the beginnings of Israel

As many of you who are reading this blog know, this semester I have a once in a lifetime opportunity. I am studying with about 28 other students from the Master’s College in Israel. We left LAX on Saturday morning around 12,40pm and we landed in Tel Aviv, Israel yesterday evening at about 6,00pm. We had the experience of viewing two sunrises in one day, which was a good way to begin the new experiences. Upon arrival, after a little trouble getting everyone through immigration, we were taken by bus to our home for the next three months. We are staying at a place called Moshav Yad Hashmona. I am still unsure of what everything looks like because we arrived after nightfall and currently, it is 4,50am in the morning. I will have to work on that jet lag another time.

We begin classes today at 8,00am. One of the first things we were reminded of after meeting some of our teachers is that we are not on vacation. As far as classes go, I am going to be taking classes on the land and the Bible, the life of Christ, modern Hebrew, and what is called regional studies, which involves a lot of hiking.

As I look forward to beginning classes in a few hours and beginning an immersion process into the cultures here, I am thankful and excited for this opportunity. I greatly anticipate getting to know the  people of Israel and learning many things from them. I cannot wait to see Jerusalem and Bethlehem and in the end, I desire greatly to be able to say that I love my Lord more than when I arrived. It is simply amazing that we, a student group from the other end of the earth, who have been reached under the Lord’s plan of redemption have the opportunity to study in the small country where God began His redemptive plans.

My dad is correct to tell me (all the time!) that I may never pass this way again. I will take advantage therefore of this time that I have been given and hope to not miss a single opportunity. I will keep you all updated as I adventure through this new land and thank you for being faithful to reading my blog.

I have about one or two more hours to try to sleep so on to the jet lag.

the beginnings of Israel

8 thoughts on “the beginnings of Israel

  1. Jacquie davis says:

    Emilie, I don’t know if you remember me. I am a nurse that has worked with your Mom the past 5 years. I know she is so proud of you and I picked up the link to your blog from her FB post. I just wanted to wish you a wonderful and safe journey. I will be reading and interested following your amazing experience. Be well and enjoy, Jacquie

  2. Sounds like a wonderful opportunity. One of my good NWC friends (Jordan H., if you remember him) went to Israel for study a year ago and had nothing but good things to say about his experience. I’m sure it will expand your understanding of God and His Word. Shalom.

  3. Bryan Newfield says:

    We are sooo excited for you, Em! Have fun, enjoy the culture, and may all your learning help strengthen your faith!

  4. Kassie says:

    AHHHHH!!!!! YAY! Way to jump right in! Classes practically the same day – that’s pretty crazy, but I’m sure you handled it just fine. Enjoy! I’ll be praying for you – especially that you will get to know God better through this experience.

  5. Betty says:

    Emilie, so glad you and the group got there just fine! Miss you on campus and at church and women’s Bible study already. Look forward to reports about your adventures! Love, Betty

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