Yesterday we spent most of our day underground in tunnels. Today we were up on the heights of Masada and Jerico. However the high hills were still at a lower altitude than all those tunnels in Jerusalem.
Today was also a little bittersweet as we said goodbye to our tour guide Anat and were handed over to Daniel.
We began the day at Masada, the location of one of King Herod’s palaces used as a fortress for a group of Jewish rebels under siege by Rome. The ruins of the palace are on the top of a high, isolated mountain so we took a gondola up to the top.
After eating lunch in Qumran, we visited the Monastery of the Temptation above Jericho which commemorates Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness.
Our final stop of the day was the Dead Sea where we played in the mud and went for a float.
We are in the final stretch of our trip and prayers for stamina would be greatly appreciated. After experiencing so much, it is temping to shut down, so please pray that we would continue to engage for the rest of the trip.