Archive for July 25th, 2007

At the Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv

Well, we, along with everyone else in Israel that wants to leave the country and fly home – wherever that may be – are here at the airport.  Getting through security and to the ticketing agent was a nut house!  To all of you who have complained about airport troubles before – we trump your stories!  It is currently 4:36am, we have not slept in 20 hours and may not for many, many more.  The good news is our plane is scheduled to take off for New York at 7:15am.  The bad news is that the airport is set to shut down due to the Civil Workers Union strike at 6:15am.

Please continue to pray that we get on our plane as planned and fly the friendly skies back to the greatest place on earth to live!  Israel is great and I have fallen in love with this land – but New Hampshire is home, and that is where I want to be!

One thing that they have over us in the states is that I am on free wireless right now.  Can’t beat that…

I’ll keep you all posted as to our status.  If you don’t see any new posts anytime after midnight (your time) we are on a plane headed home.

Shalom!

Something to watch as we fly

We’ll be on a long flight back home to the States. In the meantime. Enjoy watching Bono’s speech at the National Prayer Breakfast from 2007.

Travel Plans Changed

Well, rather than leaving tomorrow morning at 6:00 to head to the airport our plans have been changed.  With the Civil Workers Union Strike to begin at 6:15am on Thursday, thereby shutting down all operations at the airport we have been pushed to an earlier flight.  We will be leaving for the airport at 12:45am as we need to arrive at least 5 hours before our flight so that we can pass through security and get loaded onto the plane prior to the strike.  Our flight is not scheduled to leave until 7:15am so we may have a “Jet Blue” experience forth coming…

Pray that we have a pleasant surprise at the airport and that everything occurs smoothly.  I want to get home as scheduled so I can hug my wife and kids!

Via Dolorosa and Church of the Holy Sepulcre

We walked the Via Dolorosa today.  It all began in a place called the Praetorium.  This is the location where Jesus was beaten by the Roman soldiers.  The floor of the courtyard where the beatings took place still exists.  They have built a chapel over the site to protect the stones.

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As we made our way through the narrow roadways that are now cluttered with many small stores and marketplaces I could not help but feel the intensity that would have been present as Jesus struggled along carrying the cross towards Golgotha.  The Via Dolorosa ends at the Church of the Holy Sepulcre.  This, according to Catholics, would be the holiest place on earth.

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While it is a very beautiful building filled with ornate gold lamps, chandeliers, and candlesticks of great worth – there was a hollow feeling there.  I will not leave much commentary here on this other than genuine praise that we serve and worship the Living God!

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We then headed to the house of Caiaphas, the chief priest that Jesus was brought to after being arrested at Gethsemane.  Under a chapel there was the dungeon in which Jesus would have been beaten before being brought to Pilate.

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This was also our last stop on the tour for our trip.  I can say without a doubt that each and every one of us here on this tour are different than when we arrived.  Being here in Israel is a life changing experience.  The Bible “in 3-D”, as our tour guide put it…

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Thank you all for joining me and the rest of the GCC-er’s that were on this trip.  Please pray for safety for all of us as we head to the airport in Tel-Aviv tomorrow morning.  There is a strike ongoing here in Israel with the Civil Workers Union which may effect our flight tomorrow.   Please pray that the issues they have are resolved quickly so that we can return as scheduled and see our families.