A group of 50 strangers from the United Kingdom, Germany, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and various states from around the United States converged on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Rio de Janeiro airport. Fifteen of these were first year students of Global School who were there to experience the miraculous power of God working through them. It was quickly discovered that we all had one thing in common - a hunger to see the Kingdom of God extended on earth and to be an active part of this. From pastors, church leaders to lay people active in many other ways in their communities, this common desire of like minded individuals drew us together as a team very quickly. All week long it was inspiring to hear the stories of what God was already doing through each person and yet there was a common longing for more.
9/1/16 Day 1 “The Day of our Awakening.”
Most of us met at JFK in New York City and made the 9.5 hour flight to Tel Aviv, Israel. One lady flew in from New Zealand, another from Great Britain, and a couple came from Australia. Pat Bock and Charity Cook were our group leaders, and Dr. Tom Jones was our inspirational pastor.
Over the next ten days, Pat would become an expert on counting heads up to 25, and herding us through crowds, tunnels, and desert rock. Charity would develop expert wrist action with a proficient flutter by using a paper “Jerusalem” fan as she tried to keep any one near her cool.
The flight was made culturally colorful because of the many orthodox Jewish families flying with us: men in their traditional black hats, side curls, and tassels, chanting their prayers in groups, while young mothers, dressed in long skirts and head coverings managed young children throughout the long night flight.