Jordan Visit: Monk, Mosaic, Mosque and Mountain
Today’s highlight was the visit to the Holy Land Institute for the Deaf (HLID) in Salt, the oldest city in Jordan. Brother Andrew greeted us. He’s the 77-year-old monk who runs the HLID, as well as the offsite programs for deaf and blind children in neighboring countries. He spoke to us for an hour about the 120 children who live in the Salt facility and receive an education and loving care. Then we toured the facility. The way he interacted with each student and teacher was beautiful. It was as though each person was Jesus to him. To hear him speak about the Spirit of God and the special role of Christians in this region was inspiring to say the least. He showered us with gifts of handmade crafts created by the children, shared plans for a new church and other buildings, and encouraged us to be in touch.
Then we stopped by a mosque that is the very one frequented by King Abdullah, a stunning sight.
We then traveled to Madaba, the mosaic capital of the Levantine, and saw Byzantine mosaics, in particular a map of the holy land crafted in the sixth century.
Mt. Nebo welcomed us at the golden hour. This is the traditional location of Moses’ vantage of the promised land flowing with milk and honey, and the site of his tomb. What a beautiful sunset!
A few more photos from today and yesterday: