JESUS. That Jesus was actually here teaching, preaching, healing, and transforming the world is quite an incredible idea.
In America, we think a couple hundred years is old, but some of these towns around Galilee are THOUSANDS of years old today. It's absolutely crazy.
Tomorrow we'll begin again, EARLY.
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Today was busy, but pretty easy. It's about to heat up and get controversial here in the next couple of days. So you won't want to miss it. Keep checking back for updates.