Our First Day In Israel

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Martha and I are blessed to join 45 other folks from around the south for a wonderful trip to Israel. We arrived Wednesday afternoon (Israeli Daylight Time) after a flight from New Orleans to Philadelphia and non-stop to Tel-Aviv.

I am always excited about the trip to Israel. This is my fifth trip and it feels like it did when I first came at age 21. We will stay in three locations. Tonight we are at Netanya, a resort city on the Mediterranean Sea.

Netanya is a modern Israeli city of several hundred thousand people. The pictures show how beautiful our first day has been. It’s a great joy to think of all the events associated with this area.

We will stay the next two nights at Tiberias on the beautiful Sea of Galilee and we will finish our stay for four nights in Jerusalem.

Tomorrow we head up the Mediterranean coast to Caesarea. King Herod made the port famous. Paul traveled to and from Caesarea and Cornelius (Acts 10) came to know Christ in Caesarea when the Holy Spirit spoke to him in Caesarea and Simon Peter in Joppa at the same time.

We also will see Haifa tomorrow and remember Elijah confronting the prophets of Baal. Later in the afternoon, we will travel through the Jezreel Valley and get our first view of the Sea of Galilee.

We are thankful to experience the land where Jesus walked and God made Himself known.

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11 Comments


  1. Lynne pierre
    Apr 26, 2012

    What a great picture of you Martha! Have a wonderful time.
    Lynne


  2. Ed Matthew
    Apr 26, 2012

    Wonderful pictures and memories are brought to mind with Dr. Carlton Winbery as he led with Dr. Dennis Cole Seminary Students on the trip of their lifetime. How I have dreamed of traveling back with my children; small then and now with families of their own. Life marches onward. Our treasure, investments in time and possessions, these decades have been left in our Father’s Bride. Alex and Sarah are 24 now earth time.

    Interesting how a land of such struggle, despair and death is the birth of our Hope.


  3. Bethellen
    Apr 26, 2012

    Thanks for sharing with us your trip, I was hoping you would. What a wonderful ecperience for all of you. We pray daily for your health and safety.


  4. Sandy Tackett
    Apr 26, 2012

    Thanks for sharing! We are praying for safe travels for all of you. Start planning trip #6, we would love to go one day and I can’t think of better tour guides than you and Ms. Martha.


  5. Alan Whiting
    Apr 26, 2012

    Beautiful pictures. Will be praying for your health and safety. I want to go next time. I now know that we weren’t meant to go on this trip, I ended up in the E.. R. yesterday afternoon from a swollen and very painful left knee that I hurt Sunday while walking on the U. S. S. Wasp . I just now realized how God’s timing is so perfect. Will be waiting for the next report pastor. YBIC, Alan.


  6. FAY RICE
    Apr 26, 2012

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TAKING US ALONG ON THIS BEAUTIFUL TRIP, BRINGS BACK SOME CHERISHED MEMORIES OF OUR TRIP THERE. GREAT PICTURE OF MARTHA! KEEPING YOU IN OUR PRAYERS FOR A SAFE TRIP.


  7. Earline Dupuis
    Apr 26, 2012

    Thanks for sharing your trip with us. Have a great time and we will be praying for your safety. Looking forward to your blog tomorrow. Great picture Martha but you always look great.


  8. Mary Ann Borden
    Apr 26, 2012

    Thank you so much for including us on the trip via your Blog. I look forward to every post!


    • Waylon
      Apr 26, 2012

      Thanks to all of you. We are now on the Sea of Galilee, one of the most beautiful places on earth. Getting Day Two ready (WE are 8 hours ahead of most of you in the USA> Thanks for reading and commenting.–And let’s do plan that trip.


  9. Freda-Brierre-Bruce Baine
    Apr 26, 2012

    Looking Good!! Have as great a trip as we did in 1999.
    Freda, Bruce & Brierre


  10. Mary Ann Bishoo
    Apr 26, 2012

    Great picture of my sweet friend! Keep them coming. Praying for you all.

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