What a special time to spend as a family especially as we prayed in the New Year. Although we are in a country that uses a different calendar, the New Year for us is a special time to reorganize our priorities and make plans. With our whole family in Israel, it has been a time of special fellowship and encouragement. Here is a post with a variety of places we visited as well as a few closer portraits into our lives and who we are.
The Dead Sea Scrolls
The Dead Sea Scrolls are a relatively new find in Israel compared to the many other archaeological finds and yet is one that has great significance to those who believe the Bible because it is around a 1000 years older than any previously known text. It shows though how God has preserved His Word through the centuries.
Jars similar to these were what preserved our Scriptures for so many years.
Floating in the Dead Sea
There is nothing quite like laying back and relaxing in the unique “water” of the dead sea.
The massive amount of mineral deposits astounded us and made a deep impression on us (especially our feet ;-))
Hiking up Mesada
Genesis 19 talks about the cities of the great plain and it could well be that this valley pictured above was a very fruitful valley until fire and brimstone rained from heaven in judgement for all the evil that was done in Sodom and Gomorrah.
IDF Air Force Museum
A definite highlight from our trip was a wonderful dinner with a gentleman who fought in every conflict Israel had except for it’s war of independence. We heard story after story of God’s hand at work. This same gentleman not only took us out to a very elegant dinner, but also arranged and sponsored a tour of the Museum.
The plane in the background was the actual plane used as the command Center for Operation Entebbe.
Eastern Gate and Mount of Olives
Visiting the Ruins at Beit Guvrin
This Byzantine church was very close to the Roman amphitheater.
Nearby were many underground dwellings. I would imagine these were not only a welcome respite from the heat, but also a good hide out in times of political unrest.
Words are inadequate to express the feeling of being on the border of Israel and Syria and hearing the shots and explosions in Quneitra only 15 Kilometers away where Syrians are in civil war. After a brief visit, we decided to head out.
The snow fell just before we arrived here in Israel and has remained in the mountains for quite some time.
Family Time Together
Paul has a strange fascination with other babies and has certainly enjoyed his cousin Abigail.
Something new that has been fun is for Paul and David to go on walks together. Paul would far rather only holding on with one hand and it seems that the faster the better. They also have enjoyed matching clothes as well.
On Mount Calvary