Thursday, January 12, 2023
After arriving in Wadimusa last night we began our tour of Petra right away in the morning. Petra is the name of the archeological site of this amazing Nabatean city over 2,000 years old. In case the picture of the Treasury looks familiar it is featured in the movie “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”. We walked close to 5 miles through this ancient sight as we saw many tombs and dwelling places in which the ancients lived. In fact some Bedouins still live in the caves today. (See pictures)
Mark and Pastor Nanette above the Theater in Petra
Theater in Petra
Ancient Homes and Tombs in Petra
Ancient Homes in Petra
Hike down to Treasury
This archeological site took up most of the day as we had a late lunch and drove the 4 hour bus ride back to Amman.
On the ride to Amman our tour guide Omar shared with us his life. He was born in Bethlehem and was 16 months old in 1967 when the six day war broke out between Israel and Palestine. His family, being Palestinian fled to Jordan for safety. There they lived in a refugee camp for 2 and half years. During that time they lived in tents. Then their refugee settlement moved into a new refugee site provided by the United Nations and UNESCO. They moved into a resettlement site in which schools were provided. It is important to note that Omar is considered a Jordanian citizen even though he is a Palestinian. However, he is still considered a refugee. There are a lot of things that I have learned concerning the Middle East and I am looking forward to sharing those things as well with the Love of Christ Community.
Tomorrow we are going to go to a sight that I have been looking forward to. The Jabbok River where Jacob wrestled with God. (Genesis 32) This story is significant for all of us Christians!
Holding Love of Christ in prayer.
Pastor Nanette and Mark