Today was another wonderful day with some of the coolest KIVU folks around. We started the day driving to Jericho, a city that boasts of 10K years of contiguous civilization. How crazy is that? Over 10,000 years!!!
In America, if something is 100 years old we hold a big party. Crazy to think we're walking in places where people wrote of legends.
We stopped at the Mountain of Temptation to see where Jesus was tempted in the Wilderness. The kids rode camels, saw the big barren desert, and continued their journey to walk the footsteps of Jesus.
We went to KUMRAN, the society of the old Essene group responsible for the Dead Sea Scrolls. CRAZY to see those scrolls contained almost 100% of some the Old Testament books like Isaiah.
Then we headed to the Dead Sea. We floated together in the high mineral water, rubbed the black mud all over our bodies, and spent a day relaxing before we drove up to our next stop, Bethlehem.
The birthplace of Jesus is our next adventure. We've chosen to stay in the West Bank to feel the vibrant life of the Arab Culture here. It was pretty eye opening for most of the kids to come down from Galilee to Bethlehem where the hum of the city can rock you to sleep. Horns honking, street vendors selling, and the call to prayer can be heard every so often. Their eyes were wide open as we walked the road to the Church of the Nativity where Jesus was born.
Each step along the journey, our mission is to Love People.
It's easy to love people who look like us or who live inside the same economic strata we do. But when we get down to people who look different or live different, life begins making different demands.
All of the sudden, things we are afraid of begin to surface. Our senses start to act as antennas picking up the slightest fear. But when we walk with our new friends here in Bethlehem, we see most of humanity is functioning just like we are.
Most everyone in the world is longing to live today, eat today, breathe today, and raise their families today. The rhythm they live by has little to do with the scathing of politics or 24 hour news cycles. They just want to survive. Today.
Tomorrow we head in the great city of Jerusalem. The Temple Mount, The Garden Tomb, The Church of the Garden, all await our journey. So as we walk the hustle and bustle of a new place, I'll take good pictures to document our 2014 Holy Land Adventure.
We invited an Israeli to be our tour guide tomorrow, so I'm interested to see how our kids love without exception. And then on Thursday we gear up for Hebron and the burial place of the patriarchs Abraham and Sara.
I can't wait to keep you updated. This trip is going to be one of a lifetime!!