March 21, 2009

What a Day in Galilee!!

Hello friends and family!
Today we had the opportunity to walk where Jesus walked as we spent our first full day in the Galilee. This morning we started by hiking our 3rd mountain - Mount Arbel, where we enjoyed an amazing view of the sea and the surrounding countryside. We then got a chance to go to Tabgha, the Mount of Beatitudes, Chorazin, Capernaum and Bethsaida. Like I said, it was a great day! I've heard so many of the students talking to each other saying, "The Scriptures feel like they are coming alive as if for the first time." There is something magical about being in Galilee for me, as well. It's amazing to walk the ancient paths here and learn how to look more like our Rabbi.

We're definitely feeling more sore and achy these days, but we are all still feeling well and are injury free! Keep those prayers coming for safety as well as the weather - it was a beautiful day here today. Just perfect!

Tomorrow we make our way to some other portions of Galilee - finishing our day at the Jordan river! :)

More to come tomorrow!

P.S. To my sweet Darcie and Heidi...I think about you guys all the time and miss you terribly! I love being here, but I'm counting the days until I get to see you again! Love you tons!


  1. From Carol Larsen:

    Matt, please know how much your daily photos and posts mean to all of us at home. What a fantastic opportunity for all of you to walk the ancient paths, rest against ancient stone walls, and gaze over ancient lands previously only imagined. Thank you so much. Prayers and lots of love (especially to Laura!) from Baton Rouge.

  2. The Trotter family is praying for you guys. What an amazing experience. I know that you have "bumped into" Jesus around every corner. Brit, you are about as far from home as a Mississippi girl can get and I hope you are having a great time getting to know your Father! love you girl!
    Can't wait to hear your stories and see your pictures.

  3. Kallie, Coby and Anna Beth want Dad and Jordan to know they love and miss them soooooo much. Chris Sherrod, I love you my sweet hubby. You are my amazing dream come true. The Sherrod family is praying for you all. Praying that you guys would grasp more deeply the great rescue that has taken place in your lives.

  4. Matt, this is my first comment on your blog and like many who have written before me I am thrilled and filled with joy for each and everyone of the Forge team who are there by the goodness of God. Psalm 126:3 says "The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy." Matt, you are a wonderful example of a servant saint. Thank you for the impact you are having on my daughter, Lauren G. and the other young men and women on this years Forge team. Bless you for posting each days activities even though I'm sure your beyond tired yourself. Lifting you, Darcie and Heidi up to him who can do all things.

    Ric Gomez/ Hugs and Love to Lauren.

  5. Hello again travelers! I love the photos, and it makes me long to be there experiencing it with you. What a great trip - it looks like the weather is beautiful. I'm praying for all the tired muscles. :-)

    For Heidi's daddy: She squealing in the living room, thinking of you, and can't wait til you get back. AND, when you get back you can check out her second TOOTH! We love you! We'll see you soon. We're headed back to Tyler today.