Audience for this site

This website is meant for all Christians wanting to learn more about their own Christian Holy Land. There are different ways people and groups come to the Christian Holy Land and this website can give you help in getting the most out of your trip,  the website can give you help in advocating for the Christians who live there and help you visit on a virtual trip.

1. Reliable Tour Groups   The best way to travel in the Christians Holy Land is with a tour group sposored by your own denomination or a tour group led by a peace or justice group or other simiaiar organization.  Some groups are:

    Group Travel Directors in Minneapolis - Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    CMEP (Christians for Middle East Peace) - Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    FMEP (foundation for Middle East Peace) Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    IFPB (Interfaith Peace Builders) - Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    EMEU (Evangelicals for Middle East Understanding) Website: www.EMEU.net

 A list by the United Church of Christ PIN Network also Included:

    People to People Journeys (Global Ministries)

    Alternative Tourism Group

    Eyewitness Palestine

    Friends of Sabeel-North America

    Grace Tours

    In the Footsteps of Jesus

    Joint Advocacy initiative (YWCA & YMCA)

    LIfe Illuminaed Holy Land Travel

    Pilgrims of Ibillin

    Siraj Center Holy Land Tours

    Tree of life Educational Fund

    Wi'am Cultural and Educational Tours

2. Standard commercial trips. Some trips are just standard travel agency trips and you are dependent on the tour guide, who interprets from her or his point of view. (We used to call them “tour gods"). Many are quite good. But, sometimes the guide just doesn’t want to go someplace, and would rather take you to a tourist shop where he or she receives a percentage. Sometimes the guide will schedule a Sunday trip which will take you to a place like the Dead Sea where you cannot attend worship. Some guides will say that you must have permission to attend worshp services, which is not true. Sometimes guides will have a political agenda or a prejudice that will get in your way. Let the information in this website help you to make demands on the guide for the trip you want and have paid for.

3. All Expense Paid Tours. These tours come with the expectation or requirement that you will bring others on a siniliar trip.  They are usually designed to provide a single viewpoint of view, not necessarily Christian.  Ask questions before you participate to find out if you will see Christian sites andmneet Christian people.  What are your obligations after the trip?  (There are costs for a free trip).

4. Your very own trip. You can plan a trip for yourself or a small group with help from your denominational national office or an ecumenical agency such as the Middle East Council of Churches. Additionally, a local Palestinian Christian group can help you plan. West Bank Christians are working hard on increasing tourism with training for guides, new places to stay, and hiking and biking trips. The information in this website will inform you as to what you might want to do and see, and the agency will help you with the “how to do it.”

Some local non-Christian agencies to help plan your trip are found at: http://This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
or http://travelpalestine.ps/ or 
http://visitpalestine.ps/

5. People who can’t visit but want to learn more about the land where Jesus spent his earthly life. Information in this website includes the places where Jesus visited; the Church and its growth; the diversity of Churches (denominations) that are in the Land; and information about the indigenous Christians still there. You can read this and see yourself on a virtual trip to the Christian Holy Land.

6. People who can’t visit but want to advocate on behalf of the Christians in the Holy Land.  A part of “Never say 'goodbye' ” is devoted to ways to advocate for Christians in Israel, the West Bank and Palestine.

 

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