#CA13 — An Amazing Weekend

What a weekend!

On Friday, we visited three historic sights in this region. First, we visited a location called Yanataş (or Chimera). This is a sight where legend has it that the Chimera (a monster in Greek mythology) was buried beneath the rock. It is now a location where fire burns perpetually from natural gas trapped beneath the surface. At one time there were Greek temples at this sight, and later a Byzantine church.

After Yanataş, we visited the ruins of two ancient cities. First, the city of Olympus and second the city of Phaselis. These were amazingly preserved ruins from the Roman Empire (and before).

Remains of a Greek Temple

Remains of a Greek Temple

One of the flames of the Chimera

One of the flames of the Chimera

Caleb running in the ruins of a 1500 year old church.

Caleb running in the ruins of a 1500 year old church.

Roman Sarcophagus at Olympus

Roman Sarcophagus at Olympus

Caleb at the aqueduct of Phaselis

Caleb at the aqueduct of Phaselis

On Saturday, we, and eight others from our team here, visited six villages where we prayer walked. We saw goat herders, heard an İmam chant the call to prayer, accepted an invitation to lunch at a villagers home, attended a wedding party, drank many cups of çay, and prayed over a lot of people, homes and shops. It was a spectacular day!

A villager

A villager

Stephanie and Emily at lunch

Stephanie and Emily at lunch

A goat herd in one of the villages

A goat herd in one of the villages

A village Mosque

A village Mosque

Beginning Easter Monday, and continuing for several days, we will be posting additional stories and photos from our time in the villages.

Following those posts, we will post additional photos and stories from our historic sight visits. We will be visiting some additional sights at the end of this week, so we want to include those as well.

A big thank you to our supporters for making it possible for us to do this work! Every villager we met was impacted due as much to your generosity and prayers as it was our being there. We couldn't–and wouldn't–do this without you!!

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