Sunday, March 15, 2015

Touch Down in Tel Aviv!

The team gathered at Mount Vernon First Church of the Nazarene Sunday morning March 15 before the morning worship service to load up all the luggage and get things prepared so we could head to Port Columbus International Airport as soon as the service ended. The church service was an nice “sending service” for the team made up of people from 5 different churches. I had the privilege of surprising the team with a quartet version of the song “Jerusalem” along with Rodney Cheek and Kyle and Becky Tocheff. Then Pastor Russ Gumm, who is on this team, gave the sermon.

We loaded up the vans and headed to the airport shortly after noon. We are very grateful to John Crouch and Rob Elwood who gave up their Sunday afternoon to drive us to the airport. Thank you guys! We ate box lunches in the vans on the way to the airport where we arrived in plenty of time to make our 4PM flight to Philadelphia. We always try to arrive to the departure airport early to be safe and get our bags and group checked in together. Normally we each check a bag for ourselves and the second check piece is a tub or other equipment that needs to make the trip. We are traveling lighter than usual on this trip since the airline charges extra for a second bag. Connie determined it was better to forgo the second bag and cram the essentials, like bacon, into our one check pieces and three tubs thanks to the generosity of Jean Taylor, the McKenzie’s and Sharrock’s who gave up check bags in order to take the three tubs of food. Thanks to the support of people from First Church we will be able to purchase the rest of what we need in Israel.

The short flight to Philly had us on the ground by 5:30 PM with plenty of time to relax, log into the internet, make phone calls and find something to eat for supper before our 9PM flight to Tel Aviv. The Philadelphia to Tel Aviv flight is a long flight. We left Philadelphia about 9PM EDT and got off the plane after 8AM EDT the next morning. However it felt even longer with the six hour time change because it was after 2PM local time in Tel Aviv when we disembarked.

We arrived in Tel Aviv to bright sunshine and 66 degrees plus. After the long hard winter in Ohio, it was a welcome change and a good sign for the weeks ahead.

Stay tuned for more!

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