Rhythm of Rest, Contemplation, and Relationships

When touring the Holy Land there is a rhythm of visiting the sites where we worship and remember what happened at each place. It is calm and reverent. Very peaceful. Then we get back to the bus. We drive through towns where people are bustling about their daily lives. One place we drive through is …

The Eternal Significance of our Pilgrimage – by Chris Rickwartz

It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilisations—these …

THE BEST SOUVENIR

Blog – Rev. Patty Froehlich – November 17, 2019 Guidebooks by travel writer Rick Steves have tagged along in my backpack on wonderful trips, guiding us through tours and sights with an eye for learning and encountering diverse cultures and people along the way. I recently had the opportunity to attend presentations by Rick Steves at Perkins School of Theology: "Travel as a Spiritual …

Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Garden Tomb

“If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9.23) Our experiences on our final day in Jerusalem mimic the intensity of Jesus’ passion, death, and resurrection. First, we retrace the path to Golgotha, walking the Via Dolorosa, or the Way of Suffering. That course …

Purpose and Intention

As we wrap up our pre-trip classes, preparing ourselves with knowledge of the scriptural background of the locations we will visit, we are left with one question. The one question left to ponder is why are YOU going on this trip? What is your purpose and intention for your pilgrimage to the Holy Land? The …

Nazareth, Cana, Tel Dan, Caesarea Philippi

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 1He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” (Matt …

Travel Preparations

Thank you to one of our fellow travelers for finding this site. It answers just about every question you may have about what to take, how to dress, what to say and most importantly minding our manners. Take a moment to look through this site and download the app to take along with us as …

Finding Hope

One thing I love about being a person of faith is that we have hope for things to be better than they are. As we read the Bible, from the time of the Old Testament, God’s people hope for a new thing… for salvation, for healing, for peace. Our Christian story focuses the beginning of …

At the cross you beckon me

Draw me gently to my knees and I’m lost for words so lost in love sweetly broken wholly surrendered. We sang this chorus in church this week. It reminded me of one of our stops on our trip. We get the amazing opportunity to visit Calvary. In Sunday school and on our trip, we talk …

Miracle of the moment or the power of a place?

On our pilgrimage through the Holy Land, there will be good reason for us to recognize miraculous moments and powerful places. As we journey through Bethlehem to see the Church of the Nativity and Shepherd’s Field, we will be standing in some powerful places. We will have the opportunity to be in the middle of …

We have room on the trip for YOU

This trip filled quickly and as time goes by and as life changes all of us, some cancellations have occurred. As a result, we have some space for additional pilgrims to join us!  If you want to join our trip you can register on-line with our partner Select International Tours.  On-Line Registration Please continue to …

Travel plans deadlines please read

Travel plans!! Rebecca Stoker went out an email about air travel. Please read it since there is a deadline of OCTOBER 8, 2019. If you have decided to make your own travel arrangements or deviate from the group travel and have not already notified Rebecca, please make sure you do so. AIR TRAVEL UPGRADES are …

“All geography is theology.”

“All geography is theology.” I remember it well. Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles, Professor of New Testament at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, said that if we remembered anything from her class, she hoped it would be that “all geography is theology.”* We were encouraged to pay attention to the places named in biblical …

Packing Light & Right

It is time to start thinking about packing for our trip. The holidays are coming up and everyone gets busy. This is also a good time to figure out what you need so you can add it to your Christmas wish list. Don't wait until New Year's to pack. I found this video with all …