June 23, 2017
This morning we explored Aphrodisias, which although not a Biblical site provides is with a lot of context for the early church. The city as you can tell by its name is dedicated to the Greek god Aphrodite to whom the Roman emperors traced their lineage. One of the focal points of this city was the sebastion, a walk way leading to the temple with 3 story high panels of marble depicting stories. The top level was panels of Greek mythology and the gods (including emperors), middle was panels of Roman history, and the bottom was no panels representing the common man. As we sat and marveled at this panels Shae challenged us to view the panels in a Biblical view in regard to Ephesians 1 and 2. Ultimately God is above all, but we are His workmanship to show his glory (Eph. 2:10). What are our panels showing to the world? What will they depict to future generations when we are gone?
June 22, 2017
For months I’ve been telling people that on this trip we are going to get to read a passage from the Bible and be standing where it happened. Today we stood on three different sites and learned about the people who walked those same roads 2000 years ago.
June 21, 2017
Our first official day of touring and learning is finally complete. As we head to sleep our minds are racing through the last multitude of hours of everything that we learned today. Going from city to city on a tour bus is exciting and yet still taxiing on our minds but primarily our legs. At each site we went to, we were able to walk through ruins of a city that is no more.
June 19, 2017
The anticipation mounts as we are waiting to board from LAX. With just a few hours before we leave for Turkey, our captain, Brad Bell, gathered the troops to give us a few last minute preparations. We were all given beautifully laminated 5×6 cards of the Apostles’ Creed. Then, Brad let us know about our new “Families,” this is done so that we don’t leave anyone and preferably avoid an international incident. Finally, Brad led us in prayer. Please have us in your prayers.