Geoff's reason for being here is to do research for Jim on some really cool projects that are in development, that all of you will be quite excited about in the future. Just a hunch. Anyhow, as much as Geoff loves research, nothing beats getting out at the sites and sharing all he has learned about the land of the Bible.
A couple of people got in early before their scheduled trip with Jim that begins on Sunday, and Geoff and I took them out to Lachish on Friday. I can't explain how amazing it is to be able to see Geoff so "in his element." He loves this stuff, and his passion is infectious. The couple had no idea what a deal they were getting when Jim offered to have Geoff show them around a couple of sites. This will be their second trip with Jim, so they had been to several sites before, but Geoff got to take them to one they wouldn't otherwise have seen...that happens to be the scene of one of his favorite stories.
We had a great day, enjoyed getting to interact with the couple. They were even generous enough to leave some money to replace the gas we used on the trip when we got back to Jerusalem. At around 8 shekels a liter (over $8 a gallon), it was much appreciated!