Today started pretty typical (if we can call it that yet since we’ve only been here a short time). Katelyn and I got to experience going out into the market this morning to buy fresh pita for breakfast and then making eggs for everyone. It was a dangerous move having us, two self-proclaimed inexperienced cooks, in charge of a meal but it turned out well…at least thats what we were told. We couldn’t mess up too bad it was just scrambled eggs and the usual fruit and pita with hummus.
At the village we continued to worked on the roof that we are building and helping with packaging oil lamps for the guest shop. Again is was another scorcher but we are getting used to it day by day. Supper was special for us. we had a traditional Shabbat (sabbath) meal consisting of potatoes, beef (lamb is unavailable in Nazareth), Shabbat bread, and grape juice in place of wine. Ashley did wonderful at being “the woman of the house” and leading us in the ceremony of lighting the candles and saying the blessing at sundown. David, “the man of the house”, then broke the bread and continued to tell us about the traditions that would occur in a Jewish home.
In the past two days I have come to really realize that God is truly my refugee and strength and that he knew what he was doing when he called me to come here. When i first applied to Youth Venture I couldn’t have been more excited about coming but as the trip grew closer; I had more and more reservations about it. In the last 2 or 3 weeks a huge part of me was dreading coming. I knew that some of the other people on our trip would know each other and I didn’t want to be challenged with fitting in with them. I don’t think I knew how scared I was until just about an hour before meeting the team at the airport on the 23rd i had a bit of a break down. If I could have I would have backed out of the trip in a heart beat. However, I didn’t have that choice and now I’m so thankful I didn’t. It was yesterday that confirmed in my mind that coming here was the right thing because it was then that I began to feel comfortable with the people I am with and have really felt that already this has been a challenging and learning experience. I have great expectations for the rest of the trip as we go out and learn more each day.
To sum things up I would just like to thank you all for your prayers and encouragement. Please continue to pray for us as we will be traveling this weekend to the Galilee region and Ceasarea.