Sunday, December 27, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
We spent the first few days up north in Nazareth and around the Sea of Galilee. Nazareth is where the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary, where Jesus spent his childhood, and where he began his ministry by announcing in the synagogue that he was the fulfillment of prophecy. It’s a fun little city mostly populated by Christian and Muslim Arabs and has beautiful churches. We stayed for two nights in a convent that is run by a French order of nuns. Under the convent we got to see ruins of a first century house that is traditionally believed to be Joseph’s house.
Friday, August 7, 2009
So we thought we would post a few pictures of what we do on Friday.... our Sabbath day. Because Friday is a holiday in Islam the Middle East has their weekends on Friday and Saturday and so Sunday is a normal work/school day. So we go to church on Friday. We’ve been part of the Amman branch for the summer, which consists of mostly expatriates working for government agencies and other companies, a number of Arab Christians, and for the summer half of the branch was BYU students. There is also a branch up North in Irbid which is made up mostly of Arabs. We went up there for a weekend to visit two weeks ago and had a great time. It’s been such a blessing to have the church as a place of refuge and to feel the spirit of the members here.
P.S. We leave for Israel/Palestine in two days!
Since our last major trip to Petra nothing specifically big and exciting has happened. But we have been on some little adventures, had some neat experience, and met new people. So for this post we thought we would post a random sampling of pictures we brief explanations of what we've been up to.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Getting water in the Middle East is no easy task. A typical Jordanian family gets water once a week. The city fills up a tank on the top of their house/apartment through a serious of pipes. The water runs through the pipes for 24 complete hours and that is it. Once the tank is filled that’s all the water you get for the week. Since we have 40+ wasteful Americans living in one building we pay to have a private water truck come once a week in addition to our weekly city fill up. The water truck looks kind of like a gasoline truck and there is always water leaking from the tank and hoses (seems a little inefficient for a country that has water issues).
This week we thought we would document the truck arriving and filling up the tanks. Here is a little slideshow.... (as you are looking through these pictures imagine water leaking from the hose and out the back of the truck.)