Davening in the rear galley of a 777

There are still so many stories bubbling up from our recent trip to Israel.  It was such an  incredible trip that I am still processing the many events.  Even our flight home was ‘off the chain…’

20161114_200619During our 21 days in the Land, we were blessed to have many close and personal encounters with Brother Judah.  It is what we had prayed for, but the Father’s answers far exceeded our expectations.  I prayed for more on the flight home knowing there would be many Orthodox on the plane.

With five of us traveling and the 777 having three seats across the center section, Kelly and I chose to sit in the center section and leave the boys in the three seats that were on the window side of the aisle.  I selected the aisle seat for a little more leg room and put Kelly in the center.  Initially a lady was trying to get situated in the seat to Kelly’s left.  I helped her put away luggage, etc…  Then, just before we pushed back from the concourse in Tel Aviv, an Orthodox gentleman in black hat and coat stepped up and through very broken English asked if Kelly and I could change places.  At first, I was confused by his sudden appearance, then, understanding that he was related to the woman and did not want to rub elbows with Kelly, I quickly made the switch.  I wanted to protect him.

Quietly, I thanked Abba for putting him next to me.

We settled in for a 12 hour flight and I Continue reading “Davening in the rear galley of a 777”

We’re HERE!!! and, a surprise! (Pics, too.)

A loooong day of travel that started yesterday mid-morning with a two hour drive to the airport, and several travel glitches, but we are here!  Already, have had a couple neat blessings.

The trip is long, and we had a couple layovers.  A change in the Miami connection turned the 1.5 hour layover we originally scheduled into 4 hours of sitting, but no real hassle.  The Madrid layover was a bit more interesting…  The Israeli security screening team was no joke.  One member of our small party was pulled into a room to be searched, all her belonging were searched and she was questioned for about 30 minutes as passengers were boarding…  That was interesting and called for some prayer.

We arrived in Tel Aviv about 45 minutes behind schedule and hailed a taxi.  Fun conversation over the language barriers.  He was from Azerbaijan and knew little English.  I know less Hebrew, so it was interesting making a connection, but he’ll pick us up tomorrow!  What was even more interesting is that as we pulled up in front of our hotel, Kelly points to a man standing on the opposite side of the street and says, “Hey!!  That’s Continue reading “We’re HERE!!! and, a surprise! (Pics, too.)”

On the way!

All checked in and sitting at the gate in Charlotte.  Sallie is traveling with Kelly and me. She hasn’t flown in 30 years and we haven’t in about 20 years.  While much is the same, the whole security thing is a bit crazy.

We all had ticket ‘issues’, but a kind lady at check-in spent about an hour on the phone solving them.

Had a blessed time of prayer with the boys and blessing them before leaving the house.  They are apprehensive, but this is a great time for them to grow and put into action much they have been learning… 

Excited for this adventure.  Praying Yehovah’s leading, protection and guidance.