September 29, 2002

(5:27pm Jordan)

We’re on the bus that will take us to Israel. Our guide’s name is Emad. He taught us two Arabic words:

shukran=thank you

(5:03 pm—1:03am Israel time)

Well, I’m finally in Ha’Aretz! I’ve been here since about 8:45 last night. It took us about 4 hours to go from Ammon and through both Jordanian and Israeli customs and get across the Israeli border. Everyone in our group was searched at the Israeli border (with the exception of Tom). The woman going through my bags came across my fold-up keyboard and was impressed. She had to show it around. Everyone in my group seemed put out by the security measures, but I really didn’t have a problem with it. I know they are dealing with some high-security issues and can’t take any changes. It actually helped me to work on my Hebrew a little.

Anyway, once we safely arrived at our hotel, we were immediately taken to the dining room for a WONDERFUL (did I say WONDERFUL?) buffet meal with all kinds of middle-eastern treats. I thought I had actually gone to heaven already.

After dinner (about 9:30 local time) Dale & I walked into Tiberious (about 45-60 minutes one-way). We went to The Galilee Experience, which was actually closed, but opened for us. It is possibly the largest Messianic bookstore in Israel. We got to look around and purchase some things that I couldn’t get anywhere else. We walked back, and my feet are ACHING big time. I was wearing new shoes, and they don’t have the arch support I’m used to having.

Well, just wanted to log a little time as to what went on today. I’m sure I’ll write tomorrow. Shalom!

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