Were coming home

View from the Herodian

View from the Herodian

This trip has been amazing so far. Every second there was a new sight to see, a new lesson to learn, a new way to grow, or another way for the bible to come alive. It’s hard to put into words the miraculous ways in which Christ has worked in each and every one of our hearts, both in the preparation for this trip- and the trip itself.
The trip as a whole seemed to last for a month or so, it seems as if we have been here since the beginning of the month. There is so much that we have learned, I can speak for everyone here. This trip has been life-changing, we will never read the bible the same, or look at our faith the same way.
There are many many things that stick out to me on this trip. I hope that I can effectively communicate these things (in the little time I have before we leave)
“Drop your nets and leave everything behind” this saying sticks out like a sore thumb in my journal of the trip. I struggle with this saying, it is hard for me to grasp the disciples WANTING so bad to leave and follow Christ. And yet I constantly struggle with giving things over to God completely. The saying “Being a Disciple is a life long journey” is a great follow up to this. The fact of the matter is, every day when you wake up, you have to strive towards the goal “ to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus”
Well right now I am late for dinner, the last thing I want to stress to you before I leave is how life changing this trip has been, I can’t begin to explain the enormous amount of time and effort, and prayers that went into this trip to make it a success. And the success of the trip is tattooed on our minds. Please take the time to talk with us about the trip in person, I thank all of you for your support, we would not be here if it was not for you.
Zach Way

Wow. Israel is over. This blog is literally being written not long before we leave. Israel has a whole new meaning for me. I have learned so much from this experience and I will never forget it. One thing that has stuck with me the entire trip and has really been a theme throughout the whole trip was the idea of leaving a legacy. There are ruins everywhere in Israel, everywhere. People left legacies. What kind of legacy will I leave? After Joshua what will happen with everything I learned? It needs to stay with me. I need to remember everything I have learned. Remember, don’t forget. That is something that Rich has told us all year. I think that it has fulfilled itself here in Israel. So yeah. Israel is a place where there are many legacies. It makes one think of what kind of legacy they will leave behind.


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A message from Becky to Jaron and Ellie
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2 Responses to “Were coming home”

  1. Nancy Loren says:

    Aloha Rich,
    Mahalo,(that’s Thank you in Hawaiian) so very much for posting daily your travels and adventures!
    I anticipated each morning to see the Videos and Pictures trying to catch a glimpse of My son In the Promise Land!
    What a Great chance Jonathon has had to be on a trip such as this and to experience the Bible coming alive!
    It was even great to know that my Jewish Friend from High School,who lives in Tel Aviv, came to visit a bit with Jonathon. She had great things to say about him and the students, she was very impressed, you all left a great impact on her!
    We are so thankful for your enthusiasm ans care for these kids!
    Blessings to you as we will continue to pray for all of you to finish strong!
    Blessings and Aloha,
    Nancy Loren

  2. All I can say is “Glory to God and Praise HIS name!” I have vicariously been to Israel and pray that God gives me the opportunity to actually walk those same roads some day. Thank you so very much for all the time you put into including us on this journey. The students comments each day were priceless. I’m excited about the army of Christ’s disciples that are ready to decend upon the world in a couple of weeks and make a differnce for all eternity!!!

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