So after being dropped off at the church on Wednesday morning, all 44 of us got on the bus and headed for the airport. My stomach was in knots until I got through securtiy. I have a knack for doing the no no's on the list, but happily got through unscathed! Here is a pic of Renee with all of our 44 passports. There is a bunch in our group! We were seated alphabetically so I got to know the "F" folks really well!. We had an uneventful
Here is old city of Akko. We stayed here for three nights. The view was so neat of this old city on the Medditterranean Sea.
We got to visit Tents of Mercy. This is David and Avi enjoying a laugh.
One of the great things this congregation does is have supplies for the community. Things needed if a war were to break out of things for various celebrations that the community does like Matza bread during passover.
I love this picture of the "Tents" in the desert, the oasis for those in need.
Eitan showed us the Torah. This is wrapped in velvet kept in a special shelf and read every week at congregation. It could take up to a year to write this our by hand. I believe it is basically the Old Testament written in Hebrew . . . but my memory fails me right now.
They read it using this special pointer so as not to ruin or smudge the writing.
David Ray and Avi. River of Life has a speical relationship with Avi. I believe he has preached in Abilene there.
A kibbutz. This is a communtiy farm that many people work on. There were several outside Akko.
For the most part this was the way we read signs: Hebrew, Arabic, and English. Thank goodness!
This man was a leader in a congregation in Nazereth. His name is Vakiff and he also had made aliyah (returning to Israel) from Russia. I told him I spoke Russian and felt very dumb when I couldn't figure out that he was asking me how long did I study Russian. I kept saying 34 years! Oi vey!
This a shot of the Holy Ennuciation Church (sp?). It is the dome shaped building in the center. The Catholic Church believes this is where Mary met the angel that told her she would be pregnant with God's son.
We got to see where Jase and Melissa are working and living and the people who are helping them out. It was neat to see the projects that they are doing and to know how to pray for them back in the states.