March 19, 2009

Hiking in the Negev

Hello friends and family! We just got done eating dinner at our hotel here at the Salt Sea! We had a BIG day today as we wandered all over the Negev desert. We got to stop at Tel Arad, experience some Bedouin hospitality, hike through Ein Avdat and finish the day by floating in the Salt Sea. Not bad for our first full day in Israel! We’re pretty pooped, as you might assume, as we are still adjusting to the time and the 8 or so miles we hiked today!

The Lord has been gracious to us – the weather was beautiful today and we continue to have good health, great attitudes, and no injuries! Keep those prayers comin – they are a blessing to us!

Tomorrow we journey up the coast of the Salt Sea to visit Masada, Ein Ghedi, and Qumran. Looking forward to bringing you an update tomorrow night!

Enjoy the pictures from our day today…..



  1. So fun! Thanks for the updates, Matt. Glad everything is going well!!

  2. The pictures are fantastic! I look forward to the updates! Technology ROCKS! May God Bless you all & keep you safe & healthy.
    Sabrina Pier
    Tell Haleigh that Papa said hi!

  3. I'm so glad things are going so well! Keep posting those prayer requests. We're excited to be a part of the journey.

    Jenn, can't wait for you to get back and tell us all about what the Lord did!!

  4. I am re-livin it vicariously. Love it!
    Happy Bday to Chris... peace..

  5. We find ourselves rushing to the computer several times a day awaiting the update and the pictures!!! How special to share your days with you!!! The Crouses

  6. I was so happy to read this! Glad you all are doing well, I am so so excited for what Father is doing there and what is still to come. Praying for ya'll so much! :)

  7. Great pictures! Thanks for sharing...

    Glad to see Lauren is making herself comfortable on the bus :) Praying for you all!

  8. Heidi and I say hi! We're having a blast at the grandparents' house. Wow! The pictures are great. What a fun group you have there - wish we could be with you. Sounds like you had a BIG DAY today and another one tomorrow. How exciting. We'll have a Texas-sized BIG day as well. Love you all!

  9. Amanda's big sis, bro, sis-in-law, niece (Baleigh) & Waylon want to say thanks for the daily updates we love them! Happy 23rd Birthday baby sister (March 21st) xoxo,The Fam!

  10. We serve an AWESOME GOD! And we are so grateful to God that each of you have sacrificed the last 7 months to go deeper in your relationship with our Savior! Thank you for being His hands and feet and and believing!
    Heb.11:1 "Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see."
    We are at His throne for each of you...
    Have an amazing time and remember Jimbo I want to know EVERY DETAIL!
    At His Feet,
    Jimmy,Julie,Joy and Jillian
    Oh...WHOOP! 1st Round "MARCH MADNESS" AGGIES 79-BYU 66 Thanks and Gig'em! AGS play Sat. against UCONN!
    Love you!

  11. Love you BUBBA!!!!!!!!!! Hope yall are having fun serving the Lord and we are praying for yall! We love all of yall!!!!!!!1
    From the Mercers (mostly Jillian)

  12. And don't forget to wear lots of sunscreen, Amanda (and everyone else)!


    Gillian Jeter

  13. I miss all of you - it's really quiet around here and I could use a few hands for ropes this afternoon. Ha ha! Keep soaking it in!