Home of Ben Gurion/ Be’er Sheva
Today was a travel day from Eilat to Jerusalem. We stopped a couple of places along the way. First, after driving for miles through the Negev Desert, we came to the home a Ben Gurion. He was the first Prime Minister of Israel after Israel gained its independence in 1968. He was a fierce leader, and academic. Always thirsting for knowledge. He was not a religious man, which make me wonder what we was “searching” for in his many years of study. I believe he was looking for the Lord, he just never found him.
After a short stop at a cafe for lunch, we stopped at Be’er Sheva. This is the town where it is known that Abraham lived at one point. The well there was actually built by Abraham! The architecture of towns like This were incredible. How can a city on a hill sustain itself? Water wells and cisterns. channeling the water in very specific ways to hold it well and keep it. Their site was beautiful.
2 January 2018
Camel-lot (and more)
Our last day in Eilat, we had a kind of a free day. The highlight of this day was riding a camel in the desert! It seemed kind of like what we do at Sky Ranch for trail rides. My camel’s name was Mommy because when she came to the camel ranch, she was pregnant. This was just a ride time! After, we went to the very Southern tip of Israel to the Red Sea. From that spot, you can see Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt. It was an incredible picture of how close countries can be, but also have so much conflict.
We then went shopping in Eilat (shoutout to Kimberly for buying 5 of us ice cream! she’s the surrogate mom for all of us on this trip!), and walked around. Apparently, Eilat is the Spring Break vacation spot, and you can tell. It is very elaborate, with beaches and fancy boardwalks. We had a great time taking this day jus to relax and have a bit of fun.
31 December 2017
Timna Park/ The Tabernacle Project
We spent two and a half days working and visiting Timna Park. Is is a National Park in which there is a full-scale model of the Tabernacle of the Old Testament. Wow. I’ve learned so much from this experience. the Lord really did plan out every moment and piece of His dwelling place amongst His people. This, in itself, is a major part of the purpose of our trip. What is incredible is that the whole Tabernacle project is run by Christians. However, Christians only make up about 8% of Israel’s population. They have Jewish people visit all the time, and the tour guides there have to really know their stuff. Jews often ask questions about why things are a certain way, why is this presented in the “Christian” way, and they have to defend their beliefs. Ben, our guide, was so patient and knowledgeable. I hope they continue to grow their project, and bring new believers to this incredible place.
30 December 2017
Today, I had the opportunity to rededicate my life to the Lord by being baptized in the Jordan River! Though the water was freezing, it was incredible to be baptized in the same waters as the Lord. The mountains nearby were the same mountains is it believed is where Jesus was temped by Satan.
This was a dream come true for me. Since high school, I have been fascinated with the story of Masada. 960 Jews fighting for their stronghold only to, in the end, commit murder/suicide. They believed it was God’s call for them to die because it would be better to die free than be salves to the Romans. Such a tragic story, yet the Jews have used it to look back and see where they have come from, and a reminder to never back down.
This is David’s Refuge. When he was in hiding in the desert, David found this oasis and stayed here for quite some time. How cool is it to be in the place to fully understand his meaning when David wrote “you are my refuge!” In a desolate desert, David found and relied on the Lord.
Qumran National Park
This is the location where they found the Dead Sea Scrolls. A 12 year old boy stumbled upon them in the 1900s, and he and his cousin thought they were just old pieces of leather. They took them to a shoemaker, who happened to be educated, and he recognized their importance. The Scrolls were split up and sold, but the Israeli government eventually tracked them all down. The original scans of them can be found online, and they are in mostly legible Hebrew.