I just returned from nearly two weeks in Israel and Jordan. It was my first visit to the Holy Land and one I was able to share with LeTourneau friends and my wife and daughters. It was a wonderful time!
All LeTourneau students have the opportunity to travel to the Holy Land with our Bible faculty. In fact, the trip is so popular students have been known to camp out overnight in line for the limited number of spaces available for the travel study. Here’s a hint for new students: ask about this opportunity when you begin your Bible classes at LETU. Plan ahead or you will miss out on this unique experience.
Our trip was divided into three stops. We began at the Sea of Galilee and spent several days in that region. We then traveled to Jordan to see the ancient city of Petra and Mt. Nebo where Moses died after God showed him the promised land across the Jordan that he would not live to enter. We finished in the Jerusalem area.
I really enjoyed the time in Galilee. Perhaps it is because one can look out at the Sea of Galilee (what the locals call Lake Kinneret) and imagine you are there at the time of Jesus. The steep hillsides where Jesus taught look as I imagine they did when Jesus was mobbed there by crowds. Our group boarded a small boat and cruised into the middle of the lake. There I heard the wind and felt the waves and imagined it was something Jesus experienced many times. Even the sunrise there seemed directly from God.
To be sure, the time of Christ is gone. On the holiday weekend we were there, the lake was full of campers and even jet skis. (It just seemed wrong to see a jet ski on the same waters where Jesus walked!). Sadly, the Golan Heights border the lake and it is one of the world’s most geopolitically tense places. Still yet, I felt closer to my savior.
I hope to see you on campus soon but in the meantime, let’s be FACEBOOK friends. Enjoy your summer and look for Jesus no matter where you are.