In the Footsteps of Jesus
As the tour title suggests, many of the first-century conditions that shaped Jesus’ life and ministry continue to shape the lives of Palestinians and Israelis today. In addition to exploring the holy stones—the historic places and sites that have defined our faith—tour participants will engage the living stones: Jews, Muslims, and Christians who live in the land.
Participants will explore the holy sites of Bethlehem, Jerusalem, and Nazareth (where Jesus was raised); visit the Abrahamic mosque and divided city of Hebron; tour Jericho, the Sea of Galilee, the Jordan River, and more; learn from Global Ministries mission partners; and meet and discuss differing perspectives on the current political situation with Muslim, Christian, and Jewish leaders. Some meetings on the itinerary are subject to change due to speakers’ availability and other conditions; substitutions of similar interest and quality are made.
Travel arrangements have been made through the award-winning Siraj Center for Holy Land Studies. Overnight accommodations are clean, comfortable and modest, booked to maximize our contact with the living stones and make the tour more affordable. Past tour participants have rated the tour experience very highly. Cost of the 2019 tour is $2,290 (based on 20 participants, double occupancy, and excluding airfare).
Experienced tour leaders Jeff and Janet Wright have served as short-term mission Co-workers to Palestine and Israel through the Disciples of Christ/UCC Global Ministries, having traveled there many times. Janet is a licensed clinical social worker. Working near Bethlehem, she and colleagues created an all-Arab training team in EMDR. Jeff is recently retired as lead pastor of Heart of the Rockies Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Fort Collins, Colorado. The tour will be accompanied by a professional, local guide.