February 12, 2008


I found some free wifi, so that means you guys get pictures!!! Here are a few from our first 2 days (mostly in the Negev and Judean deserts):

Bedouin women preparing fresh bread for us just outside Tel Arad (this has been one of the coolest experiences thus far)

Wadi Avdat was our first site to visit. Here's a group picture after we hiked up the canyon behind us. Our tour guide, Marty, is the one on the far right.

Here we are hiking through the desert - literally in the middle of nowhere. This is just before we walked into the Bedouin village and received their hospitality.

Mighty fortress of Masada. This place was unbelievable. Pictures do it no justice.

One cistern (holding place for water) at Masada. The water was full up to the window at one point. No, I'm not kidding.

Here is our group swimming in some 'living water' in Wadi Argot in En Ghedi. It's possible that this could be one of the aquifers that David used when hiding from Saul. How cool is this?

End of day 2. Marty is teaching us about Mikvahs at Qumeran (where Dead Sea Scrolls were found) while the sun sets behind us, reflecting on the Mountains of Moab and the Dead Sea in front of us.
I cannot express to you all how wonderful it is to be here. Hope you enjoyed the pictures!


  1. This is Mom and Dad Lantz. Such cool pix! Thank you for sharing. Our prayers are with you all. What an incredible experience. Love to you. Mom and Dad

  2. I ditto Mom and Dad Lantz. I can't wait to share the pics with my students tomorrow. They are really enjoying the updates and they don't let me forget to put it up on the projector...even if it is just the written letter!
    Wow what an awesome event in your lives, and ours.
    Beth Hitt

  3. the pictures are great Matt! thanks for taking the time to post them. thinking of and praying for you guys...tell chase i say hello
    -hannah collins

  4. Wow - my heart swells at the thought of the awesomeness of what you are getting to do! Thanks for the pics - makes it real to those of us on this side of the pond. We will continue to lift you in prayer for your safety and experience, and look forward to more posts!
    Vickie Lee (Adam's Mom)

  5. WE MISS YOU GUYS (Esp. Christy) :)
    Love, The REGGIES!

  6. Those pics are awesome! Come home to me and Staci safetly. We are doing great. I'm in NC getting things done and missing you guys and she is holding down the fort. We really really really really miss you guys and wish we were there BUT continue having fun ... you're in our prayers!

  7. Amazing! I am glad you are taking the time to blog, Matt. It gives me the ability to walk through Israel with y'all (and feel the pain in my parents feet im sure..). It looks awesome. -katelyn farrar

  8. LOVE the hat, Bubby!!! ;)
    Fern and I are thinking about/praying for you, et al.

  9. I miss you all so much! I'm so glad you're having such a wonderful time! I love you all and I'm praying for you so many times a day! Have a wonderful rest of the week and I can't wait for you to come home. :)