March 15, 2010

Day 2 With Pictures!

We are writing to you tonight from our hotel on the shore of the Dead Sea! Today was a great day of hiking through the desert and learning from the Text. This morning we began our time at Makhtesh Ramon where we learned first-hand what it must have been like for the Israelites as they were wandering in the wilderness (some scholars think that Israel spent 35 of her 40 years of wandering here). Then, we made our way north for a quick stop at Ein Avedat before heading to Tel Arad. After a brief introduction to hospitality there, we had the chance to experience it at a Bedouin community. Hadijah & her family welcomed us into her home for tea & bread. After a long day, we were able to make it home for a relaxing dip in the Salt Sea just before dinner. It was a full day and God is already pealing back the layers of our hearts as we walk & learn. Thankfully all but one of us got our bags tonight at the hotel! We hope to see the last one arrive tomorrow.

Tomorrow is a BIG day! Please pray for us!

These pictures are 1. Hiking at Makhtesh, 2. Group picture at Ein Avedat 3. Forge class at Avedat, 4. Matt teaching at Arad, 5. Hadijah's hospitality, 6. Floating in the Salt Sea, 7. Our guides (from left to right): Doron our driver, Boaz our Israeli guide, Tracy our facilitator and Marty our teacher, 8. Fun and games at the hotel tonight!

More tomorrow,


  1. Vic and Suebee RansomMarch 15, 2010 at 2:39 PM

    Thanks so much . . . looks as if you're having a gret time! :D Hi to Loren. :D
    Vic and Suebee Ransom :D

  2. Woot Woot - Tracy! Good one Marty. ;) - Love Adrianne & Jess (who is wearing her day 1 Israel shirt) and we are both missing y'all!

  3. Denise and Scott DalrympleMarch 15, 2010 at 5:34 PM

    Thank you so much for sharing the pics - we look forward every day to your posts! Love to Matt D.! Glad to see he wasn't wearing the yellow sunglasses today! LOL! Love from Denise, Scott & bro Chris!

  4. Jim and Allyson HarttMarch 15, 2010 at 6:25 PM

    What a treat to be able to follow your adventure online! Thank you! Hello to all, especially our favorite son.

    Blessings from the Hartts

  5. So glad you are all doing well! Barbara (Amy's Mom)

  6. Matt and Darcie,
    Heidi is doing great!
    Love, Deedee

  7. Blair Lindsey SitzesMarch 16, 2010 at 10:28 AM

    I love being able to follow your amazing journey online. I am Jason McCoy's cousin and I am so proud of what he is doing and has done. I know you all will have a wonderful trip, and I will continue to pray for each of you on this experience of a lifetime.
    God bless!