Wednesday, January 19

After we checked out of the hotel in the morning, we started our last day of touring by traveling through Old Testament lands to the Elah Valley where David slew Goliath (Samuel 17.)  In the Bet Guvrin Caves, used by ancients for burial, we saw amazingly well preserved paintings. Mass was at a site thought to be ancient Emmaus, remembering how Jesus’ revealed Himself to those who walked on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35.)  Our last site was the ancient port of Jaffa (Joppa.) This is the city of Jonah’s defection (Jonah 1:3) and Peter’s vision (Acts 10:5-9) at the home of Simon the Tanner, one of the oldest cities in the world. Today it is a charming artist community and its setting give us a sense of the ancient Middle East we came to see.  It is also a city of partings and departure and is where we said good-bye to our guides and drivers before heading to the airport. We will catch our late night flights and be home before you know it!