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.