Posted by: chrisdavis | September 8, 2008

Tour–first week

“Whoever wishes to make himself a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God”–James 4:4

It’s now Monday and I returned to Jerusalem for a couple of days while the rest of the group travels to the south.

This is a most unusual group of homeschoolers. They are from Australia, Canada and the U.S. The kids range in age from 22 down to 6. I worried about this 6-year old, but he is an awesome little guy. When the group spent 4 hours climbing a mountain in the Jordan River Valley in the heat of the day, Lucas was one of the first to the top and one of the first back down.

There are three 22-year olds singles who came without parents. They are amazing, being like older brothers and sister to the younger teens as well as an encouragement to the homeschooling parents who are still wondering if they are doing the “right thing” to homeschool.

Only one of these families knew each other before the trip but the kids became fast friends by the second day. The top of this blog shows the girls (plus Lucas) acting silly during the second day’s bar-b-que.

Saturday was a day when we sat around and talked about homeschooling. Some of the adults shared their hearts and struggles and we ended up praying together. It was a healing time, especially for one mother whose husband left her and her daughter just before they came to Israel. The mom and daughter came by themselves and the daughter is finding real friends in the group.

I only took one picture. It is the valley where Abraham first entered the “Land of Canaan”.

I rejoin the group tomorrow when we will all spend the night in a Bedouin tent in the desert. Then I bring them back to Jerusalem for 4 days. I will try to take more pictures, but may not be able to blog for the next couple of weeks.

Still no news about work over here. If nothing turns up by the date of my return flight (Oct 8th) I will most likely return to Tennessee.



  1. So glad you have a companionable (is that a word?) group. May the joy of the Lord flow among you/them. I’m smiling at the thought of spending the night in a Bedouin tent in the desert. I’d love to have done that, too, IF I thought I could have actually gotten up and walked the next day! Be blessed. Nancy

  2. I was just praying for clear direction and lots of opportunities to open for you Chris.

    Blake sure blessed me this morning when he prayed for us when we were talking on the phone. He’s coming over on Sunday to hang with us. He fills our home with such fun! The kids all love him…(I guess that makes it unanimous!)

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