"Welcome to the Holy Land!" The sun shouted to everyone this morning! We had an early start today because there was a lot ahead of us to do. Breakfast was humming with the excitement of our first morning in Israel and our first change to look around in the daytime. Wow! Beautiful! Lumi and I were not kidding when we told you about the hotel being just a few steps away from the Sea of Galilee.
Here is the sunrise as everyone got to see it today.
The kittens even came out to watch God's show of wonderment!
Our first stop today was a short walk behind our hotel to get on a wooden boat and cross the lake. The boat was a replica of the boats made right here at the time of Jesus. (just a larger version) After we got about ½ way they cut the motor and we drifted while Pete Sumrall welcomed us, Pastor Al said a few words about trusting God and Eli the tour guide told us about the lake and area in general. We sang some songs, took a lot of pictures and sat in awe. We are on the Sea of Galilee and we just opened our eyes to the light of day on day about 2 hours ago. What a great way to start a Holy Land tour!
Our lunch time stop was fun! St. Peters Fish is on the menu! Most everyone got the fish while the others chose soup, pasta, pizza or french fries. I think Peggy and Shirley got the fish just so they could take a picture of it!
Lots of pictures were taken before the first bite. Personally I don't eat anything that looks back at me so I watched the fun over my cheese pizza.
After lunch it was off to work we go. The LeSEA Broadcasting staff were off working on future programs while the group headed to visit the Galilee area (Capernaum and Tabgha)
We ended the day at the baptism site. Our Israeli staff was amazed by how many people out of 104 people got baptized today... I think she said 89 people! It was beautiful and moving experience to watch.
Angela Sumrall reflecting on the waters of the Jordan River before everyone arrived.
Now because of technology we were able to use Skype and air the baptism live on the Harvest Show which was going on at that same moment in our headquarters in South Bend Indiana and on all the LeSEA Broadcasting stations!
What a day! So much happened today, our first day it was a little overwhelming! Time to process the day with our eyes shut. The adventure continues tomorrow with the 6:30am wake up call!
Have I mentioned our next tour is in February? Check out the website for more information!
See you tomorrow! Kim