On September 30th our group woke up to another day in Jordan. A hotel van drove a group of us to an adventure at the Dead Sea. The experience of floating and balancing ourselves due to the buoyancy of the Dead Sea was truly priceless. The Dead Sea has a high concentration of minerals which make its way into the mud and some of us even benefited from a mud bath which rejuvenated our skin.

 

Our day continued with a bus ride to our next destination. As we drove south, Jericho could be seen to the left of our bus. After driving for some time, we arrived at Wadi Mujib, which was known in ancient times as Arnon. As we went through each obstacle of the Wadi reserve, we learned about community and how God's love for us is living water.

 

After a delicious lunch, our afternoon was packed with more teachings. We visited the Fortress of Macowrus the location where John the Baptist was was likely beheaded. We saw the fortress which was excavated and believed to have been built by Herod. In the same location, we visited two caves. One cave was likely used as a prison and another a stable. As we entered the second cave there were discussions about the smell and what we saw. One person mentioned the smell of manure, while the other stated it smelled like sheep or goats. After everyone entered the cave, a faith lesson on the birth of Jesus was given. Through this journey we were able to see how Jesus entered the world and became human in order to redeem us and give us new life.

 

Marina Carneiro

 

The Hadrian Gate at Jerash, Jordan

The Hadrian Gate at Jerash, Jordan