Well, I should have waited an extra minute to get this on the last post. Just got an email from my parents, so here's the update from Israel:
To all: Today we spent much of the morning and afternoon traveling to a variety of sites, starting with Caesarea. We toured the ruins of the city, which included a Roman amphitheater and Pontius Pilate's palace. Dr. Rutland gave a brief teaching at Mount Carmel about Elijah and the prophets of Ba'al. Next, we headed to Armageddon. There, we overlooked the plains below and could easily envision how the armies of the world might one day gather there for war. The valley stretches on as far as the eye can see. Next we headed to Nazareth, where we visited the site of the synogoue where Jesus quoted the Isaiah passage ("The spirit of the Lord is upon me ..."). Dr. Rutland prayed for Mark there in the synogogue. Tonight we are in Tiberias, and on the way there passed by the city of Cana. Every day of traveling takes us by more familiar names. Really neat to actually see them for the next time the scriptures come up regarding them. We had a hard time finding Internet access here, but if we can get back to the cafe from which we are sending this letter tomorrow, we will e-mail again. If not, you may not hear from us before we get to Jerusalem.
Love to all,
Fr. Mark and Cindy
So, my parents have actually seen Armageddon now. And they thought that was just when I was a teenager! Glad they're having fun. Hope they continue to have fun. I hope they bring me back olive wood knitting needles! :oP