From HUGer Holly:
We started our day a little later than yesterday so it was nice to go to bed super early and sleep in just a bit. Our first stop was to a Catholic Church. This church was special in the fact that it was dedicated to women of the New Testament. Mrs Loren pointed out to me that 8 of the pillars in the entrance had women's names on them except one. The one blank pillar symbolizes all the women that have lived in faith and all that they have done and all the women still working for the kingdom today. Just as a pillar supports a building, women too have been supporting of the church throughout history. Even though, sadly, y'all were not here with us to witness this special building, I'm sure you immediately think of a woman or multiple women in your life that have supported you and your faith walk. I thought of my mom and it made me miss her so much more. Next was a two hour ride to Dan's spring of Jordan River in the ancient city Dan. We saw a temple where Israelites worshipped and that was mentioned in the Old Testament. We also got to see Abraham's Gate where he was said to have come into the city of Dan and rescue Lot.
By the time it was lunch time, most of us were sweaty, tired, and had little energy, so lunch could not have come at a better time.. After eating and having a nice cold coke, I was ready to go see some more sites.
We went to a Greek Orthodox Church of Capernaum right by the Sea of Galilee. Right outside the Greek Orthodox Church were some donkeys. So of course we all took pictures. During one of the pictures the donkey grabbed onto my purse that was unzipped and would not let go. So I got to play tug of war with a donkey! Ha! We sat under the tree and sang songs of praise. Every summer spent out at Camp Tahkodah, we would sing in the outdoor gym and I loved watching the wind move the trees and grass. It was always my way of feeling God around me. While we were singing the wind was blowing hard all around us. I knew God was with us just as He was with His son.
So far I have loved being here. I have not loved the heat or the days where we have to wear long pants, but each day is a new experience and full of memories that I will carry for the rest of my life. It's bittersweet that two months has already passed us by.
To my family, I miss y'all very much and am beyond thankful for my opportunity to be here! Love y'all!