We made it! We arrived at about 3:30pm local time (7:30am EST) on Friday. By the time we made it to the convent we had 30 minutes to put our luggage in our rooms and freshen up and get back on the van to go to dinner. We grabbed swarma at a restaurant - chicken or beef - along with an avacado smoothie if we wanted it (I did - so good!!). Then we travelled to a local church for a 3 hour service in Arabic (after not sleeping for around 36 hours). :-) We recognized many of the songs during the worship time, and people came up afterwards to let us know how much it meant to them for us to visit. They provided a translator and cordless headphones to receive the translation, but it was still a little difficult to understand. The funniest translation was the description of an older Sarah in the Old Testament as 'saggy'. Even the translator chuckled at that one :-) Needless to say, most of us slept very well last night!!
Next is arriving at the airport (Kim is the lady standing in the middle) and then on the bus:
I noticed several fast food restaurants on our way through Beirut to the convent yesterday, including Hardees, McDonald's, and this Burger King below. How about that Sushi Burrito place next door - I wonder how that tastes?
Here is the lunch spread we had today - it was yummy! Apricots, nectarines, and plums grown right here on the property, along with salad, some type of veggie lasagna dish, hummus, and then a chicken and vegetable dish. The 2nd picture is the view from the cafeteria that you couldn't really see in the first picture - how about that?
Thank you Christy and Dianne for your comments!! Love hearing from you! And thank you all for your prayers! Tomorrow we are going to one of the Syrian Refugee camps. Honestly, I'm a little nervous as I understand we'll have to go through 2 checkpoints, but I also believe this is the main reason God led us here, so please be praying. I believe we'll be mostly with the kids there, having like a mini- kid's camp, so pray we connect with them and love on them with God's love. Thanks so much!!
Tim & Jodie