Israel Journey #3 Plus: If There is a Will There is a Way

We are ready to start a new week, but first, let’s look back at what we have already done.
“I didn’t think that I was going to be able to do the three-hour hike that was promised. I didn’t think I could go at the same pace as everyone, I thought I would have to go slower and be at the very back. But much to my surprise, I was actually at the front of the group! It was super fun- I pushed myself to do it, but it was so rewarding to be able to jump off a rock into a lake of cold water for the first time in my life. I had a lot of fun just laughing and swimming around with my friends. I learned a lot from the hike. I learned to keep going even when it’s hot and your tired and sweaty. I also learned to come prepared- I was very glad to have protein bars, water shoes, music, and a lot of water- everything I needed to have a great hike. And a gorgeous view! It was very surreal to be doing the first real hike I’d ever done in Israel with gorgeous landscapes that you can’t see in Dallas Texas!” -Abigail

Today was truly incredible. I had done things in a day I never imagined doing in a week. I think the best part of my day was seeing, talking to, and eating dinner at the Druze village. For me, visiting the Druze village gave me the ability to question many things, and think about a group of people with totally different ideologies, though with the same love for their religion that I have for mine. The Druze believe in a whole other god, but both of our religions agree on a major aspect of life; we want peace, and love for all. In addition, home and family always come first. Being in their village gave me the ability to question how our people believe in different ideas, but pray for the exact same things. Today, although we were within our Jewish homeland, being in this village felt as if I had stepped into a completely different world.-Aline 

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