Travel to and Arrival in Israel
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
We loaded on a large Anchor transport bus from the Word Outreach Church parking lot and headed toward the Nashville airport (BNA). Both Dewayne and I didn’t know anyone. We were all excited.
At the airport, we still had some time before loading on the plane, (our flight was at 1:40pm) so me and Dewayne at at La Hacienda Mexican (Gate A). I ate grilled chicken nachos and Dewayne ate a beef chimichanga.
At this point we found out our flight from Nashville to Newark was delayed a couple of hours due to storms, so we just hung out. We finally got loaded around 3:30pm.
The flight from Nashville to Newark, NJ didn’t seem that long (just 1.5 hours). Once we landed there, we all found the gate and hung out for a couple of hours before our next flight to Tel Aviv.
We were already starting to get hungry and discovered that the iPads on the tables were for ordering food from anywhere in the airport. Sweet! I got some amazing chick pea meatballs (yeah, I know, doesn’t make sense) on a bed of sautéed spinach and pesto dressing. Yummy!
Thursday, June 20, 2019
The flight from Newark, NJ to Tel Aviv, Israel was supposed to board at 10:50pm, however, we were delayed (again) till 11:50pm. Talk about red-eye flights! Dewayne and I weren’t able to have seats next to each other on the plane, but we were across the aisle from one another, so that’s okay.
The flight was 10.5 hours long and after a sleepless night on the plane, we were all ready to get off once we landed at Tel Aviv Ben Gurion airport (arrived at 5:30pm). We were greeted by Pastor Allan Jackson at the gate. He told us because the flight that was supposed to leave after us with the remainder of the group was super delayed, we would stay in a hotel closer to the airport. I was okay with that.
We were escorted to a Sar-el bus where we were greeted by a vibrant, gray curly-haired man who introduced himself as “Tito” that kept constantly talking about the history of Tel Aviv. Our luggage got loaded and off we went to the Panorama Tel Aviv hotel (room was #1237).
The sun was starting to set as we were unpacking our things in the room. I was in awe over the sunset over the Mediterranean Sea. Dewayne and I took a quick walk after our amazing dinner buffet next to the sea and just breathed it in.
Wow! We are in Israel! What does God have in store for us?
Biblical Tour Notes
Welcome to Israel, the land God promised to the descendants of Abraham. God gave the first tour of the land, and he showed the land to Moses. Now we are asking Him to give us insight into the Land. He will direct your path.
Then Moses climbed Mount Nebo from the plains of Moab to the top of Pisgah, across from Jericho. There the Lord showed him the whole land—from Gilead to Dan, all of Naphtali, the territory of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Mediterranean Sea, the Negev and the whole region from the Valley of Jericho, the City of Palms, as far as Zoar. Then the Lord said to him, “This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when I said, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ I have let you see it with your eyes, but you will not cross over into it.”
Deuteronomy 34:1-4 (NIV)
Every place where you set your foot will be yours: Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the Euphrates River to the Mediterranean Sea.
Deuteronomy 11:24 (NIV)