Old City Jerusalem
JOURNEY OF UNDERSTANDING


Much of the news of our day is centered on the current events of a relatively small crossroads of the world. The Middle East and its conflicts play a very important role in our lives, even in the West. Who are the people who live there, and what are the roots of their conflicts, specifically the Israeli/Palestinian conflict? On the Journey of Understanding we work toward understanding the issues and challenges facing both sides of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict in order to know better how to work and pray toward reconciliation. We meet with Israelis and Palestinians, Christians, Muslims, and Jews, and will visit with strategic leaders who are involved in reconciliation works. Our desire is to help dismantle stereotypes and build bridges of understanding that will cross cultural, historical, and religious barriers, both in the region and at home, among our spheres of influence. We invite to you thoughtfully…


COME AND SEE

WHAT DOES A TRIP LOOK LIKE?

Old City Old City
DAY 2
JERUSALEM OLD CITY

Our Journey begins with a tour of Old City Jerusalem, where we will visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Via Dolorosa, the Church of St Anne, the Western Wall, the Church of St Peter (Caiaphas’ House), and the Garden Tomb. In the evening we will have dinner and a meeting with an Israeli (or joint) peacebuilding group.

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Jerusalem Jerusalem
DAY 1
TEL AVIV / JERUSALEM

Participants arrive in Tel Aviv and travel on to Jerusalem with a guide, where we will join for dinner and a welcome meeting to orient the group to the Journey.

Garden Tomb Garden Tomb
DAY 4
JERUSALEM / BETHANY / BETHLEHEM

Today the Journey takes a solemn turn as we visit Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum. This helps us grasp the history that even today shapes the mindset of this nation. Following this, our Journey moves us into the West Bank, where we will visit a joint Israeli/Palestinian women’s empowerment organization and have an authentic Palestinian meal in the town of Bethany, where we also visit the Church of St Lazarus. Afterward, we drive to Bethlehem and tour Bethlehem Bible College. In the evening we will discuss and process the events and transitions of the day.

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Mt of Olives Mt of Olives
DAY 3
JERUSALEM / MOUNT OF OLIVES

Our Jerusalem tour continues from the top of the Mount of Olives, where we will walk the Palm Sunday road, and visit the Garden of Gethsemane. Coming back again to the Old City, we will visit the Jerusalem Archaeological Park, where we will walk the stairs that once led onto the Temple Mount. We will leave some free time for you to wander the markets in the Old City. In the evening we will have dinner and a meeting with an Israeli (or joint) peacebuilding group from a different perspective.

Refugees Trip Picture
DAY 6
BETHLEHEM / HEBRON / REFUGEE CAMPS

Today we will consider the impact of the conflict as we tour a refugee camp, walk alongside the Separation Wall, and visit the city of Hebron. Although we will leave some free time to explore Bethlehem, we will also meet with another Palestinian (or joint) peacebuilding group.

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Bethlehem Churches Bethlehem Churches
DAY 5
BETHLEHEM AND TOWNS SOUTHWEST

Today our Journey includes a tour of Bethlehem including the Nativity Church and Shepherds’ Fields. We will join in a visit to the Tent of Nations, southwest of Bethlehem, a tract of land owned by a Palestinian family and surrounded by five settlements. This family is committed to peacebuilding, and has a sign at the entrance of their land that reads, “We Refuse to Be Enemies.” We will also visit villages around Bethlehem and consider the impact of the Separation Wall. In the evening we will meet with a Palestinian (or joint) peacebuilding organization.

Where Jesus Walked Where Jesus Walked
DAY 8
GALILEE AREA / TIBERIUS / SEA OF GALILEE

Today will be devoted to visiting the sites of Jesus’ ministry around the Sea of Galilee – Capernaum, Tabgha (where Jesus fed the 5,000), the Church of St Peter (where Jesus reinstated Peter), the Mount of the Beatitudes – and will take a boat ride on the beautiful Sea of Galilee. The evening will hold some lively discussion and prayer.

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Sea of Galilee Sea of Galilee
DAY 7
JORDAN RIVER / MASADA / DEAD SEA / GALILEE

From Bethlehem we head to the fortress of Masada, which passes Qumran (where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered), Ein Gedi (where David fled from Saul), and the Dead Sea. Following our visits we will drive up the Jordan River Valley and arrive in the Galilee. This evening will be free for rest or discussion.

Caesarea Caesarea
DAY 10
GALILEE / CAESAREA / TEL AVIV

We will depart from the Galilee via the sea route, visiting the ancient site of Caesarea, the Roman city built by Herod in honor of Caesar Augustus. We will view the Hippodrome and other intact sites, and have dinner over the beautiful Mediterranean Sea before heading back to Tel Aviv for our trip home.

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Nazareth Village Nazareth Village
DAY 9
GALILEE / NAZARETH / MOUNT TABOR

On this day we visit the Nazareth Open Village Museum, for a historically accurate look at how Jesus might have lived in his hometown, visit the Church of the Annunciation to remember where Mary met Gabriel, and visit Mount Tabor (or Mount of Transfiguration) and the surrounding area. We will have a free evening.


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