I’m sure that all this information can be googled or found somewhere, but I figured I would compile just a little about HaifaUniversity so that I could have it for my records and for anyone who is interested. UofH is a research university of about 18,000 students (international, graduate, undergraduate) and it has focuses in social science, humanity, law, and education- I will be in the InternationalSchool (we completed an orientation at the begining of the term where all the international students had to introduce themselves, it is DEFINITELY international) and focusing on Peace and Conflict Studies.
The university is located on the top of Mt.Carmel (for anyone curious, Carmel means “God’s Vineyard”) and when I say on top I mean that it is quite literally the sole set of buildings (on this area of the mountain) that touches the sky nearly 1,700 feet above sea level. Needless to say, it is incredible to look out over Haifa daily walking between classes and food.
While I like to imagine myself walking in some ancient’s footsteps (or maybe walking diagonally over them or T-crossing them? I’m fine with whatever…) history is a difficult thing to place. AND while I imagine that my mountain area could be where Elijah (more about him later) stood, there is an intimidating 25 miles of this beautiful mountain range… a girl can dream.
(The window was a little dirty in office’s tower)
If you’re really interested in being blown away open your Bible to the index and use the magic words “Mount Carmel”. But I’ll save you that effort and give you a free-be, because the Mount Carmel region is most referenced with Elijah in the book of 1st Kings (1st Kings 18). The story within this passage lights a fire in me (haha… pun intended). Elijah, a prophet of God, took to proving to the Baal prophets in the area that God is actually the Real Deal, unlike ever popular Baal of the time. He drenched their doubt (an offering of bull) three times with water, and the Lord responded in His power with fire that burned everything.
Yes, this mountain- and I am learning here. The culture is so rich despite being Jewish, Christian, or Muslim. You feel it when you walk everywhere and when you talk to the people. Honestly, I get goose bumps on my skin even reading “Israel” anywhere in the Bible now, this is where I am and the sand and dirt I’m walking on. Blown away by this blessing.
Oh! On a COMPLETELY different note,
because I wasn’t creative enough to find a way to sneak this into my real post, This is what my room looks like! I am living in an apartment with 6 other girls. We each have our own bathroom and bedroom (shoutout to those still living in the community dorms with 5 showers for 75 girls…and then some). The appartments are really great, and having your own room means that you have your own space aside from living communaly if you'd like.