Monday, September 28, 2009

Joseph, and the HOLY LAND

SHALOM FRIENDS AND FAMILY!!!! I’m joyful in saying that I am in the heart of the HOLY LAND, Jerusalem. Which means I obviously arrived here safely, THANK you for your prayers! The past two weeks since I disembarked on this journey, I have already been very BLESSED with several opportunities. I decided that keeping a blog would be the best way at keeping you clued in, I am also going to be posting some of my journal writings as well. So if you are reading this, congratulations you have made it!

After a 10 hr plane ride from Philly, nearly 6000 miles in a daze, a couple micro waved “meals” and a good nap, I finally arrived on September 16th. The Land that we always hear about, the center of the Worlds attention, the one place on earth most people wouldn’t consider going these cautious days, there is no place I would rather be. The city of Jerusalem is very beautiful! It’s easy to see why God has chosen it to be the Apple of His Eyes.

I live with four other guys in a three-bedroom apartment not too far of a walk from the OLD CITY. Our location is amazing! There is a dessert bakery shop right across the street from us, which has already proven itself to be dangerous for me. They bake these chocolate croissants fresh every morning that people are literally becoming convicted about. Myself included!

I love being in the “FIRE IN THE NIGHT” at Succat Hallel!! I’m there at 12am till 3am, so you can imagine how my day schedule is different than your average Israeli. On Shabbat, (Friday nights) I’m there at 9pm till 12pm all by lonesome. BUT don’t get me wrong; I love having the place to myself! Our “watches” consist a lot of praying, reading the WORD, worshiping, discussing different things, meditation, etc..

I am so BLESSED!! I have already been able to travel to many places around Israel: ABU-GOSH, the DEAD SEA, BETHLEHEM, and a good amount of historical spots around Jerusalem including the WESTERN WALL and MT ZION. I still have many more places that I plan on going to!

I have uploaded some pictures on facebook. If you don’t have a facebook but would like to see the pictures you can email me and ill send them to you.

THANK you for your prayers and support! I’m so very BLESSED to have friends and family like you. I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!

By Gods GRACE alone, till next time..


  1. sounds like you are having a blast...we are proud of you buddy! keep taking tons of pics :) -Aric and Casey

  2. So stoked for you, brother!!!!! Lord bless you and everything you set your hands to over there. Keep shining.

  3. So glad to receive the info and pictures that you sent to us on your adventue. God Bless and take care. Love Grammy and Papa

  4. Hey Joe man...this is so cool. I am so glad you set this up so we can be in touch & see almost daily what you are experiencing!!!We are so proud of you & so happy for you & what you are doing, what an experience!!!I met your housemate Jacob, this evening, he was either with Larry or just talking to him & Larry introduced us. Nice guy, I told him about your blog. God bless you & may He use you to the max!!!!! Love Linda

  5. Dang dude. Crazy. I miss you man. We need to set up one of those iVideo Chats sometime...

    I love you dude. Miss you. Praying for you.