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Come, See and Listen Tour

April 16-27, 2018

Pilgrimage of Discovery

April 30-May 9, 2018

Come, See, and Listen Tour

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Palestinian Christians are asking us to come and see.
We will come.
The tour will depart for Tel Aviv on April 16, 2018 and return on April 27th.
(Registration deadline is December 31, 2017)

We will see.
We will visit many of Christianity’s holy sites. We will sail on the Sea of Galilee, renew our baptism in the Jordan River, visit the ruins of Capernaum, tour the Separation Wall, visit Qumran the site of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, view the ancient city of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, walk the Via Dolorosa and much more.

But more importantly…We will listen.
Our Christian brothers and sisters are asking us to do more than come and see. They are asking us to listen to their stories. We will hear from Archbishop Elias Chacour as he talks about the plight of Palestinian Christians. We will learn of the impact of Israeli settlements as we visit with residents of the village of Wadi Fouqueen. We will hear from the staff of Wi’am, a conflict resolution center. Other stories will come from the staff at Sabeel, the staff of the Aida refugee camp, members of Kairos Palestine, a rabbi working with human rights and Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, pastor of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Bethlehem.

Cost: $1,750 - $2,000 (Depending on the size of our group). Single supplement is $550.
This cost does not include airfare (currently running around $1,400), drinks at hotels and restaurants, all personal expenses and mandatory UMC insurance.

Tour Company: Grace Tours of Bethlehem. This trip will meet all United Methodist Holy Land Tour recommendations.

Tour Leader: Christine Anders, Minister of Discipleship, First United Methodist Church, Des Moines, Iowa.
For a brochure send an email to:
Questions? Call Christine at 515-244-6209 ext 3.


A Pilgrimage of Discovery
April 30-May 9, 2018
(Itinerary Subject to change)

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Tour Leader: Janet Lahr Lewis
Former Missionary and Methodist Liaison in Palestine and Israel

Day 1: Depart USA

Day 2: Arrival to Tel Aviv
• Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport
• Visit Caesarea Maritima (Depending on arrival time)
• Evening Orientation
• Dinner & Overnight in hotel in Nazareth or guest house in Ibillin.

Day 3: Sea of Galilee Area
• Tabgha - Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes,
• Church of the Primacy of St. Peter
• Capernaum: Home of St. Peter and center of Jesus’ activities in the Galilee
• Mount of Beatitudes, Boat Ride on Sea of Galilee
• Visit Sindyanna of Galilee*
• Visit to Mar Elias Educational Institutions*

• Meeting with Archbishop Elias Chacour, recipient of World Methodist Peace Award (subject to availability)
• Dinner & Overnight in hotel in Nazareth or guest house in Ibillin

Day 4: Nazareth/Haifa
• Basilica of the Annunciation
• Church of St. Joseph
• St Gabriel’s Church (Mary’s Well)
• Mount Tabor, traditional sight of the Transfiguration
• Stella Maris and Mt Carmel, View of Mediterranean Sea and Haifa Bay
• Meeting with Mossawa - Advocacy Center for Arab Citizens of  Israel* or other partner organization
• Evening Devotions and Debriefing
• Dinner & Overnight in hotel in Nazareth or guest house in Ibillin.

Day 5: Nablus and Jericho
• Nablus: Visit Jacob’s Well and a Samaritan Village
Visit Jericho and view the Mount of Temptation
• Check into hotel in Bethlehem.
• Evening Devotions and Debriefing
• Dinner & Overnight in hotel in Bethlehem.

Day 6: Jerusalem
• Overlook view of city from Mt of Olives
Chapel of Dominus Flevit where Jesus wept over the city
• Garden of Gethsemane
• Walk the Via Dolorosa: includes Church of the Flagellation, Ecce Homo, Church of the Resurrection (Holy Sepulcher)
• Jerusalem Settlement Tour with Israeli tour guide
• Dinner & Overnight in hotel in Bethlehem.

Day 7: Hebron
• Worship with local congregation
• Ibrahimi Mosque and Hebron Old City Tour (hosted by partner organization)
• Evening Devotions and Debriefing
• Dinner & Overnight in hotel in Bethlehem.

Day 8: Bethlehem and Wadi Fouqin
• Shepherd’s Fields, Beit Sahour
• Church of the Nativity, Manger Square
• Visit to Wi’am Center*
• Visit to Aida Refugee Camp

• Visit Wadi Fouqin and UMC Community Development Project*
• Free Time to explore
• Dinner & Overnight in hotel in Bethlehem.

Day 9: Dead Sea
• View Wadi Qelt on the way to the Dead Sea
• Take a dip in the Dead Sea
• Visit Qumran, home of the Essenes and discovery site of Dead Sea Scrolls
• Special Farewell Dinner in Local Restaurant
• Dinner & Overnight in hotel in Bethlehem.

Day 10: Departure Day
• Early morning departure for evening arrival in U.S.A. (dependent on airline flight times)

*Denotes Advance or Partner Project

Download the brochure, including all price information

To sign up or get more information contact:
Janet Lahr Lewis at or
Issa Gareeb at

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