We're pleased to report that all 28 travelers on six different flights all made it safely into Tel Aviv! Two of our folks were separated from their luggage. (Please pray that it is reunited with them TOMORROW!) We were met by our guide Sahar, and our regular bus driver, Bishara. We made the hour-long drive to our first hotel in Netanya, a coastal town on the Mediterranean.
After about 24 hours of total travel time on buses:
and more buses:
with little to no sleep for most, all were pretty exhausted. We had a quick group meeting out on the terrace in the cool salty air coming off the Sea, and then most headed to bed. But some of our younger travelers went for a nighttime stroll along the "boardwalk" that overlooks the cliffs down to the Mediterranean:
On the docket tomorrow: an early start to head to Caesarea Maritima, Mount Carmel, the aqueducts in Sepphoris, and Jesus's hometown of Nazareth (and visiting the Church of the Annunciation).
Prayer Requests for Tuesday, February 10 – First Day of Touring: Traveling Mediterranean to Sea of Galilee. Stops at Caesarea Maritima, Mount Carmel, Sepphoris, and Nazareth – That all would have a good first day, and that it wouldn't be too overwhelming. Additionally, pray that the group would “gel” and bond well together on this first day. Pray also for Kari Edwards, celebrating her birthday today. Pray that ALL missing luggage would be brought to our hotel in Galilee TODAY! (Overnight in Sea of Galilee)