June 29- Rhodes

Last night as we were getting ready for bed we saw the news on the BBC about the terror attack at the airport in Istanbul. Our hearts are broken for those who lost their lives and also for those who threw away their lives with unspeakable violence. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayers. We are also sad for the Turkish people who have been kind and generous to us. Tourism was already down 90 percent. People are struggling to care for their families. I fear this will get worse before it gets better. 

This morning we disembarked for an adventure on the island of Rhodes. We visited a lovely little monastery at the top of the hill complete with a Via Dolorosa, or Way of Sorrows,leading to a tall cross, a panoramic view, a fifth century baptismal font shaped like a cross, and lots of peacocks! Later we toured a Crusader castle that was restored beautifully for use by Musilni though he never made it there.  The floors have mosaic art from before the time of Christ brought over from the island of Cos. The castle also has ornate furnishings from Italy and France. 

Paul was on Rhodes once but the Bible doesn’t give any details. The afternoon was spent relaxing. A few of us had facials or head massages. 

Love to all!