We are all well. After the long plane ride and the 10-hour time zone change we arrived in Amman, eager to learn about the Middle East and participate in an archeological dig. We are staying in a training school that the United Nations built for Palestinians. We eat in the school’s cafeteria and sleep in the dorms. Every morning at 4:15 we get up, eat at 4:30 and are off to the dig site (Tel Ahmari) where we work until 9:30. At 9:30 we eat a second breakfast, and work until 12:30p, when we board the busses for the eight-mile ride back to the school. In the afternoon we clean the pottery that was found in the morning, and the head archeologist reads the finds. He looks at each batch and tells us what we found, the time period it came from and the kind of vessel it used to be before it was broken. In the evenings we listen to lectures on different aspects of the site we are working on or the region.
In spite of the abundance of information that we are exposed to, there is a lot of very hard work. We arrive [back at the school] every day as dirty as groundhogs and exhausted as marathon runners.
[Our daughter] Kemi is working in one group with students from La Sierra. [Our other daughter] Adelina is working with a group led by a professor from Southwestern University. My wife and I are working under an archeologist who teaches at Wesleyan University in Washington, D. C. Both of the girls love the experience; they attend all of the meetings and are constantly taking notes. We have already gone on a tour into the city and have taken tons of pictures. The girls have spent time in the central market place, which they love. We also went to the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Amman last Sabbath.
The experience is being soaked up by our students with joy and eagerness. They are a delight to be with. They make me proud. Several others have stated that they are impressed with the students from Oakwood. I will let you know more about our experience in the coming days.
God Bless,Ciro Sepulveda
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